Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 22, 1999
More Tools May Be At Hand To Combat Global Warming
Farms, forests and grasslands around the world can play an important role in combating global warming in the 21st century by removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing (sequestering) it in the soil.

Adult Cells Undergo Identity Switch Reported In Science
A new study indicates that adult stem cells--previously assumed to be permanently wedded to their specialized roles in the body--can shed their identities and reinvent themselves as different types of stem cells.

Lowering Of Unrealistic Public Expectations Is Only Way To Save NHS
The demise of the NHS may lie in the mismatch between what is expected by patients and what can be provided by the health service, says Dr Richard Smith in an editorial in this week's BMJ.

Two-Incomers Want Less, Housewives More
American working, married couples would prefer to work less but they work more hours than ever.

Wistar Professor Awarded W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Grant for Work in Heart Research
Dr. Francesca Marassi, a professor at Philadelphia's Wistar Institute was awarded a three-year $228,000 grant from The W.W.

Major Gaps Exist In Food-Safety Surveillance, CSPI Charges
In their report

Breaking The University-Industry Technology Transfer Logjam
Patents fuel the global economic engine. Join a panel of distinguished academic and industry leaders for a discussion on the challenges facing patent buyers and sellers.

Mother Tongue Has A Say In Specific Language Impairment
A cross-cultural study of more than 200 children with a disorder called

PLX Announces Plans To Revolutionize $3.5 Billion Patent Industry Through Global, Internet-Based Patent Auction Market
ANAHEIM, Calif. (January 22, 1999) - The Patent and License ExchangeSM patent auction market (plXSM), today released its plans to open the first business-to-business global Internet- based auction facility for the safe and efficient transfer of quality patents and licenses.

Bullying Is A Serious Problem In The NHS
Bullying is a serious problem in the NHS experienced by more than one in three staff, says Lyn Quine from the University of Kent at Canterbury in this week's BMJ.

Global Climate Change Model Predicts Changes In U.S. Ecosystems
What might be the impacts of global warming? How could those impacts affect forest growth, water resources, and land use?

Real Connection Between Oral Health And Heart Disease
University of Michigan dentistry Prof. Walter Loesche suggested several possibilities why reports over the past five years have suggested a link between periodontal (gum) disease and cardiovascular disease.

What Incentives Will Maintain The Global Research Commons?
New York Academy of Sciences President and CEO Rodney W.

Poor Odds For Continued Recovery Among Addicts Who Start Young, Minorities, O/R Study Confirms
Addicts who begin using narcotics as youth have a harder time staying off drugs than those who start as adults, according to a study of methadone programs in a journal published by the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Gene Therapy Trial Approved For Rare Anemia
A gene therapy clinical trial for Fanconi anemia, a fatal inherited blood disease, is set to begin at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bleached Coral Could Be Environment Warning
The dying corals of the Florida Keys could be an early warning of tough times ahead for the planet's environment, Cornell University ecologists worry.

Overworked Couples Have Worst Life Quality
Couples who wish they could work less, who have demanding jobs or both work more than 45 hours a week report the lowest quality of life among working couples, according to Cornell University sociologist Phyllis Moen.

Wistar Scientist Awarded Cancer Research Foundation Of America Grant To Develop Vaccine For Human Papilloma Virus
Dr. Hildegund Ertl of Philadelphia's Wistar Institute has been awarded a two-year $30,000 grant from the Cancer Research Foundation of America.

Study Finds You Can Work Less And Get Promoted, Too
Conventional wisdom aside, choosing to work less than full- time doesn't have to put the brakes on your career.

Little-Explored African Genetic Diversity May Hold Key To Human Origins, Medical Questions
Genetic diversity in Africa is extremely high, even between closely related or located groups and much higher than diversity in other human populations.

Diabetes And Periodontal Disease Connection
George Taylor, University of Michigan professor of Dentistry speaks at the symposium titled

Wistar Scientist Awarded Philadelphia Foundation Grant For Work In AIDS Research
Dr. Luis Montaner, a scientist at Philadelphia's Wistar Institute was awarded a two-year $79,000 grant from The Philadelphia Foundation for his

Voice Wellness Clinic Offers Solutions To Problems Of Voice, Plans Expansion
CHAPEL HILL -- Do you have chronic hoarseness? Lose your voice after talking for an hour?

Non-Western Folk Belief: Another Way To View Procreation
Since Biblical times, Westerners have accepted the folk belief that a child has only one biological father, but some non-Western society's folk beliefs hold that every man who contributes sperm during a pregnancy, contributes biologically to the child.

Vasta To Address Diseases Of Marine Environment At AAAS Meeting
Greater knowledge of the genetic make-up of pathogenic microorganisms -- how they proliferate and become toxic -- is key to solving problems of diseases related to the marine environment, says Dr.

Ethical Guidelines For All Who Work In Health Care
In this week's BMJ, the Tavistock Group presents its latest draft of a set of comprehensive ethical principles to guide all those working in health care and to engender a sense of togetherness and co-operation within health care systems
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