Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 09, 2010
Surgical technique relieves painful spine fractures in patients with metastatic cancer
A surgical technique appears to offer quick and effective relief for debilitating spinal fractures often suffered by patients with metastatic cancer, researchers reported at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) in Milan.

Investigational ovarian cancer drug shows promise against platinum resistant disease
A drug being developed as a treatment for ovarian cancer has shown single agent activity with durable disease control in some patients in a Phase-II clinical trial, an international research group has reported

Health halos that make us fat
People grossly underestimate the calories they eat as they become victims of the

Expressions to spice up language not always a walk in the park
The ability to speak a language at the level of a native is characterized by use of word combinations that mean something entirely different than the individual words suggest.

New targeted therapy adds benefit to erlotinib in some patients with advanced lung cancer
A subset of lung cancer patients seem to live longer and experience delays in disease progression when a new drug that targets a cancer-associated molecule called MET is added to treatment with erlotinib, the results of a double-blind Phase II trial show.

Clinical trials demonstrate effective weight loss strategies for obese and overweight adults
Lifestyle interventions, including physical activity and structured weight loss programs, can result in significant weight loss for overweight, obese and severely obese adults, according to two reports that were posted online today by JAMA.

Erlotinib improves progression-free survival as first-line therapy in advanced lung cancer
For patients with advanced lung cancer whose tumors carry EGFR activating mutations, first-line treatment with erlotinib nearly tripled progression-free survival compared to a standard chemotherapy combination, show results from the first prospective Phase III study to report findings in this setting.

Study reveals cancer-linked epigenetic effects of smoking
For the first time, UK scientists have reported direct evidence that taking up smoking results in epigenetic changes associated with the development of cancer.

UCSF Chancellor inducted into Academy of Arts and Sciences
UCSF Chancellor Susan Desmond-Hellmann, MD, MPH, will be inducted today into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, alongside some of the world's other most distinguished scholars, artists and institutional leaders.

Online games as social meeting places
In the world as a game board -- boundary crossing in online games, researchers Jonas Linderoth and Camilla Olsson at the University of Gothenburg analyze the culture of online games and the boundary-crossing community associated with the activity.

Budget constraints limit FDA inspections
Budgetary constraints are one of the principal factors that limit the US Food and Drug Administration's ability to conduct frequent and rigorous site inspections of pharmaceutical manufacturers, according to research published in the International Journal of Business Continuity and Risk Management.

Identifying subsets of patients who will respond to subsequent lines of chemotherapy
In a study presented at the 35th Congress of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), Dr Giovanni Bernardo from Fondazione Maugeri in Pavia, Italy, presented results that suggested it may be possible to identify subsets of metastatic breast cancer patients who are likely to respond to subsequent lines of chemotherapy.

Progress toward first commercial repellent for East Coast's stinker
Help may be on the way for people on the East Coast bugged out about the invasion of stink bugs.

Prepared meals and incentivized weight-loss program for obese and overweight women
In another article being released early online, Cheryl L. Rock, Ph.D., R.D., from Moores UCSD Cancer Center, La Jolla, Calif., and colleagues, conducted a randomized controlled trial of weight loss and weight maintenance in 442 overweight or obese women (BMI, 25-40), ages 18 to 69, over a two year period with follow-up between November 2007 and April 2010. 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