Brightsurf Science News & Current Events Archive (September 2009)

Science news and science current events archive September, 2009.

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Top Science News & Current Event Articles from September 2009

Lead in bone associated with increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease in men
In a new study, researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Michigan School of Public Health found that bone lead was associated with a higher risk of death from all causes, particularly from cardiovascular disease. It is the first study to analyze the association between bone lead and mortality.

Quality of early child care plays role in later reading, math achievement
Using information from the longitudinal study of early care and youth development, researchers found that children who spent more time in high-quality child care in the first five years of their lives had better math and reading scores in middle childhood. Researchers also found that low-income children who attended high-quality child care programs before the age of five performed similarly to their affluent peers. These findings have implications for the role of child care in the creation of anti-poverty policies.

Training clinicians helps reduce rates of early childhood cavities
Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine have found that pediatricians provided with the proper communication, educational and information technology tools and training could reduce the rates of children developing early childhood caries or cavities by 77 percent. This study appears in the October issue of the Journal Medical Care.

URI, Lehigh partner for first-ever drug effectiveness study on college students with ADHD
Researchers at the University of Rhode Island and Lehigh University are about to launch a study to test the effectiveness of the stimulant medication, Vyvanse, on college students with ADHD. It is the first such study for this population.

Virginia Tech's proposed next generation nano-CT system will enhance nano-scale research
Virginia Tech researchers are developing the next-generation nano-CT imaging system, which promises to provide images that will reveal deeply imbedded details, including subcellular features and to greatly reduce the required dose of radiation.

Trauma 411: Prolonged surgery should be avoided in certain cases
A review article published in the September 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons explains that trauma patients who have several orthopaedic injuries and are considered to be in unstable condition should only have a few hours of surgery when first arriving at the hospital.

You can't trust a tortured brain: Neuroscience discredits coercive interrogation
According to a new review of neuroscientific research, coercive interrogation techniques used during the Bush administration to extract information from terrorist suspects are likely to have been unsuccessful and may have had many unintended negative effects on the suspect's memory and brain functions.

AAPS and PhRMA co-sponsor stability workshop
This workshop will cover current trends in stability and challenges with today's new products.

AFOSR funds super-fast, secure computing
US Air Force Office of Scientific Research-supported physicists at the University of Michigan are developing innovative components for quantum, or super-fast, computers that will improve security for data storage and transmission on Air Force systems.

HPV vaccine could prevent breast cancer: Australian research
Vaccinating women against the human papillomavirus may prevent some forms of breast cancer and save tens of thousands of lives each year, new Australian research suggests.

Springer partners with the Chinese Society of Oceanography
Springer, one of the leading publishers in the fields of science, technology and medicine, will publish the official journal of the Chinese Society of Oceanography as of January 2010. Starting with Volume 29, Issue 1, Acta Oceanologica Sinica will be published at Springer both electronically and in print. The journal joins Springer's Chinese Library of Science, a collection of more than 90 high-quality, English-language research journals from China.

Scientists discover clues to what makes human muscle age
A study led by UC Berkeley researchers has identified critical biochemical pathways linked to the aging of human muscle. By manipulating these pathways, the researchers were able to turn back the clock on old human muscle, restoring its ability to repair and rebuild itself. The findings provide promising new targets for stemming the debilitating muscle atrophy that accompanies human aging.

Cutting through continental crust
This new volume from the Geological Society of America provides a synthesis of crustal cross sections with a special emphasis on the western North American Cordillera. From the North American geographic perspective, articles discuss examples of crustal cross sections from the Bering Shelf area, where the Russian Federation and Alaska share a common international border, followed by other studies of areas along the western North American Cordillera and the southwestern United States.

Science in Society Journalism Award winners announced
The winners of the 2009 Science in Society Journalism Awards, sponsored by the National Association of Science Writers, are:

K-State physicist works to understand atomic collisions important to ultracold quantum gasses
A K-State physics professor is studying what happens when atoms collide in groups of three and four. These few-body collisions play an important role in experiments on ultracold quantum gasses.

Paper battery may power electronics in clothing and packaging material
Imagine a gift wrapped in paper you really do treasure and want to carefully fold and save. That's because the wrapping paper lights up with words like

Masitinib -- targeted therapy for cancers, inflammatory diseases and neurological indications
In new research, Dr. Patrice Dubreuil and colleagues characterise the pharmacological profile of masitinib, a novel tyrosine kinase inhibitor that targets the stem cell factor, PDGFR and Lyn. Masitinib is the active pharmacological ingredient of the first ever registered veterinary anticancer drug, Masivet.

Office of Naval Research's Rear Admiral addresses diversity with HBCU presidents
The US Navy's Chief of Naval Research addressed a gathering of presidents of historically black colleges and universities on Sept. 1 in Washington, D.C. He told them

Georgia Tech to transform unemployed technology workers into high school computing teachers
Through a recent $2.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Georgia Tech College of Computing will mitigate the stress of joblessness for unemployed information technology professionals over the next three years. Operation Reboot, as the project is aptly titled, will transform an initial set of 30 IT workers in Georgia into high school computing teachers.

Study highlights HIV/AIDS challenge in American prison system
HIV/AIDS is up to five times more prevalent in American prisons than in the general population. Adherence to treatment programs can be strictly monitored in prison. However, once prisoners are released, medical monitoring becomes problematic. A new study by Dr. Nitika Pant Pai -- an assistant professor of medicine and a medical scientist at the Research Institute of the MUHC -- suggests the majority (76 percent) of inmates take their antiretroviral treatment intermittently once they leave prison, representing a higher risk to the general population.

For carnivorous plants, slow but steady wins the race
The existence of carnivorous plants has fascinated botanists and nonbotanists alike for centuries and raises the question,

Some discrepancies exist between outcomes indicated in trial registration and later publications
Comparison of the primary outcomes of registered clinical trials with their subsequent publication appears to show some discrepancies, according to a study in the Sept. 2 issue of JAMA.

Experimental drug lets B cells live and lymphoma cells die
An investigative drug deprived non-Hodgkin lymphoma cells of their ability to survive too long and multiply too fast, according to an early study published recently in the journal Experimental Hematology.

Cradle and birthday of dog identified
Previous studies in the field have indicated that East Asia is where the wolf was tamed and became the dog. It was not possible to be more precise than that. But now researchers at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm have managed to zero in on man's best friend.

Google Inc. acquires Carnegie Mellon spin-off ReCAPTCHA Inc.
ReCAPTCHA Inc., a spin-off of Carnegie Mellon University's Computer Science Department, has been acquired by Google Inc. The Pittsburgh company developed online puzzles that serve the dual purpose of protecting Web sites and digitizing printed text.

Quality of medicines and food ingredients the focus at USP 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting
Important issues surrounding the quality of food and drugs -- including global supply chain management, the challenges of creating follow-on biologics (in Canada, subsequent entry biologics) and nanotechnology for drug delivery -- will be the focus of the US Pharmacopeial Convention's 2009 Annual Scientific Meeting. The ASM will be held in Toronto, Canada, from Sept. 22-25.

Global warming may dent El Niño's protective shield from Atlantic hurricanes, increase droughts
El Niño, the periodic eastern Pacific phenomenon credited with shielding the US and Caribbean from severe hurricane seasons, may be overshadowed by its brother in the central Pacific due to global warming, according to an article in the Sept. 24 issue of the journal Nature. Could lead to more intense hurricanes in the Atlantic, increased opportunity for droughts in Australia and India.

Designing probiotics that ambush gut pathogens
At the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, today (Sept. 8), Professor James Paton and colleagues from the University of Adelaide explained how they had made probiotics by adding molecular mimics of host cell receptors onto the surface of harmless bacteria. These can bind to the toxins produced by bacterial infections in the human gut, preventing the toxins from interacting with receptors on host intestinal cells and causing disease.

Revolutionary statewide UC collaboration targets breast cancer
The University of California is launching an unprecedented statewide collaboration for breast cancer patients with the goal of revolutionizing the course of their care by designing and testing new approaches to research, technology and health care delivery.

No change in the link between deprivation and death since 1900s
The link between deprivation and premature death is as strong today as it was in the early 1900s according to research published on today.

It pays to be careful post-kidney transplant
For kidney transplant recipients, infection with a virus called cytomegalovirus may lead to devastating complications. New research suggests that extending the period of preventive treatment after kidney transplantation can reduce the risk of CMV disease, according to an upcoming report in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

The change in Arctic nature foreshadows the global environment of the future
In Arctic areas, climate change is progressing faster than in any other location on Earth. Researchers at the University of Helsinki have participated in two new studies indicating that the changes are astonishingly fast. Many original species of Arctic areas are in jeopardy, as global warming causes species from southern areas to migrate north, where they occupy the living space of the original species.

Northwestern United States could face more tamarisk invasion by century's end
If future warming trends that scientists have projected are realized, one of the country's most aggressive exotic plants will have the potential to invade more US land area, according to a new study published in the current issue of the journal Invasive Plant Science and Management. The study found that tamarisk -- prevalent today in some parts of the region, but generally limited to warm and dry environments -- could expand its range into currently uninvaded areas.

Young adults may outgrow bipolar disorder
Bipolar disorder, or manic-depression, causes severe and unusual shifts in mood and energy, affecting a person's ability to perform everyday tasks. With symptoms often starting in early adulthood, bipolar disorder has been thought of traditionally as a lifelong disorder. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found evidence that nearly half of those diagnosed between the ages of 18 and 25 may outgrow the disorder by the time they reach 30.

Trash or treasure? Discarded US computers often get a second life
More computers discarded by consumers in the United States are getting a second life in developing countries than previously believed, according to a new study -- the most comprehensive ever done on the topic -- reported in ACS' semimonthly journal Environmental Science & Technology. The findings may ease growing concerns about environmental pollution with toxic metals that can result from dismantling and recycling computer components in developing countries.

Van Andel Institute researchers find gene that could lead to new therapies for bone marrow disease
Van Andel Research Institute researchers are one step closer to finding new ways to treat myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a bone marrow disease that strikes up to 15,000 people each year in the United States, and that sometimes results in acute myeloid leukemia. Researchers found that the gene RhoB is important to the disease's progression and could prove to be a therapeutic target for late-stage MDS.

Understanding the implications of prenatal testing for Down syndrome
With new prenatal tests for Down syndrome on the horizon promising to be safer, more accurate, and available to women earlier in pregnancy, the medical community must come together and engage in dialogue about the impact of existing and expected tests, argues a new leading article published online first by Archives of Disease in Childhood.

Progress made in traumatic brain injury treatment and diagnosis
New research on traumatic brain injury is being presented this week at the Military Health Research Forum, a scientific meeting hosted by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs. Service men and women are particularly susceptible to TBI given the nature of combat.

Rise in weight-loss drugs prescribed to combat childhood obesity
Thousands of children and adolescents are using anti-obesity drugs that in the UK are only licensed for use by adults. The number of young people receiving prescriptions for these drugs has increased 15-fold since 1999, but most stop using them before they could expect to see any benefit, according to a new study.

Novel bacterial strains clear algal toxins from drinking water
Novel bacterial strains capable of neutralizing toxins produced by blue-green algae have been identified by researchers at Robert Gordon's University, Aberdeen. Aakash Welgama presented the group's findings during the Society for General Microbiology's meeting at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

999: The human face of economic crisis
As the economy continues to unravel, a series of papers published today assess the effects of the crisis on children's health, education and rights in East Asia and the Pacific. Crisis for Children, a special issue of the journal Global Social Policy, asserts investments can be made that will not only advance children's rights and break the cycle of poverty, but also safeguard countries' future economic growth and human development.

Acne really is a nightmare for some teens
Zits, pimples, bumps and blemishes are a young person's worst nightmare. Collectively they are known as acne, a very common skin condition that affects millions of adolescents. Now a Norwegian study published in the open access journal BMC Public Health has investigated the links between acne, diet and mental health issues in both males and females.

Healthy older brains not significantly smaller than younger brains, new imaging study shows
The belief that healthy older brains are substantially smaller than younger brains may stem from studies that did not screen out people whose undetected, slowly developing brain disease was killing off cells in key areas, according to new research. As a result, previous findings may have overestimated atrophy and underestimated normal size for the older brain.

ESO unveils an amazing, interactive, 360-degree panoramic view of the entire night sky
The first of three images of ESO's GigaGalaxy Zoom project -- a new magnificent 800-million-pixel panorama of the entire sky as seen from ESO's observing sites in Chile -- has just been released online. The project allows stargazers to explore and experience the Universe as it is seen with the unaided eye from the darkest and best viewing locations in the world.

Stevens' Center for Science Writings presents a talk on modern warfare by Peter W. Singer, Sept. 23
The Center for Science Writings at Stevens Institute of Technology presents the talk,

The American Society of Human Genetics honors Dr. Huntington Willard as 2009 Allan Award recipient
The American Society of Human Genetics will present the 2009 William Allan Award to Huntington F. Willard, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University, in a formal ceremony at the Society's 59th Annual Meeting on Oct. 23, 2009, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

NSF funds state's first imaging system for UAB microscale research lab
The National Science Foundation has awarded $431,200 to the University of Alabama at Birmingham Department of Physics to facilitate the purchase of a new highly-specialized imaging system -- the first of its kind in Alabama -- that will be a centerpiece of a new interdisciplinary research laboratory on campus.

Memories of the way they used to be
A team of researchers from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla have developed a safe strategy for reprogramming cells to a pluripotent state without use of viral vectors or genomic insertions. Their studies reveal that these induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) are very similar to human embryonic stem cells, yet maintain a

Negative public opinion an early warning signal for terrorism, Princeton professor says
An analysis of public opinion polls and terrorist activity in 143 pairs of countries has shown for the first time that when people in one country hold negative views toward the leadership and policies of another, terrorist acts are more likely to be carried out.

University Hospitals Case Medical Center to test gammaglobulin treatment for Alzheimer's disease
Researchers from the Memory and Cognition Center at University Hospitals Case Medical Center will begin testing an intriguing new approach to slowing down the progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) using Intravenous Immune Globulin (IGIV), also known as gammaglobulin. IGIV is traditionally used to treat primary immunodeficiency disorders, but is not currently approved for treating AD, which is one of the leading causes of dementia in the elderly. 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