Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 14, 1997
Blindness, Kaposi's Sarcoma And Extraocular Complications Of CMV Are Delayed In AIDS Patients Given Antiviral Pill And Eye Implant
Simultaneously giving AIDS patients the antiviral ganciclovir via pill as well as in a tiny pellet implanted in the eye delays or prevents complications of cytomegalovirus say Daniel F.

Gene Therapy Can Prevent Complication From Transplant Failure In Animal Model
A study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center may lead to the use of gene therapy for the prevention of chronic organ rejection, a major cause of patient death following transplantation.

UT Southwestern Study Finds Common Pain Reliever Can Cause Liver Damage, Especially Mixed With Alcohol
High doses of acetaminophen, especially when mixed with alcohol, caused liver injury in some patients, researchers from UT Soputhwestern Medical Center at Dallas report in the Oct.

Estrogen Found To Improve Blood Flow In Men
Estrogen therapy, which has halved coronary artery disease symptoms in postmenopausal women, may hold similar health benefits for men in the same age group, Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered.

Emory University Surgeons Perform Georgia's First Split Liver Transplant
Emory Unviversity surgeons successfully split a donated cadaveric liver into two portions, giving both a child and an adult a new chance at life.

Overproduction Of Glutamate Can Lead To Brain Damage During Heart Surgery
Cooling the body for heart surgery causes an overproduction of the neurotransmitter glutamate, an excitatory amino acid, and can leave the nervous system vulnerable to damage from the start of the cooling process until up to eight hours after recovery, a Johns Hopkins animal study suggests.

New Genetic Risk Factor For Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease
Scientists at the University of Oxford have discovered a gene on chromosome 3 that interacts with another gene on chromosome 19 markedly to increase the risk of developing late-onset Alzheimer's disease.

Colorado State Study Sheds Light On Adolescents' Response To Beer Ads
A Colorado State University study of beer advertisements and youth has concluded that both male and female adolescents who responded favorably to television beer ads were more likely to use alcohol or say they planned to drink alcohol as adults.

Colorado State Anthropologist Finds Fossil Treasures In Africa
Colorado State University anthropologist Diane Waddle has uncovered a fossil find that could fill important gaps in the fossil record of Botswana, Africa.

Move Over El Niño, A Major New Climate Cycle Has Been Discovered, And It Lasts For Decades
It looks like El Niño, it feels like El Niño, and if you are watching fish stocks or reservoir levels you would say it is El Niño.

UNC-CH Study Shows Tomato Sauce Might Protect Against Heart Attacks
Researchers found that an antioxidant compound called lycopene appeared to have a protective effect against heart attacks.

UF-Developed Software Means Paperless Clinical Trials, Quicker Cures
University of Florida researchers have designed an Internet- based electronic computer system to bring large scale clinical trials into the world of cyberspace, saving time, money and maybe even lives.

Researchers Locate Second Late-Onset Alzheimer's Disease Gene
The same research team that found the first gene for late- onset Alzheimer's disease has reported locating another gene that probably accounts for the genetic component of the disorder in up to 15 percent of those with the late-onset form.
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