Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 31, 2009
NOAA and Smithsonian project to improve Chesapeake and Delaware bays' nearshore habitat management
NOAA has awarded the Smithsonian Institution's Environmental Research Center and several partner organizations $946,000 for the first year of an anticipated five-year, $5 million collaborative project to study the degradation of nearshore coastal habitats in the Chesapeake and Delaware bays.

Kidney transplants generally safe for lupus patients
Individuals with a history of lupus who receive a kidney transplant rarely develop the serious inflammatory condition lupus nephritis in their new organ, according to a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, Calif.

NOAA, the Nature Conservancy address coral reef threats
NOAA and the Nature Conservancy have entered into an agreement to protect the health of the nation's valuable but increasingly vulnerable coral reef ecosystems in the Caribbean, Florida, Hawaii and the Pacific Islands.

Women with chronic kidney disease more likely than men to go undiagnosed
Woman are at particular risk of their primary care physicians delaying diagnosis of chronic kidney disease, according to a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, Calif.

Can charcoal fight heart disease in kidney patients?
Charcoal may provide a new approach to managing the high rate of heart disease in patients with advanced kidney disease, according to preliminary research being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, Calif.

For dialysis patients, skinny is dangerous
Dialysis patients with low body fat are at increased risk of death -- even compared to patients at the highest level of body fat percentage, according to research being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego.

Henry Ford Hospital study: A MRSA strain linked to high death rates
A strain of MRSA that causes bloodstream infections is five times more lethal than other strains and has shown to have some resistance to the potent antibiotic drug vancomycin used to treat MRSA, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

A special issue on the International Workshop of the 2008 Solar Total Eclipse
In the Nov. 11 edition of Science in China Series G, the special issue presented the 2008 Solar Total Eclipse and the space solar project of the Space Solar Telescope of China in China and also abroad in recent years.

IVCC announces monitoring and evaluation system at MIM
IVCC will showcase its new Malaria Decision Support System at the 5th Pan-African Multilateral Initiative on Malaria conference in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov.

Switching immunosuppressants reduces cancer risk in kidney
Switching to a newer type of immunosuppressant drug may reduce the high rate of skin cancer after kidney transplantation, according to research being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, Calif.

Extending treatment after liver transplant may benefit patients with hepatitis C recurrence
Extending hepatitis C treatment for liver transplant patients beyond current practice results in high rates of clearance of the hepatitis C virus from the blood, as well as a low rate of relapse, according to a Henry Ford Hospital study.

NOAA awards $2.4 million to refine management strategies for the northern Gulf of Mexico dead zone
Scientists researching the causes and impacts of the dead zone in the northern Gulf of Mexico have been awarded more than $2.4 million for the first year of an anticipated $12 million multi-year NOAA research investment.

Help your kidneys: Pass on salt and diet soda
Individuals who consume a diet high in sodium or artificially sweetened drinks are more likely to experience a decline in kidney function, according to two papers being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's annual meeting in San Diego, Calif.

The cost of improving dialysis care
Improving survival among dialysis patients may increase treatment costs significantly, according to a paper being presented at the American Society of Nephrology's 42nd Annual Meeting and Scientific Exposition in San Diego, Calif.

Hepatitis B does not increase risk for pancreatic cancer
A Henry Ford Hospital study found that hepatitis B does not increase the risk for pancreatic cancer -- and that only age is a contributing factor.
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