Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 21, 2012
New understanding of Antarctic's weight-loss
Scientists find present sea level rise is happening with apparently very little contribution from Antarctica as a whole.

Natural process activating brain's immune cells could point way to repairing damaged brain tissue
The brain's key

Targeting solar geoengineering to minimize risk and inequality
By tailoring geoengineering efforts by region and by need, a new model promises to maximize the effectiveness of solar radiation management while mitigating its potential side effects and risks.

Fewer orthopedic surgeons accepting pediatric Medicaid patients
Compared to six years ago, the number of orthopedic surgeons willing to see a child with a broken arm who is covered by Medicaid has dropped 39 percent, and even children with private insurance may face obstacles in getting a timely appointment, according to research presented Oct.

Parents often need after-hours child sleep advice
Many parents have questions about their child's sleep problems, primarily after 6 p.m. when professional assistance is not readily available, according to an abstract presented Oct.

A Mississippi River diversion helped build Louisiana wetlands, Penn geologists find
A team of University of Pennsylvania geologists and others used the occasion of the Mississippi River flood of the spring of 2011 to observe how flood waters deposited sediment in the Mississippi Delta.

Intermediate glucose control may be better than tight in neurocritical care patients
A new study in BioMed Central's open access journal Critical Care suggests that intensive glycemic control does not reduce mortality in neurocritical care patients and could, in fact, lead to more neurological damage.

More pediatric hospitalists using text messaging to communicate
More pediatric hospital physicians are communicating through cell phone text messaging, rather than the traditional pager method, according to research presented Oct.

Researchers discover turbo switch of calcium pump in biological cells
A Danish-British research team has discovered a turbo switch in the vital calcium pump in our body's cells.

NYU Dentistry, foster care agency partnership, improves child health, aids student training
The New York University College of Dentistry and Graham Windham, a local NYC-based foster care agency, have partnered to provide regular dental care to more than 650 children since spring of 2011.

Combined pesticide exposure affects bumblebee colony success
Individual worker behavior and colony success are both affected when bees are exposed to a combination of pesticides, according to research conducted by Dr.

Many grandparent caregivers unaware of newer safety guidelines
The number of grandparent caregivers continues to grow, and while these older adults may be experienced in caring for young children, many are unaware of more recent safety and other recommendations -- including those related to appropriate child sleep position, crib safety, car seat and walker use, according to research presented Oct.

Energy-sensing switch discovery could have broad implications for biology and medicine
Biochemists at the Scripps Research Institute have discovered a genetic sequence that can alter its host gene's activity in response to cellular energy levels.

National health officer to focus on improving outcomes for children
In an address at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition in New Orleans, Patrick Conway, MD, FAAP, chief medical officer for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, will discuss how quality improvement programs in all 50 states are committed to providing children with better health security through the Affordable Care Act by expanding health care coverage at a lower cost.

Link found between Alzheimer's disease and protein regulation in the brain - hope for new treatments
A link has been discovered between Alzheimer's disease and the activity level of a protein called eIF2alpha.

How a fish broke a law of physics
Silvery fish such as herring, sardine and sprat are breaking a basic law of physics, according to new research from the University of Bristol published today in Nature Photonics.

Lack of sleep tied to teen sports injuries
Adolescent athletes who slept eight or more hours each night were 68 percent less likely to be injured than athletes who regularly slept less, according to an abstract presented Sunday, Oct.

Academic websites offer the most reliable pediatric orthopedic information online
According to new research presented on Sunday, Oct. 21 at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans, websites provided by academic institutions offer the most reliable pediatric health information, and commercial-sponsored websites, the least.

Rice agriculture accelerates global warming, new research finds
More carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, coupled with rising temperatures, is making rice agriculture a larger source of the potent greenhouse gas methane, according to a study published today in Nature Climate Change by a research team that includes a University of California, Davis, plant scientist.

Improving effectiveness of solar geoengineering
Solar radiation management is a type of geoengineering that would manipulate the climate in order to reduce the impact of global warming caused by greenhouse gasses.

Danish researchers release ground-breaking knowledge about calcium pumps in cells
Researchers from the Danish National Research Foundation's PUMPkin Centre at both the University of Copenhagen and Aarhus University have now shown that calcium pumps in the cell's outer membrane adjust the pump speed very accurately to the calcium concentration.

Dental school, foster care agency partnership improves child health, aids student training
A partnership between a New York City dental school and a local foster care agency has provided consistent dental care to more than 650 children, and may serve as a model for other dental school program curriculums. 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