Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 27, 2008
New research on pre-eclampsia in mice may have important implications for humans
Researchers studying pre-eclampsia, a serious and potentially deadly disorder that affects about 5 percent of pregnancies, report new findings in mice that may have important implications for diagnosis and treatment in humans.

Dementia in developing nations may have been substantially underestimated
Different methods for calculating dementia prevalence have revealed that many cases may have been missed by conventional criteria.

Pre-eclampsia may be autoimmune disease
Biochemists at the University of Texas Medical School at Houston say they are the first to provide pre-clinical evidence that pregnancy-induced high blood pressure or pre-eclampsia may be an autoimmune disease.

Bacteria reveal secret of adaptation at Evolution Canyon
Bacteria living on opposite sides of a canyon have evolved to cope with different temperatures by altering the make-up of their 'skin,' or cell membranes.

Prevalence of dementia in the developing world underestimated
Previous estimates of levels of dementia in the developing world may have substantially underestimated the problem, according to research published today.

Francisella tularensis: Stopping a biological weapon
Scientists hope a vaccine is on the horizon for tularemia, a fatal disease caused by the pathogen Francisella tularensis, an organism of concern as a potential biological warfare agent.

Defining DNA differences to track and tackle typhoid
For the first time, next-generation DNA sequencing technologies have been turned on typhoid fever -- a disease that kills 600,000 people each year.

Scientists demonstrate highly directional semiconductor lasers
Applied scientists at Harvard University in collaboration with researchers from Hamamatsu Photonics in Hamamatsu City, Japan, have demonstrated, for the first time, highly directional semiconductor lasers with a much smaller beam divergence than conventional ones.

Angiotensin receptor blockers are lower incidence, progression of Alzheimer's disease
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have, for the first time, found that angiotensin receptor blockers -- a particular class of anti-hypertensive medicines -- are associated with a striking decrease in the occurrence and progression of dementia.

Lung inflammation from influenza could be turned off with new discovery
A new discovery could lead to treatments which turn off the inflammation in the lungs caused by influenza and other infections.
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