Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 30, 1998
Particle Beams Clash For First Time At New Collider
The Asymmetric B Factory - a sophisticated new

Hallucinations In Schizophrenia: Genetic Findings
Recent work by investigators at Hillside Hospital, New York and the National Institute of Mental Health has shown that in unmedicated schiophrenic patients hallucinations are more common in individuals with a specific subtype of the serotonin transporter gene.

Focus On The Bay: Pfiesteria And The Chesapeake Bay Ecosystem -- Symposia At Annual Meeting To Examine Science Policy On Pfiesteria And The Bay
To lay the groundwork for future environmental policy governing Pfiesteria and the Chesapeake Bay, the Ecological Society of America and the American Institute of Biological Sciences will host the

New Medicare-Certified Hospice Care Program Now Available At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
A new Medicare-certified, family-centered Hospice Care Program is now available at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The Genetic Basis Of Childhood Schizophrenia
An international team of investigators have discovered that nucleotide repeats may be an element in the genetics of childhood-onset schizophrenia.

New Approach To Diagnosis Of Breast Cancer Shows Promising Results
A new, non-invasive test can help distinguish between benign breast abnormalities and breast cancer and may lead to fewer biopsies according to a study by the Imperial Cancer Research Fund.

Computer Interface To Help Deaf-Blind Community
Krista Caudill, a deaf and blind undergraduate researcher at the University of Delaware, is helping to design a portable computer that will

Studies Suggest Cold Can Protect Valuable Papers
A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientist says his team's research suggests the best way to preserve valuable papers is to keep them not only dry, but also cool.

Secretary Babbitt Praises The Selection Of Dr. Charles Groat To Head The U.S. Geological Survey
Secretary of the Interior Bruce Babbitt today praised President Clinton's intention to nominate Dr.

First East Coast Patient Treated With Bioartificial Liver
Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are the first on the East Coast to test the safety and efficacy of the bioartificial liver, HepatAssist.

Novel Therapy To Treat Lung Cancer Patients Enrolling Patients At UCSF Cancer Center
Researchers at UCSF Cancer Center are recruiting patients with advanced lung cancer for a clinical trial of a novel drug they hope will inhibit the growth of blood vessels that nourish tumor cells.

Seven Steps To A Smoke-Free Life Provide Road Map To Those Who Want To Quit
A researcher at Washington University in St. Louis and the American Lung Association have teamed together to produce a book called

'Mutual Insurance Pool' Could Improve Transplant Organ Shortage
Two Simon Fraser University researchers say a chronic shortage of human organs needed for transplant in North America could be effectively alleviated through the implementation of a traditional

Dismantling Dangerous Genetic Codes With A Faster, More Flexible RNA Mimic
A chemist at Washington University in St. Louis has created a molecule that mimics a kind of naturally occurring RNA called a ribozyme.

A New Gene For Mental Retardation
Researchers at the National Institute for Mental Health have identified a new gene in the brain containing variable numbers of repeats that are associated with mental retardation.

UF Psychologists: Computer Anxiety New Illness Of High-Tech Age
To the fear of math, flying and other stressful problems of modern high-tech life add 'computerphobia,' say University of Florida psychologists.

Infants With Eye Problem Sought For NIH-Sponsored Study Of Congenital Esotropia
Infants (age 9-17 weeks) whose eyes cross are invited to participate in a nationwide Congenital Esotropia study.

Brain Tumor Support Group Open House And Treatment Options Update
World-renowned brain surgeon Keith L. Black, M.D., and his colleagues at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Neurosurgical Institute will host an Open House Aug.

Hurricane's Perfect Timing Brings A Scientific Bonanza
Hurricane Lili was a stroke of extraordinary fortune for three American scientists -- a catastrophe that created in hours the natural conditions they had speculated about for 20 years.

Biologist Wins Simon Fraser University Controversy Prize For 'Silent Spring' Of The '90s
A compelling book about our futile, ongoing war against insects and other pests has earned Simon Fraser University biologist Mark Winston the university's 1998 Sterling Prize in Support of Controversy.

Study 'Gone With The Wind' Provides Stellar Ecological Example
Biologists at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of California, Davis received a windfall from Hurricane Lili in 1996.

New Long-Term Ecological Research Site Funded For Plum Island Sound Ecosystems Study
Scientists at the National Science Foundation (NSF)'s newest Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) site, Plum Island Sound in Massachusetts, hope to discover how productivity in estuaries -- places where rivers meet the sea -- is affected by changes in land cover, climate and sea level. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to