Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 07, 2010
Inhibiting serotonin in gut could cure osteoporosis
An investigational drug that inhibits serotonin in the gut, administered orally once daily, effectively cured osteoporosis in mice and rats, reports a new paper in Nature Medicine.

New magnetic tuning method enhances data storage
Researchers in Chicago and London have developed a method for controlling the properties of magnets that could be used to improve the storage capacity of next-generation computer hard drives.

Industrial cleaner linked to increased risk of Parkinson's disease
Workers exposed to tricholorethylene, a chemical once widely used to clean metal such as auto parts, may be at a significantly higher risk of developing Parkinson's disease, according to a study released today that will be presented at the American Academy of Neurology's 62nd Annual Meeting in Toronto April 10-17, 2010.

Improved conditions for peasants fuelled agricultural revolution
According to a history thesis from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, a peasant-friendly policy combined with opportunities to buy freeholds were the two key reasons for the major agricultural developments in Sweden during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Psychosocial problems are common in children with dental fear
Children and adolescents with severe dental fear often come from families with a turbulent background.

Dr. Constance Millar earns Forest Service Deputy Chief's Distinguished Science award
Research paleoecologist Connie Millar is well-respected within the scientific community for her leadership in interdisciplinary research, including climate change research.

A lower overall radiotherapy dose given in fewer, larger daily doses can result in better quality of life for patients with breast cancer
Radiotherapy for breast cancer patients given as a lower overall dose in fewer higher doses (hypofractionated), does not seem to increase adverse symptoms or result in worse body image compared with the international standard treatment, according to the self-reported experience of patients.

People out and about make cities secure
Young people who have experienced threats and violence feel more insecure than others in urban public spaces, especially when alone.

Women with gout at greater risk of heart attack than men
Women with gout are at greater risk of a heart attack than men with the disease, indicates research published ahead of print in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

Scientists identify first genetic variant linked to biological aging in humans
A new discovery has important implications for the understanding of cancer and age-associated diseases.

Gene that improves quality of reprogrammed stem cells identified by Singapore scientists
In Nature, Singapore scientists report that Tbx3 significantly improves quality of induced pluripotent stem cells.

Research award puts focus on future malaria prevention
The Faculty of Science at the University of Gothenburg has presented the recipient of their third annual Faculty of Science Research Award.

Virus-free technique enables Stanford scientists to easily make stem cells pluripotent
Tiny circles of DNA are the key to a new and easier way to transform stem cells from human fat into induced pluripotent stem cells for use in regenerative medicine, say scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine.

Conservation from space: Landscape diversity helps to conserve insects
Rugged, hilly landscapes with a range of different habitat types can help maintain more stable butterfly populations and thus aid their conservation, according to new findings published today in the journal Ecology Letters.

Has the mystery of the Portrait of Maud Abrantes been solved?
Amedeo Modigliani painted the Portrait of Maud Abrantes in 1908, on the back of a canvas on which he had already painted Nude with a Hat.

Estrogen-only HRT may increase risk of asthma after menopause
Estrogen-only hormone replacement therapy may increase the risk of developing asthma after the menopause, suggests a large scale study published ahead of print in the journal Thorax.
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