Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 27, 1997
Working Memory Theory Of Brain Organization Corroborated By Pet Images Of ADHS Patients
The first study to evaluate working memory in persons with ADHD using PET reported by Emory University researchers on Oct.

Avigen Demonstrates Gene Therapy Success In Treating Animal Model Of Parkinson's Disease
Adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors effectively delivered gene therapy in an animal model of Parkinson1s disease.

Parkinson's Surgery Normalizes Cerebral Control Of Movement, Pet Scans Suggest
Brain scans of persons whose symptoms improve significantly after surgery for Parkinson's disease show a clear reversal in aberrant patterns of brain activity, report Emory University researchers on Oct.

Couples Sought At UNC-CH For Research On Extramarital Affairs
Couples struggling through the aftermath of an extramarital affair may find help through a new study beginning at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

New Experiments Show Genes Play Significant Role In Fear
A group of faculty, graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Colorado at Boulder have found new evidence that genes play a key role in individual differences regarding fear-related learning in a study of two genetic strains of mice.

Husband-And-Wife Team Embarks On Search For Genes Linked To Schizophrenia
A husband-and-wife team of psychiatrists at the University at Buffalo has received a $2.6 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to conduct one of the first major population-based studies aimed at finding the gene or genes that may be linked to schizophrenia.

Brazil Establishes World's Largest Rainforest Reserve
The government of the Brazilian state of Amazonas has created a new reserve in the Amazon, thus establishing the world's largest contiguous block of protected rainforest, the Wildlife Conservation Society, headquartered at the Bronx Zoo, announced today.

Scientists Closing In On How Increased Alzheimer's Risk Is Linked To Fat And Cholesterol Transport In The Brain
In their efforts to understand how one variation of a key fat-transporter molecule called apolipoprotein E can lead to Alzheimers disease, Chicago researchers are beginning to unravel how fatty compounds are distributed within the brain, which is 70% fat.

Duke Lemurs Arrive Safely In Madagascar
Five lemurs from the Duke University Primate Center were resting safely in a cage in the depths of a Madagascar rain forest preserve Friday, sampling local foods, after an arduous four-day journey by air, truck and being hand-carried in traveling cases through miles of trackless jungle.

Growth Factor Stimulation Leads To Increase In New Neurons In The Striatum And Cortex Of The Brain
The number of new neurons in the striatum and cortex, areas of the brain responsible for movement, vision and higher mental functions, an be increased in adult rats with a growth factor, Emory University and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. report Oct.

Brains Of Bad Readers May Work Differently, Wake Forest Study Shows
WINSTON-SALEM ­ The brains of some people who read poorly ­ especially people with dyslexia ­ differ physiologically from normal readers, according to pioneering work at the Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center

Orbits Of Satellites, Accuracy Of Missiles Improved Merely By Shifting Weights
A missile or space ship, spinning like a football or Olympic diver as it reenters atmosphere, can be stabilized merely by shifting weights within its shell.

Sandia Releases Nitty Gritty Details Of Downhole Oil Well Environment
New tool used on six producing U.S. oil wells reveals stresses along sucker rod strings used to extract crude from approximately 80 percent of domestic wells.

Students' Engineering Analysis Shows San Francisco's New Air Terminal Will Withstand Quakes
More than two years before it opens its doors -- and who knows how long before it experiences a major earthquake -- University at Buffalo engineering students have determined that San Francisco's new airport terminal building should remain operational during earthquakes registering as high as eight on the Richter scale.
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