Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 30, 2019
Neurotechnology holds promise for chronic stroke patients
Personalized neurotechnology-aided rehabilitation of the arm could improve recovery in severe chronic stroke patients according to a new paper published today in the journal Brain.

New study reveals biological toll on brain function of Holocaust survivors
The novel research, due to be presented at the 5th European Academy of Neurology (EAN) Congress, found that surviving the Holocaust had a life-long psychological and biological effect with grey matter reduction affecting the parts of their brain responsible for stress response, memory, motivation, emotion, learning, and behavior.

What makes a good excuse work? A Cambridge philosopher may have the answer
The things we appeal to when making excuses are myriad: tiredness, stress, a looming work deadline, a wailing infant.

Pear-shaped is better for postmenopausal women, even if they are normal weight
Postmenopausal women who are 'apple' shaped rather than 'pear' shaped are at greater risk of heart and blood vessel problems, even if they have a normal, healthy body mass index (BMI) according to new research published in the European Heart Journal.

Early warning signs of eating disorder revealed
Early warning signs that someone may have an eating disorder have been revealed in a large-scale data study conducted by Swansea University researchers.

New strategies and approaches needed to cope with growing burden of brain diseases
Professor Anne Hege Aamodt, President of the Norwegian Neurological Association, presented The Norwegian Brain Health Strategy 2018-2024 to attendees at the congress.

Firms violating non-accounting securities laws more likely to breach GAAP
New research published in the Journal of Business Finance & Accounting shows a link between non-compliance with securities laws - such as insider trading, stock manipulation and providing false or misleading information about securities or the company's operation -- and future Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) violations.

Genomic warning flag just in time for beach season: Jellyfish toxins
An article published today in the Open Access journal GigaScience might make you squirm if you plan to hit the beach.

Health checks from age 40 avoid 'black hole'
Seeing a health professional for a full health screening - even when you feel healthy -- from around age 40 enables people to make changes when problems first set in, experts say.

Statin use reduces mortality and stroke risk in dementia patients, new study shows
The study, which analyzed 44,920 Swedish dementia patients from the Swedish Dementia Registry between 2008-2015, found users of statins had a 22% lower risk of all-cause death compared to matched non-users.

Space Weather causes years of radiation damage to satellites using electric propulsion
The use of electric propulsion for raising satellites into geostationary orbit can result in significant solar cell degradation according to a new study being presented at the Royal Astronomical Society's National Astronomy Meeting.

Insects inspire greener, cheaper membranes for desalination
Insect-inspired design principles lead to first-ever water-repellent membranes made from water-wet materials.

Why is the Earth's F/Cl ratio not chondritic?
It is generally believed that terrestrial planets were made from chondrites.
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