Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 29, 1998
Americans Urged To Consume More Folic Acid
In Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, the AHA issued a Science Advisory urging doctors to begin screening high-risk patients with a personal or family history of heart disease for homocysteine levels in the blood and urged all Americans to increase intake of foods containing folic acid, vitamins B6 and B12, such as Total, made by General Mills, as well as leafy green vegetables, fruits, legumes, and other good sources.

Formaldehyde Emissions From Consumer Products
The most comprehensive study of in-home formaldehyde emissions to be conducted in more than a decade shows that emissions from new permanent press clothing, paints, floor finishes, wallpaper and fingernail polishes may be more significant than previously recognized.

Vion's TAPET Organisms Demonstrate Reduced Virulence, Increased Safety While Retaining Ability To Specifically Target Tumors
Disruption of a gene involved in lipid A production virtually eliminates the ability of tumor-targeting Salmonella to trigger sepsis, reports the cover story of January's Nature Biotechnology.

Antibody Revolution Targets STDs, Stomach Viruses, Common Cold
Biophysicists say a new wave of cheap, widely available treatments is coming for ailments ranging from sexually transmitted diseases to the common cold.

Beer Inhibits Action Of Carcinogenic Mutagens
Tests by Japanese researchers show that beer may inhibit the action of mutagens caused by some suspected cancer-causing compounds.

Game-Playing Helps Penn Researchers Distinguish Differences Between Patient And Clinician Priorities And Values
For over 50 million disabled individuals and the clinicians that care for them, varying importance placed on cognitive and motor skills is critical to treatment choices.

Nerve Agent Sensor A Million Times More Sensitive
An extremely sensitive and selective sensor that can detect minute traces of the chemical nerve agents sarin and soman at levels as low as 600 parts per quadrillion has been successfully tested at Johns Hopkins University.

Sunscreen Ingredient Causes DNA Damage In Light
A major active ingredient in many sunscreens damages DNA when exposed to sunlight in a test tube, according to scientists in Northern Ireland.

Human Brain Cell Transplantation Study Aims To Reverse Nerve And Brain Damage
Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are ready to start a human treatment protocol that has the potential to reverse nerve and brain damage caused by stroke, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and spinal cord injuries.
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