Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 26, 2016
Radioactive cesium fallout on Tokyo from Fukushima concentrated in glass microparticles
New research shows that most of the radioactive fallout which landed on downtown Tokyo a few days after the Fukushima accident was concentrated and deposited in non-soluble glass microparticles, as a type of 'glassy soot.' These results are announced at the Goldschmidt geochemistry conference in Yokohama, Japan.

E-consults increase access to specialty care, reduce need for face-to-face appointments
Research presented today at AcademyHealth's Annual Research Meeting found that use by physicians of e-consults increases access to specialists' care for patients who often have the hardest time getting a specialist, including the uninsured, underinsured and those living in rural areas.

A shampoo bottle that empties completely -- every last drop
Researchers at The Ohio State University have found a way to create the perfect texture on plastic to let soap products flow freely out of the bottle.

Study examines quality of end life care for patients with different illnesses
Families reported better quality of end-of-life care for patients with cancer or dementia than for patients with end-stage renal disease, cardiopulmonary failure or frailty because patients with cancer or dementia had higher rates of palliative care consultations and do-not-resuscitate orders and fewer died in hospital intensive care units, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine.

Laboratory drug trials could lead to asthma treatment breakthrough
A new drug with the potential to reverse or slow the development of asthma is being tested by researchers at The University of Queensland.

Scientists measure how baby bump changes the way women walk
Movie sets are normally the home of three-dimensional motion caption systems, but researchers used the same video recording system in a lab to measure the way pregnant women walk.

Georgetown Institute launches real-time study of smartphone fertility app use
In what is believed to be the first study of its kind, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center's Institute for Reproductive Health are recruiting as many as 1,200 women to study, in real time, a smartphone app that calculates a woman's chance for pregnancy on a daily basis.

Improvements needed in end-of-life care for patients with organ failure
In a study of patients who died at 146 inpatient facilities within the Veteran Affairs health system, a research team led by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital has found that family-reported end-of-life care was significantly better for patients with cancer or dementia than for patients with other serious illnesses.

29 Nobel Laureates at Lake Constance for a week
The 66th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting was inaugurated today in Lindau on the banks of Lake Constance, Germany.

Seeds of black holes could be revealed by gravitational waves detected in space
Gravitational waves captured by space-based detectors could help identify the origins of supermassive black holes, according to new computer simulations of the universe.
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