Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 10, 2017
Explosive birth of stars swells galactic cores
Astronomers found that active star formation upswells galaxies, like yeast helps bread rise.

E-cigarettes linked to increased arterial stiffness, blood pressure and heart rate in humans
New research, to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress, has shown for the first time that e-cigarettes with nicotine cause a stiffening of the arteries in humans.

E-cig refills contain irritants, and people who smoke and use e-cigs suffer more symptoms
Two new studies presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress highlight the risks associated with using e-cigarettes, especially for those who also smoke conventional cigarettes.

Children with asthma are being prescribed unnecessary antibiotics
Children with asthma are more likely to be prescribed antibiotics even though there is no evidence that they need them any more than children without asthma, according to research to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress 2017.

Nurses' regular use of disinfectants is associated with developing COPD
Regular use of disinfectants is linked to a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to new research looking at incidence of the disease in over 55,000 nurses in the USA, to be presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

NASA sees Hurricane Irma affecting south Florida
As Hurricane Irma approached southern Florida, a NASA satellite captured a night-time image of the storm in the Florida Straits and identified where the strongest storms were occurring within Irma's structure.

Neck mass in adults: Guideline for evaluation provides framework for timely diagnosis
With the development of the Clinical Practice Guideline: Evaluation of the Neck Mass in Adults, published today in Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and presented at the AAO-HNSF 2017 Annual Meeting & OTO Experience in Chicago, Ill., the appropriate testing and physical examination of an adult with a neck mass is addressed, with a specific goal to reduce delays in diagnosis of malignant disease and to optimize outcomes.

Mature results favor pembrolizumab as second-line treatment for bladder cancer
Mature results from the KEYNOTE-045 trial to be presented today at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid have confirmed significantly longer survival in patients with advanced urothelial cancer who receive the checkpoint inhibitor pembrolizumab after initial chemotherapy, compared to an alternative chemotherapy regimen.

Emergency doctors evaluate chest pain quickly and safely
Australian hospital emergency departments are adopting two new protocols that allow clinicians to quickly and safely evaluate patients with chest pain.

NASA sees Hurricane Jose move past the Leeward Islands
Hurricane Jose moved past the Leeward Islands and well north of Puerto Rico on Sept.

Ramucirumab plus docetaxel improves progression-free survival in urothelial cancer
Ramucirumab plus docetaxel improves progression-free survival in patients with advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer who have progressed on platinum-based chemotherapy, according to late-breaking results from the phase III RANGE trial presented today at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid to be published in The Lancet.

Eleven new studies suggest 'power poses' don't work
The claim that holding a 'power pose' can improve your life became wildly popular several years ago, fueling the second most-watched TED talk ever but also casting doubts about the science behind the assertion.

Debate on duration of colon cancer adjuvant chemotherapy takes centre stage at ESMO 2017
The debate on whether to shorten adjuvant chemotherapy for colon cancer from six to three months takes center stage today in a special session at the ESMO 2017 Congress in Madrid.

Incidence of acute myocardial infarction may increase the day after Asian dust exposure
A recent environmental epidemiological study has shown that Asian sand particles from desert areas of the Asian continent are associated with the onset of myocardial infarction.
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