Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 30, 2018
Cancer Immunotherapy Conference features latest research on response, resistance, treatment
The Fourth CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference: Translating Science into Survival, to be held in New York, Sept.

FAIR Health releases state-by-state visualizations of opioid abuse and dependence
FAIR Health has released an online interactive heat map showing new findings on opioid abuse and dependence diagnoses and procedures for each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Patient-partnered genomics study IDs immunotherapy as potential treatment for rare cancer
Angiosarcoma Project, a patient-partnered genomics study, identified immune checkpoint inhibition as a potential treatment option for patients with angiosarcomas of the head, face, neck, or scalp (HFNS), according to data presented at the fourth CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference: Translating Science into Survival, held Sept.

New cancer vaccine shows early promise for patients with HER2-positive cancers
Treatment with a HER2-targeted therapeutic cancer vaccine provided clinical benefit to several patients with metastatic HER2-positive cancers who had not previously been treated with a HER2-targeted therapeutic, according to data from a phase I clinical trial presented at the Fourth CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference: Translating Science into Survival, held Sept.

Mobile device by UCLA enables easy prediction and control of harmful algal blooms
UCLA researchers have developed an inexpensive and portable device that can analyze water samples immediately, which would provide marine biologists with real-time insight about the possibility that the algal blooms could occur in the area they're testing.

Bacterial therapy tolerable, shows early promise in patients with advanced solid tumors
A phase I clinical trial investigating the use of bacterial Clostridium novyi-NT spores as an injectable monotherapy had manageable toxicities and showed early clinical efficacy in patients with treatment-refractory solid tumor malignancies, according to data presented at the Fourth CRI-CIMT-EATI-AACR International Cancer Immunotherapy Conference: Translating Science into Survival, held Sept.

Studies in men reveal higher chance of secondary fractures, value of bone strengthening exercises
Two new studies released this week shine a spotlight on men's bone health which is often overshadowed by the focus on osteoporosis and fracture risk in women.

Scientists use AI to develop better predictions of why children struggle at school
Scientists using machine learning -- a type of artificial intelligence -- with data from hundreds of children who struggle at school, identified clusters of learning difficulties which did not match the previous diagnosis the children had been given.

EU countries unprepared to move future Alzheimer's treatment into rapid clinical use
The burden of Alzheimer's disease in high-income countries is expected to nearly double by 2050 and recent positive results from clinical trials give hope that a disease-changing treatment could become available for routine use within a few years.

Eye discovery to pave way for more successful corneal transplants
A team of eye specialists at The University of Nottingham has made another novel discovery that could help to improve the success of corneal transplants for patients whose sight has been affected by disease.

Determinations of air flow behaviors in the human upper airway by visualizing flowing air directly
Understanding airflow characteristics in the human upper airway is crucial in investigating obstructive sleep apnea, particle sedimentation, drug delivery, and many biomedical problems.

New study confirms Mediterranean diet prevents a leading cause of blindness
Evidence is mounting that a poor diet plays an important role in the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a leading cause of blindness in the United States.
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