Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 26, 2008
Purple tomatoes: The richness of antioxidants against tumors
Researchers from the John Innes Centre in Norwich, Great Britain, in collaboration with other European centers participating to the FLORA project, have obtained genetically modified tomatoes rich in anthocyanins, a category of antioxidants belonging to the class of flavonoids.

High-dose influenza vaccine shows increased immune response among adults 65 years of age and older
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of sanofi-aventis Group, announced today that an investigational high-dose influenza vaccine demonstrated increased immune responses among adults 65 years of age and older compared with the standard influenza vaccine.

MicroRNAs make for safer cancer treatments
Viruses -- long regarded solely as disease agents -- now are being used in therapies for cancer.

First international guidelines for treatment of psoriatic arthritis
Rheumatologists, dermatologists and patient advocates have come together to publish the first-ever international guidelines for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis, a disease that mainly affects people who have psoriasis but also some people without it.

Phase III data show efficacy/safety of iclaprim in patients with complicated skin infections
Arpida announced results from two pivotal phase III clinical trials that showed intravenous iclaprim, a novel antibiotic, had high clinical cure rates similar to those of the comparator drug, linezolid, in the treatment of complicated skin and skin structure infections caused by Gram-positive bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus.

Anti-cancer drugs are often used off-label in children and adults, particularly for palliative care
A review reporting off-label use of anticancer drugs reports that, between 1990 and 2002, the proportion of off-label drug use in children and adults ranged between 6.7 percent and 33.2 percent.

Study may explain exercise-induced fatigue in muscular dystrophies
A University of Iowa study suggests that the prolonged fatigue after mild exercise that occurs in people with many forms of muscular dystrophy is distinct from the inherent muscle weakness caused by the disease.

Study suggests HIV-infected patients should start HAART sooner
Mari M. Kitahata, M.D., of the University of Washington in Seattle, will present the following findings on Oct.

High dose of flu vaccine boosts immune response in elderly
Giving people age 65 and older a dose four times larger than the standard flu vaccine boosts the amount of antibodies in their blood to levels considered protective against the flu, more so than the standard flu vaccine does.

Fire out of Africa: A key to the migration of prehistoric man
The ability to make fire millennia ago was likely a key factor in the migration of prehistoric hominids from Africa into Eurasia, a researcher at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Institute of Archaeology believes on the basis of findings at the Gesher Benot Ya'aqov archaeological site in Israel.

Fried purple tomatoes
Scientists have expressed genes from snapdragon in tomatoes to grow purple tomatoes high in health-protecting anthocyanins.

Vaccinating family members offers important flu protection to newborns
Vaccinating new mothers and other family members against influenza before their newborns leave the hospital creates a
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