Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 06, 1996
Northwestern Study Finds Possible Link Between Alcoholism, Smoking
Striking new biochemical evidence that shows a link between alcoholism and nicotine addiction has been discovered by pharmacologists at Northwestern University Medical School.

PET Scans Show Link Between Cocaine And Heroin Addictions
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National Institute on Drug Abuse have the first direct evidence that the brain's own natural opiate system is deeply involved in cocaine addiction and craving.

Cancer Gene Theory Challenged
Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute have cast doubt on the widely held belief that the mutation of the p53 gene triggers the chain reaction of cancer development.

Argonne Converts Corn Into Chemistry
Argonne National Laboratory has engineered a new microbe that serves as a catalyst for chemical reactions important to agriculture.

Toxic Waste: Let the Microbes Clean It Up
The best way to clean up most contaminants --- even the most toxic pollutants such as PCBs or dynamite --- is to let microbes that are already there do the job for you, according to a Northwestern University researcher

Hormone Therapy Causes Bone Increases in Postmenopausal Women
Postmenopausal women taking any of four regimens of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) gained significant amounts of bone mass, according to the Postmenopausal Estrogen/Progestin Interventions (PEPI) trial, which was administered and primarily funded by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health
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