Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 07, 2020
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
If renal remission is achieved therapeutically in cases of lupus nephritis (LN), the 10-year survival rate increases significantly.

Prophylaxis after relapse of ANCA-associated vasculitis
Relapses are not uncommon in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). The disease can cause severe injury to kidneys and other organs, even death.

Repetitive negative thinking linked to dementia risk
Persistently engaging in negative thinking patterns may raise the risk of Alzheimer's disease, finds a new UCL-led study published in Alzheimer's & Dementia.

Empagliflozin -- kidney protection regardless of an initial 'eGFR dip'
Data presented today at the ERA-EDTA Congress show that empagliflozin is more likely to induce an initial 'dip' in eGFR in patients belonging to a higher KDIGO risk category and/or on diuretic therapy.

Climate change has degraded productivity of shelf sea food webs
Released to coincide with World Oceans Day, new research led by the University of Plymouth has shown that a shortage of summer nutrients -- a result of our changing climate -- has contributed to a 50% decline in important North East Atlantic plankton over the past 60 years.

ANCA-associated vasculitis: The ADVOCATE Study
ANCA-associated vasculitis causes inflammation of small blood vessels, which may result in severe injury to the kidneys, lungs and other organs -- even death.

Pinker flamingos more aggressive
Bright pink flamingos are more aggressive than paler rivals when fighting over food, new research shows.

Great white shark diet surprises scientists
The first-ever detailed analysis of the diet of great white sharks has shown they spend more time feeding at the seafloor than many would have expected.

Jodrell Bank leads international effort which reveals 157 day cycle in unusual cosmic radio bursts
An investigation into one of the current great mysteries of astronomy has come to the fore thanks to a four-year observing campaign conducted at the Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Sex differences in participation in large-scale genetic studies may affect results
An international group of researchers have found differences in the characteristics that drive men and women to participate in genome-wide association studies, which analyse genetic variants in different individuals to see if any are associated with a trait or disease.

Hope for patients with primary hyperoxaluria type 1
Lumasiran is a subcutaneously administered RNAi therapeutic targeting hydroxyacid oxidase 1 (HAO1) - the gene encoding glycolate oxidase (GO) - in development for the treatment of primary hyperoxaluria type 1 (PH1).

For university classrooms, are telepresence robots the next best thing to being there?
Telepresence robots help university students learning remotely to feel more a part of the class, new research suggests.

Virus DNA spread across surfaces in hospital ward over 10 hours
Virus DNA left on a hospital bed rail was found in nearly half of all sites sampled across a ward within 10 hours and persisted for at least five days, according to a new study by UCL and Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).
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