Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 24, 2009
Tips from the American Journal of Pathology
These are tips from the American Journal of Pathology for May 2009.

Drug therapy reduces neuroblastoma tumor growth in pre-clinical investigation
Researchers from the Children's Cancer Hospital at the University of Texas M.

Brain music
Every brain has a soundtrack -- probably many. Can those soundtracks be made useful?

Global health experts release new guidance on malaria elimination
Countries and policy leaders gain new guidance today on how and when to eliminate malaria, paving the way for the potential global eradication of the deadly disease.

Lice can be nice to us
Parasite infestations might have a good side. Wild mice from a Nottinghamshire forest have given experts at the University of Nottingham clues as to the importance of some parasites, such as lice, for the conditioning of a

IVCC and Syngenta start project for novel insecticidal active ingredient for malaria control
IVCC and Syngenta, a leading innovator in insecticidal technology, have launched a project to develop a new insecticidal active ingredient for public health applications, as part of IVCC's strategy to break the impasse in development of mosquito control products.

Landmark study demonstrates Gamunex improves health-related quality of life in patients with CIDP
A phase 3 trial of patients with a rare neurological condition, CIDP, data demonstrate that long-term treatment with Gamunex improves and maintains health-related quality of life, a significant advance for patients with this chronic and debilitating disease.

HIV positive and HIV negative patients have similar survival rates following liver transplant
HIV positive and HIV negative patients have comparable survival rates following liver transplant, according to new research presented today at EASL 2009, the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of Liver in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Capitol Hill gathering to examine US export controls and the American entrepreneurial space sector
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is pleased to announce that representatives from Virgin Galactic, SpaceX, and Bigelow Aerospace, will come together on April 29 at 1:00 p.m. in the Thornton Room of the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, to discuss the impact of US export controls on the American entrepreneurial space sector along with government experts.

Can middle class families make urban schools better?
According to a study released at the American Educational Research Association meeting in San Diego, middle-class parents can indeed have an impact on urban education.

Biolex presents Locteron US Phase 2a hepatitis C data at EASL
Interferon alpha is expected to remain the backbone of hepatitis C treatment, yet there are major issues with current formulations, including frequency of dosing and side effects that impact compliance.

Weill Cornell and Cornell's Johnson School present first annual business and medicine symposium
A new yearly intercampus symposium exploring how business and medicine can collaborate to solve today's health care challenges.

Survival rates for cancer rise across Ireland
Survival rates for cancer are continuing to rise even though the number of cases being diagnosed is increasing, an all-Ireland report launched today reveals.

Researchers find drug that inhibits acute leukemia cell growth
Researchers from the Children's Cancer Hospital at the University of Texas M.

At the limits of the photoelectric effect
By way of the classical photo effect, Einstein proved in 1905 that light also has particle character.

New target for maintaining healthy blood pressure discovered
In trying to understand the role of prostaglandins -- a family of fatty compounds key to the cardiovascular system -- in blood pressure maintenance, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and colleagues discovered that mice that lack the receptor for one type of prostaglandin have lower blood pressure and less atherosclerosis than their nonmutant brethren.

Payment reform and solutions to challenges facing primary care addressed in policy papers
New policy papers addressing comprehensive payment reform and solutions to challenges facing primary care physicians were released today by the American College of Physicians.

Run! It's the student council president
This study, which was released at the American Educational Research Association Conference in San Diego, shows that in urban school districts students in extracurricular activities are as likely to be bullies as they are to be bullied.

Levees cannot fully eliminate risk of flooding to New Orleans
Levees and floodwalls surrounding New Orleans -- no matter how large or sturdy -- cannot provide absolute protection against overtopping or failure in extreme events, says a new report by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council.

Mind over muscle
College-age women that smoke report they keep up the habit largely to avoid gaining weight.

Researchers identify a molecule that increases the risk of cardiac insufficiency
A team of scientists from the Center for Applied Medical Research of the University of Navarra has identified a key enzyme in the development of cardiac insufficiency.

3-D research model tackles prostate cancer spread
One of the few research projects to study the spread of prostate cancer to the bones using 3-D models of tissue-engineered bone is underway at Queensland University of Technology's Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation.

Two-pronged model could help foil tough cystic fibrosis infections
Dartmouth Medical School researchers have devised a new way to thwart the relentless bacterial infections that thrive in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis, unlocking new possibilities against a tenacious and toxic hallmark of the common genetic disease.

Evolution of human sex roles more complex than described by universal theory
A new study challenges long-standing expectations that men are promiscuous and women tend to be more particular when it comes to choosing a mate.

Drug inhibits neuroblastoma blood supply in pre-clinical tests
Researchers from the Children's Cancer Hospital at the University of Texas M.

USC partners with French drug discovery company on computer modeling effort
The neurotransmitter L-glutamate regulates countless biological systems in animals ranging from insects to human beings.

Hydrogen protects nuclear fuel in final storage
When Sweden's spent nuclear fuel is to be permanently stored, it will be protected by three different barriers.

DNA blueprint for healthier and more efficient cows
Ground breaking findings by an international consortium of scientists who sequenced and analyzed the bovine genome, could result in more sustainable food production.

Active galaxies flare and fade in Fermi telescope all-sky movie
The gamma-ray sky comes alive in a movie made from data acquired by NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope during its first three months of operations.

American Cancer Society awards 143 research grants to investigators at 83 institutions nationwide
The American Cancer Society, the largest nongovernment, not-for-profit funding source of cancer research in the United States, has awarded 143 national research and training grants totaling more than $51 million in the second of two grant cycles for 2009.

NASA's Swift satellite comet tally highlighted
A montage of comet images made using NASA's Swift spacecraft illustrates just how different three comets can be.

New mediator of smoking recruits
Current research suggests that smoking increases the production of osteopontin in the lungs, which contributes to the development of smoking-related lung disease.

100 days of African-American history
On May 1-3, the Center for African-American Research and Public Policy will hold a symposium that looks at the first 100 Days of President Barack Obama's administration from an African-American historical perspective.

Laughing hyenas, wailing levees, the sound of cheese and blaring bagpipes
Deteriorating screws in bridges, fish that listen in the dark, medical devices that use sound to treat disease, the detected comeback of a long-gone whale, the sound of hyenas, cheese, and bagpipes, and what evolution can teach us about cowardice.

Future for radioembolisation in patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma
Radioembolization with Yttrium-90 glass microspheres is a safe and effective treatment for patients with advanced HCC portal vein thrombosis, according to new research presented today at EASL 2009, the Annual Meeting of the European Association for the Study of the Liver in Copenhagen, Denmark.

Keeping rivers running in the 21st century
Growing concern over global environmental change, water resources, and river restoration and management are focusing unprecedented attention on the human dimensions of the problem. 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