Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 05, 2014
Ankle fractures could be significant risk factor for subsequent fracture
A study by researchers at the University of Geneva concludes that prevalent ankle fractures in postmenopausal women should be considered as osteoporotic fractures and taken into account in fracture-risk assessment.

Zombie cancer cells eat themselves to live
A University of Colorado Cancer Center study recently published in the journal Cell Reports and presented today at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Conference 2014 shows that the cellular process of autophagy in which cells 'eat' parts of themselves in times of stress may allow cancer cells to recover and divide rather than die when faced with chemotherapies.

Extreme energy efficiency, hot astrophysics, nuclear medicine and more at the 2014 APS April Meeting
The American Physical Society's 2014 April meeting will focus on some of the world's largest physics projects and grandest research areas.

Cleft palate discovery in dogs to aid in understanding human birth defect
Discovery of a genetic mutation that causes a form of cleft palate in a retriever breed provides the first dog model for this craniofacial defect and offers a tool for better understanding cleft palate in humans.

Visualizing a safe place reduces procedural pain
Visualizing a safe place reduces operative pain, according to research presented today at EuroHeartCare 2014.

Helium ions may provide superior, better-targeted treatment in pediatric radiotherapy
For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment to tumors while helping to spare healthy organs.

Bio-Rad's Droplet Digital PCR technology highlighted at the 2014 AACR Annual Meeting
Cancer researchers will showcase new applications of Droplet Digital PCR, including its ability to track mutant DNA in liquid biopsies, and a faster, more cost-effective version for quantifying genetic aberrations.

Perceptions of student ability, testing pressures hinder some science teachers
Despite a call for the use of a science teaching method called argumentation, teachers in some schools report student abilities and testing pressures restrict the use of this new practice.

Poor sleep doubles hospitalizations in heart failure patients
Poor sleep doubles hospitalizations in heart failure, according to new research in nearly 500 patients presented today at EuroHeartCare 2014.

IOF Olof Johnell Science Award presented to Dr. Jonathan D. Adachi
Professor Jonathan D. Adachi, M.D., has been named the winner of the International Osteoporosis Foundation's 2014 Olof Johnell Science Award.

Calcium supplementation does not increase coronary heart disease concludes new study
Researchers presenting at the World Congress on Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases showed the results of a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials of calcium supplements.

Prognosis of tumors positive for human papilloma virus in head and neck cancers varies according to the site
Researchers have shown for the first time that human papilloma virus status appears to have no prognostic effect on the outcome of primary radiotherapy in head and neck cancer outside the oropharynx (the part of the throat located behind the mouth), and should not be treated with the less intensive treatment strategies that are currently being investigated in clinical trials for HPV+ oropharyngeal tumors.
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