Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 18, 2018
World first use of cognitive training reduces gait freezing in Parkinson's patients
In a world first, clinicians have reduced 'freezing of gait' in Parkinson's Disease patients by teaching brain training exercises in a randomized control trial led by Brain and Mind Centre scholars at the University of Sydney and published today in npj Parkinson's Disease.

Clinical trial supports chiropractic care as component of care for low back pain
US military personnel with low back pain who received usual medical care plus chiropractic care reported moderate improvement in their pain intensity and disability compared with patients who received usual medical care alone.

Simplifying skin disease diagnosis with topical nanotechnology
This vision of simplifying disease diagnosis using topically applied nanotechnology could change the way skin diseases such as abnormal scars are diagnosed and managed.

Natural antioxidant bilirubin may improve cardiovascular health
A recent analysis of health data from almost 100,000 veterans, both with and without HIV infection, found that within normal ranges, higher levels of bilirubin in the blood were associated with lower rates of heart failure, heart attack and stroke.

Diamond 'spin-off' tech could lead to low-cost medical imaging and drug discovery tools
An international team has discovered how to exploit defects in nanoscale and microscale diamonds and potentially enhance the sensitivity of magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear magnetic resonance systems while eliminating the need for their costly and bulky superconducting magnets.

Dogs born in the summertime more likely to suffer heart disease
Dogs born June through August are at higher risk of heart disease than those born other months, rising in July to 74 percent higher risk, according to a study published this week in Scientific Reports from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

The dark side of our genes -- healthy ageing in modern times
In a paper published in the journal Nature Review Genetics an international team of five scientists collate the evidence for the mismatch between past evolutionary adaptation and our modern lives.

Gay male teens use adult hookup apps to find friends, partners
Although hookup apps require users to be 18 or older, a new Northwestern Medicine study found that more than 50 percent of sexually active gay and bisexual boys ages 14 to 17 met male sexual partners on apps such as Grindr and Scruff.

Genome editing method targets AIDS virus
By destroying the regulatory genes of the AIDS virus HIV-1 using the genome editing system CRISPR/Cas9, a Japanese research group has succeeded in blocking the production of HIV-1 by infected cells.

NASA satellite reveals a more prganized Tropical Cyclone Sagar?
Tropical Cyclone Sagar, formerly known as 01A, appeared more organized on satellite imagery and has strengthened since May 17.

Cannabis: It matters how young you start
Canadian researchers find that boys who start smoking pot before 15 are much more likely to have a drug problem at 28 than those who start at 15 or after.

Fingerprints in birefringence
Stimuli-sensitive materials can respond to physical forces with structural phase transitions.

Study finds growing wealth gap between seniors and families with children
The wealth gap between households of seniors and those with children has ballooned since 1989, a new study finds.

Research offers new insights into malaria parasite
A team of researchers led by a University of California, Riverside, scientist has found that various stages of the development of human malaria parasites, including stages involved in malaria transmission, are linked to epigenetic features and how chromatin -- the complex of DNA and proteins within the nucleus -- is organized and structured in these parasites.

ACR Urges lawmakers to address rising costs & access barriers in Arthritis care
Rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals convened on Capitol Hill this week to urge legislative action on pressing policy issues affecting rheumatology care during the American College of Rheumatology's Advocacy Leadership Conference, held May 16-17, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

Researchers operate lab-grown heart cells by remote control
Researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine and their collaborators have developed a technique that allows them to speed up or slow down human heart cells growing in a dish on command -- simply by shining a light on them and varying its intensity.

Particle shows promise for treating the deadliest type of breast cancer
USC researchers have pinpointed a remedy to thwart a protein that helps the metastatic spread of breast cancer, a leading cause of death for women.

'Love displaces violence'
Art historian Eva-Bettina Krems on persistent motifs of peace in art from antiquity to the present day -- dove, rainbow or victory of love: artists draw on recurring motifs.

Rutgers researchers create a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater, moves objects
Rutgers University-New Brunswick engineers have created a 3D-printed smart gel that walks underwater and grabs objects and moves them.

Women sometimes feel regret after electing to freeze their eggs
Most women feel empowered by elective procedures that enable them to bank eggs in case they can't conceive naturally later in life, researchers at UC San Francisco have found.

Developmental psychotherapy for antisocial adolescents
Working with young offenders is considered difficult activity and often ineffective.

Ammunition with risks and side effects
Hunting with lead shot is highly restricted or entirely banned in many countries due to the danger of poisoning birds and environment.

A new Achilles' heel of blood cancer
Acute Myeloid Leukemia is an aggressive form of blood cancer.

Study finds no evidence of natural gas from fracking in Ohio drinking water
A study of drinking water in Appalachian Ohio found no evidence of natural gas contamination from recent oil and gas drilling.

Study finds more than 40 percent of prostate biopsies could be avoided with new blood test
A multi-center study that validates the clinical performance of IsoPSA -- a new blood test that has proven to be more accurate in predicting overall risk of prostate cancer than standard prostate-specific antigen (PSA) -- will be presented during the AUA Annual Meeting this weekend in San Francisco.

Safety program for surgical patients sharply drops surgical site infections
Surgical site infections (SSIs) in patients undergoing colorectal operations were reduced by 61 percent in less than two years in Hawaiian hospitals participating in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Safety Program for Surgery, according to new study findings published as an 'article in press' on the website of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons ahead of print.

Brain simulation reveals benefits of emergency cooling treatment
Fresh insight into how the brain responds to medically induced cooling -- routinely used to limit head injury -- could inform treatments for related conditions and help babies at risk of birthing complications.

Biotin supplements caused misleading test results, almost led to unnecessary procedure
A new case report led by Maya Styner, M.D., of the University of North Carolina School of Medicine describes how a patient's use of a common over-the-counter biotin supplement caused clinically misleading test results and almost resulted in an unnecessary, invasive medical procedure.

A new map for a birthplace of stars
A Yale-led research group has created the most detailed maps yet of a vast seedbed of stars similar to Earth's sun.

Ultrasound guidelines identify children who should be biopsied for thyroid cancer
A Loyola Medicine study has found that new ultrasound guidelines can reliably identify pediatric patients who should be biopsied for thyroid cancer.

UNC researchers discover how body temperature wrecks potential dengue, Zika vaccine
A major route toward creating effective vaccines against dengue virus and Zika involves the E protein that covers the surface of each viral particle.

Humira does not improve aortic vascular inflammation in psoriasis patients
An antibody used to treat the skin disease psoriasis and other chronic autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel disease has no effect on aortic inflammation -- a key marker of future risk of major cardiovascular events -- unlike other antibodies that target different aspects of the immune system.

Optimum shade for cocoa
As chocolate becomes ever more popular, demand for cocoa keeps rising.

Label-free method for rapid cancer diagnosis
Researchers in Bochum have deployed a novel infrared (IR) microscope with quantum cascade lasers in order to analyze tissue samples taken during routine clinical procedures for colorectal cancer diagnosis.

Giraffes surprise biologists yet again
New research from the University of Bristol has highlighted how little we know about giraffe behaviour and ecology.

Can a quantum drum vibrate and stand still at the same time?
Researchers have studied how a 'drumstick' made of light could make a microscopic 'drum' vibrate and stand still at the same time.

Simpler scan still effective in deciding stroke treatment
A study led by a neurologist from McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) showed that a computed tomography (CT scan) could be sufficient for determining thrombectomy treatment in stroke.

Cardiomyopathy mutation reduces heart's ability to vary pumping force, study reveals
Researchers from Washington State University have discovered how a genetic mutation linked to hypertrophic cardiomyopathy disrupts the heart's normal function.

Robotic assembly of the world's smallest house -- Even a mite doesn't fit through the door!
A French nanorobotics team has assembled a new microrobotics system that pushes forward the frontiers of optical nanotechnologies.

Asian tiger mosquito on the move
Scientists at the Goethe University and the Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung have compared the ecological niches of the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito, both of which transmit infectious diseases, on various continents.

Matabele ants: Travelling faster with detours
Ants do not always take the shortest route when they are in a hurry.

Drug used to treat daytime sleepiness does not appear to improve driving in those with sleep apnea
A drug used to treat excessive daytime sleepiness may not improve driving ability in adults with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) who cannot tolerate standard therapies, according to new research published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Annotation tool provides step toward understanding links between disease, mutant RNA
Researchers have developed a computer program that represents a key step toward better understanding the connections between mutant genetic material and disease.

Variations in placental microbiota appear related to premature birth
A team of researchers from the United Kingdom has found a surplus of pathogenic bacteria in placentas from premature births, supporting the hypothesis that maternal infection may cause preterm birth.

Flow of cerebrospinal fluid regulates neural stem cell division
Stem cells in the brain can divide and mature into neurons participating in various brain functions, including memory.

Using Tinder doesn't result in more casual sex
Tinder users don't have more sexual partners than other similarly minded people.

NBA stars on losing teams follow fewer teammates on social media
NBA stars on winning teams are more likely to follow teammates on Twitter than high status players on bad teams are, according to a new study by the University of Cincinnati.

Antithrombotic therapy in patients with atrial fibrillaton before, after stroke
Oral anticoagulation therapy after stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation was associated with lower risk for recurrent blood vessel-blocking blood clots.

New mechanism essential for eye lens development identified
A team led by a University of Delaware researcher has identified the protein essential for eye lens development and clear vision.

Atomic-level study reveals why rare disorder causes sudden paralysis
A rare genetic disorder in which people are suddenly overcome with profound weakness or temporary paralysis is caused by a hole in a membrane protein that allows sodium ions to leak across cell membranes.

NASA's new planet hunter snaps initial test image, swings by Moon toward final orbit
After launching April 18, TESS has completed its lunar flyby to put it on track for its final science orbit, and has released a first test image.

MR spectroscopy imaging reveals effects of targeted treatment of mutant IDH1 gliomas
Using a novel imaging method, a Massachusetts General Hospital research team is investigating the mechanisms behind a potential targeted treatment for a subtype of the deadly brains tumors called gliomas.

MontanaPBS releases trailer explaining search for new weight standard
A MontanaPBS trailer for 'The Last Artifact' probes the international race to redefine the standard for the kilogram and reboot the international measurement system.

New 3D printer can create complex biological tissues
A UCLA Samueli-led team has developed a specially adapted 3D printer to build therapeutic biomaterials from multiple 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