Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 16, 2017
Concerns over side effects of statins stopping stroke survivors taking medication
Negative media coverage of the side effects associated with taking statins, and patients' own experiences of taking the drugs, are among the reasons cited by stroke survivors and their carers for stopping taking potentially life-saving drugs, according to research published today.

Drug combined with care program better at reducing Alzheimer's symptoms than drug alone
Combining a specific care management program with a commonly-prescribed drug for Alzheimer's, memantine, multiplies the medication's ability to improve daily function by about 7.5 times, stalling some of the disease's most damaging effects, according to new research from NYU Langone Medical Center.

Agent clears toxic proteins and improves cognition in neurodegeneration models
Researchers have found cell receptors abnormally overexpressed in post-mortem brains of those with Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, and that they can be inhibited in animal models to clear toxic protein buildup, reduce brain inflammation, and improve cognitive performance.

UK not ready for Brexit's impact on food, report warns
The UK is unprepared for the most complex ever change to its food system, which will be required before Brexit, according to a new briefing paper published by SPRU, the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex.

One social hour a week in dementia care improves lives and saves money
Person-centered activities combined with just one hour a week of social interaction can improve quality of life and reduce agitation for people with dementia living in care homes, while saving money.

A prescription of activities shown to improve health and well-being
Gyms, walking groups, gardening, cooking clubs and volunteering have all been shown to work in improving the health and well-being reported by a group of people with long-term conditions.

A firefly's flash inspires new nanolaser light
KAUST researchers predict that synchronized emissions from new on-chip lasers can produce artificial neural networks at low cost.

9/11 survivors may be at increased risk of heart and lung disease years later
People who were exposed to the dust cloud or sustained physical injuries during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center on Sept. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to