Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 02, 2017
Making a 'beeline' past the blood-brain barrier for drug delivery
Most medicines can't get through the blood-brain barrier, but certain peptides in animal venoms can navigate across it to inflict damage.

Patients with heart failure, subclinical hypothyroidism have worse outcomes
Patients with more severe heart failure have higher levels of the thyroid hormones TSH and T4 and lower T3 levels, and those with higher T4 levels may be more likely to have atrial fibrillation, new research reports.

No more 'superbugs'? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action
Antibiotics save lives, but there is a downside to their ubiquity.

The carpenter enzyme gives DNA the snip
Enzyme follows a two-step verification system before cutting and repairing DNA damage.

A beach lover's dream: A step toward long-lasting sunscreen
In a perfect world, people would diligently reapply suncreen every couple of hours to protect their skin from damaging solar radiation.

New measurement technique lowers estimated vitamin D recommended daily allowance
After re-measurement of vitamin D by improved technology, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for vitamin D intake drops from 800 to 400 International Units (IU) per day, new research reports.

New gene-based blood tests identify more skin cancers
Genetic testing of tumor and blood fluid samples from people with and without one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer has shown that two new blood tests can reliably detect previously unidentifiable forms of the disease.

UK shale gas extraction could be reduced by limited space to develop wells
Only a quarter of the shale gas contained in one of the UK's largest reserves might be recoverable because of limited space to develop the wells needed to extract it, according to new research.

'Peeling the onion' to get rid of odors near wastewater treatment plants
Nuisance smells from sewage and wastewater treatment facilities are a worldwide problem.

AACR study sheds light on dark side of tumor suppressor gene, p53
AACR 2017 study picks apart the dark side of gene p53 to show that other genes, Mdm2 and now for the first time Mdm4, keep mutated p53 in check.

Patients' immune system may influence effectiveness of cancer immunotherapy
Nature of tumor-associated immune cells may explain why immunotherapy for head and neck cancer is more effective in some.

Identification of protein crucial to lymphatic system development
An Osaka University-led team identified a role for the extracellular matrix protein Polydom in the later stages of lymphatic system development.

Alcohol abuse even before pregnancy may harm offspring
Mothers who binge drink before they become pregnant may be more likely to have children with high blood sugar and other changes in glucose function that increase their risk of developing diabetes as adults, according to a new study conducted in rats.

Many transgender individuals consider their fertility important, survey shows
Nearly one-fourth of transgender individuals in Toronto, Canada, regard their own fertility as important, but most lack knowledge regarding and access to reproductive options, a new survey finds.

Mysterious cosmic explosion puzzles astronomers
A mysterious flash of X-rays has been discovered by NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory in the deepest X-ray image ever obtained.

Upcycling 'fast fashion' to reduce waste and pollution
The fashion industry and environmentalists are old foes, and the advent of 'fast fashion' has strained the relationship even more.
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