Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 08, 1998
Secondary Prevention Of Heart Disease Should Be Improved
Campbell et al from the University of Aberdeen, find that even though there are known benefits to the implementation of secondary care to patients with coronary heart disease, there seems to be plenty of opportunity for improving procedures within general practice.

Wake Forest Research Group Find Brain Infarcts Common In General Public
A surprise may be lurking in the brains of many people - evidence of silent cerebral infarcts, or dead spots within their brains.

CAK Activation Of Plant Cell Cycle: Scientists Find Another Piece In The Jigsaw Puzzle To Help Explain Why Plants Do Not Develop Cancer Spontaneously
Plants, unlike animals, rarely develop cancer spontaneously. Biologists from Tokyo University and the Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Köln/Germany now uncovered unique properties of a plant cell-cycle activating kinase (PNAS 95, April 28, 1998).

NSB Approves Multimillion-Dollar Awards For Atlanta And Jacksonville Public Schools
Atlanta, Ga., and Jacksonville, Fla., were named today to receive a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for system- wide reform of their K-12 mathematics, science and technology education programs.

Measures To Prevent Accidental Child Poisoning
Novartis Consumer Health advise parents on preventing accidental child poisoning from medicines whilst the University Hospital in Nottingham the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh say that the only way to ensure all liquid medicines are supplied in child resistant containers is to introduce appropriate legislation.

Cost-Effective Treatment Possible In Africa For HIV-Positive Pregnant Women If Drug Prices Lowered
Reducing the high rate of mother-to-child HIV transmission in Sub-Saharan Africa through treatment with antiviral drugs can be cost-effective if drug prices are lowered, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California San Francisco AIDS Research Institute (ARI).

Aussies First To See Likely Black Hole Birth
Australian astronomers believe they may be witnessing a black hole being born as the core of a super-massive star collapses in on itself.

Scholars Discuss New Version Of An Ancient Chinese Text
International scholars will meet at Dartmouth College this month to discuss the oldest known version of the Laozi (or Tao-te ching).

Travel To School: Rich Children Ride - Poor Children Walk
DiGuiseppi et al from the Institute of Child Health suggest that policies to encourage children to attend nearby schools (to reduce car travel) and that address parental fears about children being abducted or hit by a car, could increase the number of children walking to school and reduce traffic congestion.

Paediatricians Need Good Working Knowledge of Tropical Infections
Klein and Millman from Northwick Park Hospital in Middlesex write that paediatricians in the UK need a good working knowledge of tropical conditions as access to specialists is limited.

Identification Of Brain Areas Could Help Eliminate Side Effects Of Pain Medication
Researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine have identified a set of neurons in the brain that may contribute to some of the undesirable side effects of pain medication.

Does Europe Need The WHO?
Martin McKee from the European Centre on Health of Societies in Transition, writes that the role for WHO in Europe has completely altered over the last ten years.

New Airway's 'Smarts' Ensure That Patients Get Plenty Of Oxygen
Experts in emergency medicine and ultrasound have teamed up at the University of Rochester to better one of the most vital tools in the paramedic's array of equipment: endotracheal tubes, the flexible tubes inserted in the throats of hundreds of thousands of unconscious patients each year to ensure continuous delivery of oxygen to the lungs.

Area of Research Outlined For Promising New Cancer Drugs
The effects of angiostatin and endostatin on mechanisms regulating angiogenesis in other processes besides tumor growth require additional study, says noted University of Notre Dame blood chemist Francis J.

Study Of Sulfides In Bacteria Casts Doubts On Evidence Of Life In Martian Meteorite ALH84001
Martian meteorite ALH84001 was evidence for extraterrestrial life because minerals found in it resembled minerals created by unusual earthly bacteria.
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