Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 03, 1998
Treatment Of Irregular Heartbeat Saves Money And Prevents Stroke In Older People
Using a blood-thinning drug to treat people who have an irregular heartbeat is not only medically effective, but also cost-effective, according to a study in this month's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

New Device Brightens Recycling Efforts
A new device designed to quickly and easily identify plastics so they can be sorted for recycling has been named one of the year's 100 most technologically significant products and processes by R&D Magazine.

University At Buffalo Team Discovers How The Cell Nucleus Orchestrates Genetic Processes
Researchers at the University at Buffalo have demonstrated how an exquisitely organized architecture in the cell nucleus controls precisely when and where genetic processes are activated, apparently influencing gene expression and regulation.

International Study Finds Mothers' Lifetime Lead Exposures May Put Breast-Fed Newborns At Risk
Results from a study conducted jointly by Australian and American scientists indicate that lead which has accumulated in a woman's bones from earlier exposures can be released during pregnancy and transferred to breast milk during lactation.

Physical Abuse Common Among Depressed Women
Even though more than half of a group of depressed women had been physically abused at some point in their lives, and 15 percent had experienced abuse during the previous year, most of those recently abused were unlikely to receive mental health care, researchers report.

New Rehabilitative Device Combines Form And Function For Children With Mobility Impairments
Taking a giant step forward for non ambulatory children, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a rehabilitative device called a prone stander that takes the angst out of therapy.

Debilitating Pancreatic Disorder Linked To Cystic Fibrosis Gene
Researchers report finding a strong and surprising association between the gene that causes cystic fibrosis and a debilitating form of pancreatitis, inflammation of the pancreas.

Chumminess Of Roundworms Linked To Single Gene, Offering Insight Into Mechanisms Of Social Behaviors
Some roundworms dine alone, while others sup socially, and the reason for the variation, report UC San Francisco researchers, comes down to a single gene.

Gene Therapy Showing Promise In Fighting Melanoma
In treating dogs for a highly aggressive form of melanoma, a University of Wisconsin-Madison research team is having success with a new cancer vaccine that could benefit human cancer-fighting efforts.
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