Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 16, 1997
Landmark Discovery Achieved In Cardiovascular Gene Project
An international team of researchers has discovered most of the genes in the cardiovascular system.

President Clinton Honors Recipients Of The Nation's Highest Science And Technology Awards
President Clinton today presented the nation's most prestigious science and technology honors, awarding nine National Medals of Science and five National Medals of Technology.

Mysterious Wildlife Disease
A mysterious disease that has killed bald eagles and American coots in southwest Arkansas may now be present in two other states, according to wildlife disease specialists at the U.S.

Studies Shed New Light On HIV Epidemic In India
Two NIAID-supported studies provide important new information about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in India, the country with the single largest number of HIV-infected persons in the world.

Imaging Method Reveals Remarkable 'Architecture' Of The Brain
A new Max Planck/Weizmann Institute study featured on the cover of the December 1 Journal of Neuroscience, reveals that brain cells engaged in different tasks in the visual cortex form amazingly elegant and orderly 'mosaics'.

Evidence Overwhelming -- Women, Senior Citizens Benefit From Cholesterol-Lowering Drug
Cholesterol-lowering drugs reduced heart attack risk in women and senior citizens by 34 percent -- about the same amount as in younger men, according to a report in today's American Heart Association journal Circulation.

Cholesterol-Blocking Margarine Lowers Blood Fat Levels
One out of three women in a study were able to normalize their blood cholesterol levels by replacing regular canola margarine with one that contains a cholesterol-blocker called sitostanol ester, according to today's American Heart Association journal Circulation.

MTV/Yale Study On AIDS And Youth Behavior
Nearly 9 out of 10 young people (87 percent) believe they are invulnerable to getting the AIDS virus, even though 20 percent have had a friend or acquaintance die of the disease, a national survey by MTV: Music Television and Yale University reveals.

Skull Of Refrigerator-Size Ancient Armadillo Finds A Home At UF
At more than 6 feet long and weighingup to 600 pounds, this is one armadillo that likely wouldn't have ended up as road kill.

Strong Response To Mental Stress Could Indicate Heart Disease
An exaggerated response to mental stress could be a marker for future heart disease among people under age 60 with a strong family history of premature heart disease, according to a study by Johns Hopkins researchers.

Tennis Leg Can Be As Painful As Tennis Elbow
Tennis leg can be as painful for athletes as the better known tennis elbow, especially for players after the age of 40.

New Protein Found In Excessive Quantities In Alzheimer's Disease
A research team based at the Massachusetts General Hospital has discovered a new gene that appears to play a role in Alzheimer's disease.

West Coast Storms Affected By El NiƱo To Be Studied This Winter
Winter storms in California and Oregon will be studied by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S.
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