Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 13, 1998
NCAR Flies Research Aircraft Below Leonids Meteor Storm
Research aircraft from the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the U.S.

Wake Forest Medical School Faculty Members Receive $7.4 Million To Further Explore Whether Olive Oil is Worse For You Than Vegetable Oil
Researchers at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine are pursuing additional studies on why polyunsaturated fat in vegetable oil leads to less hardening of the arteries than the monounsaturated fat in olive oil.

Editor Appointed To Head New Organic Letters Journal
The world's largest scientific society, the American Chemical Society, announced today the appointment of Amos B.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Begins Study To Improve Quality Of Life For Marrow Transplant Patients
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center is beginning a five-year study to look at the physical and psychological effects of bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.

Cardiac Clinical Trial Studies Use of Antibiotic In Preventing Heart Attack
A clinical trial currently under way at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center could have profound ramifications for preventing recurring heart attacks by using a common, inexpensive antibiotic.

Chemical "Nose" Could Sniff Out Landmines
Newly designed polymers may soon rival dogs as the most advanced landmine detection device.

Scientists Induce A Form Of Leukemia In Mice, Gaining An Unprecedented Glimpse Into The Disorder's Roots
In a finding that promises to expand greatly the scope of leukemia research, Brandeis University scientists have induced a form of the disease in mice that's strikingly similar to chronic myelogenous leukemia, which affects humans.

Discovery Of A Young Near-By Supernova Remnant
X-ray astronomers and g-ray astronomers of the Max Planck Institute for Extraterrestrial Physics in Garching/Germany, have discovered a young supernova remnant which is exceptionally close to Earth (Nature, Vol.

Faster Relief From Influenza Symptoms For 'High Risk' And Otherwise Healthy Patients With Inhaled Zanamivir
13 November, 1998: Zanamivir (Relenza) has been shown to cut the time to recover from influenza by up to one-third in otherwise healthy patients, and reduce complications from influenza by 71 percent in high risk patients.

Painful Births For Babies Could Lead To Violent Suicide In Adulthood
Minimising pain and discomfort for an infant during birth seems to be of importance in reducing the risk of committing suicide by violent means later in life, claim researchers in this week's BMJ.

Who Is To Blame When Patients Are Denied Expensive Treatments?
Since the National Health Service began, general practitioners have had a duty to prescribe medicines to patients on the basis of need.

Discovery Of New Large, Predatory Dinosaur Reported In Science
Curved claws like giant meathooks and a long, narrow, crocodile-like skull were among the fossil remains of a new genus and species of dinosaur recently excavated in Africa.

Study Shows Foreign-Trained Doctors Can Ease Rural Physician Shortages
CHAPEL HILL -- Foreign-trained doctors more often practice in rural, medically underserved areas than U.S. medical graduates and help ease physician shortages, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.

NASA Educational Fellowship Program Lets Marshall Engineer "Give Back" To Alma Mater
Dr. Shelia Nash-Stevenson, an electronics engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., is going back to school.
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