Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 15, 1997
Studies Find Public Policies For Children And Teenagers Not Very Effective
Three studies presented at the 107th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association examine the shortcomings of public policies aimed at preventing drug abuse and teenage pregnancy and improving children's television programming.

Scientists Uncover New Clues To Understanding Schizophrenia: New Links Discovered Between PCP And Cognitive Deficits
Scientists at Yale University School of Medicine have taken a major step toward understanding cognitive deficits in sufferers of schizophrenia.

Council For High Blood Pressure Research Meeting
The 51st Annual Fall Conference and Scientific Sessions of the Council for High Blood Pressure Research will be held September 16-19 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC.

A New Index Of Earthquake Risk Ranks Boston Equal To San Francisco
A new Earthquake Disaster Risk Index has been developed that summarizes the overall earthquake risk of cities with a single number.

Hard Times Can Mean Hardened Arteries
Hopelessness is a downer for the heart, according to a study that appears in this month's American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Small Reduction In Adult Smoking Population Yields Big Health And Economic Payoffs, New Study Finds
Just a small annual percentage drop in the size of the nation's population of smokers quickly pays off with

Revolutionary Laser Device Detects Blood Disorders Near-Instantly
A revolutionary handheld laser device that in moments can detect and then track disorders of the blood has been patented in prototype by scientists at Sandia National Laboratories and the National Institutes of Health.

Major Milestone For Clean Green Energy
Australia's clean green energy source of the future, the ceramic fuel cell, has achieved a key milestone with its first successful demonstration of a 5 kilowatt unit, enough to supply power for several homes.

PAL-2 Computer Promises Dramatic Improvements In Image Processing
A pizza-box size desktop computer as fast as 9,000 Pentium processors soon will dramatically speed and improve everything from airport luggage checks to mammograms, using a mathematical computer shorthand developed at the University of Florida.

Scientists Track Effectiveness Of Migraine Drugs With Ultrasound
A Korean neurologist has found a way to use ultrasound to monitor how well migraine medicine is working and help in preventing the vicious headaches

Research Reveals Prolonged Stroke Risk For Patients With Heart Infections
Patients suffering from bacterial endocarditis, a heart infection that can result from common bacteria such as streptococcus, remain at risk for stroke and other cerebral complications for up to four weeks after having been treated with antibiotics ­ far longer than previously known.
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