Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 01, 2017
Cow's milk interferes with absorption of thyroid supplement levothyroxine
Taking the common oral thyroid hormone medication levothyroxine with a glass of cow's milk significantly decreases the body's ability to absorb the drug, a preliminary study finds.

Nanoparticle treatment could improve immunotherapy against cancer
In preliminary findings that will be presented Sunday, April 2, at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2017, UNC Lineberger researchers report on a preclinical study into the use of nanoparticles to improve the efficacy of immunotherapy drugs known as checkpoint inhibitors.

Decision-tree tool can help screen women with gestational diabetes for sleep apnea
Healthcare providers can use a decision-tree tool to screen women who have gestational diabetes (GDM) for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), new research from Thailand reports.

Exposure to common flame retardants may raise the risk of papillary thyroid cancer
Some flame retardants used in many home products appear to be associated with the most common type of thyroid cancer, papillary thyroid cancer (PTC), according to a new study being presented Saturday at the Endocrine Society's 99th annual meeting, ENDO 2017, in Orlando, Fla.

Recent thyroid cancer trends in the United States suggest age, racial disparities
In the United States, thyroid cancer incidence is rising among young people as well as Hispanics and African Americans, a new study reports.

People with higher thyroid hormone levels may be at greater risk for atherosclerosis
Middle-aged and elderly people with higher free thyroxine levels may be more likely to develop atherosclerotic diseases, new research from the Netherlands reports.

Prolonged sleep disturbance can lead to lower bone formation
Insufficient sleep, a common problem that has been linked to chronic disease risk, might also be an unrecognized risk factor for bone loss.

UTHealth researchers find e-cigarette flavors linked to use in youth and young adults
Flavored e-cigarettes and e-cigarette marketing could be increasing e-cigarette use among youth and young adults, according to researchers from the Michael & Susan Dell Center for Healthy Living at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health in Austin.

New molecules may offer treatment option for some aggressive prostate cancers
Novel molecules called selective androgen receptor degraders (SARDs) may offer the next generation of treatment options for advanced prostate cancer, a new industry-sponsored study reports.

Pyrethroid pesticide exposure appears to speed puberty in boys
Environmental exposure to common pesticides may cause boys to reach sexual maturity earlier, researchers have found.

Early-life BPA exposure reprograms gene expression linked to fatty liver disease
Exposure during infancy to the common plasticizer bisphenol A (BPA)

Exposure to BPA substitute, BPS, multiplies breast cancer cells
Bisphenol S (BPS), a substitute for the chemical bisphenol A (BPA) in the plastic industry, shows the potential for increasing the aggressiveness of breast cancer through its behavior as an endocrine-disrupting chemical, a new study finds.

Late sleep-wake time preference linked to depression in individuals with diabetes
People with type 2 diabetes who are 'night owls' and prefer the evening for activity report having more symptoms of depression than those who are early to bed and early to rise, regardless of the quality of their sleep, a new study finds.
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