Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 22, 2014
Research underway to create pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
The onset of Alzheimer's disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate.

Good news for diabetics who are sick of the finger prick
Diabetes affects nearly 10 percent of the US population. Fortunately, research published in ACS Chemical Biology reports the development of a protein that could lead to less pain and more accurate results for diabetes patients.

Kessler Foundation study of self-awareness in MS has implications for rehabilitation
New study by Kessler Foundation researchers shows that persons with MS may be able to improve their self-awareness through task-oriented cognitive rehabilitation.

MARC travel awards announced for FASEB grant writing & practical exercises workshop
FASEB MARC Program has announced the travel award recipients for the FASEB Grant Writing Seminar & Practical Exercises Workshop which will be held on the FASEB campus located in Bethesda, Maryland from Aug.

NASA sees Tropical Storm Karina get a boost
NASA's TRMM satellite saw Tropical Storm Karina get a boost on Aug.

UH Case Medical Center's Dr. Parikh authors SCAI paper on renal artery stenosis treatment
Renal artery stenting to open blockages in the kidney arteries may benefit patients who have historically been excluded from modern clinical trials, according to new recommendations for renal artery stenosis e-published in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions today by the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

NASA's infrared data shows newborn Tropical Storm Marie came together
Powerful thunderstorms in newborn Tropical Storm Marie were seen stretching toward the top of the troposphere in infrared imagery from NASA's Aqua satellite.

Genetics and lifestyle have a strong impact on biomarkers for inflammation and cancer
In a new study published in Nature Communications, research scientists from Uppsala University present for the first time a large-scale study of the significance of genetic, clinical and lifestyle factors for protein levels in the bloodstream.

More common procedures for painful facial tics carry high costs, reports study in Neurosurgery
For patients who need surgery for facial pain caused by trigeminal neuralgia, the most cost-effective procedure is the least often used, reports a study in the September issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons.

Deletion predicts survival in advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Bcl-2-like protein 11 deletion in advanced non-small cell lung cancer is associated with shorter progression free survival in epidermal growth factor receptor tyrosine kinase inhibitor or chemotherapy treated Asian patients.

Use a rule of thumb to control how much you drink
Sticking to a general rule of pouring just a half glass of wine limits the likelihood of overconsumption, even for men with a higher body mass index.

New enzyme targets for selective cancer therapies
A University of Alberta team has designed compounds that target brain cancer.

Women with severe, chronic health issues are screened for breast cancer less often
Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

NASA sees massive Tropical Storm Lowell close enough to trouble Baja California
Although Tropical Storm Lowell is not over land the storm is large enough to cause strong ocean swells in Baja California.

Hormone analysis helps identify horny rhinos
Researchers from Chester Zoo, The University of Manchester and the University of Liverpool carried out a six-year study which encompassed 90 percent of European population of black rhino.

C2D2 fighting corrosion
Bridges become an infrastructure problem as they get older, as de-icing salt and carbon dioxide gradually destroy the reinforced concrete.

Smokers consume same amount of cigarettes regardless of nicotine levels
Cigarettes with very low levels of nicotine may reduce addiction without increasing exposure to toxic chemicals, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo.

From happiness to pain: Understanding serotonin's function
In a study published Aug. 22 in the scientific journal PLOS ONE, researchers at the Champalimaud Neuroscience Programme establish the effect of serotonin on sensitivity to pain using a combination of advanced genetic and optical techniques.

Calcium and reproduction go together
Everyone's heard of the birds and the bees. But that old expression leaves out the flowers that are being fertilized.

Penn study: Electronic alerts significantly reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections
A Penn Medicine team has found that targeted automated alerts in electronic health records significantly reduce urinary tract infections in hospital patients with urinary catheters.

Stanford scientists develop a water splitter that runs on an ordinary AAA battery
Although touted as zero-emissions vehicles, most fuel cell vehicle run on hydrogen made from natural gas.

Online screening for rare lung cancer subtypes opens door to new kind of clinical trial
After online screening, patients whose tumors test positive for FGFR1 mutation will be offered treatment for their cancer within a clinical trial at CU Cancer Center using the experimental FGFR1 inhibitor drug ponatinib.

Strategies for myelin regeneration: Lessons learned from development
In multiple sclerosis, remyelination is great in areas where microglia are activated, while MS plaques lacking microglia/macrophage have poor remyelination.

Newport Hospital receives nursing's highest credential for third time with Magnet recognition
Newport Hospital has again attained the distinguished Magnet hospital designation by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Magnet Recognition Program.

Spectacular supernova's mysteries revealed
The new research into its cause, published in the latest issue of the Astrophysical Journal, used vast networks of radio telescopes in the UK and across Europe including the seven telescopes of e-MERLIN operated from The University of Manchester's Jodrell Bank Observatory.

A breakthrough in imaging gold nanoparticles to atomic resolution by electron microscopy
Nanometer-scale gold particles are intensively investigated for application as catalysts, sensors, drug delivery devices, biological contrast agents and components in photonics and molecular electronics.

LSU health nursing awarded grant to improve access to education & advanced nursing care
The LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing was awarded a $700,000 Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship grant to increase access to advanced nursing education and patient care for disadvantaged, underserved and under-represented groups, as well as veterans.

The striatum acts as hub for multisensory integration
A new study from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden provides insight on how the brain processes external input such as touch, vision or sound from different sources and sides of the body, in order to select and generate adequate movements.

Proteins: New class of materials discovered
Scientists at the Helmholtz Center Berlin along with researchers at China's Fudan University have characterized a new class of materials called protein crystalline frameworks.

Novel oncogenic RET mutation found in small cell lung cancer
For the first time an oncogenic somatic mutation at amino acid 918 in the rearranged during transfection protein has been identified in small cell lung cancer tumors and enforced expression of this mutation within small cell lung cancer tumor cell lines produced increased intracellular signaling and cell growth.

Study identifies challenges faced by NYU nurses after Hurricane Sandy
A study published in The Journal of Urban Health examines the impact on NYULMC nurses' post-Sandy deployment to help address patient surge in eight local hospitals and health facilities that had not been as affected by the storm.

High concordance between EGFR mutations from circulating-free tumor DNA and tumor tissue in non-small cell lung cancer
Epidermal growth factor receptor mutations found in the circulating free tumor DNA from the plasma of advanced non-small cell lung cancer patients correlates well with the epidermal growth factor receptor mutations from patient-matched tumor tissue DNA.

Scientists map risk of premature menopause after cancer treatment
Women treated for the cancer Hodgkin lymphoma will be able to better understand their risks of future infertility after researchers estimated their risk of premature menopause with different treatments.

5 UC Riverside scientists among world's most influential scientific minds
Thomson Reuters, a leading source of information for businesses and professionals, has included five researchers at the University of California, Riverside in its 2014 list of some of the best and brightest minds of our times.

Citizen scientists saving lives around deadly 'Throat of Fire' volcano
Citizen scientists are saving the lives of people living in the shadow of deadly volcanoes according to research from the University of East Anglia.

Scientists uncover why major cow milk allergen is actually allergenic
A specific protein in milk known as beta-lactoglobulin is able to initiate an allergy only when being devoid of iron.

Study shows cognitive-behavioral coping skills training has positive effects on rheumatoid arthritis
A team of researchers from Wayne State University and collaborators from Duke University Medical Center recently published a paper in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology that explores two psychological interventions separately and in combination to determine their effectiveness in offering relief to rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Tissue regeneration using anti-inflammatory nanomolecules
Researchers are working on innovative approaches to tissue regeneration in order to improve the lives of patients with urinary bladder dysfunction.

Many patients are discharged without a diagnosis
New research shows that one out of four acutely admitted medical patients leave the hospital again without getting a diagnosis.

ESMO honors outstanding oncology professionals
The European Society for Medical Oncology announced today the names of three outstanding individuals receiving the Society's esteemed annual awards.

Study shows Hera Therapeutics compound combats HPV types that cause most cervical cancer
Research presented at the 29th Annual International Papillomavirus Conference shows that a therapy being developed by Hera Therapeutics Inc. combats three types of human papillomavirus, including the two that cause 70 percent of all cervical cancer.

Study shows epigenetic changes in children with Crohn's disease
A new study finds a wide range of epigenetic change -- alterations in DNA across the genome that may be related to key environmental exposures -- in children with Crohn's disease, reports Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, official journal of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America. 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