Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 03, 1997
Scientists Use IGF-I To Grow New Membranes Around Neurons
University of Michigan scientists have used an insulin-like growth factor called IGF-I to stimulate growth of a myelin membrane sheath around neurons.

Ethanol Causes Pollution, Too, Argonne Scientists Say
While the use of ethanol as an automobile fuel additive improves air quality by reducing hydrocarbon and carbon monoxide emissions, it also increases the release of certain other pollutants, according to research by scientists at Argonne National Laboratory.

Toronto Study Points To Pregnancy Risks In Heart Disease Survivors
More women with heart disease are surviving to adulthood and contemplating pregnancy, but precautions may be needed to prevent complications in both the mother and child, according to a study in today's Circulation, a journal of the American Heart Association.

Japanese Children Have More Of The Best Cholesterol Than Youngsters In Australia Or The United States
A new study of more than 20,000 children on three continents has found significant differences in blood cholesterol -- particularly in cholesterol's healthiest component, abbreviated HDL.

Airlines Put Defibrillators On Board
Putting portable defibrillators in commercial airliners and at airports would save both lives and money for the airlines, according to a study published in today's Circulation, an American Heart Association journal.

People With Heart Failure Hospitalized Less Often When Specialists Treat Them, Study Finds
People with heart failure fared far better in the care of cardiologists and trained specialists than in the hands of internists and family physicians with limited expertise in treating the condition, a new study published today in the American Heart Association journal Circulation shows.

Obesity: Possible Independent Risk Factor For Heart Disease
Even small weight gains can increase a person's risk of having a heart attack, according to a report that stresses the importance of a low-fat diet and regular physical activity to prevent obesity.

Do Heart Disease And Cancer Have A Common Genetic Link?
Heart diesease and cancer, the two leading causes of death in the US, may have a common genetic cause, according to researchers at Cornell University Medical College.

Re-Analysis Of Published Studies Shows Little Evidence Of Stress As Cause Of Gulf War Syndrome
Careful re-examination of reports of stress in veterans reveals little or no support for the theory that symptoms reported in Gulf War Syndrome are stress-related, a UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researcher has reported in the November American Journal of Epidemiology.
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