Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 21, 2008
Botox can improve first impressions for attractiveness, dating success
The popular cosmetic enhancement, botulinum toxin A positively effects first impression judgments in relation to attractiveness, dating success, and athleticism, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, Ill.

Children with hay fever more likely to experience headaches, facial pain
Children who suffer from bouts of allergic rhinitis are also more likely to suffer from headaches, facial pain, and ear aches than children without these allergies, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, Ill.

Carbon Disclosure Project: 'World's largest corporations seek clarity on climate change regulation'
Regulatory uncertainty is delaying investment decisions and corporate managers want greater transparency related to climate change policy development, according to CDP's annual report.

Study suggests some breast cancer patients facing radiation after a mastectomy may be over-treated
A new study suggests standard radiation therapy for some breast cancer patients may not be medically required and may, therefore, be causing unnecessary serious side effects such as lymphedema and pulmonary problems.

Cancer-causing gut bacteria exposed
Normal gut bacteria are thought to be involved in colon cancer but the exact mechanisms have remained unknown.

Climate change, human activity and wildfires
Climate has been implicated by a new study as a major driver of wildfires in the last 2,000 years.

Breast cancer survivors have high quality of life up to 15 years after lumpectomy/radiation
Women with breast cancer who are treated with lumpectomy and radiation report a high level of overall quality of life several years after treatment that is comparable to a general sampling of the adult women US population according to a survey conducted by physicians at Fox Chase Cancer Center.

Breast MRI scan could determine need for radiation therapy
For women whose breast cancer has spread to their lymph nodes, a magnetic resonance imaging scan could replace exploratory surgery as the method for determining whether those women need radiation therapy to treat their disease, according to a study to be presented during the annual meeting of the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology which opens today in Boston.

New HPV-DNA test for cervical precancerous disease has 90 percent success rate
Results of a study to determine the accuracy of a new rapid screening test for HPV (human papillomavirus), created specifically for use in the developing world, have shown it to be 90 percent accurate in detecting precancerous cervical disease when tested on a group of women in Shanxi province, eastern China.

ENT/sleep apnea patients experience higher levels of depression
Patients who experience a range of ear, nose, and throat-related health problems exhibited a greater prevalence of depression than is observed in the general population, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, Ill.

'Friendly' bacteria protect against type 1 diabetes, Yale researchers find
In a dramatic illustration of the potential for microbes to prevent disease, researchers at Yale University and the University of Chicago showed that mice exposed to common stomach bacteria were protected against the development of type I diabetes.

Quality assurance programs improve clinical trials
Quality assurance programs like the one at the Quality Assurance Review Center in Worcester, Mass., strengthen the quality of clinical trials, including cooperative groups conducting National Cancer Institute-supported clinical trials, thereby improving the standard of care in cancer patients, according to a study presented Sept.

New HPV test for developing countries shows high accuracy in predicting cervical disease: Study
A new HPV test developed by QIAGEN specifically for use in regions of the world with scarce resources is

New options when an old enemy returns
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most challenging malignancies to treat, and recurrence is common, even after initial treatment with surgery and radiation.

Reflux a possible factor in recurrent pediatric croup
Children who suffer from several occurrences of croup should be evaluated for reflux disorders, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, Ill.

Olfactory stimuli may influence dreams
What you smell as you sleep has the power to influence your dreams, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, Ill.

HPV DNA test identifies cervical pre-cancerous disease in developing countries with 90% success rate
Results of the first study to determine the accuracy of a new rapid screening test for HPV created specifically for use in the developing world, have shown it to be 90 percent accurate in detecting precancerous cervical disease when tested on a group of local women in Shanxi province, eastern China.

Surgery may help, but not cure, obese children with sleep disorders
Surgical interventions for many obese children suffering from obstructive sleep apnea may not cure the problem, says new research presented at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery Foundation Annual Meeting & OTO EXPO in Chicago, Ill.

U of M researchers identify gene linked to common ailment in labrador retrievers
Researchers at the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine have identified a gene in Labrador retriever dogs highly associated with the syndrome of exercise-induced collapse.

Primordial fish had rudimentary fingers
Tetrapods, the first four-legged land animals, are regarded as the first organisms that had fingers and toes.
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