Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 01, 2008
Stimulant treatment for ADHD has no effect on risk of future substance abuse
A new study finds that the use of stimulant drugs to treat children with ADHD has no effect on their future risk of substance abuse.

Arsenic aids tumor imaging when joined to cancer-homing drug, UT Southwestern researchers find
Arsenic linked to a drug that binds to the blood vessels of cancerous tumors provides a powerful imaging agent that could one day allow physicians to detect hard-to-find tumors and more closely monitor cancer's response to therapy, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center have found.

Journal Sleep: Methylphenidate can have sleep benefits in adults with ADHD
Treatment with methylphenidate appears to have beneficial effects on sleep parameters in adults with ADHD, including increased sleep efficiency and a feeling of improved restorative value of sleep.

A similarity in the meaning of sleep quality between insomniacs, normal sleepers
Both insomnia patients and normal sleepers define sleep quality by tiredness upon waking and throughout the day, feeling rested and restored upon waking, and the number of awakenings they experienced in the night.

Leading edge vortex allows bats to stay aloft
Honey bees and hummingbirds can hover like helicopters for minutes at a time, sucking the juice from their favorite blossoms while staying aloft in a swirl of vortices.

New study in the journal Sleep finds a high prevalence of eating disorders in narcoleptics
The majority of patients with narcolepsy/cataplexy experience a number of symptoms of eating disorders, with an irresistible craving for food and binge eating as the most prominent features.

Journal Sleep: Children with OSA have abnormal respiratory-related evoked potentials
Children with obstructive sleep apnea have abnormal respiratory-related evoked potentials compared to other children their age.

Journal SLEEP: Snoring linked to cardiovascular disease, increased health-care utilization
Loud snoring with breathing pauses is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and increased health-care utilization.

Highlights from the March 2008 Journal of the American Dietetic Association
The March 2008 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association contains articles and research studies you may find of interest.

Mouse model tightly matches pediatric tumor syndrome, will speed drug hunt
Frustrated by the slow pace of new drug development for a condition that causes pediatric brain tumors, a neurologist at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Clinical trial shows reduction in mortality for children with severe Langerhans cell histiocytosis
A new international study published in the March 1 edition of Blood, the journal of the American Association of Hematology, finds that introducing an increased intensity of chemotherapy in children with severe Langerhans cell histiocytosis can reduce the mortality rate for this disorder by as much as 20 percent when the patient demonstrates a rapid response to such treatment.
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