Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 17, 1998
U-M Engineers Win Army Grant To Build Artificial Eye
The University of Michigan College of Engineering has been awarded a $1.6 million grant from the U.S.

To The South Pole On MBone: First Live Multicast Connection
The first multicast video and audio link to the South Pole officially has opened for business, linking the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and scientists at the U.S.

Heart Laser Surgery: An Alternative To Transplantation
Heart laser surgery replaces transplantation in patients with severe coronary artery disease.

A New, Better Way To Search The Web
A Cornell University computer scientist has developed a new method of searching the World Wide Web that uses the way sites are linked to one another, rather than their text content, to find the most valuable sites on a given topic.

Researchers Identify Protein Critical To Urine Concentration
UC San Francisco researchers have identified a protein in mice that is essential for enabling the kidneys to form concentrated urine, a process that is critical for preventing severe dehydration of the body during times of water deprivation.

Molecular Memory Tunes Adrenaline To Stress
Cornell University neurobiologists, studying the adrenal glands of rats, have discovered how chronic stress cranks up the intensity of thes adrenaline response.

Psychological Support For Stroke Patients Should Be Considered
When treating a stroke patient, greater emphasis should be placed on the psychological aspects of living with their condition, as patients under the age of 60 years (particularly women) who have had a stroke, are at a significantly increased risk of suicide, suggest Dr Elsebeth Stenager et al from Denmark.

Last Comment Sought On Agents Proposed For Report On Carcinogens; A Final ForData On Saccharin, And A Re-Review Of Dioxin Announced
Following three scientific reviews, The National Toxicology Program has asked for final public comment before recommending action on proposals to list benzidine dyes, UV radiation from sunlamps and the sun, cadmium, the drug tamoxifen, butadiene, sulfuric acid mists and tobacco whether smoked or chewed, as

People Find Following Dietary Advice To Lower Cholesterol Difficult
Dietary advice to help people lower cholesterol by modifying fat intake is often not as effective in helping as we might like to think, suggest Dr Jane Armitage and colleagues based at the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.

Persistent Tummy Aches In Childhood May Be Linked To Psychiatric Disorders In Later Life
Persistent abdominal pain in childhood does not necessarily continue to adulthood, but may be a predictor of future psychiatric disorders.

Sand In Sediment Can Predict River Damage
A Johns Hopkins engineer has devised a method to estimate the speed at which suddenly unleashed sediment in a river will flow downstream.

Theatrical release of 'My Giant' may help raise awareness of misunderstood medical condition
Last week's nationwide premiere of the film, My Giant, a story about a Hollywood agent who befriends an innocent giant, may serve to raise awareness of a rare medical condition called acromegaly.

Randomised Controlled Trial Of Aminosidine (Paromomycin) v Sodium Stibogluconate For Treating Visceral Leishmaniasis In North Bihar, India
Aminosidine is significantly more effective in producing a cure for visceral leishmaniasis (transmitted by sandfly bites) than the more traditional sodium stibogluconate, to which the disease is becoming increasingly resistant, particularly in India, concludes a study conducted in the Indian state of Bihar.

Researchers Discover Existing Drugs May Prevent Enlarged Hearts
Using two drugs already available, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas may have found a cure for a condition that puts 5 million Americans at risk for sudden death -- an enlarged heart, or cardiac hypertrophy.

Noninvasive Test Detects Heart Rejection
Findings of a multicenter study indicate that Pacemaker Guided Monitoring has a high predictive value for determining heart rejection.

U-M Study Shows That Construction Workers Often Work Without Hearing Protection, Thus Unnecessarily Damaging Their Hearing
Noise is the most common hazard for American workers. This new study shows that construction workers are dashing off to work without properly protecting their hearing, thus unnecessarily placing their hearing at risk.
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