Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 31, 2007
Restless legs syndrome doubles risk of stroke and heart disease
People with restless legs syndrome are twice as likely to have a stroke or heart disease compared to people without RLS, and the risk is greatest in those with the most frequent and severe symptoms, according to research published in the Jan.

Lack of deep sleep may increase risk of type 2 diabetes
Suppression of slow-wave sleep in healthy young adults significantly decreases their ability to regulate blood-sugar levels and increases the risk of type 2 diabetes.

Stress reduction products and services that are effective and safe
The market for stress reduction services and products is immense and increasing because of growing evidence of the contribution of stress to heart attacks, cancer and a host of other diseases.

Deep Impact 'celebrates' New Year's Eve with Earth flyby
This New Year's Eve the University of Maryland-led Deep Impact team will again celebrate a holiday in a way that few can match, when their Deep Impact spacecraft

Oliguridylation-mediated histone mRNA decay
In the Jan. 1 issue of G&D, Drs. Thomas Mullen and William Marzluff (UNC Chapel Hill) lend new insight into the degradation of mammalian histone mRNA.

Lung cancer cells' survival gene seen as drug target
When a key gene called 14-3-3zeta is silenced, lung cancer cells can't survive on their own, researchers have found.

Jefferson scientists find protein potential drug target for treatment-resistant prostate cancer
Scientists at Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia have found that a signaling protein that is key to prostate cancer cell growth is turned on in nearly all recurrent prostate cancers that are resistant to hormone therapy.

Making sense of antisense microRNAs
Three independent papers in the Jan. 1 issue of G&D report on the discovery of a bidirectionally transcribed microRNA (miRNA) locus in Drosophila.

Breast cancer cells have to learn to walk before they can run
Early-stage breast cancer that has not yet invaded the surrounding tissues may already contain highly motile cells, bringing the tumor one step closer to metastasis, report researchers at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies.

Researchers reverse effects of sleep deprivation
Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have shown that the effects of sleep deprivation on cognitive performance can be reversed when the naturally occurring brain peptide, orexin-A, is administered in monkeys.

Some antipsychotic drugs may be missing their mark
Drugs that treat depression and schizophrenia might not be triggering the most appropriate response in brain cells, new research suggests.

Doctors may be giving the wrong dosage of adrenaline in an emergency because of labelling
A new study by Cambridge University reveals that doctors treating life-threatening emergencies such as allergy attacks may give the wrong dosage of adrenaline (epinephrine) because of confusing labelling.

AGU journal highlights -- Dec. 31, 2007
Featured in these highlights are selected articles from the Dec.

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Jan. 1, 2008, issue
The following articles are featured in the upcoming issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine:

Requiring photo ID has little effect on voter turnout, MU study finds
With the 2008 presidential election less than a year away, many states are working to require photo identification from all voters in an attempt to curb illegal voting.

Helium supplies endangered, threatening science and technology
In America, helium is running out of gas. The uplifting element is being depleted so rapidly in the world's largest reserve, outside of Amarillo, Texas, that supplies are expected to be depleted there within the next eight years. 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