Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 31, 2008
Acupuncture reduces pain and dysfunction in head and neck cancer patients after neck dissection
New data from a randomized, controlled trial found that acupuncture provided significant reductions in pain, dysfunction, and dry mouth in head and neck cancer patients after neck dissection.

Genetics of ALS progression
An upcoming paper in the June 1 issue of G&D, from Drs.

Indiana University research at the American College of Sports Medicine annual conference
This media tip sheet provides a sample of some of the studies Indiana University researchers are taking to the American College of Sports Medicine's annual conference in Indianapolis May 28-31.

UNC medical geneticist cautions against rushing into genetic testing
Just because scientific advances now allow individuals to learn their genetic make-up doesn't mean they should rush into genetic testing in hopes of making revolutionary improvements to their health, cautions a geneticist and practicing physician at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

NYP/Weill Cornell physician-scientists present latest cancer findings at ASCO meeting
Leading oncologists and cancer researchers at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center are presenting new basic and clinical research findings at the 44th American Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting in Chicago, May 30 to June 3.

Blocking signaling protein prevents prostate cancer spread, Jefferson scientists find
Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson in Philadelphia have shown that by blocking a signaling protein, they can prevent prostate cancer cells from metastasizing.

New stem cell therapy may aid the repair of damaged brains
According to some experts, newly born neuronal stem cells in the adult brain may provide a therapy for brain injury.

Study examines cold medication use in young children
Cough and cold medication use in young children has been linked to a significant number of adverse effects and several deaths.

Students with a dense family history of alcoholism are most at risk of alcohol-use disorders
Not all university students will

Drinking at an early age can lead to later alcohol dependence
An early age at onset of drinking is a strong predictor of subsequent alcohol dependence.

Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous benefit adolescents who attend
While Alcoholics Anonymous has existed for more than 70 years, and is the most commonly sought source of help for alcohol-related problems in the United States, there is little

Survivors of childhood Hodgkin's lymphoma at higher risk of future health problems
Adults who survived childhood Hodgkin's Lymphoma should be especially vigilant about cancer and cardiovascular screenings, according to researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues.

Brown Argus butterfly sees positive effects of climate change
Global warming is generally thought to have a negative affect on the habitats of many animals and plants.
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