Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 28, 2007
Physician-scientist urges improved drug regulation to ensure heart safety of non-heart drugs
Current regulatory policies should be strengthened to ensure acceptable cardiovascular safety of drugs developed primarily for non-cardiovascular medical problems, according to a recent presentation made by Dr.

Public policy fails to address the effects of media violence on children
Highly publicized events such as school shootings arouse public interest in the effects of media violence exposure on children, yet there is still considerable public debate about whether to take this issue seriously.

Men need more Botox than women
A review published in Dermatologic Therapy reveals that men can be treated with Botox for cosmetic procedures in the same way as women but require higher doses of Botox in all treatment areas.

Pilot error declines as factor in airline mishaps
The number of airline mishaps attributed to pilot error significantly declined between 1983 and 2002, according to an analysis conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Fortune 1000 IT investments are riskier than capital investments, says management insights
A study of Fortune 1000 companies shows that investments in information technology carry higher risk than other capital investments, according to the Management Insights feature in the current issue of Management Science, the flagship journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences.

2 genes are important key to regulating immune response
A research team at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City has identified two genes that may be crucial to the production of an immune system cytokine called interleukin-10 (IL-10).

New ingredients in drug-like anti-aging products improve skin
Cosmecueticals, beauty aids that reportedly work like prescription drugs, are providing new ways to treat aging skin.

New therapy reduces mortality in patients with severe COPD
Patients with severe COPD may benefit more from therapy that combines salmeterol and fluticasone than treatment with tiotropium, according to results from a long-term, multi-center study,

Story ideas from the Journal of Biological Chemistry
Most people wouldn't consider anthrax toxin to be beneficial, but this bacterial poison may someday be an effective cancer therapy.

Handling pesticides associated with greater asthma risk in farm women
New research on farm women has shown that contact with some commonly used pesticides in farm work may increase their risk of allergic asthma.

Allergic reactions to gadolinium-based contrast agents are rare, study finds
Allergic-like reactions to gadolinium-containing contrast injections in adults and pediatric patients (those younger than 19 years of age) are rare, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan Health Systems in Ann Arbor.

Cost of glaucoma medications may impact treatment
In the US, management of glaucoma costs about $2.5 billion per year.

Eltrombopag effective for hepatitis C patients with low blood-platelet counts
For patients with hepatitis C, having a low blood platelet count is a frequent complication associated with advanced disease.

LASIK works well, according to long-term study of highly myopic patients
Although over 18 million LASIK procedures have been performed worldwide, there is still some controversy regarding the maximum correction possible and efficacy with this technique. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to