Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 16, 2007
Even tiny breast tumors can be aggressive and may require maximum therapy
Breast tumors that are 1 centimeter in size or smaller -- no more than 0.4 inch in length -- can still be very aggressive and may require more intensive therapy than is routinely offered today, say researchers at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla.

Survival shortened when ER/PR negative breast cancer spreads to the brain
Two studies from Mayo Clinic's site in Jacksonville, Fla., of women whose breast cancer spread to their brain, have found that women whose tumors do not have estrogen or progesterone receptors have the worst overall outcomes.

Survey underscores importance of emotional/educational needs among women with advanced breast cancer
Psychosocial support in women with advanced or metastatic breast cancer is as important as the need for disease- and treatment-related information, according to results of a survey presented here today at the 30th Annual San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium.

New approach for attacking lupus identified
Investigators at Hospital for Special Surgery have identified two new targets for drugs aimed at controlling lupus.

Neuronal circuits able to rewire on the fly to sharpen senses
Researchers from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a joint project of Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, have for the first time described a mechanism called

Drug combination shrinks breast cancer metastases in brain
A combination of a

Addressing care gap in underserved women not easy, Mayo researchers find
In an effort to fill a significant gap in the breast care of underserved women, physicians and nurses at Mayo Clinic's campus in Jacksonville, Fla., developed a program -- still ongoing -- to help overcome barriers that prevent women from receiving timely care after an abnormal mammogram.

Indonesia's 'Lost World' reveals more surprises
A tiny possum and a giant rat were recorded by scientists as probable new species on a recent expedition to Indonesia's remote and virtually unknown

International research collaboration narrows focus on genetic cause of Kawasaki disease
Researchers from Japan's RIKEN SNP Research Center, collaborating with a team at the University of California-San Diego, have discovered a new genetic variation that affects a child's risk of getting Kawasaki disease, an illness characterized by acute inflammation of the arteries throughout the body.
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