Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 01, 2015
Around a fifth of unvaccinated ethnic school girls think they don't need HPV jab
Around 20 per cent of girls from ethnic minority backgrounds are not being vaccinated against the Human Papilloma Virus because they feel they don't need to have it.

'Water on the knee' could be early sign of Lyme disease
Spontaneous knee effusion, also known as 'water on the knee,' can be a primary symptom of Lyme disease, even when patients do not exhibit a 'bull's eye' rash, another common Lyme disease symptom.

Soybean foods may protect menopausal women against osteoporosis
Eating a diet rich in both soy protein and isoflavones can protect menopausal women from bone weakening and osteoporosis, according to the results of a preliminary study presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Edinburgh.

Could self-disseminating vaccines cut off emerging infectious diseases at source?
An expert review identifies state-of-the-art of self-disseminating vaccines as a new and potentially powerful strategy to circumvent diseases such as Ebola at the animal source before their establishment as the next human pandemic

Earthquakes recorded through fossils
The Cascadia subduction zone (CSZ) has captured major attention from paleoseismologists due to evidence from several large (magnitude 8-9) earthquakes preserved in coastal salt marshes.

New treatment targets cancers with particular genetic signature
Oxford University's Dr Tim Humphrey and team found that cancer cells with a mutated SETD2 gene were killed by a drug called AZD1775 that inhibits a protein called WEE1.

Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications journal launches at the 26th GW-ICC meeting
Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (CVIA), a new journal affiliated with the Great Wall-International Congress of Cardiology, was introduced today at the opening ceremony of GWICC by Congress Chairman Prof.

Skin cancer-causing fusion gene identified
Fusion genes are hybrid genes formed as a result of gene rearrangement or mutation.

Signs of acid fog found on Mars
While Mars doesn't have much in the way of Earth-like weather, it does evidently share one kind of weird meteorology: acid fog.

First evaluation of new fingerprinting methods for ivory
Scientists from King's College London and University College London have collaborated with imaging and fingerprint experts from the Metropolitan Police to validate the use of new techniques for retrieving fingerprints from ivory for the first time.

Vitamin D pill a day may improve exercise performance and lower risk of heart disease
Taking vitamin D supplements can improve exercise performance and lower the risk of heart disease, according to the findings of a preliminary study presented today at the Society for Endocrinology annual conference in Edinburgh.

Hunting down hidden dangers and health benefits of urban fruit
Forgotten trees from long lost orchards and 20th-century city landscaping are being rediscovered in urban areas, and their fruits are proving not only largely free of urban pollutants, but more nutritious than their retail counterparts.
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