Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 05, 2015
Making cancer care personal
Researchers at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry are partnering with a private company to develop computer simulations that can help personalize cancer care by predicting how a patient will respond to a drug treatment.

Triple drug combination beats standard treatment in myeloma trial
The addition of bortezomib to a standard two-drug regimen for myeloma patients significantly lengthened the time before their cancer returned, and significantly lengthened their lives, according to new clinical trial results announced today.

Novel devices, technologies provide insights into seizure control, surgical targets
Three studies to be presented at the American Epilepsy Society's 69th Annual Meeting describe novel devices and technologies that could reshape current understanding of the complex mechanisms underpinning seizure development in the brain.

American Epilepsy Society grants Extraordinary Contributions Award to Story Landis, Ph.D
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) announces that Story Landis, Ph.D., former director of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, will receive the Extraordinary Contribution Award at the Society's 69th annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Genetic variants tied to increased risk of bone complications in young leukemia patients
Research led by St. Jude Children's Research Hospital has identified genetic variations in young leukemia patients that are associated with an increased incidence of osteonecrosis, a serious cancer treatment side effect.

Studies reveal the surprising complexity of cognitive issues in children with epilepsy
Children with epilepsy face a number of challenges compared with their healthy peers, including an increased risk of cognitive impairment.

Maximum observed earthquake magnitudes along continental transform faults
A team of scientists from the GFZ German Centre for Geosciences in collaboration with the University of Southern California has presented a global evaluation of observed maximum earthquakes along all major transform faults allowing to better estimate the maximum earthquake strengths.

Harvard's Page B. Pennell, M.D., receives AES's Distinguished Service Award
The American Epilepsy Society (AES) announces that Page B. Pennell, M.D., professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School and director of research for the Division of Epilepsy at Brigham and Women's Hospital, will receive the Distinguished Service Award at the Society's 69th annual meeting in Philadelphia.

Four studies explore memory decline in people with epilepsy
Four studies presented at the American Epilepsy Society's (AES) 69th Annual Meeting uncover the biological factors that mediate memory decline in people with epilepsy, particularly those with seizures that affect the temporal lobe.

Latin American migrants in Spain should be screened for Chagas disease
Latin American migrants in Spain should be screened for Chagas disease, particularly women before pregnancy, doctors urged today at EuroEcho-Imaging 2015.

One-step tumor detection from dynamic morphology tracking on aptamer grafted surface
A team of researchers from the University of Texas at Arlington (UT-Arlington) in Texas, USA has demonstrated a novel cancer cell detection method based on real time cell behavior tracking on engineered surfaces.

Gene therapy restores immunity in children and young adults with rare immunodeficiency
Gene therapy can safely rebuild the immune systems of older children and young adults with X-linked severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID-X1), a rare inherited disorder that primarily affects males, scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health, have found.
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