Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 21, 1998
Weizmann Scientist Receives Grant From Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
A grant has been awarded to Weizmann Institute scientist, Prof.

Most People Can't Identify Stroke Symptoms
A new study shows that most people can't identify even one symptom of stroke--the number one cause of disability and the third leading cause of death in this country.

AAAS Cautiously Optimistic Of R & D Budget; Warns Of Slant Toward Health Research And Reliance On Tobacco Settlement
The significant increases in funding for R&D programs called for in President Clinton¹s FY 1999 budget proposal are encouraging, but uneven and heavily dependent upon revenues from an undetermined tobacco settlement, according to a preview of the annual budget analysis released today by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Dr. Jacqueline Barton To Receive 1998 Women & Science Award
1998 Weizmann Women & Science Award to be given to be given to Jacqueline K.

Widely Used Therapy May Not Be Effective In Treatment Of Acute Stroke
General use of anticlotting drugs, like low-molecular-weight (LMW) heparinoids, immediately after a stroke has little effect in producing a good outcome or in preventing a second stroke in most patients, according to the results of a large clinical trial published in the April 22, 1998, issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Renowned Breast Cancer Experts Present Latest Findings At UCSF Cancer Center Symposium
The latest discoveries related to breast cancer research, diagnosis and treatment will be presented April 30 by several of the nation's most highly esteemed breast cancer specialists at a day-long symposium at the University of California San Francisco.

New AIDS Vaccine Plus Booster Shot Give Best Results
A vaccine pairing a genetically altered, harmless canarypox virus, and a genetically engineered piece of the HIV protein coat, induce immune system activity against laboratory strains of HIV better than either vaccine alone, according to a Johns Hopkins School of Public Health researcher.

Columbia Unveils Supercomputer That Will Simulate Birth Of The Universe
Physicists at Columbia University have constructed one of the world¹s fastest supercomputers, one that can perform 400 billion calculations per second to simulate the three- trillion-degree conditions that existed at the birth of the universe, when the components of atomic nuclei boiled free into a ultra-hot plasma.

Florida Or Bust? Older Lab Rats Seek Heat To Fight Infection, UD Researchers Report
Geriatric rats instinctively ward off sickness by huddling in hot spots, and ongoing studies of their behavior may suggest drug-free strategies to help older people fight infections, University of Delaware researchers reported today at the Experimental Biology '98 meeting.

New Species Of Winged Dinasaur Named For Yale Professor
A newly discovered species of a winged dinosaur has been named in honor of Yale paleontologist John Ostrom, one of the earliest proponents of the controversial theory that modern- day birds are descended from dinosaurs.

New Columbia Faculty To Investigate Fundamental Properties Of Semiconductors
At temperatures near absolute zero and in strong magnetic fields, electrons possess a fraction of their normal charge, travel as waves in quantum wires, bind into quantum dots and even enter superfluid states, moving without friction or resistance.

UF Astromers Part Of Team To Spot Possible Two-Star Solar System
In a discovery they say could shed new light on the genesis of our solar system, astronomers with the University of Florida and Harvard University have found a star surrounded by a disk of dust that may be forming planets.

Preventing Stroke: The Choice Between Aspirin And Warfarin
A new study outlines the criteria for identifying hundreds of thousands of Americans who have the most or least to gain from the use of anticoagulants such as warfarin to prevent stroke.

Fat Is Back, Healthy Diets Need Fat
As the U.S. Department of Agriculture begins to establish new dietary guidelines for the year 2000, a new University of Michigan study suggests low fat diets' are not always the most healthy.
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