Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 15, 2009
Blocking protein may help ease painful nerve condition
Scientists have identified the first gene that pulls the plug on ailing nerve cell branches from within the nerve cell, possibly helping to trigger the painful condition known as neuropathy, which is a side effect of some forms of chemotherapy and can also afflict patients with cancer, diabetes and other ailments.

Gladstone scientists reveal key enzyme in fat absorption
Scientists at the Gladstone Institutes of Cardiovascular Disease have found that a key enzyme involved in absorbing fat may also be a key to reducing it.

Alzheimer's disease therapeutic prevents long-term damage from TBI in pre-clinical studies
A class of Alzheimer's disease drugs currently studied in clinical trials appears to reduce damage caused by traumatic brain injury in animals, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center report in an upcoming advance online publication of Nature Medicine.

New technology opens gateway to studying HIV-specific neutralizing antibodies
A new research endeavor has assembled a group of state-of-the-art techniques for the first time to study the phenomenon of natural antibody-mediated HIV neutralization.

Phylonix granted broad US patent for assessing cardiac functions in zebrafish
Phylonix Pharmaceuticals announced, at the Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting beginning today in Baltimore, that the US Patent and Trademark Office has issued the company a broad patent for assessing the toxicity of pharmaceutical test agents on cardiovascular functions in zebrafish, specifically enabling assessment of cardiotoxicity during early stages of drug development.

Studies show children can complete treatment for peanut allergies and achieve long-term tolerance
A carefully administered daily dose of peanuts has been so successful as a therapy for peanut allergies that a select group of children is now off treatment and eating peanuts daily, report doctors at Duke University Medical Center and Arkansas Children's Hospital.

What scents did the ancient Egyptians use?
The Ancient Egyptians cherished their fragrant scents, too, as perfume flacons from this period indicate.

The key to good foreign aid: Research highlights aid achievements in Solomon Islands
Health aid contributes 60 percent of funding to the Solomon Islands.

No hiding place for infecting bacteria
Scientists in Colorado have discovered a new approach to prevent bacterial infections from taking hold.

Cellular discovery may lead to targeted treatment for rare form of anemia
University of Cincinnati researchers have identified the specific biological mechanisms believed to lead to a rare and incurable blood disease known as Diamond Blackfan anemia.

Sea level rise due to global warming poses threat to New York City
Global warming is expected to cause the sea level along the northeastern US coast to rise almost twice as fast as global sea levels during this century, putting New York City at greater risk for damage from hurricanes and winter storm surge, according to a new study led by a Florida State University researcher.

New organic material may speed Internet access
The next time an overnight snow begins to fall, take two bricks and place them side by side a few inches apart.

A natural approach for HIV vaccine
By harnessing the natural immune response in

Genetic abnormality may increase risk of blood disorders
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have shown for the first time that a tendency to develop some blood disorders may be inherited.

A sticky business -- how cancer cells become more 'gloopy' as they die
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