Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 05, 2011
Researchers find novel drug target for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder
A team of researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine has identified a promising therapeutic target in the brain, serotonin 1B, that could lead to the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Photovoltaics among fastest growing industries in the world
The tenth edition of the JRC PV Status Report indicates that in 2010, the photovoltaic (PV) industry production more than doubled and reached a world-wide production volume of 23.5 gigawatt (GW) of photovoltaic modules.

A study reveals the rhythms of communications between people
Communication between people is produced in bursts, with intense periods of conversations and long periods of inactivity.

New drugs hope for 'super-bug' yeast and thrush
Researchers are a step closer towards creating a new class of medicines and vaccines to combat drug-resistant and deadly strains of fungal infections, following a new study published today in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

The size and burden of mental disorders in Europe
A major landmark study released today by the European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) sheds new light on the state of Europe's mental and neurological health.

The Annual European Respiratory Society Congress in Amsterdam
The congress will build on the success of the previous ERS annual congresses and will be attended by the world's leading respiratory experts and professionals who will be presenting the latest cutting edge research in a large and varied scientific programme.

Research-oriented standards in gender equality: Clear advances in implementation
Interim reports by DFG members and evaluations now published on the Internet.

Study confirms that living with a smoker increases absenteeism in school children
Children who live in households where they are exposed to tobacco smoke miss more days of school than do children living in smoke-free homes, a new nationwide study confirms.

Ancient humans were mixing it up
Anatomically modern humans interbred with more archaic hominin forms even before they migrated out of Africa, a UA‑led team of researchers has found.

Non-epileptic seizures may be misdiagnosed longer in veterans
Psychogenic non-epileptic seizures may go undiagnosed for much longer in veterans compared to civilians, according to a new study published in the September 6, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Unions continue to take a beating in post-recession climate, UCLA study shows
The Great Recession and ensuing job crisis continue to take a toll on union membership, finds UCLA's annual report on the state of organized labor.

Key protein reveals secret of stem cell pluripotency
A protein that helps maintain mouse stem cell pluripotency has been identified by researchers at the RIKEN Omics Science Center.

Research gives crystal clear temperature readings from toughest environments
Researchers at the University of Warwick and Oxford University have developed a form of crystal that can deliver highly accurate temperature readings, down to individual milli-kelvins, over a very broad range of temperatures: from -120 to +680 degrees centigrade.

Male-female ring finger proportions tied to sex hormones in embryo; may offer health insights
Providing a genetic explanation for a raft of studies that link finger proportions with traits ranging from sperm counts and musical ability to health problems such as autism, depression and heart attack, researchers have found that male and female digit proportions are determined by the balance of sex hormones during early embryonic development.

McMaster researchers find missing genes may separate coach potato from active cousin
Missing key genes may be cause for lack of resolve to exercise

Embargoed news from Annals of Internal Medicine
Below is information about articles being published in the Sept.

The search for predictors of risk for PTSD
Data in a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggest that certain variants of a gene that helps regulate serotonin (a brain chemical related to mood), may serve as a useful predictor of risk for symptoms related to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following a trauma.

Even mild cognitive impairment appears to substantially increase risk for death
Cognitive impairment, even when detected at an early, mild stage, is a significant predictor of decreased life expectancy, according to a long-term study by researchers from the Regenstrief Institute and the Indiana University School of Medicine published in the Sept.

Stomach bacterium damages human DNA
The stomach bacterium Helicobacter pylori is one of the biggest risk factors for the development of gastric cancer, the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths in the world.

AIT unveils portfolio of 16 nanotechnology products
A whopping portfolio of 16 Nanotechnology products and processes were unveiled at the event titled

WHOI-led study sharpens picture of how much oil and gas flowed in Deepwater Horizon spill
In a detailed assessment of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, researchers led by a team from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) have determined that the blown-out Macondo well spewed oil at a rate of about 57,000 barrels a day, totaling nearly 5 million barrels of oil released from the well between Apr.

Bone meeting opens in Australia with record numbers and broad regional representation
The International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) Regionals - 2nd Asia-Pacific Osteoporosis and Bone Meeting and Australian and New Zealand Bone & Mineral Society Annual Scientific Meeting, with the Japanese Society for Bone and Mineral Research, attracted a record number of attendees from thoughout the Asia-Pacific.

Revisiting the David Nutt debate: Is it possible to rank different drugs by the harm they cause?
The scientific and political worlds were transfixed in late 2009 when UK drugs advisor Dr.

Novel method for increasing antibiotic yields
A novel way of increasing the amounts of antibiotics produced by bacteria has been discovered that could markedly improve the yields of these important compounds in commercial production.

2011 Balzan prizewinners announced today in Milan
The Balzan Prizewinners 2011 were announced today in Milan by the Chairman of the Balzan General Prize Committee, Salvatore Veca, together with the President of the Balzan

New polymer research could boost probiotics industry
A protective delivery vehicle that shuttles friendly bacteria safely through the stomach to the intestines could provide a major boost for the probiotics industry. 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