Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 13, 1998
Alzheimer's Disease Can Be Diagnosed In The Very Early Stages
Alzheimer's disease can be clinically diagnosed about two years earlier than is generally thought, according to a large study of aging people.

High Wire Act May Be The Best Way To Explore Europa
Using a tether to grab power from Europa's magnetic field may allow future spacecraft to explore that intriguing moon

COW Project Provides Powerful Interactive Teaching Tool On The World Wide Web
Temple University mathematics professors Dan Reich and Gerardo Mendoza are providing free access to their COW.

Lowering Dietary Saturated Fat Leads To Uniform Fall In Cholesterol Across Age, Gender, And Race
Whether you are male or female, black or white, old or young, taking out fat in your diet will lower blood cholesterol levels -- and reduce the risk of a heart attack or stroke, according to a study in this month's issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Patients Who Have Attempted Suicide Do Not Always Receive Adequate Care
In a four week study of four teaching hospitals, 458 patients attended for deliberate self-poisoning.

How Does Your Health Fare When You've Quit Smoking For Longer Than One Year?
Over the longer term patients using a nicotine nasal spray are two and a half times more likely to quit smoking for longer than a year, than those using a placebo.

Study Tracks Changes In Primary Care Of Children
Primary care physicians caring for children are spending more time with their young patients than they did 15 years ago and providing increased preventive service and counseling.

Weighing Up The Pros And Cons Of Kidney Donation
Kidney disease as a result of diabetes can be a particular dilemma when a living donor is at risk of kidney problems themselves.

Stroke Recovery Might Be Speeded By Electrical Stimulation Of The Brain
The schoolchild's fantasy of learning without really paying attention might not be so farfetched after all, although recovering stroke patients, not schoolchildren, may be the most likely to ultimately benefit from a technique that could potentially make such learning possible.

Discovery By Fertility Specialist Offers Promise Of Reducing Multiple BirthsTied To Fertility Treatment
Preliminary research by a fertility specialist at the University at Buffalo shows for the first time that a hormone whose role in fertility was thought to be limited to triggering ovulation also can support growth of a developing egg follicle during fertility treatment.

Non-Surgical Treatment Ends Pelvic Pain In Women
Pelvic congestive syndrome, a painful disorder in women, which often goes undiagnosed and untreated, can usually be cured by plugging blood vessels in the ovaries, according to a study by a Johns Hopkins radiologist.

Computer Model May Give Farmers The Edge On The Next El NiƱo
Vegetable farmers, hit hard by recent torrential rains and powerful storms, may be able to limit damage from future El Ninos, thanks to computer crop models being developed by a team of researchers from the University of Florida and two other universities.

Breast Screening Is Not Detrimental To The Survival Of Women With Interval Cancers
In a study in North East England the authors identified 73 interval breast cancers and 565 cancers in women who were not screened.

Simplified Therapy To Prevent TB Proven Effective In Developing Countries
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public have found simplified regimins which are effective in protecting HIV- infected adults against tuberculosis.

The Bug Stops Here
Researchers at Forsyth Dental Center and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine are tracing the identity of unknown and emerging microbes.
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