Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 06, 2008
Study shows rise in Cornwall's dolphin, whale and porpoise deaths
A study by the University of Exeter and Cornwall Wildlife Trust, published in the journal Biodiversity and Conservation, has revealed a disturbing rise in the number of whales, dolphins and porpoises found dead on Cornish beaches.

Slow exercise (not fast) is better for menopausal women
As we get older, our muscles deteriorate and we become weaker, which has serious implications.

Geologists study China earthquake for glimpse into future
The May 12 earthquake that rocked Sichuan Province in China was the first there in recorded history and unexpected in its magnitude.

Surrogacy still stigmatized, though attitudes changing among younger women
Although younger people are becoming more positive towards surrogate mothers, current day attitudes to surrogacy are still broadly negative, a scientist will tell the 24th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology tomorrow.

Counting tumor cells in blood predicts treatment benefit in prostate cancer
Counting the number of tumor cells circulating in the bloodstream of patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer can accurately predict how well they are responding to treatment, new results show.

Aggressive treatment of childhood eczema could help prevent asthma, says new study
More aggressive treatment of childhood eczema may be an important step in preventing asthma, says a new Australian study.

Cancer therapies from the ocean?
Scientists from Aberdeen, Luxembourg and the South Pacific have studied the properties of natural products derived from animals found in Fijian waters, and shown that not only may certain compounds have potential use in anti-cancer therapies, but others may also be useful for improving drug delivery, currently one of the most significant problems faced by medical researchers.

New treatment approach promising for lymphoma patients in the developing world
Preliminary results suggest that patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in the developing world might benefit from a modified chemotherapy regimen, researchers say.

Couples with fertility problems where the man is over 35 have increased difficulty in conceiving
Pregnancy rates decrease and miscarriages increase when a father is over 35 years of age, a scientist will tell the 24th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology tomorrow (Monday, July 7).

Special horseshoes measure acceleration in horses
A team of scientists from Wageningen University, led by Professor Johan van Leeuwen, has carried out studies both into the advantages of different rider techniques in reducing injury risk to horses, and into the benefits of a method of equine rehabilitation.

Extracorporeal life support doubles chances of survival in cardiac arrest patients
Extracorporeal life support combined with conventional cardiopulmonary resuscitation roughly doubles survival in adult hospital patients compared with CPR alone.

Herbal remedy reduces obesity and heart disease?
Scientists from Germany have recently discovered that extracts of a traditional herbal remedy derived from Tabebuia impetiginosa can act to delay the absorption of dietary fat in animal models.

Treatment delays result in poor outcomes for men with breast cancer
Men who develop breast cancer are often not treated until the disease has spread to the point that treatment becomes difficult, new results show.

A green solution to biofuel production
With the current drive towards production of alternative fuels from plant material, enzymes which can break down this material into useable compounds are required in industrial quantities and at a low cost.

UT Southwestern researchers identify new targets for RNAs that regulate genes
Tiny strands of genetic material called RNA -- a chemical cousin of DNA -- are emerging as major players in gene regulation, the process inside cells that drives all biology and that scientists seek to control in order to fight disease.
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