Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 26, 2013
Building a better malaria vaccine: Mixing the right cocktail
A safe and effective malaria vaccine is high on the wish list of most people concerned with global health.

Toys, books, cribs harbor bacteria for long periods, study finds
University at Buffalo research published today in Infection and Immunity shows that Streptococcus pneumoniae and Streptococcus pyogenes persist on surfaces for far longer than has been appreciated.

New study: High mortality in Central Southern states most likely due to smoking
A new study by Andrew Fenelon of Brown University suggests that smoking accounts for high mortality in the Central South of the United States.

Genetic discovery points the way to much bigger yields in tomato, other flowering food plants
CSHL researchers announced that they have determined a way to dramatically increase tomato production.

Researchers point to digital gains in human recognition
Human beings are highly efficient at recognizing familiar faces, even from very poor quality images.

Environmental fiscal reform would improve the environment and reduce the informal economy
The effect that the introduction of environmental fiscal reform would have on an economic system has been the focus of study since the 1990s.

How does Rho-associated protein kinase modulate neurite extension?
How does Rho-associated protein kinase modulate neurite extension?

New drug candidates show promise for cure for Chagas disease
A team of researchers from Canada has developed a class of compounds which may help eradicate a neglected tropical disease that is currently hard to kill in its chronic form.

Discovering a 'THRIL' that correlates with severity of Kawasaki disease
A newly identified RNA-protein complex controls TNF-alpha expression -- suggesting that it plays a key role in inflammatory immune responses.

Antioxidant drug knocks down multiple sclerosis-like disease in mice
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered that an antioxidant designed more than a dozen years ago to fight damage within human cells significantly helps symptoms in mice that have a multiple sclerosis-like disease.

Loyola Physicians edit guide to monitoring neural function during brain and spine surgery
Loyola University Medical Center physicians Christopher Loftus, MD and José Biller, MD are co-editors of a new comprehensive guide to monitoring neural function during brain and spine surgery.

The fate of the eels
The European eel is one of the world's many critically endangered species.

Batteries as they are meant to be seen
Researchers have developed a way to microscopically view battery electrodes while they are bathed in wet electrolytes, mimicking realistic conditions inside actual batteries.

Surgery beats chemotherapy for tongue cancer, U-M study finds
Patients with tongue cancer who started their treatment with a course of chemotherapy fared significantly worse than patients who received surgery first, according to a new study from researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Gene therapy for human skin disease produces long-term benefits
In a study publishing in the journal Stem Cell Reports, researchers evaluated a patient with a genetic skin disorder known as epidermolysis bullosa nearly seven years after he had undergone a gene therapy procedure as part of a clinical trial.

Rock And Rho: Proteins that help cancer cells groove
Biologists at The Johns Hopkins University have discovered that low oxygen conditions, which often persist inside tumors, are sufficient to initiate a molecular chain of events that transforms breast cancer cells from being rigid and stationery to mobile and invasive.

Are concussions related to Alzheimer's disease?
A new study suggests that a history of concussion involving at least a momentary loss of consciousness may be related to the buildup of Alzheimer's-associated plaques in the brain.

UTSW study identifies potential therapeutic target for incurable, rare type of soft-tissue cancer
A deadly, rare type of soft-tissue cancer may be completely eradicated simply by inhibiting a key protein involved in its growth, UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers report.
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