Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 13, 2016
Study shows patients prefer iPads to doctors when discussing surgery
Often patients undergo procedures without real informed consent being achieved due to technical language, jargon and time pressure, with up to half of patients finding it difficult to understand what their doctor tells them.

Desert cactus purifies contaminated water for aquaculture, drinking and more (video)
Farm-grown fish are an important source of food with significant and worldwide societal and economic benefits, but the fish that come from these recirculating systems can have unpleasant tastes and odors.

Getting closer to using beer hops to fight disease
Hops, those little cone-shaped buds that give beer its bitter flavor, pack a surprisingly healthful punch.

Blueberries, the well-known 'super fruit,' could help fight Alzheimer's
The blueberry, already labeled a 'super fruit' for its power to potentially lower the risk of heart disease and cancer, also could be another weapon in the war against Alzheimer's disease.

Tying lipstick smears from crime scenes to specific brands (video)
It's a common TV show trope: detectives find a lipstick mark at a crime scene, they send a sample to the lab, and suddenly they have a lead.

Active surveillance for prostate cancer can give men good quality of life
Choosing ongoing monitoring instead of immediate curative treatment (surgery or radiotherapy) leads to a better overall quality of life for men with low-risk prostate cancer.

Nanomotors could help electronics fix themselves
As electronics grow ever more intricate, so must the tools required to fix them.

Yoga improves quality of life in patients with atrial fibrillation
Yoga improves quality of life in patients with paroxysmal atrial fibrillation, according to research published today in the European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.

A step toward a birth control pill for men
Women can choose from many birth control methods, including numerous oral contraceptives, but there's never been an analogous pill for men.

A nanoparticle does double duty, imaging and treating atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis, a disease in which plaque builds up inside arteries, is a prolific and invisible killer, but it may soon lose its ability to hide in the body.

DNA 'origami' could help build faster, cheaper computer chips
Electronics manufacturers constantly hunt for ways to make faster, cheaper computer chips, often by cutting production costs or by shrinking component sizes.
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