Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 13, 1998
'Cats' Paws And Catapults' Offers Enlightening Tour Of Natural, Human Technology
Duke biologist Steven Vogel has just returned from an odyssey into two very different realms -- the rigid, right-angled, dry world of human technology constructed in big factories; and the pliable, curvy, often wet world of natural technology built from tiny cells.

Protein Implicated In Multiple Sclerosis
Scientists have identified a protein that may trigger the friendly fire that damages nerves in multiple sclerosis (MS).

Fetal Lead Exposure May Reduce Immunity
Lead in the drinking water of pregnant rats causes long-term damage to the immune systems of their offspring, according to studies in the Cornell University Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology.

Three Institutions Combine Efforts In First-Ever Demonstration Of Long-Term Function In Transplanted Human Liver Cells
A research team has demonstrated that an infusion of liver cells can function for more than a year to partially correct a rare liver disease.

Panel Reports On State Of U.S. Mathematics
A panel commissioned by the National Science Foundation's Division of Mathematical Sciences reports that several adverse trends threaten to undermine the United States' dominant position in world mathematics.

Policies Needed For Reporting Potential Hazards Of Asteroid Collisions WithEarth
Some of the thousands of asteroids and comets that will be discovered in future years might initially seem like they're on a collision course with Earth, until further data show otherwise.

Study Highlights the Use of Viruses as Tools for Material Science and Drug Delivery
Researchers have utilized a

Volunteering Aids Retirement Well-Being
Volunteering boosts self-esteem and energy and gives Americans a sense of mastery over their lives, particularly in later midlife, says a new Cornell University study.

Telemedicine May Help In Treating Epileptic Seizures In Remote Locations, or Space, Wake Forest Researcher Says
Treating people with epilepsy or seizures who are in remote locations such as space, underwater or extended airline flights may be possible through what is known as telemedicine, according to Dr.

New Findings In Debate Over Timing Of Breast Cancer Surgery In Relation To Phase of Menstrual Cycle
Doctors from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund's Clinical Oncology Group at Guy's Hospital, London have come up with new findings which show that pre-menopausal women who have their breast cancer operation in the second half of their menstrual cycle are more likely to survive at least 10 years.

Duke Study Suggests Earthquakes Launched Ice-Age Iceberg Flotillas
A Duke University geological study proposes a novel cause for the massive and puzzling swarms of icebergs believed to have separated, or

Oxygen Therapy May Help Minimize Damage From Strokes
A small-scale study suggests that hyperbaric oxygen therapy may hasten recovery from stroke and save millions or even billions of dollars annually in health care costs, a medical researcher says.

Communication Between Doctors And Asthma Patients Is Key
Good communication between patient and doctor is as important to staying out of the hospital as getting the right asthma medicine, a new study by a University of Michigan research shows.

A "Small Decline" In Brain Function Could Be Significant, Wake Forest Researcher Says
While coronary artery bypass surgery routinely saves lives by bypassing clogged arteries, many patients have a 20 percent decline in motor function and other evidence of brain damage following surgery, a Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center neuropsychologist said today.
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