Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 01, 1997
Overweight Cats Risk Disease And Premature Death, Cornell Study Finds
Overweight cats are more likely to suffer diabetes, lameness and non-allergic skin conditions, according to a Cornell University veterinary study that followed obese felines for four years.

Organic Displays May Be Feasible
In the future, cheaper, more durable and more easily manufactured liquid crystal computer displays may be manufactured from organic thin films, according to a team of Penn State researchers.

Scientists Study Sea Lamprey's Success At Reconnecting Neurons After Spinal Cord Damage
Young sea lampreys possess a remarkable capability:

Discovery Sheds Light On Increasing Bacterial Drug Resistance
A molecule that enables bacteria to resist an unusually wide range of drugs has been discovered at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, as reported in the April issue of the Journal of Bacteriolgy.

High Amino Acid Levels Combined With Genetic Disorder Increases Relative Risk Of Vein Clots
Men with high blood levels of an amino acid called homocysteine and a hereditary blood clotting disorder called Factor V Leiden have a far greater relative risk of forming potentially life-threatening blood clots in leg veins that can travel to the lungsthan men who have neither or either condition

Psychologists Becoming More Sophisticated In Their Custody Evaulation Practices, Survey Finds
A new survey of psychologists who do child custody evaluations finds that they are more sophisticated in their practices than 10 years ago, using more tests and focusing on more than one factor in making recommendations

Antifungal Drug May Be New Treatment For Chronic Kidney Disease
A common antifungal drug may buy precious time for people with three chronic kidney diseases, delaying their need for dialysis or transplantation, a Johns Hopkins study shows

Involvement In School Gives Even High-Risk Students A Good Chance at Academic Success, Says New Study
Even high school students considered at risk of dropping out can succeed in school if they apply themselves.

Gene Transfer Triggers Saliva Production In Damaged Salivary Glands
Using gene transfer technology in animals, scientists at the National Institute of Dental Research (NIDR) have tricked non-fluid-producing cells into making saliva.

Liquid Crystal Fibers Provide Optical Protection
The airplane cockpit's heads-up display suddenly blazes white and the pilot, blinded by the laser flash, doesn't see that all the optical sensors are fried.

Magnetic Attraction: Towards A New Era In Treating Rh-Factor Incompatibility
Since the 1960s, physicians have protected Rh-incompatible fetuses by giving Rh-negative pregnant women antibody-laden immune globulin, but the human donors of the substance are becoming scarce.

Review Finds Research Lacking On The Safety Of Pregnancy After Breast Cancer Treatment
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have found a lack of conclusive evidence to support previously published studies confirming the safety of pregnancy following breast-cancer treatment.

Treatment Of Kidney Disease In Children Varies By Race
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center have discovered racial differences in the choice of dialysis method for children with end stage renal disease (ESRD).

Serendipity Bridges Gap Between Research On HIV Receptors And Antibodies
In 1996, a group of cell-surface receptors was discovered that, along with the receptor CD4, must be present for HIV infection.
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