Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 28, 2009
Studies evaluate the anatomy and stability of ACL reconstruction with different techniques
An improved understanding of the anatomy of the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in recent years has generated a renewed interest in the evaluation of surgical techniques to repair the knee ligament.

Long-term outlook good for rotator cuff repairs
Patients who underwent a rotator cuff repair surgery experienced pain relief and improved shoulder function, even after a tear recurrence, according to a new study presented at the 2009 American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine Specialty Day in Las Vegas.

Elbow ligament reconstruction appears not to effect future professional advancement in baseball
New research presented at the 2009 American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine Specialty Day in Las Vegas suggests that elbow ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction prior to selection in the Major League Baseball draft does not increase the risk of future injury or affect the rate of professional advancement.

Scientists at CSHL discover mobile small RNAs that set up leaf patterning in plants
Leaves are optimized for photosynthesis only when their top and bottom halves are separated by an axis, giving each side a distinct identity and function.

US stimulus package unlikely to help cancer patients who face bleak future
The week after President Obama signed the US Stimulus Bill, which provides the National Institutes of Health with $10 billion and gives hope to American cancer funding, the Lancet Oncology publishes a series of reports exposing the reality of cancer services in the US as the recession bites harder.

Ex vivo neural stem cell expansion
In the March 1 issue of G&D, Dr. Christopher Fasano (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) and colleagues lend new mechanistic insight into the effective generation of neural stem cells outside of the neurogenic niche.

The Lancet Oncology warns against eroding patient confidentiality
Doctors face a critical ethical dilemma if they are faced with a patient who has tested positively for a genetic predisposition to breast cancer but who insists that this information is not be shared with her family.

Global recession tightens grip on cancer services and research spending
Reduced access to expensive cancer treatments, reduced investment in drug discovery and less support for cancer sufferers and survivors could all be on the horizon in continental Europe and in the UK, as the global financial crisis continues to squeeze the budgets of governments, companies and private individuals.
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