Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 21, 1998
Jefferson Surgeons Using New Technique To "Melt" Tumors
Surgeons at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are using electrical energy to essentially

AHA Issues Scientific Statement On Infective Endocarditis
The American Heart Association issues a new scientific statement that updates the procedures for diagnosing and treating infective endocarditis, a life-threatening heart infection that can be caused by common microbes such as streptococcus or

"Super" Aspirin Does Super Job In Fighting Heart Attacks
Individuals whose heart attack was treated with a type of blood-thinning drug had a 30 percent reduced risk of dying within four days, according to a study of more than 30,000 heart attack patients.

Atlantic Salmon Cancer Virus Identified
Working with federal fisheries personnel, scientists in the Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine have made the first identification of a virus believed responsible for cancerous tumors in Atlantic salmon in the New England region.

New Bioartificial Liver System In Clinical Trial At University Of Pittsburgh Medical Center
Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have begun testing a new bioartificial liver assist system designed by Excorp Medical, Inc., that uses healthy liver cells from pigs as a means to improve the liver function of critically ill patients with liver failure.

Wistar Institute Professor Named First Koprowski Professor
The Wistar Institute Board of Managers recently approved the appointment of Professor Giorgio Trinchieri, M.D., as Wistar's first Hilary Koprowsky Endowed Professor.

Brains Do Not Shrink Faster As Healthy People Get Older
Conventional wisdom has it that our brains shrink faster as we get older.

Gene Identified For Heart Defect That Causes Sudden Death In Young People
A gene for an inherited heart disorder that accounts for a significant number of sudden deaths and heart failure in young people has been located -- or mapped -- by U.S. and Canadian researchers.

Canine Cancer Survivor Is Pet Therapist Helping Kids With Cancer
Youngsters in the Pediatric Oncology Unit at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center can relate to Dani, a beagle in the hospital's pet therapy program, in a very special and unique way.

Scientists Show That Normal-looking Cells In Cervical Cancer May Be Abnormal
Researchers from The Rockefeller University and Digilab, using a technique called infrared (IR) spectroscopy, have shown that normal-looking cells taken from women with cervical cancer may actually be abnormal.

Wistar Scientists Gain Information About Molecular Recognition
Wistar Institute scientists working in the structural biology laboratory of Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D., have identified a new mechanism by which proteins regulate DNA transcription.

Discovery May Boost Effectiveness Of Chemotherapy
Researchers at the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center have made a discovery that may explain why some cases of breast cancer and other forms of cancer are resistant to chemotherapy.

Bird Dads Suffer Infidelity But Bring Up Baby
Seduced by a domineering, two-timing female then largely abandoned to raise young that aren't his own, the male wattled jacana would seem to be a loser in the genetic lottery.

Study Finds Links Between Generations On School Performance, Not Aggression
Widespread concern that aggressive, violent behavior invariably passes down from one generation to the next may be reduced because of a new long-term University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study showing that's not necessarily so.

New Laser Techniques Banishes The Pain And Mess Of Bonding Plastics
Any manufacturer trying to confidently stick two pieces of polypropylene type materials together is usually faced with using environmentally unfriendly pre-treatments.

Cedars-Sinai Tip Sheet For Dec. 21
  • Heart Watch Coronary Calcium Scans
  • New Hospital Mural Depicts Jewish Contributions to Medicine
  • Autopsy Rates Decline Despite Proven Benefits
  • American Parkinson Disease Association Center Opens at Cedars- Sinai
  • Innovative Pet Therapy Programs Integrate Dogs Into Physical Therapy, Rehab, More


NASA Names X-Ray Telescope, Sets Launch Date
NASA today set a new launch date for the Advanced X-ray Astrophysics Facility, and announced it will be renamed the Chandra X-ray Observatory in honor of the late Indian- American Nobel Laureate Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
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