Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 19, 1998
Refugees Need Better Access To Health Care
In this week's BMJ Dr. David Jones from the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London and Dr.

SFU Molecular Biologist Pursues 'Promising' New Way To Fight Disease
Simon Fraser University molecular biologist Jamie Scott's quest for a new way to vaccinate against disease, including AIDS, has won her a $96,000 (Cdn) grant from the Medical Research Council of Canada and, more recently, a $150,000 (U.S.) grant from the National Institutes of Health's AIDS Innovation Grant program for approaches in HIV vaccine research.

Physicians Study Whether "Super-Aspirin" Prevents Alzheimer's
Doctors at the University of Rochester and 39 other medical centers around the nation have begun a research study to see if a drug known as a super-aspirin -- an investigational compound made possible in part by basic medical research during the last decade at the university -- helps prevent Alzheimer's disease.

Discovery: Experiments Confirm Novel Eye Pigment Controls Circadian Rhythm
CHAPEL HILL - New research by University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists has proven that a light-sensitive pigment they discovered in the eye, the skin and part of the brain controls the body's internal clock.

U.S. Energy Department Opens Climate Research
On November 20, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) will dedicate a long-term, climate research station on Nauru in the Central Pacific Ocean.

Nurses Need Greater Support To Prevent Poor Patient Care
An editorial in this week's BMJ examines claims of poor quality of care by nurses within the UK.

Tolerance For Loud Noises Decreases With Age
If your grandmother is complaining that your rock music is too loud, it's probably because the music actually sounds louder to her than it does to you, says an Ohio University researcher studying senior citizens' auditory perceptions of rock music.

Fetal Surgery For Spina Bifida Still Under Investigation At VUMC
The first of 26 babies to recieve fetal surgery for spina bifida at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one and a half years old and doing well.

SFU Model To Help Cut Greenhouse Gas
A computer model for evaluating policies developed at Simon Fraser University will play a key role in helping Canada reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, now that it has been adopted for use by the federal government.

Tobacco Will Kill One Third Of Chinese Men
In this week's BMJ, researchers report on the largest-ever investigation on the hazards of tobacco.

Microbiologist Develops Method For Dyeing Fabrics With Gold
Dr. William Todd, a researcher in the Department of Veterinary Science at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, has developed a method for dyeing fabrics with precious metals at an affordable cost.

NSF, Lucent Technologies Honor Researchers Who Encourage Businesses To "Go Green"
The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Lucent Technologies Foundation today named 11 researchers from around the country as 1998 winners of Industrial Ecology Research Fellowships.

Researchers Find Out How The Bladder Responds To Infection
Scientists have discovered how the bladder responds to bacteria that cause cystitis. 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