Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 12, 1997
Staph Bacteria--Most Common Cause Of Hospital-Based Infection--Cost New York City $435.5 Million And Claimed 1,400 Lives In 1995
The first study of the economic impact of Staphylococcus aureus bacterial infections in the New York area shows that 13,550 cases in 1995 cost $435.5 million and claimed 1,400 lives.

Athletes Should Avoid Short-Cut Methods To Lose Weight
When athletes, particularly wrestlers, use short-cut methods to lose weight fast, they both endanger their health and hurt their performance.

National Study Finds Didanosine Better Than Zidovudine For HIV-Infected Kids
Children infected with the virus that causes AIDS fare better on a drug known as didanosine, or ddI, than on the more widely known drug zidovudine, according to a multicenter study conducted across the United States and in Puerto Rico.

Research Provides Insight On A Leading Cause Of Blindness-Blocking Hormone Reduces Formation Of New Retinal Blood Vessels, May Lead To New Treatment
Harvard Medical School researchers have identified a method to control a hormone that may be responsible for the most common cause of blindness.

Researchers Invent Mouse Model For Use In Studies Of Laron Syndrome
Researchers at Ohio University's Edison Biotechnology Institute have invented a mouse model to study Laron syndrome, a rare human genetic disease that causes dwarfism.

Families With Two Autistic Children Sought For New Study That Hopes To Discover Genetic, Neurobiological Causes Of Disorder
In a major effort to discover the genetic causes of autism and develop intervention programs to assist children with the severe developmental disorder, an interdisciplinary team of University of Washington researchers had begun a nationwide effort to recruit at least 200 families with two or more autistic children for a new $5.6 million study.

Growth Hormone Antagonist May Prevent Some Eye Diseases
Studies of a growth hormone antagonist invented by Ohio University researchers suggest the antagonist may prevent a destructive form of several eye diseases, including diabetic retinopathy.

Presidential Awards Recognize The World's Best Teaching
The classroom practices and professional development of teachers who earn a Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) -- the nation's highest honor for K-12 educators -- more resemble their peers in nations that score high on international comparisons than those of many of their U.S. colleagues.

Molecular "Ice Cubes" Reveal Secrets Of Water's Properties
Nature's tiniest ice cubes are providing new information about the unique properties of water.
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