Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 25, 2009
Treating ROP in tiny preemies; better glaucoma follow-up in urban clinic
Highlights of today's Scientific Program of the 2009 American Academy of Ophthalmology -- Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology Joint Meeting include: John T.

CSHL-led team discovers rare mutation dramatically increasing schizophrenia risk
An international team of researchers led by geneticist Jonathan Sebat, Ph.D., of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, has identified a mutation on human chromosome 16 that substantially increases risk for schizophrenia.

Master regulator found for regenerating nerve fibers in live animals
Researchers at Children's Hospital Boston have found an essential factor for regenerating neurons in the central nervous system, which normally can't regenerate.

Obesity may hinder optimal control of blood pressure and cholesterol
Obese patients taking medications to lower their blood pressure and cholesterol levels are less likely to reach recommended targets for these cardiovascular disease risk factors than their normal weight counterparts, according to new research presented at the 2009 Canadian Cardiovascular Congress hosted by the Canadian Cardiovascular Society and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

UC San Diego researchers reverse pulmonary arterial hypertension in mouse models
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego, have identified a key protein that promotes the development of pulmonary arterial hypertension in humans and mice.

The heart attack myth: Study establishes that women do have same the heart attack symptoms as men
The gender difference between men and women is a lot smaller than we've been led to believe when it comes to heart attack symptoms, according to a new study presented to the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress 2009, co-hosted by the Heart and Stroke Foundation and the Canadian Cardiovascular Society.

Testicular tumors may explain why some diseases are more common in children of older fathers
A rare form of testicular tumor has provided scientists with new insights into how genetic changes arise in our children.

Aerobic exercise no big stretch for older adults but helps elasticity of arteries
Just three months of physical activity reaps heart health benefits for older adults with type 2 diabetes by improving the elasticity in their arteries -- reducing risk of heart disease and stroke, Dr.

Berkeley researchers create first hyperlens for sound waves
Berkeley Lab researchers have developed the world's first acoustic hyperlens, a device that provides an eightfold boost in the magnification power of ultrasound, underwater sonar and other sound-based imaging technologies.

Oklahoma scientists discover promising new path for treating traumas
A discovery by scientists at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation could help save lives threatened by traumatic injuries, severe infectious diseases and diabetes.

Alberta neurologist recognized for developing novel brain scan to save lives
The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada has awarded Dr.

Clues to visual variant Alzheimer's; myopia and diabetic retinopathy risk
Two studies are of particular note in today's scientific program of the 2009 Joint Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology and the Pan-American Association of Ophthalmology: a report by Swiss neuro-ophthalmic researchers about vision exam clues that should make ophthalmologists suspect an atypical variant of Alzheimer's disease; and new evidence from a Singapore National Eye Center study that diabetics who are nearsighted may be less susceptible to diabetic retinopathy.

Fingerprint technology beats world's toughest tests ... including 100s of builders' thumbs
Technology developed by the University of Warwick that can identify partial, distorted, scratched, smudged, or otherwise warped fingerprints in just a few seconds has just scored top marks in the world's two toughest technical fingerprint tests.

Crossing paths
Existing research has shown that rates of binge eating are almost identical between white and African-American adult women.

Mantis shrimps could show us the way to a better DVD
The remarkable eyes of a marine crustacean could inspire the next generation of DVD and CD players, according to a new study from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Photonics.

Study shows how carbon nanotubes can affect lining of the lungs
Carbon nanotubes are being considered for use in everything from sports equipment to medical applications, but a great deal remains unknown about whether these materials cause respiratory or other health problems.

South Asian Canadians failing to get exercise message
Exercise is a wonderful way of boosting heart health, but it's proving to be a tough sell in Ontario South Asian communities, Dr.

Plastic Surgery 2009 news briefs
Plastic Surgery 2009 News Briefs are designed to keep you up-to-date on embargoed studies and other news being presented at the annual meeting of the ASPS held Oct. 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