Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 11, 2018
OSU researchers question conservation community's acceptance of trophy hunting
Researchers at Oregon State University are challenging the premise that trophy hunting is an acceptable and effective tool for wildlife conservation and community development.

Alignment of mother and offspring body clock could prevent diseases such as heart disease and obesity
The care provided by a mother can impact the body clock and health of offspring after birth, according to new research published in The Journal of Physiology.

Researchers offer new technology for liquid-crystal displays
An international research team from Russia, France, and Germany has proposed a new method for orienting liquid crystals.

Dental checklist of bad practice has patient care at its heart
Dental experts have drawn up a definitive list of never events -- scenarios that patients should never face -- in a bid to ensure excellent patient care worldwide.

Study reveals obesity link between grandmothers and grandchildren
Obesity is known to cluster in families, but most studies to date are limited to two generations.

Reducing tapeworm infection could improve academic performance, reduce poverty
Tapeworm infection from eating contaminated pork can damage the brain, causing learning impairments and possibly enforcing cycles of poverty.

Alcohol and tobacco are by far the biggest threat to human welfare of all addictive drugs
A new review published online today in the journal Addiction has compiled the best, most up-to-date source of information on alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drug use and the burden of death and disease.

Dengue 'hot spots' provide map to chikungunya and Zika outbreaks
Identifying dengue fever 'hot spots' can provide a predictive map for outbreaks of chikungunya and Zika -- two other viral diseases that, along with dengue, are spread by the Aedes aegypti mosquito.

Is colonialism creating inappropriate regulation of traditional medicine practitioners?
Two commentaries in JACM (The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers that is dedicated to examining paradigm, practice, and policy advancing integrative health, raise questions about whether the value to health care of traditional, complementary, and integrative practices and practitioners is unfairly devalued by the dominant biomedical model.

Osteoporosis drug may benefit heart health
The osteoporosis drug alendronate was linked with a reduced risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack, and stroke in a Journal of Bone and Mineral Research study of patients with hip fractures.

Waterloo chemists create faster and more efficient way to process information
University of Waterloo chemists have found a much faster and more efficient way to store and process information by expanding the limitations of how the flow of electricity can be used and managed.

Many patients with rectal cancer may not need chemoradiotherapy
It's unclear whether all patients with advanced rectal cancer need chemoradiotherapy, or whether some can forego the treatment and therefore be spared its side effects.

Preliminary research shows noninvasive therapy may reverse atherosclerosis
Injecting microscopic fibers that remove plaque deposits from artery walls reversed atherosclerosis in preliminary research.

Genome surgery for eye disease moves closer to reality
Researchers from Columbia University have developed a new technique for the powerful gene editing tool CRISPR to restore retinal function in mice afflicted by a degenerative retinal disease, retinitis pigmentosa.

Where are HIV diagnoses made?
In the first study to comprehensively describe where people are diagnosed with HIV in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland, investigators found that an increasing proportion of HIV diagnoses are being made outside of sexual health clinics, which is in line with evolving HIV testing guidelines.

Noninvasive brain stimulation leads to fine motor improvement after stroke
Stroke is common and accompanied by complex disabilities -- such as lower and upper limb disability, speech impairment, and chronic post-stroke pain.

NASA completes survey flights to map Arctic ice
Operation IceBridge, NASA's longest-running airborne mission to monitor polar ice change, concluded this year's springtime survey of Arctic sea and land ice on May 2.

Projecting climate change along the Millennium Silk Road in a warmer world
Scientists projected both mean and extreme climate changes using the ensemble mean of CMIP5 models over western China and central Asia.

Healthy diet may lower risk of hearing loss in women
In a new study, researchers from Brigham and Women's Hospital examined the relation between three different diets and risk of developing hearing loss, and found that eating a healthy diet is associated with a lower risk of acquired hearing loss in women.

Older Americans are rarely evaluated for obstructive sleep apnea, yet many are at risk
In a study of community-dwelling Medicare beneficiaries aged 65 and older who were asked about sleep disturbances, 56 percent were estimated to be at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea, but only 8 percent of the high-risk individuals had been tested for it.

RNA molecules predict adverse heart growth and function that can lead to atrial fibrillation
The new study, conducted by researchers at the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City, is the first time this association has been connected to the human heart in a clinical setting.

Taurine deficiency in sperm causes male infertility, study finds
Sperm cells have a unique shape that allows them to travel.

Scientists screen molecules for promise as new prostate cancer drugs
Cancer researchers at the University of Bath have measured systematically how efficient molecules are at suppressing the activity of a protein associated with prostate and other cancers.

Trial shows chemotherapy is helping kids live with pulmonary vein stenosis
A clinical trial shows that adding chemotherapy to a treatment regimen including catheterization and surgery can deter abnormal cellular growth and finally give children with pulmonary vein stenosis a chance to grow up.

The photoexcited graphene puzzle solved
A boost for graphene-based light detectors.

UCI-Harvard research may help combat the deadly gastrointestinal infection C. diff
Clostridium difficile infection is the most common cause of antibiotic-associated diarrhea in developed countries.

Beyond killing tuberculosis
Historically, our view of host defense against infection was that we must eliminate pathogens to eradicate disease.

Increased overweight in children of mothers who drank coffee while pregnant
A study published in the BMJ Open journal shows that even moderate coffee consumption during pregnancy, one to two cups per day, is related to a risk of overweight or obesity in school age children.

Study finds new combined risk score more effectively predicts stroke risk in Afib patients
New study finds that integrating two separate clinical risk score models more accurately assesses the stroke risk of patients with Afib.

Do we subconsciously judge face-likeness?
The research team of the Visual Perception and Cognition Laboratory at the Toyohashi University of Technology has suggested that face-likeness is judged by early visual processing at around 100ms after viewing an object.

Mimicking a sweet solution to mop up pollution
A fast and safe method to prepare a 3D porous material that mimics the shape of a honeycomb could have broad applications from catalysis to drug delivery or for filtering air to remove pollutants or viruses.

Dozens of binaries from Milky Way's globular clusters could be detectable by LISA
A next-generation observatory, called LISA, is expected to be in space in 2034, and it will be sensitive to gravitational waves of a lower frequency than those detected by the Earth-bound Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO).

X-rays from tabletop lasers allows scientists to peer through the 'water window'
Studying the fleeting actions of electrons in organic materials will now be much easier, thanks to a new method for generating fast X-rays.

Isotopic evidence for enhanced fossil fuel sources of aerosol ammonium in the urban atmosphere
Identifying the sources of aerosol ammonium is essential because ammonium can impact the Earth's radiative balance, as well as human health and biological diversity.

How signals get inside cancer cells and spur aggressive growth
A new study provides a surprising model of the process by which signals enter and influence a cancer cell.

Jurassic fossil tail tells of missing link in crocodile family tree
A 180 million-year-old fossil has shed light on how some ancient crocodiles evolved into dolphin-like animals.

During disasters, active Twitter users likely to spread falsehoods
During disasters, active Twitter users are likely to spread falsehoods.

Atrial fibrillation patients diagnosed with coronary heart disease face increased risk of dementia
Atrial fibrillation patients who are diagnosed with carotid artery disease face higher risks for developing dementia, according to new research from the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Salt Lake City.

Key protein in sperm tail assembly identified
A study, published in the Journal of Cell Biology, focuses on the development of the sperm tail, the structure that enables sperm cells to swim and is therefore critical for male fertility.

Genetic analysis for certain childhood brain tumors soon a standard-of-care?
An international team of researchers from the Hopp Children's Cancer Center at the NCT Heidelberg (KiTZ), the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and the German Cancer Consortium (DKTK) together with colleagues at the St.

Should patients in remission stop taking expensive Rheumatoid Arthritis drugs?
Stopping expensive biological drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis in patients who are in remission or who have low disease activity can save considerable costs, but it results in a small loss of quality-adjusted life years, according to a recent Arthritis & Rheumatology study.

Opening a new door to immunity
A new study could have major implications for our understanding of disease processes for conditions such as autoimmunity, atherosclerosis and heart failure, potentially leading to better prevention and treatment.

Many older adults discharged from the hospital receive inappropriate prescriptions
In a British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology study of 259 older adults discharged from a general medical hospital, more than 4 in 5 patients were issued a potentially inappropriate prescription containing at least 1 potentially inappropriate medication (PIM) or potential prescribing omission (PPO).

Tiny spiders, big color
There's plenty that's striking about Phoroncidia rubroargentea, a species of spider native to Madagascar, starting with their size -- at just three millimeters, they're barely larger than a few grains of salt.

Microscale IR spectroscopy enabled by phase change materials and metasurfaces
Researchers from the Singapore University of Technology and Design have demonstrated that tuneable phase change materials can be used to tune the response of microscale infrared transmissive 'metasurface' filters which can be tuned across the broad band of frequencies in the mid-infrared spectrum.

Study upends conventional view of opioid mechanism of action
A new discovery shows that opioids used to treat pain, such as morphine and oxycodone, produce their effects by binding to receptors inside neurons, contrary to conventional wisdom that they acted only on the same surface receptors as endogenous opioids, which are produced naturally in the brain.

Multi-drug resistant infections rising in children
Antibiotic-resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections, one of the most common hospital-acquired infections in children across the United States, are on the rise, according to results of a recent study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society on March 22.

Oral drug treatment helps protect cancer patients from potentially deadly blood clots
Research from the University of Warwick indicates that taking a tablet a day can help treat cancer patients of a potentially deadly condition.

Chronic medical conditions are common in women with urinary incontinence
New research published in BJU International indicates that women with urinary incontinence often have other chronic conditions. 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