Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 27, 1998
Faith And Health: Divine Intervention Or Good Behavior?
Religion and faith appear to exert positive effects on people's health, but that doesn't necessarily mean divine intervention is at work, scientists say.

Kennewick Man Remains To Be Transferred To Burke Museum Noon Thursday
The 9,300-year-old skeletal remains known as Kennewick Man will be transferred to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture on the University of Washington campus in Seattle on Thursday, Oct.

Seeing The Invisible
New data on Earth's magnetosphere lifts the veil on space weather

Athletes In Training Cautioned: Learn To Relax
Heavy training takes a toll on even the toughest athletes -- illness, depression, fatigue -- but new research points to a solution far removed from sweaty locker-rooms: a collection of quiet, gentle stress management techniques such as relaxation tapes and journal writing.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center And Targeted Genetics Announces Issuance Of Braod Patent Covering Antigen-Specific T Cell Expansion
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Targeted Genetics Corporation (Nasdaq: TGEN) announce that they have received notification from the U.S.

Possible Human Ancestors In Spain 780,000 Years Ago
Joseph Pares based his date for the Gran Dolina fossils on the orientation of magnetic minerals in the rock layer in which the fossils were found.

Stress Lowers Cancer-Fighting Ability Among Those Who Need It Most
Chronic stress may reduce the activity of cancer-fighting natural killer (NK) cells in the immune systems of those already predisposed to cancer, according to a new study.

Inherited Depression Linked To Shortage Of Cells In Brain Region
People who suffer from depression have fewer cells in a certain part of the brain, a new study finds.

Tau Gene Linked To Family Of Neurodegenerative Disorders; Finding May Yield Insight Into Onset Of Alzheimer's Disease
Researchers led by a UC San Francisco neurologist are reporting findings that they say may put them an important step closer to understanding the way in which Alzheimer's disease ravages the brain cells of patients.

Religious Teens Engage In Healthier Behaviors
Religious high school seniors are less likely to drink and drive and engage in other unhealthy activities and more likely to eat right and practice other healthy behaviors, according to a national survey of 5,000 students.

Social Support Linked To Slower Late-HIV Progress In Gay, Bisexual Men
In late stages of HIV infection, the disease progresses more slowly in gay and bisexual men who have supportive social relationships, researchers have found, but in earlier stages of infection social support appears linked with faster HIV progression.

Mutant Zebrafish Provide Clues About Human Anemia
HHMI researchers have cloned a zebrafish anemia gene, producing one of the first fish models of a human disease.

E-Mail Communication Between Patients And Doctors
Investigators in the University of Michigan Health System are setting out to examine e-mail usage between doctors and their patients in a three-year study.

UCSF Recruting Breast Cancer Patients For Herbal Therapy Study
Researchers at the University of California San Francisco are recruiting patients for the first study in the U.S. that will determine the feasibility of using Chinese herbal therapy to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy in women with early stage breast cancer.

NCAR Weather Group Multiplies Its Raw Computing Power By Ten -- At No Direct Cost To NCAR
A weather research group at the National Center for Atmospheric Research has just upped its computing power ten times at no direct cost to NCAR through an innovative loan arrangement with Compaq Computer Corporation and iMSC Corporation, a computer consulting firm.

El Nino Influenced Melting Glaciers
University of Michigan scientists have discovered evidence, recorded in 12,000-year-old Lake Huron glacial sediments, for brief, sudden episodes of rapid warming at the end of the last Ice Age which melted glaciers.

6,000 Pharmaceutical Scientists Convene November 15-19 In San Francisco
Six thousand pharmaceutical scientists and researchers are gathering in San Francisco for the

Breakthrough In Understanding The Biology Of Fat-- UCSF/Gladstone Scientists Discover Gene For Key Enzyme
Now a research team led by scientists at the Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease and the University of California San Francisco has discovered a major piece in the puzzle of how our bodies build and regulate fat.

Angry words can be deadly as 'sticks & stones
Cynics and neurotics -- hostile types who feel angry but seldom take it out on others -- are less at risk for high cholesterol than their

AAPS Co-Sponsors FDA Science Forum
AAPS is co-sponsoring the 1998 FDA Science Forum

1998 AAPS Annual Meeting Abstracts Debut Online
Access to 2200+ Abstracts Open to Scientific Community Database Published as AAPS PharmSciTM Supplement.

Inbreeding Natural Among Trees But Not Without Costs, University Of Georgia Forestry Research Shows
Inbred trees grow and develop slowly, they're often deformed and many die suddenly and inexplicably before reaching maturity.

Media Advisory 2: Fall Meeting Themes And Special Lectures
AGU's Fall Meeting is organized into seven interdisciplinary themes that encompass many of the sessions.

Researchers Make Breakthrough In Gene Transfer
Scientists often use the genetic material of viruses to smuggle foreign genes into cells.

Exercise Pace Picks Up After Walk Down The Aisle
Wedding bells often signal the start of a surge in physical activity for newly married men and women, say researchers who evaluated 302 women and 256 men ages 25 to 75 five times over 10 years: only the singles-to-married increased their activity levels during the second data collection period.
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