Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 23, 1998
New Clinic At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Specializes In Diagnosing And Treating Infectious Diseases In Babies Adopted From Abroad
A new clinic at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center specializes in identifying and treating infectious diseases in babies and children adopted internationally.

"Job Strain" Linked To High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease Risk
Those who complain that

Study Finds Heart Attack Symptoms -- Except Chest Pain -- Are Often Ignored
While most people are aware that chest pain is a heart attack symptom, other heart attack symptoms are often ignored, according to results from a multi-center study published today (Nov.

New Drug Boosts The Power Of Traditional Cancer Therapies, UF Animal Studies Show
A substance first identified in the bark of an African tree magnifies the tumor-cell killing power of radiation therapy by as much as 500 times in laboratory animals and is seen as a potentially effective therapy for solid tumors, which represent the vast majority of cancers.

Symposium Of Vaccine Development To Highlight UCSF "World AIDS Day" Events
The UCSF AIDS Research Institute (ARI) is sponsoring a special symposium on vaccine development as part of

Differences In Brain Function Found For Attention Deficit Disorder
Stanford neuroscientists have found a clear difference in brain functioning between boys who have attention deficit disorder and those who do not, which might lead to brain- based methods of diagnosis.

Scientists Finger A Molecular Kingpin In Body's Response To Cigarettes
Using genetically modified

Childhood Loss Linked To Later Health Problems
Young children who lose a parent or lack parental care and affection are more likely to have increases in blood pressure and health-damaging responses to stress later in life, according to new research.

Discarded Treatment For Heart Attacks May Yet Prove To Be A Life-Saver
A simple and inexpensive treatment for heart attacks -- originally developed in the early 1960s and now largely abandoned -- appears now to have significant life-saving powers, according to a new study.

Low-Protein Diet Burns More Fat
Barely measurable amounts of energy, released as body heat, could be the difference between holding the waistline or adding 10 pounds a year, say Cornell University researchers who have turned couch-potato rats into exercising athletes.

Friends, Family Can Help Heart Patients Avoid Depression
Heart disease patients who have strong support from friends and family are less likely to be depressed one month after being discharged from the hospital than are patients who have weak social support, researchers report.

Penn Researchers Awarded $10 Million Grant To Study Link Between Genes And Hormone-Related Cancers
Does genetic make-up affect women's responses to external hormones and the development of hormone-sensitive cancers?

Finding Meaning In A Stressful Life Experience May Be Linked To Longer Lives ForHIV-Positive Gay Men
HIV-positive gay men who find meaning from the death of a partner or close friend to AIDS may have increased immune function and live longer than HIV-positive gay men who are less successful in coping with this type of loss.

Two Brandeis Scientists Shed Light On The First Photoreceptor Known To Set Circadian Rhythms
For the first time, scientists have identified a protein that uses natural light to set circadian rhythms -- and the protein, found in species ranging from microbes to fruit flies to humans, isn't one most researchers had expected to play a role in programming organisms' internal clockwork.

Study Finds Psychotherapy And Anti-Depressants Equally Effective In Treating Severely Depressed Primary-Care Patients
Researchers comparing the effectiveness of treating major depression with either antidepressant medication or psychotherapy noted no difference in the success of the two treatment methods after an eight-month clinical investigation, allowing primary care physicians greater flexibility in selecting a proper treatment for their patients.
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