Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 18, 2011
Heart rate recovery predicts clinical worsening in pulmonary hypertension
Heart rate recovery at one minute after a six-minute walking distance test is highly predictive of clinical worsening and time to clinical worsening in patients with idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension, according to a new study.

As probiotics use grows for gut health, VSL#3 has designations for specific GI issues
A growing US market for probiotics indicates that the healthcare community and consumers recognize the value of these beneficial microorganisms for intestinal health.

The protest vote prevails when a landslide victory is expected
Researchers at the Juan March foundation and the Duke University have analyzed the reason for casting a protest vote as a way of expressing unhappiness with a party during elections.

NRL Monterey develops more accurate tropical cyclone prediction model
While the prediction of hurricane tracks have steadily improved over the last few decades, improvements in the predictions of storm intensity and structure have proven much more difficult.

Tweaking a gene makes muscles twice as strong
An international team of scientists has created super-strong, high-endurance mice and worms by suppressing a natural muscle-growth inhibitor, suggesting treatments for age-related or genetics-related muscle degeneration are within reach.

Colon cancer screening campaign erases racial, gender gaps in use of colonoscopy
A study conducted by Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health and the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene demonstrates the notable success of a multifaceted campaign to improve colonoscopy rates among racial and ethnic minorities and women.

Old drugs find new target for treating brain tumor
Scientists at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, in collaboration with colleagues in Boston and South Korea, say they have identified a novel gene mutation that causes at least one form of glioblastoma, the most common type of malignant brain tumor.

A corny turn for biofuels from switchgrass
Introducing a special corn gene into switchgrass was found to significantly boost the viability of the switchgrass biomass as a feedstock crop for advanced biofuels.

Jeopardy! winnings spur IBM and Scripps Research Institute collaboration to fight against malaria
IBM's Watson computing system broke new ground earlier this year when it defeated two celebrated human competitors on the Jeopardy! game show.

Missouri Botanical Garden signs exchange agreement with 3 botanical institutions in China
The Missouri Botanical Garden has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with three of China's botanical institutions in an effort to promote conservation, education and awareness about plant diversity.

IOF Regionals - 1st Latin America Osteoporosis Meeting to take place in São Paulo, Brazil
Physicians across a broad range of medical fields, clinical researchers and bone experts from throughout Latin America will meet in São Paulo, Brazil from May 24-27, 2012 for the IOF Regionals - 1st Latin America Osteoporosis Meeting.

NASA's TRMM satellite sees deadly tornadic thunderstorms in Southeastern US
Tornadoes are expected to accompany severe storms in the springtime in the US, but this time of year they also usually happen.

Trainee earns prestigious emergency medicine research award
University of Louisville Pediatric Emergency Department fellow Alyssa Turner, M.D., has been awarded the Willis Wingert Award for her platform presentation at the American Academy of Pediatrics annual meeting.

Walking through doorways causes forgetting, new research shows
We've all experienced it: The frustration of entering a room and forgetting what we were going to do.

GOES satellite eyeing late season lows for tropical development
Its late in the Atlantic and eastern Pacific hurricane seasons, but the calendar isn't stopping the tropics.

MU researchers develop tool that saves time, eliminates mistakes in diabetes care
In the fast-paced world of health care, doctors are often pressed for time during patient visits.

Chalmers scientists create light from vacuum
Scientists at Chalmers University of Technology have succeeded in creating light from vacuum - observing an effect first predicted over 40 years ago.

Hope on the horizon for patients with post-traumatic stress disorder
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the US Department of Veterans Affairs are teaming up for a research project aimed at advancing the treatment of military personnel suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.

Enzymatic synthesis of pyrrolysine, the mysterious 22nd amino acid
With few exceptions, all known proteins are built up from only twenty amino acids.

Underground water reservoirs for the Jordan Valley
Water scarcity in the lower Jordan valley is extreme and political differences among the neighboring countries are high.

Metabolic syndrome biomarkers predict lung function impairment after exposure to WTC dust
Metabolic syndrome biomarkers predict subsequent decline in lung function after particulate exposure, according to new research involving rescue personnel exposed to World Trade Center dust.

Great Plains river basins threatened by pumping of aquifers
Suitable habitat for native fishes in many Great Plains streams has been significantly reduced by the pumping of groundwater from the High Plains aquifer - and scientists analyzing the water loss say ecological futures for these fishes are

Canadian Diabetes Association announces Elsevier as new publisher of Canadian Journal of Diabetes
The Canadian Diabetes Association is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with Elsevier to publish the Canadian Journal of Diabetes beginning in January 2012.

Protection from severe malaria explained
Why do people with a hereditary mutation of the red blood pigment hemoglobin (as is the case with sickle-cell anemia prevalent in Africa) not contract severe malaria?

New NASA missions to investigate how Mars turned hostile
The Martian surface is incredibly hostile for life. It wasn't always this way. 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