Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 31, 2018
Managing multiple health conditions
Noting that we need more understanding of caregiver and care recipient relationships, a research team designed a study using interviews with caregivers and the older adults receiving care.

Vicious circle leads to loss of brain cells in old age
The CB1 receptor is responsible for the intoxicating effect of cannabis.

Too much sitting -- Nurses' role in educating patients to reduce health risks of prolonged sedentary time
Sitting for too many hours per day, or sitting for long periods without a break, is now known to increase a wide range of health risks, even if one engages in recommended amounts of physical activity.

Positional sleep therapy during pregnancy may promote maternal and fetal health
A new study suggests that an intervention to reduce supine sleep in late pregnancy may promote maternal and fetal health.

Water worlds could support life, study says
The conditions for life surviving on planets entirely covered in water are more fluid than previously thought, opening up the possibility that water worlds could be habitable, according to a new paper from the University of Chicago and Pennsylvania State University.

Novel concepts for the diagnosis of fatty liver and personalized treatment
Almost one in three adults suffer from non-alcoholic fatty liver.

Trends over 20 years in ADHD diagnoses among US children, adolescents
Diagnosed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in US children and adolescents appears to have become more common over 20 years, with an increase in estimated prevalence from 6.1 percent to 10.2 percent between 1997 and 2016, although the cause of this apparent uptick still needs to be better understood.

Prostate problems also associated with sleep disorders and depression
Men who suffer from urological problems such as erectile dysfunction, urinary tract and bladder problems or infertility issues often also suffer from depression and sleep disorders.

Higher depression risk in young adulthood associated with autism spectrum disorders
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD), especially without an accompanying intellectual disability, were associated with greater risk for depression in young adulthood compared with the general population and siblings without ASD.

Patient satisfaction with plastic surgery -- it's the surgeon, not the practice
Patient satisfaction after plastic surgery is most affected by surgeon-related factors, such as taking the time to answer questions and including patients in the decision-making process, reports a study in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery¬ģ, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Hurricane Norman's southeast quadrant appears strongest on NASA imagery
NASA's Aqua satellite provided valuable infrared temperature data on Category 4 Hurricane Norman that showed its strongest storms were southeast of center.

NASA Finds a less elongated potential Tropical Cyclone Six
NASA-NOAA's Suomi NPP satellite captured an infrared image of Potential Tropical Cyclone Six that shows the storm is not as 'stretched out' as it was the previous day.

New guideline aids in diagnosing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
A new international guideline has been developed to help physicians diagnosis idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), a rare and often fatal lung disease whose cause is unknown.

NASA finds Super Typhoon Jebi undergoing eyewall replacement
The tropical cyclone known as Jebi has intensified into a super typhoon and NASA's Terra satellite found it was undergoing eyewall replacement.

Are vulnerable lions eating endangered zebras?
Are Laikipia's recovering lions turning to endangered Grevy's zebras (Equus grevyi) for their next meal?

Growth in first 3 years of life affects respiratory health in children
Children's growth in the first three years of life affects the development of their lungs and the risk of asthma at 10 years of age.

Mutations, drugs drive cancer by blurring growth signals
Genetic mutations in a form of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may drive tumor formation by blurring cells' perception of key growth signals, according to a new laboratory study published Aug.

Genetics and pollution drive severity of asthma symptoms
Asthma patients, with a specific genetic profile, exhibit more intense symptoms following exposure to traffic pollution, according to researchers at the National Institutes of Health and collaborators.

Severe human infection with a novel avian-origin influenza A(H7N4) virus
Avian influenza virus (AIV) is always the threat to human due to its pandemic potential.

The low impact of the high-speed train on international tourism
There is undeniably a complementary relationship between air travel and the high-speed train.

Cryptosporidiosis worsened in mice on probiotics
In an unexpected research finding infections with the intestinal parasite, Cryptosporidium parvum, worsened in mice that had been given a probiotic.

Mammography screening also confers benefits on participants with interval cancer
Participants in the German mammography screening program (MSP) who have invasive breast cancer -- including interval cancers -- can on the whole undergo more sparing surgical treatment compared with non-participants.

Similar changes in the brains of patients with ADHD and emotional instability
In both ADHD and emotional instability disorders (e.g. borderline and antisocial personality disorder as well as conduct disorder in children), the brain exhibits similar changes in overlapping areas, meaning that the two types of conditions should be seen as related and attention should be paid to both during diagnosis.

Stroke doubles dementia risk, concludes large-scale study
The study analyzed data on stroke and dementia risk from 3.2 million people across the world.

Why two?
FAT10 is a small protein with a huge effect. Its attachment to a target protein is a signal for its degradation.

Russian scientists have increased the Internet speed up to one and a half times
A joint article of the scientists of the Samara University and the University of Missouri (Columbia, USA) was published in the IEEE Transactions on Network and Service Management journal.

Patent mining indicates promising routes for research
Methodology developed by Brazilian scientists uses big data tools, has been validated in an analysis of studies on hemophilia, and can also be used to search for partnerships and technology transfer opportunities.

A computational analysis identifies a new clinical phenotype of severe malaria
There are more clinical phenotypes of severe malaria than those defined by the World Health Organization (WHO), according to a study led by ISGlobal, an institution supported by 'la Caixa' Foundation.

Overcoming resistance
In a recent paper published in the journal Clinical Cancer Research (CCR), Carmelo Nucera, M.D., Ph.D., primary investigator in the thyroid cancer research program in the Division of Experimental Pathology in BIDMC's Department of Pathology, and colleagues investigated the role of pericytes as part of the tumor microenvironment in the subset of papillary thyroid cancers modulated by a mutation of the BRAF cancer-promoting gene.

Cannibalistic materials feed on themselves to grow new nanostructures
Scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory induced a two-dimensional material to cannibalize itself for atomic 'building blocks' from which stable structures formed.

Better communication can enhance US chemical exposure incident response, new evaluation says
First responders to major chemical exposure incidents in the United States can improve treatment protocols for at-risk casualties with better communication strategies, according to new analysis in Annals of Emergency Medicine.

NASA tracking Hurricane Miriam in Central Pacific
Hurricane Miriam continues to track north through the Central Pacific Ocean and NASA's Aqua satellite analyzed the storm infrared imagery.

A new way to remove ice buildup without power or chemicals
MIT researchers led by Kripa Varanasi found a way to prevent icing of powerlines, airplanes, wind turbines, and other surfaces with a special coating and the power of sunlight -- no heating or harsh chemicals needed.

Parkinson's disease: An endogenous protein might become a candidate for drug development
Researchers have modified the protein Nurr1 so that it can enter cells from the outside.

Allergists warn that chigger bites may cause allergic reaction to red meat
Chiggers, redbugs, harvest mites -- whatever you call them, they are pesky little bugs whose bites cause really itchy rashes, usually around the ankles and waistline.

A telephone for your microbiome
What if the bacteria that live in your gut could monitor your health, report disease, and produce beneficial molecules?

Moffitt researchers compare chemotherapy regimens for best outcomes in invasive bladder cancer
Patients with muscle-invasive bladder cancer have been shown to benefit from chemotherapy prior to surgical removal of the bladder.

Latest study reveals sharp rise in essay cheating globally, with millions of students involved
A breakthrough study by Swansea University has revealed that one in seven students are using essay-mills -- representing around 31 million globally.

Even the fittest middle-aged athletes can't outrun cardiovascular risk factors
Middle-aged adults are exercising more and living longer, but new research from the University of British Columbia suggests that even the fittest among them are not immune to cardiovascular disease -- and they often don't have any symptoms.

Inspired by feet
A research team from Kiel University has succeeded in boosting the adhesive effect of a silicone material significantly inspired by the structure of beetle feet.

Dopamine receptor study offers hope for improved treatments with fewer side effects
New work from researchers at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons sheds light on how dopamine receptors signal within cells, opening the door for more targeted -- and more tolerable -- therapeutics to treat an array of neuropsychiatric disorders.

Printing with sound
Harvard University researchers have developed a new printing technology that uses sound waves to control the size of liquid droplets independent of fluid viscosity.

Bodily sensations give rise to conscious feelings
A Finnish research group from the University of Turku, University of Tampere and Aalto University has mapped the organization of human conscious feelings and found them to cluster into five major categories: positive emotions, negative emotions, cognitive functions, somatic states, and illnesses.

Investigators find that bile acids reduce cocaine reward
Bile acids -- gut compounds that aid in the digestion of dietary fats -- reduce the desire for cocaine, according to a new study by researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Biophysics: Self-centered
Rod-shaped bacterial cells normally divide by constriction midway along their long axis.

Artificial cells are tiny bacteria fighters
Artificial cells that can kill bacteria have been created by researchers at the UC Davis Department of Biomedical Engineering.

How weight loss is linked to future health for older adults
A study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, evaluated information from the Study of Osteoporotic Fractures and looked specifically at health and weight for women who were over age 65.

Study: Denver's inequities in park access traced to segregation, funding policies
Current inequities in access to Denver's parks among minorities and low-income residents are the legacies of segregationist land-use and housing policies, as well as funding mechanisms that prioritized investment in wealthy white neighborhoods, according to a new study led by University of Illinois recreation, sport and tourism professor Alessandro Rigolon.

Improving operations for the brain's most malignant tumor
Important research by Barrow Neurological Institute neurosurgeons and University of Washington (UW) scientists on novel imaging technology for malignant brain tumors was published in the August issue of the Nature journal, Scientific Reports.

Mouse models may not accurately mimic severity of gonorrhea infection
The mouse model may not fully reflect the severity of the infection and the types of immune responses seen in humans. 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