Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 15, 2010
Drugs encased in nanoparticles travel to tumors on the surface of immune-system cells
Now a team of MIT engineers has devised a way to deliver the necessary drugs by smuggling them on the backs of the cells sent in to fight the tumor.

Home foreclosure symptom, not cause for increased crime rates, research shows
High levels of foreclosures in a community do not independently lead to increased crime rates, as previously believed, according to new research from the University of Texas at Austin.

Preventing and treating cancer in poorer countries -- so much can be done, even without expensive on-patent drugs and equipment
A group of leading cancer and public health experts are calling for a global movement on cancer care and prevention in low- and middle-income countries, similar to the HIV/AIDS movement that has transformed care in those nations in the past decade.

Preclinical inquiry into 1 mutation sheds light on addiction and a birth defect
When a certain protein is mutated or missing, symptoms of the neurodevelopmental disorder Rett syndrome arise, causing a gradual loss of brain function during early development.

Stress in middle age could contribute to late-life dementia
Psychological stress in middle age could lead to the development of dementia later in life, especially Alzheimer's disease, reveals research from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

Today's superheroes send wrong image to boys, say researchers
Watching superheroes beat up villains may not be the best image for boys to see if society wants to promote kinder, less stereotypical male behaviors, according to psychologists who spoke Sunday at the 118th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.

Sex between adolescents in romantic relationships is often harmless to their academics
The context in which adolescent sexual activity occurs can substantially moderate the negative relationship between sexual intercourse and education, according to research to be presented at the 105th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association.

Bacteria breakthrough is heaven scent
A team of marine microbiologists at Newcastle University have discovered for the first time that bacteria have a molecular

Better treatment of atrial fibrillation and its risks
The earlier that patients who suffer from atrial fibrillation obtain the correct treatment, the lower is the risk of serious secondary effects such as stroke.

Cultural capital is key to preparing for college and getting into a good school
An Indiana University researcher found that students with low-income or minority status do not prepare for college in the same way as their more privileged counterparts, regardless of their academic ability or plans to attend college.

Probing the nanoparticle: Predicting how nanoparticles will react in the human body
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a method for predicting the ways nanoparticles will interact with biological systems -- including the human body.

Gene that causes barnacles to avoid ship hulls identified
The substance medetomidine has proved effective in preventing fouling of ship bottoms.

Dogs' family status depends on family's locale
Man's best friend might just be treated like any other animal depending on where the owners live.

In NIH-funded study, researchers uncover step in brain events leading up to addiction
A regulatory protein best known for its role in a rare genetic brain disorder also may play a critical role in cocaine addiction, according to a recent study in rats, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a component of the National Institutes of Health.

Primary care doctors get little information about chronic sinusitis
Facial pain. Nasal congestion. Postnasal drip. Fatigue. These are hallmark signs of chronic sinusitis, a swelling of tissue in the nasal and sinus cavity.

Global health leaders advocate for expanding cancer care in developing countries
Global health leaders assert that the international community must now discard the notion that cancer is a

Scripps Research scientists uncover possible cocaine addiction trigger
Scientists from the Florida campus of the Scripps Research Institute have identified a protein that may act as the trigger controlling the addictive impact of cocaine in the brain.

Discovered gene causes Kabuki syndrome
Using a new, rapid and less expensive DNA sequencing strategy, scientists have discovered genetic alterations that account for most cases of Kabuki syndrome, a rare disorder that causes multiple birth defects and mental retardation.

Researchers discover genetic link between immune system, Parkinson's disease
A team of researchers has discovered new evidence that Parkinson's disease may have an infectious or autoimmune origin.

A heart beats to a different drummer
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University and Vanderbilt University found that pulsed infrared light can pace contractions in an avian embryonic heart, with no apparent damage to the tissue. 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