Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 21, 2009
Implanted defibrillators: New recommendations for drivers with ICDs
Patients with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator have an ongoing risk of sudden incapacitation that might cause harm to others while driving a car.

EUROPACE raises remote monitoring profile
More European countries need to embrace the remote monitoring of cardiovascular implantable devices, rather than offering face to face clinic visits, concluded a press briefing at the EUROPACE 2009 meeting.

MRSA transmission between dogs, cats and humans: An increasing problem
MRSA infections that are transmitted between dogs/cats and their human handlers, and vice versa, are increasing -- with infections of the skin, soft-tissue, and surgical infections the most common.

Economic crisis heightens financial fallout for bereaved
A drop in the value of some older people's savings and investments during the current economic crisis will worsen the financial difficulties already felt by many when their partner dies.

A new weapon in the war against HIV-AIDS: Combined antiviral and targeted chemotherapy
A discovery by a team of Canadian and American researchers could provide new ways to fight HIV-AIDS.

Ice sheets can retreat 'in a geologic instant,' study of prehistoric glacier shows
Modern glaciers, such as those making up the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets, are capable of undergoing periods of rapid shrinkage or retreat, according to new findings by paleoclimatologists at the University at Buffalo.

Atrial fibrillation in endurance athletes still poses problems for sports cardiologists
Competitive sports and endurance training comes with a real -- even if rare -- twist.

DNA template could explain evolutionary shifts
Rearrangements of all sizes in genomes, genes and exons can result from a glitch in DNA copying that occurs when the process stalls at a critical point and then shifts to a different genetic template, duplicating and even triplicating genes or just shuffling or deleting part of the code within them, said researchers from Baylor College of Medicine in a recent report in the journal Nature Genetics.

From Jack the Ripper to great white sharks
What do great white sharks have in common with serial killers?

Dino-not-so-soaring
The largest animals ever to have walked the face of the Earth may not have been as big as previously thought, reveals a paper published today in the Zoological Society of London's Journal of Zoology.

Fate in fly sensory organ precursor cells could explain human immune disorder
Notch signaling helps determine the fate of a number of different cell types in a variety of organisms, including humans.

Big disparities in the treatment of arrhythmias across Europe
The latest statistics regarding the use of pacemakers and implantable cardiac devices in Europe was presented on Sunday, June 21, at EUROPACE 2009, the meeting of the European Heart Rhythm Association.

Researchers uncover approach for possibly eradicating HIV infection
Researchers have uncovered a possible method for eradicating HIV infection in the human body.

Transplant drug stimulates immune memory
Vaccination relies on cells that enable the immune system to respond faster and stronger upon second encounter with a pathogen.

The battle for CRTC2: How obesity increases the risk for diabetes
Obesity is probably the most important factor in the development of insulin resistance, but science's understanding of the chain of events is still spotty.
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