Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 10, 2010
Study explains why light worsens migraine headaches
Scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have identified a new visual pathway that underlies sensitivity to light during migraine in both blind individuals and in individuals with normal eyesight.

UT rheumatologists advance genetic research related to disabling form of arthritis
Work done in part by researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston has led to the discovery of two new genes that are implicated in ankylosing spondylitis (AS), an inflammatory and potentially disabling disease.

Discovery of enzyme activation process could lead to new heart attack treatments
Researchers at the Indiana University and Stanford University schools of medicine have determined how a

Study sheds light on role of stem cells in children's brain tumor
New research from scientists at Queen Mary, University of London, shows how the most common type of children's brain cancer can arise from stem cells.

Researchers discover molecular security system that protects cells from potentially harmful DNA
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have discovered a molecular security system in human cells that deactivates and degrades foreign DNA.

Bering Strait influenced ice age climate patterns worldwide
In a vivid example of how a small geographic feature can have far-reaching impacts on climate, new research shows that water levels in the Bering Strait helped drive global climate patterns during ice age episodes dating back more than 100,000 years.

Can a drop of water cause sunburn or fire?
Why do gardeners say you shouldn't water your plants in the midday sun?

Imaging can differentiate different forms of Parkinsonism
Brain scans using positron emission tomography can identify with high accuracy which form of Parkinsonism a patient has.

Molecule repairs alcohol metabolism enzyme
About 1 billion people worldwide carry a genetic mutation that produces an inactive form of ALDH2, an important alcohol metabolism enzyme.

Researchers identify microRNA targets in C. elegans
MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are noncoding RNAs that impact almost every aspect of biology.

Quantum computer calculates exact energy of molecular hydrogen
In an important first for a promising new technology, scientists have used a quantum computer to calculate the precise energy of molecular hydrogen.

Research adds to evidence that autism is a brain 'connectivity' disorder
Studying a rare disorder that also causes autism in 25-50 percent of affected patients, new research at Children's Hospital Boston supports the emerging idea that autism results from disrupted brain
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