Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 12, 1998
Environmental Testimony: Taiwan Mega-Complex Threatens Endangered Spoonbills And Efforts To Cut Greenhouse Gases, UD Prof Says
A 7,000-acre industrial complex planned for the west coast of Taiwan threatens the black-faced spoonbill with extinction and will increase greenhouse gas emissions, according to a University of Delaware professor who recently testified before a Taiwanese legislative committee.

Scientists Identify Key Protein Involved In Progressive Blindness
University of Michigan scientists are part of an international team of researchers who have identified a protein that---when absent or defective because of genetic mutations---causes a disease called Usher syndrome.

Mr. Ples Throws Scientists Into A Tizzy
Mr. Ples, a relative of early humans, didn't have such a big brain after all, a new study reveals.

Gene Linked To Glaucoma, Hydrocephalus, And Other Birth Defects
A gene implicated in a number of birth defects in mice has been dicovered by scientists at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, they report in the June 12 issue of Cell.

Cardiothoracic Surgeons Are Further Down The Road Of Self-Regulation Than We Realize
In the UK cardiothoracic surgery has better data and is more subject to internal scrutiny than any other specialty , says Bruce Keogh of the Society of Cardiothoracic Surgeons of Great Britain and Ireland.

Study Analyzes Managed Care's Impact On Congestive Heart Failure Treatment
Oregon Health Sciences University researchers have found a high percentage of elderly Oregon heart failure patients in Medicare managed care plans are admitted to hospitals through emergency rooms.But once admitted, short-term patient outcomes appear no different for managed care patients than for patients with other types of insurance.

Boxing Matches Couldn't Be Held If Doctors Refused To Be At The Ringside
Professor Hugh Brayne from the University of Sunderland writes that scientific evidence shows that boxing endangers health.

Comparison Of Hospital At Home With Inpatient Care
Hospital at home schemes providing care, which has traditionally been given in hospital, have grown in importance but few studies have been undertaken to evaluate their effectiveness and financial implications.

Tiny Computers Of Carbon? Nanotubes That Conduct Huge Currents Without Heating Could Be Basis For New Electronics
A report to be published in the June 12 issue of the journal Science moves researchers one step closer to a practical application for electron wave effects in extremely small- scale circuits.

Successful Specialist Care For Cystic Fibrosis Patients From Childhood To Adulthood
It is the clinical responsibility of all physicians to ensure that specialist care of patients with cystic fibrosis begins in childhood and is continued throughout adult life, says Dr Ravi Mahadeva et al from Papworth Hospital in Cambridge.

Equivalency And Linkage Of Educational Tests
Today's elementary and high school students take a wide array of standardized tests that are designed to do such things as monitor a child's progress in mastering basic skills, track a school's progress in meeting state education goals, or determine whether a student is ready to graduate from high school.

UCSF Study Suggests Heavy Lifting Kills Your Back
UC San Francisco researchers have shown in studies of mice that high loads on the spine alter the physical structure and biologic activity of discs -- the gel-filled cushions between bones in the spine.

Kidney Donor Recovers Quickly After First-Of-Its-Kind Procedure
The technique used to remove the kidney is a variation on laparoscopy, a form of surgery in which the doctor operates through small incisions with specially designed instruments.

New Biological Markers Accurately Predict Prognosis In Head And Neck Cancer Patients, Find University Of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Researchers
Findings that tissue levels of two proteins correlate closely with the prognosis of head and neck cancer may significantly alter the detection, staging and treatment of this disease, according to a scientific article published in the June 3 issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Better Catalysts Could Bring Fuel Cells Down To Earth
A new catalyst dramatically improves the performance of methanol-air fuel cells, which could provide a more practical power source than batteries or the fuel cells powered by hydrogen that are used in space missions, according to research to be published in the June 12 issue of Science.
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