Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 01, 2008
New research offers insight into oral cancer, chronic pediatric ear infections, and hearing health
Three new studies published in the June 2008 edition of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery focus on what role gender plays in the prognosis of oral tongue cancer, chronic ear infections in children, and the success rates of hearing aid implants in the elderly.

It's okay to keep those feelings inside, new study suggests
Contrary to popular notions about what is normal or healthy, new research has found that it is okay not to express one's thoughts and feelings after experiencing a collective trauma, such as a school shooting or terrorist attack.

Fatal mine collapse covered 50 acres
New calculations show that the deadly Crandall Canyon mine collapse -- which registered as a magnitude-3.9 earthquake -- began near where miners were excavating coal and quickly grew to a 50-acre cave-in, University of Utah seismologists say in a report on the tragedy.

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

Combination therapy packs 1-2 punch against melanoma
Disabling a protein frequently found in melanoma tumors may make the cancer more vulnerable to chemotherapy, according to a pilot study led by researchers in the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Prenatal biochemical screening only detects half of chromosomal abnormalities
Prenatal biochemical screening tests are widely used to look for chromosomal abnormalities in the fetus which can lead to serious handicap, or even death during gestation or in the first few days after birth.

New facility boosts gas hydrates research
A new flow loop commissioned by CSIRO will help researchers find solutions to predict and control gas hydrates formation in offshore oil and gas production pipelines.

Genetic mutation linked to walking on all fours
What are the genes implicated in upright walking of humans?

Potential treatments from cryptic genes
Big pharma gave up on soil bacteria as a source of antibiotics too soon, according to research published in the June issue of Microbiology.

Ecological globalization
Ecosystems are constantly exchanging materials through the movement of air in the atmosphere, the flow of water in rivers and the migration of animals across the landscape.

21,000 Victorians suffer from work-related depression
Almost one in six cases of depression among working Victorians are caused by job stress.

New combination therapy safe, promising for melanoma patients
Researchers in the melanoma and skin cancer program at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute combined two biotherapies, high-dose interferon alfa-2b and tremelimumab, and found the combination may be beneficial for patients with inoperable melanoma.

Advances in C. difficile research
New research into the toxins, virulence, spread and prevention of the superbug Clostridium difficile is reported in the June special issue of the Journal of Medical Microbiology.

Bamboo instant houses will soon shelter Sichuan quake victims
A USC professor on sabbatical in China has created a prototype of a sturdy, quick-to-build bamboo house designed to help the vast number of people made homeless by the May 12 Sichuan earthquake.

How advanced prostate cancer becomes resistant to androgen-deprivation therapy
A team of researchers at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center has uncovered what may be the key to understanding how prostate tumors eventually become resistant to androgen-deprivation therapy.

UQ researchers improve foods for elderly
Improved foods for elderly patients with swallowing difficulties are a potential outcome from a new industry linkage grant awarded to a team of University of Queensland researchers.

Mom's behavior key to dad's involvement in child care
Mothers play an important role in determining how much fathers get involved in taking care of their infants, according to new research.

Long-term bouts with hay fever worsen ability to breathe through your nose
New evidence for the first time suggests that people suffering from hay fever will over time experience a progressive worsening of their nasal passage functioning, depending on how long they have the disorder.
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