Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 13, 2012
New proteins to clear the airways in cystic fibrosis and COPD
Scientists discovered a new strategy to help CF and COPD patients clear the thick and sticky mucus clogging their lungs, leading to life-threatening infections.

Osteoarthritis risk not diminished in double bundle ACL surgeries
Osteoarthritis progression is not more likely in patients who have undergone single-bundle ACL reconstruction, says researchers presenting their work today at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in Baltimore.

$2 million to study role-switching cells in heart failure
The National Institutes of Health has awarded more than $2 million to a team of scientists from Washington University in St.

Chemicals in personal care products may increase risk of diabetes in women
A study lead by researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital shows an association between increased concentrations of phthalates in the body and an increased risk of diabetes in women.

Getting amped
Researchers at the California Institute of Technology and NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory have developed a new type of amplifier for boosting electrical signals.

Giving time can give you time
Many people these days feel a sense of

Caution needed with new greenhouse gas emission standards
Researchers developed a new model called GHOST (GreenHouse gas emissions of current Oil Sands Technologies), which accounted for the 'upstream' GHG emissions combined with information in the scientific literature on 'downstream' emissions.

Science goes through the roof
Top-notch molecular research swung into gear at Texas A&M University this week -- literally.

Faster simulation -- award for new method
Dominik Schillinger has been awarded the John Argyris Award for the development of a new method that can facilitate simulations in mechanical or civil engineering.

Mechanical engineers develop an 'intelligent co-pilot' for cars
Sterling Anderson, a Ph.D. student in MIT's Department of Mechanical Engineering, and Karl Iagnemma, a principal research scientist in MIT's Robotic Mobility Group have developed a new semiautonomous safety system for automobiles.

Common athletic hip disorder increases chances for sports hernia, study suggests
A sports hernia is a common cause of groin pain in athletes, however until lately little has been known as to why they occur.

How to make global fisheries worth 5 times more: UBC research
Rebuilding global fisheries would make them five times more valuable while improving ecology, according to a new University of British Columbia study, published today in the online journal PLoS ONE.

Mutation in gene IDH a possible target for AML treatment
Though the IDH gene seems far removed from cancer, mutation in the gene starts a cascade that predicts an aggressive form of AML.

Questionnaire completed by parents may help identify 1-year-olds at risk for autism
A new study by University of North Carolina School of Medicine researchers found that 31 percent of children identified as at risk for autism spectrum disorders (ASD) at 12 months received a confirmed diagnosis of ASD by age three years.

Robot sub research lands £720,000 contract
Two projects investigating the use of robot submarines to map and monitor the seas around the United Kingdom - collecting data that will inform future government policy on the protection of the marine environment - have received £720,000 in funding.

Poisons on public lands put wildlife at risk
Rat poison used on illegal marijuana farms may be sickening and killing the fisher, a rare forest carnivore that makes its home in some of the most remote areas of California, according to a team of researchers led by University of California, Davis, veterinary scientists.

Kessler Foundation's A.M. Barrett appointed to National Quality Forum Steering Committee
The National Quality Forum has appointed A.M. Barrett, MD, cognitive neurologist and clinical researcher, to the Steering Committee for the Neurology Endorsement Maintenance Project, which endorses and re-evaluates performance measures that specifically address neurological conditions including stroke.

Physicists in Mainz and all around the world cheer the discovery of the Higgs particle
The mystery of the origin of matter seems to have been solved.

Nuclear weapons' surprising contribution to climate science
Nuclear weapons testing may at first glance appear to have little connection with climate change research.

Twenty percent of US women were uninsured in 2010, up from 15 percent in 2000
Twenty percent of US women (18.7 million) ages 19-64 were uninsured in 2010, up from 15 percent (12.8 million) in 2000, according to a new Commonwealth Fund report on women's health care.

Randomized trial finds counseling program reduces youth violence, improves school engagement
A new study provides rigorous scientific evidence that a violence reduction program succeeded in creating a sizable decline in violent crime arrests among youth who participated in group counseling and mentoring and increases engagement in school.

Vitamin D deficiency and poorer lung function in asthmatic children treated with steroids
Vitamin D deficiency is associated with poorer lung function in asthmatic children treated with inhaled corticosteroids, according to a new study from researchers in Boston.

Want to lose weight? Keep a food journal, don't skip meals and avoid going out to lunch
Women who want to lose weight should faithfully keep a food journal, and avoid skipping meals and eating in restaurants -- especially at lunch -- suggests new research from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

ACL reconstruction technique improves outcomes in pediatric patients
A new study demonstrates the superiority of a specific technique to perform anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction in children.

IOS Press launches new journal, Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging
IOS Press is pleased to announce the launch of Biomedical Spectroscopy and Imaging, the first journal to integrate the broad areas of spectroscopy and imaging. 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