Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 21, 1998
Salt Lake City Shows Hot And Cold Spots: Mountains To East Provide Cool Refuge
Salt Lake City has rooftops and other structures that reach a blistering 71 deg.

Shellfish Toxin Study Provides Possible Clue To Cystic Fibrosis Therapy
Scientists studying how a toxin in shellfish causes diarrhea in humans today reported that they have discovered a mechanism that may help treat cystic fibrosis.

Reengineered Poliovirus Proves Effective As Vector For Prompting Key Immune Response In A Study With Mice
Researchers led by scientists at UC San Francisco say they have made a significant breakthrough in their attempt to reengineer the poliovirus so that it could some day be used as a transporting mechanism for inducing immunity against disease pathogens in humans.

UCSF To Establish Formal Hospitalists Training Program
UC San Francisco will establish the country's first formally funded training program in an academic medical center for doctors who specialize in the care of hospital patients, thanks to a grant from a New York City-based foundation with a history of funding innovative projects in medical education.

Frequent Genetic Mutations In Hepatocellular Carcinoma
Research by Christine Perret and coworkers (INSERM 129, directed by Axel Kahn, Paris) shows that mutations in the gene encoding the protein beta-catenin are frequent in hepatocellular carcinoma.

SIDS rate drops as more babies are placed to sleep on their backs or sides
National efforts to reduce the incidence of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) by placing healthy infants to sleep on their backs or sides to sleep appear to have been extremely successful, according to a study funded by the NICHD and appearing in the July 22 JAMA.

NASA Funds New Origin Of Life Center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
A NASA grant of nearly $4 million has created a center at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute for the study of the origin of life.

NASA Research Helps Map Protein Structures -- Key In The Development Of New Disease-Fighting Drugs
Research sponsored by NASA's Microgravity Research Program at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is making significant contributions to scientists' understanding of the molecular structure of living things - a key to the development of new disease-fighting drugs.

Irrigation Along Colorado's Front Range Cooling Mountains And Plains; ExtremesIn Weather, More Severe Storms Could Result
Human activities such as agriculture and landscaping along Colorado's northern Front Range are changing temperatures, river runoff and tree-distribution patterns in Rocky Mountain National Park and the surrounding region, according to a Colorado State University study.

Epilepsy Drugs Useful To Treat Alzheimer's, Studies Find
Medicines commonly used to treat epilepsy and other seizure disorders appear to be effective at soothing the agitation in people with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to results presented by University of Rochester physicians at the 6th International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders.
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