Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 05, 1997
Hopkins Researchers Closing In On Manic-Depressive Gene
Johns Hopkins researchers have confirmed that a gene related to bipolar disorder in families is located in the

Promising Fatty Acid Research Leads To MS Clinical Trial
Feeding with novel fatty acids has been shown to stop disease development in rodents with an experimental disease resembling multiple sclerosis.

Seafood On The Menu For Rheumatoid Arthritis Sufferers
The type of polyunsaturated fat in your diet could be important if you suffer from an inflammatory disease like rheumatoid arthritis.

Natural Variability Is Key To River Restoration
The key to managing river ecosystems is to return them to their natural flow patterns, as much as possible.

1998 To Bring Slightly Below-Average Hurricane Season Says Colorado State Researcher; El Niño Expected To Disappear Before Season Begins
Colorado State University's team of noted hurricane forecasters issued their first forecast for the 1998 hurricane season.

Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution Receives $1.1 Million Grant From National Cancer Institute
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution received word today that they are the recipient of a three-year, $1.1 million dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for studies investigating the potential anticancer properties of the marine-derived compound, Discodermolide.

Science Magazine And Amersham Pharmacia Biotech Honor Young Biologists
Four young scientists have earned the prestigious Pharmacia Biotech & Science Prize for 1997.

Researcher Finds New Way Of Devising Medically Useful Linked Rings Of Atoms Replacing Toxic, Expensive, And Environmentally Unfriendly Old Process
University of Warwick Chemist Dr Andrew Clark has devised a method of creating medically useful linked rings of atoms that do not rely on the toxic, expensive, environmentally unfriendly methods used until now.

Revolutionary Bone Marrow Transplantation Procedure Inaugurated At Yale Cancer Center
A new form of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation between partially-mismatched, related donors, Haplotype MisMatch Transplants -- will soon be available at the Yale Cancer Center.

Too Much Of A Good Thing
1.5-3 million people, mostly children, die from malaria each year.

Biodiversity Worth $2.9 Trillion
The annual economic and environmental benefits of biodiversity total approximately $300 billion in the United States and $2.928 trillion worldwide, according to an new analysis by Cornell University biologists, as reported in the December 1997 issue of BioScience.

New Yale Book Provides Answers About Medical Tests Informs Readers About The Most Common Diagnostic Procedures
Faced with medical tests, patients and families generally have questions.

Women Say Overwhelming Yes To Ultrasound In New Study
A great majority of pregnant women want ultrasounds---so much so, that many are willing to pay out of pocket for it if their insurance company won't cover the procedure, study shows.

Food Fortification Plan Likely To Reduce Birth Defects Risks
The U.S. Government's plan to fortify grains with the vitamin folic acid to help prevent a devastating class of birth defects (neural tube defects) is likely to reduce the risk of these defects substantially, according to a study in the Lancet.

Transplants In The Womb Can Cure Blood Diseases
Inherited blood disorders such as sickle cell anemia cause misery to sufferers.

Emerging Technology Used To Detect Cancer And Infections
PET, or positron emission tomography, is a technology previously considered experimental in the United States. 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