Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 17, 2019
Schools less important than parents in determining higher education aspirations
A new study shows that the elementary school a child attends has almost no influence on their desire to progress to higher education -- as factors including parental aspirations, academic support from their mother and having a desk to work on are much more important.

Teens with heart disease improve exercise capacity in large clinical trial
The largest-ever clinical trial of a medication for pediatric cardiology patients found that an oral drug significantly improved exercise capacity in adolescent patients with severe, congenital single-ventricle heart defects.

Researchers discover new mutations in gene associated with disease that causes the heart to weaken
Researchers from the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City have identified new mutations in a gene commonly associated with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDC), a disease that weakens the heart muscle, making it more difficult to adequately circulate blood to meet the body's needs.

15-year study finds treatment gaps exist for patients with peripheral arterial disease
In a new 15-year study, researchers at the Intermountain Healthcare Heart Institute in Salt Lake City found that patients with eripheral arterial disease may not be prescribed life-saving medications at the same rate as for other heart conditions.

Omega-3 shows protection against heart disease-related death, without prostate cancer risk
Intermountain research team identified 87 patients who were part of the Intermountain INSPIRE Registry and had developed prostate cancer.

Clearing damaged cells out of the body helps heal diabetics' blood vessels
Research published today in Experimental Physiology shows that ramping up one of the body's waste disposal system, called autophagy, helps heal the blood vessels of diabetics.

Don't confuse luck with skill when rewarding performance
Managers and those who evaluate the performance of others, whether in the workplace or on the sporting field, are likely to be often confusing luck with skill, and over rewarding those who are just lucky, a new study reveals.

Randomized trial at music festival shows potential of virtual reality for CPR training
Cardiologists at Radboud university medical center performed a research project during a large music festival called Lowlands, in the Netherlands in August 2019.
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