Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 05, 2009
New technique developed to evaluate basketball players
A team of Spanish and American researchers has developed a method to evaluate basketball players that will, they say, better meet the requirements of the sport's trainers and experts.

Rosiglitazone (Avandia) used in combination therapy for type 2 diabetes does not increase risk of cardiovascular disease or death but increases heart failure, and fractures in women
Using rosiglitazone (Avandia) in combination with standard diabetes treatments (metformin or a sulfonylurea) to lower blood glucose in type 2 diabetics does not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease or death.

Dental snapshot
At present, dental technicians can only make dentures using a bite impression.

Risks of sharing personal genetic information online need more study, Stanford bioethicists say
With just $399 and a bit of saliva in a cup, consumers can learn about their genetic risk for diseases from breast cancer to diabetes.

Geography and history shape genetic differences in humans
New research indicates that natural selection may shape the human genome much more slowly than previously thought.

Faculty of Translational Medicine boosts support for biomedical researchers
A new Faculty of Translational Medicine has been launched to increase support for, and enhance collaboration among researchers as they search for new treatments and diagnostic tests for a range of diseases and conditions.

FSU study links 'warrior gene' to gang membership, weapon use
Boys who carry a particular variation of the gene Monoamine oxidase A (MAOA), sometimes called the

Drinking water from air humidity
Not a plant to be seen, the desert ground is too dry.

Researchers develop the first climate-based model to predict Dengue fever outbreaks
An interdisciplinary team of researchers from the University of Miami and the University of Costa Rica have used global climatological data and vegetation indices from Costa Rica, to predict Dengue outbreaks in the region.

Fatigue common after myocardial infarction
Half of all patients who undergo myocardial infarction are experiencing onerous fatigue four months after the infarction.

'Smart' process may boost economics of biofuel production
On Monday, June 8, at the North American Meeting of the Catalysis Society, PNNL scientist David King talks about a new, one-step process to convert cellulose and other biomass into a chemical that can serve as a precursor to make fuels and plastics.

JDRF launches innovative cure collaboration partnership with Sanford Health
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, the world's leading charitable funder and advocate of diabetes research, said today that it is partnering with Sanford Health, an integrated health care system in South Dakota and the Midwest, in an innovative

Minority medical students receive support to pursue hematology research
The American Society of Hematology announces the selection of 15 participants for its 2009 Minority Medical Student Award Program, which encourages minority medical students to purse an interest in hematology research.

NEJM study points to new era in hepatitis C treatment
For patients with the most common form of hepatitis C, the addition of a hepatitis C-specific protease inhibitor called telaprevir to the current standard therapy can significantly improve the chances of being cured, and it does it in half the time of standard therapy alone.

Fatty foods -- not empty stomach -- fire up hunger hormone
New research led by the University of Cincinnati suggests that the hunger hormone ghrelin is activated by fats from the foods we eat -- not those made in the body -- in order to optimize nutrient metabolism and promote the storage of body fat.

ONR battery technology extends life of bomb disposal robots
An ONR-sponsored team devises, designs and delivers an innovative solution to extend the battery life of remotely powered Talon robots by 23 percent, extending battery life to diffuse complex explosives.

Shaping modern geology
The 20 chapters in this new GSA memoir explore how modern geology began to take shape during a momentous period of Western civilization when a revolution in understanding spatial relationships transformed the paradigm of nature and the affairs of humankind.

Asthma rates and where you live
A new study shows how neighborhood characteristics play a significant role in childhood asthma.

Scholars define global health, call for partnerships between developed and developing countries
Despite increasingly frequent references to global health from media, scholars and students, the term is rarely defined.

Middle-aged women experience more stress but have lower blood pressure
Both blood pressure and serum lipid levels have improved in Swedish middle-aged women during the past 30 years.

Versartis publishes 2 preclinical abstracts at American Diabetes Association meeting
Versartis Inc., a new company developing novel biologics with enhanced properties for patients with metabolic diseases, published abstracts for preclinical data on its two product candidates, VRS-859 (exenatide-rPEG) and VRS-808 (glucagon-rPEG), at the American Diabetes Association Scientific Sessions annual meeting beginning today in New Orleans.

American Society for Microbiology honors Millicent Goldschmidt
The 2009 American Society for Microbiology Roche Diagnostics Alice C.

If at first you don't succeed, let the search engine try
No matter how good a search engine is, it is sometimes necessary to change the search terms to get the information you need.

Government of Canada announces funding for research on the H1N1 flu virus
The Honorable Leona Aglukkaq, minister of health, is pleased to announce another measure to address the H1N1 flu virus.

Hypospadias, a birth defect of the male urethra, is not increasing in New York state
In recent decades, there have been periodic reports of a worldwide decline in sperm count and quality.

BMC receives National Environmental Leadership Award from Environmental Protection Agency
Boston Medical Center received the 2009 National Environmental Leadership Award in Asthma Management from the US Environmental Protection Agency.
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