Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 15, 1999
Hopkins Researchers Uncover Basics Of Perplexing Pain Syndromes
A team of neuroscientists at Johns Hopkins offers the first concrete evidence of what's behind some of the most incapacitating pain syndromes people can suffer, a move suggesting immediate strategies for treatment.

Majority Of Women Stay On Medicaid For Short Periods
The majority of women on Medicaid, the federal/state government-funded health insurance program for the poor, receive health benefits for short periods of time before they transition to private insurance or become uninsured, according to researchers.

Study Finds Olestra Chips Don't Generate Gastrointestinal Woes
CHAPEL HILL - Anecdotal reports that olestra- based potato and corn chips upset people's stomachs and digestion appear to be unfounded, according to a new scientific study.

Mediterranean Diet Shown To Prevent Second Heart Attacks
Individuals who ate a Mediterranean diet were 50 to 70 percent less likely to suffer a repeat heart attack than those on a

UNC Surgeons Correct "Funnel Chest" With New Surgery
In a medical first for North Carolina, pediatric surgeons at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have corrected a common chest-wall deformity called

Program Developed At UF Enables Computer To "Emote" In Speech
A recent University of Florida computer engineering graduate student has created a program that gives a computerized voice synthesizer the unusual ability to convey human emotional states including anger, sadness and fear.

University Of Pittsburgh Researcher Identifies Serum Sex Hormones As Powerful Predictors Of Breast Cancer
Results of a University of Pittsburgh study published in the February 16 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that in the near future a simple blood test to detect levels of sex hormones could predict which women are at the highest risk of developing breast cancer.

Society Of Actuaries Issues Proceedings From Symposium, 'Managed Care In A Time Of Transition'
Differing views of managed care's successes and needed improvements are explored in a new monograph from the Society of Actuaries.

Low-Protein Diet Postpones Dialysis
A strict low-protein diet for chronic kidney failure patients can delay dialysis treatment for about a year, according to results of a Johns Hopkins study.

Allelix Clones Receptor For Intestinal Growth Factor GLP-2
Scientists from Allelix Biopharmaceuticals will report the cloning of the receptor for Glucagon-like Peptide 2 (GLP-2), which plays a unique role in intestinal growth and nutrient absorption, in the February 16 issue of PNAS.Because the GLP- 2 receptor was found almost exclusively in the small intestine, Allelix belives that its phase one compound, ALX- 0600, is expected to act in a highly specific manner at the target site.
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