Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 03, 1998
HIV Infected Adults In UCSF Study Show Evidence Of Thymus Activity
Contrary to the widely held belief that the thymus -- an organ essential for producing competent immune cells -- is not functional in adulthood, researchers at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology have shown that half of the HIV-infected patients in a recent study appear to have substantial thymus function.

New Tests Demonstrate MuchLarger, More Specific Immune Responses To Viruses
Using novel assays described as the new

Brain And Psyche: The Neurobiology Of The Self
The Whitehead Institute will hold its third annual press seminar,

PSA To Debut At National Oceans Conference
A new public service announcement will make its debut at the National Oceans Conference in Monterey June 11 - 12.

Giant SHRIMP Poised To Target Big Questions With Tiny Ion Beam
A brand new $2.5 million, 12-ton instrument called the SHRIMP arrived at Stanford this past April and is poised to answer fundamental questions about the origins of Earth and solar system.

Health Risk To "Cigarette Babies" Is Neglected, Duke Scientist Charges
The medical community, government and media have neglected unequivocal scientific evidence that nicotine from maternal smoking causes possibly 100,000 fetal deaths each year as well as massive numbers of crib deaths, according to a Duke University Medical Center pharmacologist.

Sentinels Of The Sea
Luminous bacteria could be used as watchdogs in water contaminated by deep-sea dumping.

Winners Announced In The Wistar Institute's Annual High School Biology Essay Contest And Fellowship Program
The Wistar Institute's high school program, which includes an annual essay contest and eight-week summer fellowships for both students and teachers, is offered to Philadelphia high school students, grades 9 through 12.

The Mother Of All Firework Displays
The Millennium celebrations could use Cold War missiles as fireworks if a computer network manager from Los Altos in California gets his way.

New Medication Means New Choices For Families Dealing With Alzheimers Disease
A new study from Penn State's College of Medicine finds that when medication for Alzheimer's disease is offered to all patients, family members of patients in the early stages of Alzheimer's are the most likely to accept available treatment.

New Research Units Deal With Norms And The Age Of Enlightenment
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) funds two new research units in the humanities.

Space Grown Insulin Crystals Provide New Data On Diabetes
Diabetic patients may someday reduce their insulin injections and lead more normal lives because of new insights gained through innovative space research in which the largest insulin crystals ever studied were grown on the Space Shuttle.

Penn State Process Removes Rocket Fuel Ingredient From Drinking Water
A Penn State environmental engineer has developed the first successful microbiological process for treating drinking water contaminated by perchlorate, a rocket fuel ingredient detected in 14 states where rocket, munitions, fireworks and match manufacturers are located.

Scientists To Prepare Advisory Report On What's Been Learned About The Possible Adverse Health Effects of Electric Fields
Scientists will meet June 16 to 24 in Brooklyn Park, Minn., to review the research and write an advisory report on what is now known on the possible adverse health effects of the extremely low frequency electric and magnetic fields created in the generation, transmission and use of electricity.

American Heart Association Comment:Association Between Multiple Cardiovascular Risk Factors And Atherosclerosis In Children And Young Adults
In the June 4, 1998, issue of The New England Journal of Medicine, researchers report findings indicating that as the number of cardiovascular risk factors increase, so does the severity of atherosclerosis in young people.

USGS Opens Lake Tahoe Data Clearinghouse
The Lake Tahoe Data Clearinghouse, a virtual, web-based project, providing everything from digital maps of the lake and surrounding basin to notes from recent presidential forum meetings, is now on line at http://blt.wr.usgs.gov/.

Robots Stalking Robots Stalking Robots
Stanford computer scientists have equipped

Brain Tumor Treatment In Multicenter Tests
A drug-impregnated wafer that releases chemotherapy directly to tumors that have spread to the brain from other cancers is now undergoing safety tests in patients.

New Scientific Findings To Be Presented At Regional Meeting Of World's Largest Scientific Society, June 17 - 20
Medical isotopes and agricultural chemistry are among the topics that will be discussed here June 17 - 20 at the 53rd Northwest Regional Meeting of the American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society.

DFG-Supported Research Unit Takes A Close Look At Soil
In the newly established research unit

Report Questions Use Of Hospital Death Rates To Measure The Quality Of Trauma Care
Researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University have found that death rates increase significantly for injured patients (compared to the general population) soon after they leave the hospital.The authors argue that in-hospital death rates are no longer a reliable measure of a trauma program's quality.

DFG To Set Up Two New Research Unit In The Natural Sciences
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has established two new research units in the natural sciences: Experimental and theoretical physicists at Bayreuth University will investigate effects known as superconduction and superfluidity.
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