Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 05, 2008
Food for thought -- regulating energy supply to the brain during fasting
If the current financial climate has taught us anything, it's that a system where over-borrowing goes unchecked eventually ends in disaster.

Mental barriers hamper obese women's efforts to get exercise
Research out of Temple University finds that obese women face a significantly higher number of barriers to exercise than their normal weight counterparts.

Prostate-cancer mortality is higher for overweight men with high insulin secretion pre-diagnosis
Excess bodyweight and high plasma concentrations of C-peptide (a protein that reflects the amount of insulin secretion) in men who are subsequently diagnosed with prostate cancer are reliable indicators that they are more likely to die from their disease than those with lower levels, according to findings from a substudy of the physician's health study published early online and in the November edition of the Lancet Oncology.

A little exercise goes a long way for severely obese
A little exercise goes a long way toward helping severely obese individuals improve their quality of life and complete important daily tasks, according to researchers at the Duke Diet and Fitness Center.

Disinfectants can make bacteria resistant to treatment
Chemicals used in the environment to kill bacteria could be making them stronger, according to a paper published in the October issue of the journal Microbiology.

Form of Crohn's disease traced to disabled gut cells
Scientists report online this week in Nature that they have linked the health of specialized gut immune cells to a gene associated with Crohn's disease, an often debilitating and increasingly prevalent inflammatory bowel disorder.

Visualizing election polls
Do you want to know the percentage of white women who support vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin?

Scripps Research scientists define structure of important neurological receptor
Scientists from the Scripps Research Institute have determined the structure of an adenosine receptor that plays a critical role in a number of important physiological processes including pain, breathing, and heart function.

Earliest animal footprints ever found -- discovered in Nevada
The fossilized trail of an aquatic creature suggests that animals walked using legs at least 30 million years earlier than had been thought.

Children aware of white male monopoly on White House
Challenging the idea that children live in a color or gender blind world, a new study from the University of Texas at Austin reveals most elementary-school-age children are aware there has been no female, African-American, or Hispanic President of the United States. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to