Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 24, 2013
Widely-used anti-inflammatory drug shows success in treatment of amyloidosis
A recent study led by researchers from the Amyloidosis Center at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center demonstrates that diflunisal, a generic anti-inflammatory drug, successfully reduced neurological decline and preserved the quality of life in patients with familial transthyretin amyloidosis.

Multi-component therapy shown beneficial in treating PTSD in adolescent girls
Adolescents girls with sexual abuse-related post-traumatic stress disorder experienced greater benefit from prolonged exposure therapy (a type of therapy that has been shown effectiveness for adults) than from supportive counseling, according to a study appearing in the Dec.

Use of antidepressant does not improve symptoms from stomach disorder
Among patients with idiopathic (of unknown cause) gastroparesis, use of the antidepressant nortriptyline compared with placebo for 15 weeks did not result in improvement in overall symptoms, according to a study appearing in the Dec.

NASA sees the last of Cyclone Bruce in Southern Indian Ocean
Tropical Cyclone Bruce is winding down in the Southern Indian Ocean as wind shear and cooler waters affect the storm.

Radiotherapy is less often used by breast cancer patients with young children
Radiotherapy (RT) after breast conserving surgery (BCS) has been shown to reduce the risk of breast cancer (BC) recurrence.

Proportion of opioid treatment programs offering on-site testing for HIV and STIs declines
A survey of opioid treatment programs finds that the proportion offering on-site testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) declined substantially between 2000 and 2011, despite guidelines recommending routine opt-out HIV testing in all health care settings, according to a study appearing in the Dec.

Activating P300 protein contributes to repair of hippocampal neuronal DNA injuries
This release focuses on activating P300 protein contributes to repair of hippocampal neuronal DNA injuries.

Antidepressants for bipolar disorder
This release focuses on antidepressants for bipolar disorder.

Adding cognitive behavioral therapy to treatment of pediatric migraine improves relief of symptoms
Among children and adolescents with chronic migraine, the use of cognitive behavioral therapy resulted in greater reductions in headache frequency and migraine-related disability compared with headache education, according to a study appearing in the Dec.

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent slows rate of progression of neurodegenerative disease
Among patients with familial amyloid polyneuropathy, a lethal, genetic neurodegenerative disease, use of the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent diflunisal compared with placebo for two years reduced the rate of progression in neurological impairment and preserved quality of life, according to a study appearing in the Dec.

Prolonged exposure therapy found beneficial in treating adolescent girls with PTSD
Researchers at Penn Medicine report in the December 25 issue of JAMA that a modified form of prolonged exposure therapy -- in which patients revisit and recount aloud their trauma-related thoughts, feelings and situations -- shows greater success than supportive counseling for treating adolescent PTSD patients who have been sexually abused.

Kinect-based virtual reality training promotes brain reorganization after stroke
Kinect-based virtual reality training promotes brain reorganization after stroke.
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