Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 07, 2012
Smallest and fastest-known RNA switches provide new drug targets
A University of Michigan biophysical chemist and his colleagues have discovered the smallest and fastest-known molecular switches made of RNA, the chemical cousin of DNA.

UCLA researchers discover that the sleeping brain behaves as if it's remembering something
CLA researchers have for the first time measured the activity of a brain region known to be involved in learning, memory and Alzheimer's disease during sleep.

Genome-wide study identifies 8 new susceptibility loci for atopic dermatitis
Researchers at the RIKEN Center for Genomic Medicine and their colleagues have identified 8 new loci associated with susceptibility to atopic dermatitis in the Japanese population.

A novel oncogenic network specific to liver cancer initiation
Researchers in Europe and Asia led by Erwin Wagner from the CNIO identify a connection between an oncogene, an epigenetic modulator and an anti-apoptotic regulator relevant to liver cancer initiation

World's first successful clinical trial to protect the brain from damage caused by stroke
A team of Canadian scientists and clinicians, led by Dr.

Breathe in, breathe out: New way of imaging lungs could improve COPD diagnosis and treatment
A new approach to lung scanning could improve the diagnosis and treatment of a lung disease that affects approximately 24 million Americans and is the country's third-highest cause of death.

Research highlights 'hidden crisis' of high levels of illness in Palestinian refugees
New research draws attention to the continuing and urgent health emergency facing Palestinians living under occupation, especially the health and well-being issues surrounding refugees from the occupied Palestinian territories.

Stanford researchers show oil palm plantations are clearing carbon-rich tropical forests in Borneo
Demand for palm oil is driving deforestation in Borneo, as trees are cleared to make way for the planting of oil farm plantations, which will send carbon dioxide, a global-warming gas, into the atmosphere.

Bariatric surgery not silver bullet for sleep apnoea
Although bariatric surgery results in greater weight loss than conventional measures, new research shows this does not translate into significantly greater improvement in obstructive sleep apnoea.

Researchers identify potential new neuroprotective agent for stroke patients
Scientists have shown that a drug called NA-1 results in fewer brain lesions in patients who have undergone surgery to repair a brain aneurysm, compared to placebo, and appears to be safe to use, according to an Article published Online First in The Lancet Neurology.

Discovery of gatekeeper nerve cells explains the effect of nicotine on learning and memory
Swedish researchers at Uppsala University have, together with Brazilian collaborators, discovered a new group of nerve cells that regulate processes of learning and memory.
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