Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 25, 2011
Great expectations
Northwestern University chemists recently teamed up with a University of Maine physicist to explore the question,

Joseba Sarrionandia's other creative side
Joseba Sarrionandia is not only a writer, he is also a prolific translator.

Genetic defect disturbs salt handling and pushes up blood pressure levels
Scientists from Max Planck identify the gene responsible for hypertension.

UC planning student's senior thesis looks inside tent cities
With his June 2011 senior thesis examining tent cities, UC planning graduate Andrew Heben seemingly foreshadowed current Occupy protests.

Patients with a wide range of autoimmune disorders have much greater risk of pulmonary embolism, and prophylaxis could be warranted
When patients have been admitted to hospital for an autoimmune disorder, they have a much greater risk of having a pulmonary embolism during the following 12 months.

VOICE trial indicates daily dosing of tenofovir gel ineffective
An independent review of the VOICE study, funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and conducted by the Microbicide Trials Network, determined that tenofovir gel was no more effective than placebo gel in preventing HIV.

Hypoglossal nerve stimulation increases airflow during sleep in obstructive sleep apnea
Hypoglossal nerve stimulation produced marked dose-related increases in airflow in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients without arousing them from sleep, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Sleep Disorders Center.
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