Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 17, 1997
First Maryland Patient Gets New Device To Control Seizures
A 27-year-old Carroll County woman finally hopes to gain some control over her epileptic seizures with a new device implanted in her chest that sends electrical impulses to her brain via a nerve in her neck.

Diabetic Men At 13 Times Higher Risk For End-Stage Renal Disease Than Non-Diabetic Men
Diabetes has long been known to be one major cause of end- stage renal disease (ESRD), but the magnitude of risk has been uncertain.

Other Planets Influence Earth's Climate, University Of Toronto Scientist Says
A University of Toronto professor says a better understanding of the Earth's climate requires a better understanding of the interaction between the planet's geophysical processes and the dynamics of the Solar System as a whole.

Researchers Improve Treatment Of Industrial Waste
Researchers at the Pulp and Paper Centre at the University of Toronto have developed a more efficient way of treating waste air and water emissions from pulp and paper mills.

New Bacterium May Aid War On Insect Pests
Scientists have discovered a bacterium with the same insect- thwarting properties as the widely-used Bacillus thurengensis.

Penn State Erie's Sea Grant To Focus On Ecology, Economic Development
The Philadelphia docks notwithstanding, Pennsylvanians do not usually think of themselves as seafaring folk, but the recent awarding of a Sea Grant to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, may give people reason to reconsider.

Green Tea Ingredient Can Kill Cancer Cells
Green tea contains an ingredient (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) that kills cancer cells, while sparing healthy sounds, researchers from Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine have found.

Red Wine's Health Benefits May Be Due In Part To
Researchers at Northwestern University Medical School have found that a chemical in red wine believed to help reduce risk for heart disease is a form of estrogen.

New Images Of Fliers, Mysterious Cosmic Spouts
Astronomers have released the clearest Hubble Space Telescope images yet of zesty and mysterious cosmic spouts - known as FLIERs -- emanating from distant objects that once were stars like our sun.

Symptoms Found That Identify Early-Stage HIV Infection
Researchers from Johns Hopkins and India find that a simple set of symptoms including fever, joint pain, and night sweats can quickly identify people who recently have been infected with the AIDS virus, even before there is evidence from a blood test.

Expanding AIDS Epidemic In India Includes Monogamous Wives
AIDS is spreading among young, monogamous, married women in India who get infected by apparently promiscuous husbands, according to a study by researchers at Johns Hopkins and the National AIDS Research Institute in Pune, India.
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