Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 02, 1997
Criteria For Stroke-Preventing Surgery May Underestimate Women's Risk
Criteria commonly used to decide whether those at risk for stroke should have preventative surgery or drug therapy may underestimate the risk in women and overestimate it for men, acccording to Lisa Tartaglino, M.D., associate professor of radiology, Jefferson Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia.

Mental Stress Response Linked To Blood Vessel Blockages
For the first time, in a large study, researchers have linked an exaggerated response to mental stress to blood vessel blockages that can trigger heart attacks and strokes.

Results Of Phase 2 Hemorrhage Drug Reported
Researchers say a new drug has tested well for patients who have suffered a severe blood loss (hemorrhage) due to trauma.

Free Radicals Implicated In Impaired Lung Function; Damage May Be Mitigated By Certain Antioxidants
Epidemiologists at the University at Buffalo have found that a miniscule increase above an acceptable threshold of a substance in the blood that indicates cell damage caused by bombardment from free oxygen molecules (a condition defined as oxidative stress) reflects damage to the lungs equivalent to the effect of 3-5 years of aging, or of approximately 15- 20 pack years of smoking.

Exercise Cuts Rate Of Diabetes In Pregnancy Among Morbidly Obese Women
Extremely overweight women who become pregnant can cut their risk of developing gestational diabetes by taking part in moderate physical activity, a new study has shown.

Cornell To Build NASA Airborne Infrared Camera
Cornell astronomers have been awarded a $2.1 million grant from NASA to develop and build an infrared camera called FORCAST, which will be among the main instruments aboard the space agency's newest airborne observatory, SOFIA.

A review of managed-care gatekeeping by the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and Eugene-Oregon-based Sacred Heart Medical Center found that nearly one-third of patients who were denied pre-authorization for emergency medical care suffered adverse clinical outcomes or an increased risk of death or disability.

Now Calcium Channel Blockers Are Associated With Brain Damage, Memory Loss
Calcium channel blockers and certain kinds of diuretics are associated with brain damage and memory loss, according to a report in today's Journal of the American Geriatrics Society -- another in a string of adverse findings about calcium channel blockers.

Being Overweight Poses Major Risk Of Death From Heart Disease For Women, Younger Men
Long-term follow-up of participants in a health study that began in 1960 has shown that men who were younger than 65 at that time and moderately overweight had a greater risk of dying from any cause, and from heart disease in particular, than their counterparts who were not overweight.

Maxim Pharmaceuticals Reports Clinical Data Demonstrating Significant Increase In Disease-Free Survival In Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML) Patients
Maxim Pharmaceuticals announced updated results of the Company's ongoing Phase II clinical trial.

Research From UB Department Of Social And Preventive Medicine Takes Center Stage In American Journal Of Epidemiology
In recognition of its contributions to the field, the Dec.

UF Researcher Designs Pill To Control Mosquitoes
A University of Florida scientist says a mosquito

Reduced Access Lowers Abortion Rates
Restrictive state policies and the lack of medical providers have effectively decreased the rate of abortions in the United States, according to researchers.

Women With Depressive Symptoms Are At Risk Of Developing Alcohol Problems Over Time
One of the first studies to investigate the relationship between gender, depression and alcohol problems in a large community sample over a number of years has shown that women who have symptoms of depression are at risk of developing alcohol problems.

Eating Lake Ontario Fish Linked To Shorter Menstrual Cycles; Consumption May Delay Pregnancy
Eating contaminated sport fish from Lake Ontario is associated with shortened menstrual cycles, epidemiologists from the University at Buffalo have found.

National Trial Begins For Controversial Lung Surgery For Emphysema
Medical researchers hope that an unusual clinical trial will prove whether or not removing portions of lungs can provide long-term benefit to patients severely disabled by emphysema, a progressive lung disease for which there is no other cure.

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For people undergoing balloon angioplasty to reopen disease- clogged blood vessels to the heart, the best insurance policy against needing the more serious coronary artery bypass surgery months or years later, may be the timely insertion of small flexible metal coils called

20 Months Total Breast-Feeding May Lower A Woman's Risk Of Developing Breast Cancer
Breast-feeding for at least 20 months during their lifetime appears to offer women some protection against developing breast cancer later in life, a study by epidemiologists at the University at Buffalo has found. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to