Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 09, 2015
The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Universal iodine supplementation during pregnancy could offer huge cost savings
Giving all pregnant women iodine supplements, even in mildly iodine deficient countries like the UK, could result in huge cost savings for health care systems and society, according to new modelling research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology journal.

Study indicates first steps towards preventing suicide attempts by offenders
While the risk of suicide by offenders in prison has been identified as a priority for action, understanding and preventing suicides among offenders after release has received far less attention.

Linking survey and administrative data better gauges impact of federal anitpovery efforts
Linking survey data with administrative records will enable the federal government to better gauge the effectiveness of social welfare programs such as food stamps and federal housing assistance, as well as the overall reach of federal antipoverty initiatives, Bruce D.

Promising drug for Parkinson's disease: Study supports fast track to clinical trials
A drug which has already been in use for decades to treat liver disease could be an effective treatment to slow down progression of Parkinson's disease, scientists from the University of Sheffield have discovered.

Common medications could delay brain injury recovery
Drugs used to treat common complaints could delay the recovery of brain injury patients according to research led by University of East Anglia scientists working with other UK universities including Aston and the NHS, published today in Brain Injury.

Analysis of men's & women's tennis performance finds differences from match format
Quantitative analysis of the performance of men and women professional tennis players over the past five completed seasons shows for the first time that evidence of inconsistency in women's play is likely attributable to match format (e.g., best of three or five sets), not gender, Stephanie Kovalchik -- an associate statistician with the RAND Corporation -- today revealed at a session focused on analytics of women's sports at the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle.

Big data maps world's ocean floor
Scientists from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences have led the creation of the world's first digital map of the seafloor's geology.

Statistical technique helps cancer researchers understand tumor makeup, personalize care
A new statistical method for analyzing next-generation sequencing data that helps researchers study the genome of various organisms such as human tumors and could help bring about personalized cancer treatments was presented today at a session of the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings in Seattle.

Can music help people with epilepsy?
The brains of people with epilepsy appear to react to music differently from the brains of those who do not have the disorder, a finding that could lead to new therapies to prevent seizures, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association's 123rd Annual Convention.

Why use a 2-D cursor in a 3-D world? Computer cursors are going 3-D!
Researchers at the University of Montreal have developed techniques that enable computer cursors to interact in 3-D in single or multiuser, local or remote collaboration scenarios.
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