Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 31, 1996
Study Finds Physician Report Card Data Not Used By Physicians
Published reports evaluating the performance of cardiac surgeons in Pennsylvania have little or no effect on the referral practices of cardiologists in that state, Harvard Medical School researchers report in the July 25 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Exercise - A Safe And Effective New Treatment For Knee Osteoarthritis
Now there's scientific proof that exercise can be a safe and effective treatment option for knee osteoarthritis - good news for the millions of disabled Americans suffering from this degenerative joint disease.

Cell Transplant Repairs Diseased Nervous System In Dogs
In a hopeful new development for people with multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have shown in studies with dogs that they can repair diseased areas of the spinal cord by transplanting nervous system cells into theanimals

Study Hopeful About Children's Ability To Adjust To Divorce
In a study of adolescent adjustment to parental divorce that tracks 522 children, ages 10-18, a Wake Forest University psychologist examines what custodial arrangements are best, whether contact with the non-custodial parent matters and other factors that most influence children's adjustment to life after divorce

The Effects Of Alcohol In The Brain
Scientists from The Scripps Research Institute have traced the levels of the protein c-Fos, which provides a general index of activity of neurons in the brain.

Prostate Cancer May Be Predicted 10 Years Before Diagnosis
Repeated measures of the ratio of free to total prostate specific antigen (PSA) in a manĂ¢s blood can predict a diagnosis of prostate cancer up to six years earlier than current prediction methods.

Yale Grants Exclusive License To ArQule Inc. For Chemical Method Of Creating Drugs That Could Help Fight AIDS, Emphysema
The Yale Office of Cooperative Research (OCR) and ArQule Inc.

Impact Of Climate Change On Low-Income Households In U.S. Pacific Northwest Investigated
Researchers at Resources for the Future are examining how different populations in the Willamette River watershed in the United States' Pacific Northwest might fare if climate change were to disrupt their livelihoods or their access to water

A Sensor, A Switch, A Zipper: Protein Engineers Design Potential Tool
Black widow spider venom and sea anemone toxins punch large holes in cell membranes of their victims.

New Study Finds Reporters Liberal, But Not Biased Against Governers
Are reporters who cover state politics liberal? Are they biased in their reporting, as conservatives have charged?Well...yes and no, according to a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill political expert who has studied those questions.
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