Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 11, 1998
Sunless Tanning Agents Provide Continuous Sun
Researchers have discovered that the chemical reaction of your skin with the active ingredient in sunless tanning agents offers continuous and unique protection from the sun, regardless of a person's activities.

"Silent" Heart Damage Not So Quiet For Some Women With Heart Disease
Women with heart disease feel more chest pain during mental stress than men.

Penn Physicians Develop Clinical Guidelines For Herbal Therapies
University of Pennsylvania Medical Center physicians have developed a list of clinical guidelines to aid physicians in advising patients about herbal products as therapeutic agents.

Material Choices For The Chemical Industry
The latest developments affecting materials selection in the chemical industry will be discussed at a conference to be held on 24-25 November 1998 at The Institute of Materials, London, UK.

Mechanism By Which Estradiol Protects Women From Heart Disease Suggested By Emory Team
Scientists have long known that female sex hormones such as estradiol protect women from cardiovascular disease.

Study Proves Unequal Leg Length Can Contribute To Osteoarthritis
CHAPEL HILL - Legs of unequal length can contribute to osteoarthritis as well as knee and hip pain, according to a first-of-its-kind University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine study.

NYU researchers: Plants have signaling mechanism similar to one in human brain
NYU researcher Gloria Corruzi has discovered evidence that plants have a signaling mechanism similar to one in the human brain.

UNC Researchers Develop New Way To Measure Acid Level Of Body Fluids
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have invented a solid-state metal sensor -- roughly the thickness of three human hairs -- that can measure the acidity (pH) of chemical solutions, including body fluids.

USC Scientists Find That Multi-Vitamin Use And Hormone Replacement Therapy MayLower Levels Of Homocysteine
University of Southern California scientists Howard N. Hodis, M.D., Wendy J.

Vitamin E Supplement Decreases Autoantibodies To Oxidized LDL
Antioxidants such as vitamin E can help control levels of autoantibodies associated with oxidized lipid-protein complexes, report Emory University researchers at this week's 71st Scientific Sessions of the American Heart Association.

PAHO Working With Affected Communities In Central America
Pan American Health Organization experts working with affected communities in Central America after Hurricane Mitch say the top priorities are providing safe water and adequate sanitation, ensuring close surveillance of communicable disease, and rebuilding health services, especially for thousands of people located in temporary shelters.

Groundwater Movement Of Radioactive Material Faster Than Thought
Radioactive contaminants can migrate in groundwater over long distances faster than originally thought, according to the results of field tests at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee.

Most Smokers Continue To Light Up After Heart Surgery
Almost three in five smokers who undergo surgery for heart disease continue to smoke after angioplasty, a procedure to re-open blocked blood vessels, or coronary artery bypass surgery which uses artery or vein grafts to route blood around a blockage.

Hospital Stays Longer Than Three Days For 'Simple' Heart Attacks May Not Be Cost Effective
Cardiologists at Duke University Medical Center have found that hospital stays beyond three days for people being treated for uncomplicated heart attacks may not be cost- effective.

Novel Viral Vaccine Protects Aids In Animal Model
BioStratum has developed a viral vaccine that prevents AIDS in a monkey model whose course of infection very closely resembles the human form of the disease.

USC Scientists Identify Enzyme Important In Short-term Memory
An enzyme that fails to get activated in patients with Alzheimer's disease may play a broader role in normal memory, USC scientists report.

Calcium Channel Blocker Slows Hardening Of Arteries In Some Key Arteries, But Not Others
A large clinical trial on whether a major calcium channel blocker could slow hardening of the arteries and thus reduce heart disease and stroke produced mixed results, a research team from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of Michigan reported today at the American Heart Association meeting.

Commercial Scale Cultivation Of Pharmaceutical-Producing Tobacco Possible, Virginia Tech Scientists Find
The results from a summer of research show that pharmaceutical-producing tobacco can be grown on a commercial scale, according to Virginia Tech scientists.
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