Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 31, 2014
Little change seen in fast food portion size, product formulation between 1996 and 2013
Two new reports from researchers at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University shows fast food portion sizes and product formulation, including sodium content and fat, stayed relatively the same between 1996 and 2013.

NASA sees Tropical Cyclone Kate meeting its end
NASA's Aqua satellite passed over Tropical Cyclone Kate on Dec.

NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP Satellite sees strong wind shear tearing Jangmi apart
Tropical Depression Jangmi encountered strong southeasterly vertical wind shear in the Sulu Sea and NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured a visible picture of the storm on Dec.

Can exercise help people with Parkinson's disease?
Exercise may help people with Parkinson's disease improve their balance, ability to move around and quality of life, even if it does not reduce their risk of falling, according to a new study published in the Dec.

More than 1.5 million cancer deaths averted during 2 decades of dropping mortality
The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report finds that a 22 percent drop in cancer mortality over two decades led to the avoidance of more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak rates had persisted.

3-D culture system for pancreatic cancer has potential to change therapeutic approaches
Pancreatic cancer is one of the most deadly forms of cancer, with only 6 percent of patients surviving five years after diagnosis.

Patient stem cells used to make dementia-in-a-dish; help identify new treatment strategy
Belgian researchers have identified a new strategy for treating an inherited form of dementia after attempting to turn stem cells derived from patients into the neurons most affected by the disease.

Unique Sulawesi frog gives birth to tadpoles
Frogs exhibit an amazing variety of reproductive behaviors, ranging from brooding their eggs in their mouths to carrying tadpoles on their backs.

Stereotactic body radiation therapy plus chemotherapy improves survival among stage 4 lung cancer patients
A clinical trial that combined stereotactic body radiation therapy with a specific chemotherapy regimen more than doubled survival rates for certain stage 4 lung cancer patients.

Penn scientists identify patterns of RNA regulation in the nuclei of plants
In a new study done in plants, University of Pennsylvania biologists give a global view of the patterns that can affect the various RNA regulatory processes that occur before these molecules move into the cytoplasm, where they are translated into the proteins that make up a living organism.

Mayo Clinic: Women with atypical hyperplasia are at higher risk of breast cancer
Women with atypical hyperplasia of the breast have a higher risk of developing breast cancer than previously thought, a Mayo Clinic study has found.
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