Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 04, 2009
Tai Chi may be an effective treatment for dizziness, balance issues
Tai Chi, a form of Chinese martial arts often practiced for its health benefits, may be an effective treatment option for patients who suffer from dizziness and balance disorders (also known as vestibular disorders).

Addition of whole-brain radiation therapy to standard radiosurgery results in worse learning and memory function for patients with brain tumors
Patients with brain tumors are currently treated with stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS), with or without whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT), but to date it has been unclear whether addition of WBRT outweighed the risks.

Global death toll: 1 million premature babies every year
Some 13 million babies worldwide were born preterm and more than 1 million die annually as a result, according to the Global and Regional Toll of Preterm Birth, a white paper by the March of Dimes, the World Health Organization's Department of Reproductive Health and Research, Save the Children USA, and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health.

Designing drugs and their antidotes together improves patient care
Imagine a surgical patient on a blood-thinning drug who starts bleeding more than expected, and an antidote that works immediately -- because the blood thinner and antidote were designed to work together.

Minimally invasive procedure effective for treating snoring
Radiofrequency ablation, a procedure that uses heat to shrink the tissue of the soft palate, is an effective and minimally invasive procedure that can be used to treat patients who snore.

New type of genetic change identified in inherited cancer
Duke University Medical Center and National Cancer Institute scientists have discovered that a novel genetic alteration -- a second copy of an entire gene -- is a cause of familial chordoma, an uncommon form of cancer arising in bones and frequently affecting the nervous system.

Understanding a cell's split personality aids synthetic circuits
As scientists work toward making genetically altered bacteria create living

Stress, fatigue plague patients with allergic rhinitis and obstructive sleep apnea
Patients who suffer from both allergic rhinitis and obstructive sleep apnea may experience escalated symptoms of stress and fatigue.

Hoarseness predominates in vocal health issues for inner city children
Hoarseness, a common and widespread vocal health issue, is the chief complaint of patients in an inner city pediatric voice clinic.

Cosmetic eyelid surgery can boost quality of life for patients
Cosmetic surgery that repairs droopy eyelids, also known as blepharoplasty, has an overall positive impact on patients' quality of life.

Radiofrequency energy technique as effective as tonsillectomy surgery
Radiofrequncy tonsillotomy, which enables surgeons to reduce the size of the tonsillar tissue instead of removing the tonsils entirely, seems to be an effective and safe method of treating children with symptoms of enlarged tonsils.

Many patients with sleep apnea also suffer from GI tract conditions
Patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea also tend to have additional gastrointestinal tract conditions, such as gastric reflux and hiatal hernia, which form at the opening in your diaphragm where your food pipe joins your stomach.

UNC study pinpoints gene controlling number of brain cells
This study suggests that a single gene, called GSK-3, controls the signals that determine how many neurons actually end up composing the brain.

Battery ingestion not uncommon in children; caregivers and physicians need education
Ten years of case studies at a pediatric hospital and a thorough literature review have shown that it is not uncommon for children to ingest small

Study finds 231 new genes associated with head and neck cancer
A Henry Ford Hospital study has identified 231 new genes associated with head and neck cancer, one of the most deadly cancers responsible for 2.1 percent of all cancer deaths in the United States.

Curcumin may inhibit nicotine-induced activation of head and neck cancers
Curcumin, the compound that gives curry powder its yellow/orange color, may inhibit the adverse effects of nicotine in patients with head and neck cancer who continue to smoke.

Prompt diagnosis of ear infections can improve outcome for organ transplant recipients
Organ transplant recipients benefit significantly when they are monitored and receive prompt diagnosis and treatment for otitis media, a common inner ear infection.

Brazilians judge facial beauty differently than North Americans
Standard ideals of facial beauty and harmony may differ depending on geographic location, with a specific difference between North American beauty ideals and those of Brazilians.

Graphite mimics iron's magnetism
Researchers of Eindhoven University of Technology and the Radboud University Nijmegen in The Netherlands show for the first time why ordinary graphite is a permanent magnet at room temperature.

Patients with chronic rhinosinusitis have increased incidence of other chronic illnesses
Patients who suffer from chronic rhinosinusitis also tend to suffer from other chronic illnesses, like asthma, hypertension and arthritis.

Photodynamic therapy effective for certain head and neck cancers
A combination of medications and a particular light therapy is effective at treating certain types of head and neck cancers in subtropical climates.

Team finds a better way to watch bacteria swim
Researchers have developed a new method for studying bacterial swimming, one that allows them to trap Escherichia coli bacteria and modify the microbes' environment without hindering the way they move.

Alternative medicine use increasing for patients suffering with chronic rhinosinusitis
A new study suggests that a growing segment of patients are turning to complementary and alternative medical therapies to help treat the symptoms of chronic rhinosinusitis. 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