Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 09, 1999
New Drug Shown Effective Against Vancomycin-Resistant Bacteria
Northwestern University Medical School researchers have successfully used a new drug, linezolid, in a patient with a severe bacterial infection that was resistant to all antibiotics, including vancomycin.

National Pilot Study To Test Whether Soy Can Reduce Prostate Cancer Risk
Investigators at Wake Forest University School of Medicine will provide scientific leadership for a national pilot study to test whether soy will reduce the risk of prostate cancer.

Research Into Virtual Environments
A grant of more than $700,000 (Can.) means research can continue at Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, into virtual environments for surgery and remote manipulation.

Duke Expedition Will Visit Dark Underwater Chasm To Study How Ocean Crust Forms
Scientists and students from Duke University will sail Friday toward an area in the Pacific Ocean off Ecuador above a dark, Grand Canyon-sized chasm to learn more about how new oceanic crust forms along Earth's 37,000-mile mid-ocean ridge network, which belts the planet like the seams of a baseball.

Flu Shots Keep Health Workers On The Job
Flu shots, recommended for the elderly and for other adults and children at high-risk for complications, may also have tremendous benefits for health care workers.

Study Suggests Maternal Stress And Stress Hormones May Influence Fetal Brain Development In Utero
University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center researcher Pathik D. Wadhwa, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of behavioral science, UK College of Medicine, and his colleagues, presented a study which suggests maternal stress and stress hormones influence fetal brain development.

Bullying Behavior: Blame It On Bad Genes?
Bullying can be inherited through your genes. Such aggressive antisocial behavior, in fact, is more likely to be genetic than nonaggressive antisocial behaviors like delinquency, truancy, theft -- except among girls.

Finding The 'Smoking Gun' Before It Fires
Scientists discover a new tool for predicting solar explosions, improving space weather predictions that may affect Earth.

Mothers' Soothing: Do Infants Really Care?
Mothers who soothe their infants when they are in distress and pain may believe that's what motherhood is all about, but do the infants really care?

UC Davis Professor Elected To National Academy Of Engineering
Professor Robert Bower, who invented the basic transistor structure used in the vast majority of computer and memory chips -- now the most replicated artificial structure on Earth -- is one of 80 new members of the National Academy of Engineering.

Member Of The "Coasters" Making A Real-Life Comeback After Experiencing An Aneurysm Two Years Ago
Brain Awareness Week: When Billy Richards, of

Impression Of Divorce Can Impact Children's Mental Health
How children perceive the events surrounding their parents' divorce -- such as parental arguing, parental depression, reduced contact with the absent parent, lowered standard of living -- can be as important to their development as the family breakup itself, say researchers who tested 355 recently divorced mothers and their 9-12 year old children.

Astronomer Brings Coherence To Study Of Active Galactic Nuclei
A new book by a Johns Hopkins astronomer seeks to bring coherence to the fragmented body of knowledge on the objects now known as active galactic nuclei.

Study Finds Choline Deficiency Harms Memory Center In Mammals' Brains
CHAPEL HILL - Have you noticed your memory isn't what it used to be?

Heart Valve Abnormalities Examined In Relation To Duration Of Diet Drug Use
In the largest study of its kind, Duke University Medical Center researchers found that the longer a person used a popular duet of diet drugs known as
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