Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 26, 2018
Aerobic exercise may mildly delay, slightly improve Alzheimer's symptoms
Geriatrics experts have suggested that exercising can improve brain health in older adults.

Stress and diet associated with brain bleeds in sub-Saharan Africa
Stress may double the risk of brain bleeds related to high blood pressure, while consuming green leafy vegetables is strongly protective, according to the largest study of stroke in sub-Saharan Africa, presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.

Many second hand plastic toys could pose a risk to children's health, study suggests
Scientists at the University of Plymouth have discovered high concentrations of hazardous elements including antimony, barium, bromine, cadmium, chromium and lead in many second hand plastic toys.

Health visitors use of video helps vulnerable families
The video-based method Marte Meo -- which some municipalities use in their initiatives for families experiencing difficulties with newborn children -- works as intended.

Quality of children's sleep may affect eating habits and weight
Several measures of poor sleep quality were associated with higher body mass index (BMI) in children, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes, held Jan.

Trauma support for welfare recipients helps them earn more
Research shows that addressing Welfare recipients' past and current trauma help them earn more at their jobs -- providing hope for an exit from the program.

The magic of movies not tied to using latest technology according to new research
In the nearly 60 years between the 1939 release of Hollywood's first animated movie, Snow White and the Seven Dwarves and modern hits like Toy Story, Shrek and more, advances in animation technology have revolutionized not only animation techniques, but moviemaking as a whole.

Swallowed button batteries add to safety concerns about 'fidget spinners'
A report of two young children with burns of the esophagus caused by swallowed button batteries from 'fidget spinners' highlights a risk of severe injuries involving these popular toys, according to a series of reports in the January/February Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition (JPGN).

Paleontology: The eleventh Archaeopteryx
Researchers from Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitaet (LMU) in Munich report the first description of the geologically oldest fossil securely attributable to the genus Archaeopteryx, and provide a new diagnostic key for differentiating bird-like dinosaurs from their closest relatives.

Obese men may have higher chance of recurrence following radical prostatectomy
Among men with prostate cancer who underwent radical prostatectomy (RP), those who were obese had a higher risk of biochemical recurrence, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes, held Jan.

New marking technique could halt counterfeit goods
Researchers at the University of Copenhagen have developed the world's most secure marking system for combatting pirated goods including pirated pharmaceuticals, foodstuffs, designer merchandise and artwork.

UNIST researchers develop highly stretchable aqueous batteries
A team of researchers, affiliated with South Korea's Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST) has succeedeed in developing world's first stretchable aqueous Li-ion batteries that may power the next generation of wearable devices.

Predicted rise in Canadian obesity rate may lead to higher cancer burden
Reducing the number of overweight and obese Canadians by 50 percent could potentially prevent a cumulative 59,829 cases of cancer by 2042, according to estimates presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes, held Jan.

Cancer patients less likely to receive clot-busting drugs after stroke
When a stroke occurs in patients with cancer, they are one-third less likely to receive standard clot-busting medication as patients without a malignancy, according to preliminary research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2018, a world premier meeting dedicated to the science and treatment of cerebrovascular disease for researchers and clinicians.

Nearly one out of five NSAID users exceed daily limit
Chances are you or someone you know has used nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) within the last month.

Surgery patients in enhanced recovery program leave hospital sooner, take fewer opioids
Colorectal and bariatric surgery patients benefited from an enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS) program, leaving the hospital sooner and requiring fewer opioids to control pain, according to new research presented at the American Society of Anesthesiologists PRACTICE MANAGEMENT 2018 meeting.

Botulinum-type toxins jump to a new kind of bacteria
A toxin much like the one that causes botulism has unexpectedly turned up in a completely different type of bacteria - Enterococcus.

Pyridostigmine treatment reverses pediatric complications of botulinum toxin therapy
In an article published online ahead of print by The Journal of Pediatrics, physicians at the Medical University of South Carolina report that complications from botox therapy for nerve disorders can be reversed with pyridostigmine, a common treatment for myasthenia gravis.

High body fat levels associated with increased breast cancer risk in women with normal BMI
Among postmenopausal women with normal body mass index (BMI), those with higher body fat levels had an increased risk for invasive breast cancer, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research Special Conference Obesity and Cancer: Mechanisms Underlying Etiology and Outcomes, held Jan.

Choose Omega-3s from fish over flax for cancer prevention, study finds
Omega-3s from fish pack a stronger punch than flaxseed and other oils when it comes to cancer prevention, according to a first-ever University of Guelph study.

Method to precisely determine when cell has 'cashed' RNA 'checks' written by active genes
Scientists have designed software that enables biologists to determine with unprecedented accuracy how much protein a given cell is making.

Research finds link between rainfall and ocean circulation in past and present
Research conducted at The University of Texas at Austin has found that changes in ocean currents in the Atlantic Ocean influence rainfall in the Western Hemisphere, and that these two systems have been linked for thousands of years.

Entomologist discovers millipede that comes in more color combinations than any other
The thumb-sized millipede that crawls around the forest floor of Southwest Virginia's Cumberland Mountains has more color combinations than any other millipede discovered.

Older adults who are frail more likely to experience delirium after surgery
Older adults who are frail are twice as likely to experience delirium following elective surgery than those of an older age, a new study suggests.

Study: Site of 1st chlamydia exposure makes big difference
Exposing the gut to chlamydia protects against subsequent infection in the genital tract and other tissues, researchers from UT Health San Antonio discovered.

Potential enzyme as therapeutic target for diabetes
Researchers from Kanazawa University and the National Centre for Global Health and Medicine in Tokyo report, in Nature Communications, a new mechanism for regulating glucose uptake by the liver which has implications for type 2 diabetes and its treatment.

Scientists have discovered a new type of Botox
A new source of the botulinum neurotoxin was discovered by Canadian and American scientists in a strain of animal gut bacteria known as Enterococcus faecium.

Ancient lake reveals a colorful past
Archaeologists say they may have discovered one of the earliest examples of a 'crayon' -- possibly used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying color to their animal skins or for artwork.

Getting out of hot water -- does mobile DNA help?
Many researchers assume the first life on Earth evolved in hot springs.

What are memories made of?
CU Boulder researchers have identified the distinct roles and locations in the brain of a protein called AKT believed to be instrumental in memory formation and synaptic plasticity.

Could the biological clock be a key ally in the fight against inflammatory disease?
What if the symptoms and seriousness of certain inflammatory diseases were linked to time of day?

Particle collision in large accelerators is simulated by using a quantum computer
In 2011 the UPV/EHU's QUTIS Group published in the Physical Review Letters an innovative theoretical proposal to reproduce particle collisions like those taking place in large accelerators but without having to use these huge infrastructures.

Scientists get better numbers on what happens when electrons get wet
A particular set of chemical reactions governs everything from bridges corroding in water to your breakfast breaking down in your gut.

The sugar-attaching enzyme that defines colon cancer
Researchers have identified an enzyme that is absent in healthy colon tissue but abundant in colon cancer cells, according to a report in the Jan.

X-ray experiments suggest high tunability of 2-D material
Researchers used MAESTRO, an X-ray platform at Berkeley Lab, to zero in on signatures of exotic electronic behavior in a 2-D material.

NIST's superconducting synapse may be missing piece for 'artificial brains'
Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have built a superconducting switch that 'learns' like a biological system and could connect processors and store memories in future computers operating like the human brain.

Stenting system shown to benefit certain stroke patients
A specialized stenting system used to open blocked arteries in the brain resulted in a low complication rate among a specific group of patients with stroke histories, a study led by Cedars-Sinai researchers has found.

Drug trial protocol redactions by industry sponsors exposed
New research published by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine exposes the extent of redactions in protocols for industry-sponsored randomised drug trials.

Tiny particles have outsized impact on storm clouds and precipitation
Tiny airborne particles from urban and industrial air pollution, wildfires and other sources can have a stronger influence on powerful storms than scientists previously predicted, according to a new study co-authored by University of Maryland researchers.

From stem cells to a functional heart: The role of the Mesp1 gene
Researchers at the Université libre de Bruxelles and University of Cambridge identified the role of key gene Mesp1 in the earliest step of cardiovascular lineage segregation.

No sex without kiss! Researchers discover how the brain controls sex
Kisspeptin has already been identified as the key molecule within the brain responsible for triggering puberty and controlling fertility.

Research boosts efficiency and stability of optical rectennas
The research team that announced the first optical rectenna in 2015 is now reporting a two-fold efficiency improvement in the devices -- and a switch to air-stable diode materials. 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