Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 28, 1997
Vertex Neurophilin Compound Accelerates Nerve Regeneration In Rodent Models Of Central And Peripheral Nerve Injury
Vertex is developing small molecule compounds that promote nerve growth in central and peripheral nerve injury.

Study: Social Drinking During Pregnancy Risks Infant Health
A study conducted at the University of Wisconsin-Madison's Harlow Primate Laboratory demonstrates for the first time in a laboratory setting that even moderate drinking can harm infant development.

Portions Of Male Sparrow Brains Grow When Birds Paired With Females
A new study indicating that portions of bird brains enlarge in response to social factors adds to the mounting evidence that brains of higher animals change over time.

Gene Therapy, Robotics, Depression, Physical Activity, Sexual Problems--Among Topics Of American Heart Association's Scientific Meeting, Nov. 9 To 12
Research findings on a novel mechanism underlying progression of congestive heart failure, evidence that gene therapies can restore blood flow in obstructed blood vessels, and the first indication that high blood pressure can cause sexual problems in women will be among the subjects of the over 4,000 presentations at the American Heart Association's 70th Scientific Sessions, Nov.

Abnormally High Metabolism In An Area Of The Brain May Account For Many Symptoms Of Depression, Say Pitt Researchers
Using positron emission tomography and magnetic resonance imaging, researchers at UPMC Health System have found evidence that many emotional symptoms of depression may be caused by abnormally high metabolism in an almond-sized area in the center of the brain called the amygdala.

Overfeeding Normal Infant Rats Affects Three Generations: Permanently Changes Basic Metabolism, Interferes With Reproduction
A new study of genetically normal rats indicates that the effect of overfeeding extends for at least three generations and may explain health and reproduction trends beginning to be seen in human populations around the world, said a University of Washington researcher at the Society for Neuroscience's annual meeting.

Retinal Damage Common Among Urban African-Americans With Diabetes Easily Screened For Via Telemedicine
Transmitting electronic ocular images to retinal specialists for assessment means persons with diabetes may be screened for eye damage during routine office visits to their endocrinologist or primary care physicians, reports Antonio Capone, M.D., Emory University, on Oct.

Scientists At Oregon Health Sciences University Discover Why AIDS Patients Often Get B-Cell Lymphoma
Scientists at Oregon Health Sciences University have discovered why AIDS patients frequently develop a form of cancer called B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Study Advances Development Of Gene Therapy For Chronic Granulomatous Disease
An NIAID study has found gene therapy in patients with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) can result in prolonged production of genetically corrected cells, a hopeful advance in the treatment of this rare immunologic disorder.

Study Shows How Chemotherapy Causes Female Infertility
A research team based at the Massachusetts General Hospital has discovered, for the first time, molecular pathways involved in the destruction of oocytes or egg cells by a common chemotherapy drug.

Combination Of Urine And Blood-Based Tests Results In More Sensitive HIV-1 Antibody Detection: New Clues In Fight Against HIV/AIDS
Urine and blood based tests together can detect antibodies to HIV-1 with greater sensitivity than can either test alone.
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