Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 24, 1998
Discovery Of Mutation May Lead To Help For Male Fertility Problems
Discovery of a mutation that prevents sperm maturation could lead to treatments for male sterility and development of new male contraceptives, UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas scientists reported in today's issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Aussies Help Hubble Hunt Ancient Galaxies
Australian telescopes have helped the Hubble telescope find thousands of new galaxies

Depression Tied To "Can't Do" Attitude In Men With Congestive Heart Failure
Depressed men who have congestive heart failure are more likely than their women counterparts to perceive themselves as physically limited in performing daily tasks, according to Norwegian researchers who examined 85 men and 34 women with the life-threatening condition that can leave patients with chest pain, short of breath, and physically debilitated.

Cancer patients should check hospital's expertise before having surgery
Cancer patients should check hospital's expertise before having surgery. Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center found that mortality rates were 40 to 80 percent lower in hospitals that had the most experience performing particular surgical procedures.

Expert: U.S. Economic Outlook Terrific, North Carolina Keeps Setting Records
CHAPEL HILL - Recent turmoil in financial markets has led some analysts to predict a recession in 1999 or even before the end of 1998, but such dire predictions are just nonsense, says a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill business expert who accurately predicted the stock market would reach record highs anyway.

Molecular Basis Of Leading Genetic Cause Of Infant Death Discovered
Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have found a link between messenger RNA and the protein involved in spinal muscular atrophy.

Fructose Consumption May Accelerate Aging: Skin's Elasticity And Softness May Be Affected
Animal studies have shown that excessive consumption of fructose -- a commonly used sweetener -- results in age- related alterations as measured in skin and bone collagen.

Environmental Engineers Unravel Evaporation Paradox
If global warming is sending temperatures and precipitation up, why are measures of evaporation down?

5 Top 'Warning Signals' Of Depression Identified
Primary care physicians should ask their patients about five

LSU Agricultural Center Researchers Develop Termite Detection System
One day a typical home may include a termite detector in addition to the customary smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.

Students Join Scientists At The South Pole Via The Web
Thanks to a scientist from the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR), students from around the world can join in the excitement of a six-week field study at the South Pole's new Clean Air Facility.

Vitamin E Prevents Early Plaque Formation
In laboratory tests vitamin E prevented the early stages of plaque formation by preventing white blood cells from sticking to cells that line the artery wall -- another weapon in the antioxidant's attack on heart disease, according to research at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Duke Study Finds More Genes May Be Affected By Toxic Cadmium
Duke University researchers studying primitive worms have found that as many as 31 different genes may react to the metal cadmium, an industrial additive and contaminant that is toxic to humans and animals.

Substance Discovered That Induces Hair Follicle Formation In The Mature Skin Cells Of Mice
Researchers from the Howard Hughes Institute at the University of Chicago have induced hair follicle formation in the mature skin cells of mice.

Health Experts Call For Increase In Cigarette Taxes
Ontario's cheap cigarettes undermine a provincial strategy to control the smoking epidemic, says a report from the Ontario Tobacco Research Unit.
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