Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 07, 2009
Death rates same for diabetes and heart disease patients receiving drug therapy or surgery
There is no difference in mortality among patients with type 2 diabetes and heart disease who received prompt bypass surgery or angioplasty compared to drug therapy alone, according to a University of Pittsburgh-led study.

Routine diabetes screenings could cut health-care costs
Screening adults for diabetes could result in significant cost-savings for health-care systems compared to the costs of not screening individuals at all.

Research identifies 3-D structure of key nuclear pore building block
New research into the molecular machine that filters all information traveling in or out of the cell nucleus contributes to an unfolding picture of cellular evolution that shows a common architecture for the nuclear pore complex and the vehicles that transport material between different parts of the cell.

Medical therapy equal to bypass, angioplasty in patients with diabetes and stable heart disease
Optimal medical therapy for patients with diabetes and stable coronary heart disease is equally effective at lowering the risk of death, heart attack, and stroke as prompt revascularization procedures, according to results from an international multicenter clinical trial (BARI 2D).

A lethal cancer knocked down by one-two drug punch
Research at the Jackson Laboratory has yielded a new approach to treating leukemia, one that targets leukemia-proliferating cells with drugs that are already on the market.

Link unraveled between chromosomal instability and centrosome defects in cancer cells
In a new study, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute scientists disprove a century-old theory about why cancer cells often have too many or too few chromosomes, and show that the actual reason may hold the key to a novel approach to cancer therapy.

Recruitment of reproductive features into other cell types may underlie extended lifespan in animals
Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have found that certain genetic mutations known to extend the lifespan of the C. elegans roundworm induce
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