Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 22, 2018
Slower calorie burn in pregnancy may mean more retained baby weight in obese black moms
Differences in the way women with obesity burn calories during pregnancy may be a contributor to long-term postpartum weight retention in black moms.

Researchers report four new insights into diet and health
What we eat plays a significant role in our health.

Drinking water may help exercising seniors stay mentally sharp
Older people should drink more water to reap the full cognitive benefits of exercise, new research suggests.

Why zero-calorie sweeteners can still lead to diabetes, obesity
Increased awareness of the health consequences of eating too much sugar has fueled a dramatic uptick in the consumption of zero-calorie artificial sweeteners in recent decades.

Growing evidence that probiotics are good for your liver
Increased awareness of the importance of the microbes that live in our gut has spurred a great deal of research on the microbiome and fueled a booming probiotics industry.

Targeted radiotherapy for breast cancer offers good quality of life and fewer side effects
Quality of life for women treated with a more targeted radiotherapy treatment -- called accelerated partial breast irradiation -- is at least as good as quality of life for women treated with standard radiotherapy, according to research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference and published simultaneously in The Lancet Oncology.

Researchers discover potential source of gender differences in migraines
Findings from a new study conducted in rats reveal that females may be more susceptible to migraines and less responsive to treatment because of the way fluctuations in the hormone estrogen affect cells in the brain.

Four innovations that aim to improve the environment
The Experimental Biology 2018 meeting (EB 2018) will showcase exciting new research aimed at understanding contamination and improving the environment.

Human-like walking mechanics evolved before the genus Homo
A close examination of 3.6-million-year-old hominin footprints discovered in Laetoli, Tanzania, suggests our ancestors evolved the hallmark trait of extended leg, human-like bipedalism substantially earlier than previously thought.

New vaccine could help people overcome bath salts abuse
Researchers have developed a vaccine for one of the most dangerous types of synthetic cathinones, or bath salts.

Researchers describe role of novel mutations in fosfomycin resistance
Researchers identified novel chromosomal mutations and described their role in the development of resistance of Escherichia coli (E. coli) to broad-spectrum antibiotic fosfomycin, according to research presented at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID).

Shorter courses of prostate cancer radiotherapy are safe and effective
Radiotherapy given in high doses over a shorter period of time is safe and effective for prostate cancer patients, according to research presented at the ESTRO 37 conference today.

Trichomonosis discovered amongst myna birds in Pakistan
A strain of the disease responsible for killing nearly two thirds of the UK's greenfinch population has spread to myna birds in Pakistan.

Multiple sclerosis may be linked to sheep disease toxin
Exposure to a toxin primarily found in sheep could be linked to the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) in humans, new research suggests.

Addition precautions at hospital don't help prevent spread of resistant bacteria
Contact precautions, used in addition to the standard precautions, the basic level of infection control applied to all patients, did not limit or prevent the spread of drug-resistant bacteria in non-intensive care unit (ICU) hospital wards, according to research presented at the 28th European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID).

Endangered salamander offers clues on healing spinal cord injury
A new study takes a comparative approach to pinpoint what happens differently in humans versus other animals to explain why they can successfully regenerate neurons while we instead form scar tissue.

Brainy new approaches to autism, chronic pain, concussion and more
Technological advances have ushered in a new era of discovery in neuroscience.
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