Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 21, 1997
UGA Researchers First To Determine That Leptin Causes Death Of Fat Cells
A team of researchers at the University of Georgia are the first to determine that the hormone leptin causes the programmed death of fat cells rather than simply reducing them in size.

Study Finds Attitude Toward Exercise May Affect Health Benefits Of Working Out
The benefits of an exercise regimen in building resistance to disease may depend on attitudes toward the exercise, not just on whether people put themselves through the paces.

Frontier Geology Uncovers Mesozoic Asia
In the Mesozoic era, the Asian continent was assembled beneath the feet of roaming dinosaurs.

Worldwide Study Predicts Alzheimer's Risk
One of the largest epidemiological studies of any specific gene confirms a 15-fold increased risk for Alzheimer's disease among Caucasians who inherit an APOE variant known as 4/4.

Cornell To Lead $154 Million NASA Comet Mission
NASA has announced that Cornell University will lead and direct a $154 millon mission to conduct close-proximity comet fly-bys scheduled for launch early in the next century.

Western Journal Of Medicine Among Journals Producing Special Issues On Aging
Reflecting the needs and wishes of a growing older patient population, the medical community is increasing its focus on the issue of maintaining health through the aging process.

UT Southwestern Medical Center Receives Molecular Microbiology Training Grant From NIH
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a $451,238 five-year grant to UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to train graduate students and postdoctoral fellows annually in molecular microbiology.

New Drug Could Ease Shortages Of Crucial Blood Product
A new drug may dramatically increase the nation's supply of platelets, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Elderly Suffer Health Problems From Declining Taste And Smell
Elderly people often lose so much of their ability to taste and smell that they could risk serious health consequences as a result of poor nutrition and the loss of sensory pleasure from food, according to a review article in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

USGS Launches New Electronic Clearinghouse For Biological Data
The U. S. Geological Survey's Biological Resources Division has initiated a new Internet-based clearinghouse that can be used to search for and locate existing sources of biological data and information from a variety of sources.

Saliva: Your Spitting Image
Your saliva leaves a DNA fingerprint that not only says who you are, but also whether you have a genetic predisposition for certain diseases.

Yale Child Psychiatrist Advocates For Children And Schools As Solutions To America's Dilemmas
James P. Comer, M.D., the Maurice Falk Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale's Child Study Center, who has devoted more than half of his life to promoting a focus on child development as a way of improving schools feels so strongly optimistic about children that he has written another book, Waiting for a Miracle: Why Schools Can't Solve Our Problems-- and How We Can.

New Technique Blocks The Pain Of Breast Surgery
Giving women regional pain relief rather than general anesthesia for breast surgery substantially relieves debilitating nausea and discomfort, according to physicians at Duke University Medical Center.

Making The Crime Scene Blink: NIJ Asks Sandia To Devlop Portable Evidence Finder
An evidence detection system that makes organic substances appear to blink, allows investigators to locate potential evidence like fingerprints, semen and urine more quickly and in a lighted room if necessary.
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