Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 09, 2007
Complete response with oblimersen combination improves survival of CLL patients
Relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients who had a complete response to combination therapy that included the drug oblimersen survived significantly longer than patients treated with chemotherapy alone, a team led by researchers at the University of Texas M.

UK anti-drinking campaign ads may be 'catastrophically misconceived'
Some UK anti-drinking advertising campaigns may be

Dasatinib, Nilotinib show strong early results as frontline therapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia
Two drugs approved for use as second line therapy for chronic myelogenous leukemia are showing promising results as frontline therapy for newly diagnosed patients in two clinical trials, research teams led by scientists at the University of Texas M.

Neurons in the frontal lobe may be responsible for rational decision-making
Scientists have found that when monkeys choose between different options, the value neurons assign to each option does not depend on the menu of choices.

In search for water on Mars, clues from Antarctica
Scientists have gathered more evidence that suggests flowing water on Mars -- by comparing images of the red planet to an otherworldly landscape on Earth.

Multiple myeloma clinical trial shows distinct survival benefit with lower dose of steroids
Results of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Phase III clinical trial E4A03, for multiple myeloma, showing significantly better overall survival with lenalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone therapy compared to lenalidomide plus high-dose dexamethasone, were reported today by S.

New study reveals for first time how BRCA1 mutations cause breast cancer
An international team of researchers led by Columbia University Medical Center's Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center and Sweden's Lund University has, for the first time, revealed how mutations in the BRCA1 gene lead to breast cancer.

In fruit flies, homosexuality is biological but not hard-wired
A team of neurobiologists led by UIC researcher Dave Featherstone has discovered that homosexuality in fruit flies is controlled by a novel regulator of synapse strength.

Current melting of Greenland's ice mimicks 1920s-1940s event
Two researchers here spent months scouring through old expedition logs and reports, and reviewing 70-year-old maps and photos before making a surprising discovery: They found that the effects of the current warming and melting of Greenland 's glaciers that has alarmed the world's climate scientists occurred in the decades following an abrupt warming in the 1920s.

Gleevec, the targeted cancer pill, delivers more good news to patients
Gleevec, the targeted cancer pill that has saved more than 100,000 lives, now is saving more children with a dire leukemia, as well as preventing disease progression with long term use in adults with chronic myeloid leukemia.

Smaller storms drop larger overall rainfall in hurricane season
Researchers have found that when residents of the US southeastern states look skyward for rain to alleviate a long-term drought, they should be hoping for a tropical storm over a hurricane for more reasons than one.

Scientists discover new role for miRNA in leukemia
Scientists here have found that mini-molecules called micro-RNA may play a critical role in the progression of chronic myeloid leukemia from its more treatable chronic phase to a life-threatening phase, called blast crisis.

OHSU Cancer Institute research discovery opens new window to understanding chronic myeloid leukemia
Oregon Health & Science University Cancer Institute researchers have opened a new window into the roots of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML).

Vaccine improves event-free survival for leukemia patients
Patients whose immune system responded to a peptide vaccine for leukemia enjoyed a median remission that was more than three times longer than nonresponders, a team led by researchers at the University of Texas M.
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