Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 01, 2009
Benefits from upper airway surgery for sleep apnea found to equal CPAP
Adults who struggle with CPAP treatment for obstructive sleep apnea should be considered candidates for reconstructive surgery on the upper airway, because it holds the same quality-of-life benefits but with more permanence.

Subjective symptoms of sleep quality and daytime sleepiness associated with declining quality of life
A study in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that self-reported worsening in initiating and maintaining sleep over a five-year period was significantly associated with poorer mental quality of life, and increasing daytime sleepiness symptoms were associated with both poorer physical and mental quality of life.

GERD patient satisfaction hinges on medication type and physician bedside manner
Patient satisfaction with their medications and the quality of interactions with their doctor reflect the success of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) therapy.

NYU Langone Medical Center researchers find altered micriobiome prevalent in the diseased esophagus
Gastroesophageal reflux diseases, or GERD, affects about 10 million people in the United States, yet the cause and an unexpected increase in its prevalence over the last three decades remains unexplainable.

Fox Chase researchers identify differences in treatments and outcomes of patients with second primary lung cancers versus those with one primary lung cancer
Patients with second primary lung cancers, when compared to those with one primary lung cancer, are more likely to have localized disease at the time of diagnosis and are more likely to receive surgical treatment rather than radiation treatment.

Advanced targeted therapies effective as first-line treatment for lung cancer
The world's top lung cancer specialists, medical professionals and researchers are convening this week in San Francisco, Calif., for the 13th World Conference on Lung Cancer, organized by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

Fox Chase finds that lung cancer patients respond to erlotinib following cetuximab therapy
Non-small cell lung cancer patients who have progressed on a cetuximab-containing regimen may respond to erlotinib, Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers reported today at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

Pancreatic cancer risk decreased by one anti-diabetic therapy, increased by others
The anti-diabetic medication metformin is associated with a reduced risk of pancreatic cancer in diabetics.

Race/ethnicity, family income and education associated with sugar consumption
The intake of added sugars in the United States is excessive, estimated by the US Department of Agriculture in 1999-2002 as 17 percent of calories a day.

Poor sleep in children may have prenatal origins
A study in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal Sleep found that alcohol consumption during pregnancy and small body size at birth predict poorer sleep and higher risk of sleep disturbances in 8-year-old children born at term.

M. D. Anderson study finds common diabetic therapy reduces risk of pancreatic cancer
Taking the most commonly prescribed anti-diabetic drug, metformin, reduces an individual's risk of developing pancreatic cancer by 62 percent, according to research from the University of Texas M.

Fox Chase finds all-biologic regimen efficacious and well-tolerated in elderly lung cancer patients
Previously untreated non-small cell lung cancer patients over the age of 70 respond well to a combination of bevacizumab and erlotinib, Fox Chase Cancer Center researchers reported today at the annual meeting of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer.

ADA releases position paper on food and water safety
The American Dietetic Association has released an updated position paper on food and water safety that reviews the current situation in this country, identifies new tools that can help decrease illness and encourages continued research, education and technological advances to keep the food and water supply safe.

Study finds increased 'sibling risk' of obstructive sleep apnea in children
A study in the Aug. 1 issue of the journal Sleep indicates that children have an increased risk of developing obstructive sleep apnea if they have at least one sibling who has been diagnosed with the sleep disorder.

TGen-led team is 1 of 7 selected for $1 million skin-cancer grants
An international scientific team led by the Translational Genomics Research Institute has received a $1 million grant to study skin cancer from the Melanoma Research Alliance.

Dementia induced and blocked in Parkinson's fly model
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have modeled Parkinson's-associated dementia for the first time. 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