Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 06, 2012
Liver fat gets a wake-up call that maintains blood sugar levels
A Penn research team reports in Nature Medicine that mice in which an enzyme called histone deacetylase 3 was deleted had massively fatty livers, but lower blood sugar, and were thus protected from glucose intolerance and insulin resistance, the hallmark of diabetes.

Insect scientists to meet in Lincoln, Neb., in June
More than 300 entomologists from the United States and Canada will attend the 67th Annual Meeting of the Entomological Society of America's North Central Branch in downtown Lincoln, Neb., June 3-6, 2012, at the Embassy Suites Hotel.

Study shows Avastin has similar effect to Lucentis
The one year results from a study into whether two drug treatments, are equally effective in treating neovascular or wet age-related macular degeneration, have been reported today at an international research meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

LSU research finds orangutans host ancient jumping genes
LSU's Mark Batzer, along with research associate Jerilyn Walker and assistant professor Miriam Konkel, have published research determining that modern-day orangutans are host to ancient jumping genes called Alu, which are more than 16 million years old.

New vaccine shows promise in protecting against multiple strains of meningococcal serogroup
Researchers are one step closer to finding a vaccine that protects against a wide range of serogroup B meningococcal strains that have become the major cause of bacterial meningitis in many regions of Europe and North America, according to new research published online first in the Lancet Infectious Diseases.

First oral agent to quell invasive macular degeneration, restore lost vision
For the first time researchers report that an oral nutriceutical rapidly restores vision to otherwise hopeless patients who face permanent loss.

Trial launched into curry chemical's cancer-fighting properties
Compounds found in curry are being investigated as a way of improving drug response in patients with advanced bowel cancer in a new study launched Monday, May 7.

Diabetic retinopathy research could reduce screening costs
Peninsula College of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Exeter, has concluded that it would be a safe and cost-effective strategy to screen people with Type 2 diabetes who have not yet developed diabetic retinopathy, for the disease once every two years instead of annually.

Eye color may indicate risk for serious skin conditions
Eye color may be an indicator of whether a person is high-risk for certain serious skin conditions.

EU awards EUR 2.5 million research grant to Hebrew University professor, Canada and Belgium colleagues
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Prof. Tamir Sheafer, together with colleagues Prof.

A new candidate pathway for treating visceral obesity
Brown seems to be the color of choice when it comes to the types of fat cells in our bodies.

Multiple thought channels may help brain avoid traffic jams
Brain networks may avoid traffic jams at their busiest intersections by communicating on different frequencies, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Climatic effects of a solar minimum
Maar lake sediments reveal a grand solar minimum and the climate response recorded for the first time in the same climate archive highlights the need for a more differentiated approach to solar radiation.

The energy efficient soldier
US soldiers are increasingly weighed down by batteries to power weapons, detection devices and communications equipment.

Robot reveals the inner workings of brain cells
Researchers at MIT and Georgia Tech have developed a way to automate the process of finding and recording information from neurons in the living brain.
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