Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 01, 2009
Toxicity mechanism identified for Parkinson's disease
Alpha-synuclein is the main component of Lewy bodies, the clumps of aggregated proteins that form in the brains of Parkinson's disease patients.

Study shows that the societal, economic burden of insomnia is high
A study in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that the indirect costs of untreated insomnia are significantly greater than the direct costs associated with its treatment.

USC dentist links Fosomax-type drugs to jaw necrosis
Researchers at the University Of Southern California, School Of Dentistry, release results of clinical data that links oral bisphosphonates to increased jaw necrosis.

6 North American sites hold 12,900-year-old nanodiamond-rich soil
Abundant tiny particles of diamond dust exist in sediments dating to 12,900 years ago at six North American sites, adding strong evidence for Earth's impact with a rare swarm of carbon-and-water-rich comets or carbonaceous chondrites, reports a nine-member scientific team.

Arousal frequency in heart failure found to be a unique sleep problem
A study in the Jan. 1 issue of the journal Sleep demonstrates that the frequent arousals from sleep that occur in heart failure patients with central sleep apnea (CSA) may reflect the presence of another underlying arousal disorder rather than being a defensive mechanism to terminate apneas.

Oral health: Prevention is key
At this time of year, when many people may have consumed much more food and sugary drink than usual, the lead editorial in this week's Lancet is dedicated to oral health and its neglect.

MRSA pre-screening effective in reducing otolaryngic surgical infection rates
Pre-operative screening of patients for methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus may be an effective way to reduce infection rates following otolaryngic surgeries, according to new research published in the January 2009 issue of Otolaryngology -- Head and Neck Surgery.

Antioxidants offer pain relief in patients with chronic pancreatitis
Antioxidant supplementation was found to be effective in relieving pain and reducing levels of oxidative stress in patients with chronic pancreatitis.

Text messages could help tuberculosis drug compliance
Use of mobile phone text-messaging (or short message service/SMS as it is also known) could help tuberculosis patients in the world's most remote locations adhere to their treatment.

The gold standard: Biodesign Institute researchers use nanoparticles to make 3-D DNA nanotubes
In the Jan. 2, 2009, issue of Science, Hao Yan and Yan Liu, researchers at ASU's Biodesign Institute and faculty in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, reveal for the first time the 3-D character of DNA nanotubules, rings and spirals, each a few hundred thousandths the diameter of a human hair. 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