Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 08, 2008
Young patient waited ten months before being diagnosed with cancer
A specialist cancer nurse will tell Teenage Cancer Trust's Fifth International Conference on Teenage and Young Adult Cancer Medicine on Monday how a 20-year-old man waited for ten months before doctors correctly diagnosed him as suffering from Hodgkin lymphoma, after he was delayed by the referral pathway and hospital system.

Study identifies brain pathway that shuts down seizures
Researchers at the University of Iowa and the Veterans Affairs Iowa City Health Care System have uncovered a brain pathway that shuts down seizures.

Teenagers and young adults with cancer can face long delays before finally being diagnosed
Three studies being presented at Teenage Cancer Trust's conference in London on Monday have shed light on the extent of delays that teenagers and young adults can face before being diagnosed with cancer, and on some of the reasons why this happens.

New pathogen from pigs' stomach ulcers
Scientists have isolated a new bacterium in pigs' stomachs thanks to a pioneering technique, offering hope of new treatments to people who suffer with stomach ulcers, according to research published in the June issue of the International Journal of Systematic and Evolutionary Microbiology.

Duke scientists show why cells starved of iron burn more glucose
Duke University Medical Center scientists have found a mechanism that allows cells starved of iron to shut down energy-making processes that depend on iron and use a less efficient pathway involving glucose.

UCLA researchers develop new PET scanning probe that will allowing monitoring of the immune system
Researchers at UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center have modified a common chemotherapy drug to create a new probe for Positron Emission Tomography, an advance that will allow them to model and measure the immune system in action and monitor response to new therapies.

AcademyHealth honors leading health services researchers
AcademyHealth announced its 2008 award winners today. The four prestigious awards recognize individuals who have made significant contributions to the fields of health services research and health policy.

Caution on stem cell therapy
A single organ may contain more than one type of adult stem cell -- a discovery that complicates prospects for using the versatile cells to replace damaged tissue as a treatment for disease, according to a new study from the laboratory of geneticist Mario Capecchi, the University of Utah's Nobel Laureate.

Synthetic Biology: funders move to address social and ethical challenges
The report of an independent review of social and ethical challenges associated with research into, and the application of, synthetic biology, is published today (June 9).

Surprising graphene
Graphene is the two-dimensional form of carbon, a single layer of carbon atoms thought impossible as a free-standing crystal until created in 2004.

Origins of the brain
One of the great scientific challenges is to understand the design principles and origins of the human brain.

Diet prior to pregnancy determines sheep's gender
Maternal diet influences the chances of having male or female offspring.
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