Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 04, 1997
Study Suggests New Way To Reduce Disability Among The Elderly
A new study by researchers at the National Institute on Aging demonstrates that a small number of diseases and conditions that can lead to hospitalization -- stroke, hip fracture, congestive heart failure, pneumonia, coronary heart disease, diabetes, and dehydration -- are responsible for a large proportion of severe disability in older people.

The Suspect Confessed. Case Closed? Not Necessarily, Researcher Says
Police no longer use bright lights and rubber hoses to extract confessions from criminal suspects, but according to a psychological researcher, the nonviolent techniques they do use are no less likely to produce false confessions and confession evidence, even that improperly obtained, is powerfully persuasive to juries

Severe Reactions That Mimic Allergic Reactions Can Be Potentially Fatal Without Special Treatment
About 40,000 people in the U.S. are allergic to something they've never eaten, inhaled, been stung by or taken as medication.

Floods Continue To Be National Challenge
USGS scientists -- some just recently returned from working on the Western floods -- are reporting the highest flows of record in several states, including West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio

Onslaught Of Full-Blown AIDS May Signal New Immune-Cell Targets: Chemokine Receptors Provide Point Of Entry For Different Virus Invaders
Harvard Medical School researchers have made a discovery helping to explain why the immune system of AIDS patients collapses after years of infection.

High Levels of Vitamin C Prove Toxic to HIV
Laboratory research by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center scientists shows that HIV-infected immune cells take in more vitamin C and glucose than their healthy counterparts, which may aid replication of the AIDS virus.
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