Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 23, 1998
Wistar Scientist Earns Fellowship Award From American-Italian Cancer Foundation
Giorgia Gri, Ph.D., a visiting scientist at The Wistar Institute, has been given a fellowship by the American- Italian Cancer Foundation, U.S. representative of the European School of Oncology.

NASA Research Helps Mold Better Products For Home, Auto And Aircraft Industry
Research in low gravity has taken an important first step toward making metal products used in homes, automobiles and aircraft less expensive, safer and more durable.

UF Researcher: Elderly Should Ignore Stereotypes About Memory Loss
Older people are much less likely to have major memory problems if they believe in themselves and work to improve their recall, a newly released University of Florida study finds.

HMOs In California Shine In A New U-M Study
On average, HMOs are doing a better job of choosing better hospitals for their patients.

American Sociological Association Annual Meeting To Be Held In San Francisco August 21 - 26
Five thousand participants will convene at the American Sociological Assocation's Annual Meeting August 21-25 at the San Francisco Hilton and Towers Hotel for presentations and the release of research findings on topics including immigration, affirmative action, families and children, health care, welfare, violence, religion and criminology.

Atmospheric Chemistry -- A Mysterious Isotope Effect In A Well-Known AtmosphericPollutant Discovered
A puzzling isotope effect has been discovered in the important atmospheric reaction of carbon monoxide with the hydroxyl radical by a group of scientists at the Atmospheric Chemistry Division of the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz/Germany (Science, vol.

Carbon-36 Fullerenes Could Be Higher-Temperature Superconductor
Theorists at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, whose calculations motivated the successful synthesis of materials based on carbon-36 fullerenes, have calculated that these systems may lose all electrical resistance at temperatures far higher than any other carbon structure -- perhaps even at temperatures in the range that superconducting copper-oxide ceramics have achieved.

Menopause Affects Japanese Women Less Than Westerners
Japanese women experience far fewer difficulties with menopause than their North American counterparts, new research shows.

Collaborative Research Provides New Information About Interleukin-12's Role In Angiogenesis
Interleukin-12 (IL-12), a cytokine discovered at The Wistar Institute in the mid-1980s, is known to engage in potent anti-tumor activities.

Erectile Dysfunction Associated With Depression
Impotence is nearly twice as likely in men with depressive symptoms as in those without such symptoms, researchers find in the first study to address rigorously the issue of whether affective states such as depression play a role in sexual function.

Psychotherapy Helps Post-Traumatic Stress Victims
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is frequently treated with medications, but there is no consensus on which are most effective.

UF Discovery Of Chicken Gene Mutation Aids Study Of Rare Inherited Eye Disease
A University of Florida neuroscientist has discovered and cloned a mutant gene in chickens, helping researchers better understand a rare human eye disease that causes blindness at birth.
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