Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 15, 1999
Doing Housework: The 'Ideal' Fair Share
Researchers have calculated that employed husbands and wives should each do less than half of the household chores - 45.8 percent each to be precise - to keep their personal distress levels at a minimum.

Common Respiratory Virus Identified As One Cause Of Heart Muscle Damage That Can Lead To Sudden Death
DALLAS, March 16 -- A common respiratory virus can infect the hearts of adults -- young and old -- and cause heart muscle damage that can shorten life and cause sudden death, according to a study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Unlocking Secrets Of The Body's Inner Clock; Researchers Discover Key Control Mechanism For An Area Of The Brain That Regulates Sleep
Researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University have found a key regulation mechanism for a tiny area of the brain that regulates sleep.

Study Shows Hormone Replacement Therapy Does Not Elevate Breast Cancer Risk
A study published in the March 15 issue of Cancer reports that estrogen replacement therapy does not significantly increase the risk of breast cancer in women with histories of benign breast tumors.

UF Researchers Cite Possible Link Between Autism, Schizophrenia And Diet
Findings from two novel animal studies indicate autism and schizophrenia may be linked to an individual's inability to properly break down a protein found in milk.

U.S. Inventors "Patently" Productive - At Home, And Around The World
When it comes to earning patents, United States inventors are among the world's most active and successful - both in the U.S. and abroad.

Cigarette Smoking Key To Future Risky Behaviors, Wake Forest Study Shows
It can be hard for educators, family members and even friends to know when a child begins to make choices that could end his life.

Harbor Branch Scientists Discover Bioluminescent Octopus
The discovery of bioluminescence in a deep-sea octopus has been making big news in the scientific world.

"Plugs" For Drugs Promise Mightier Medicines
Weizmann Institute scientists have developed a new approach that may prolong the action of many drugs, making it possible to administer the medications at much greater intervals.

Mark Your Calendar For Spring Meeting: Boston, June 1-4
Spring Meeting returns to Boston from June 1-4. A wide variety of special sessions will appeal to varied interests in planetary, space, earth, atmospheric, and ocean sciences.

Management Academy To Boost Training For Local, State Public Health Departments
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will receive a $2.8 million grant to launch a management academy for public health professionals in four states that aims to improve how health departments nationwide serve citizens.

Wake Study Shows Insurance Reforms Enable Older, Sicker People To Get Coverage
Laws passed in recent years to help small employers and individuals purchase health insurance have had mixed success, according to a three-year study at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

Health And Wealth: Women Are Different...Or Are They?
The lower the income and education level, the higher the mortality rate, but the

ENBREL Phase III Data Published In Annals Of Internal Medicine
Immunex Corporation and Wyeth-Ayerst Laboratories announce the publication of Phase III data for ENBREL (etanercept) for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

NSF Funds New High-Speed Network Connections
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 16 grants, worth a total of $6.3 million, to allow 19 universities to connect to the advanced high-performance computer networks that will constitute the Internet of the future.

Fastrac Full-engine, Hot-fire Test Successful
NASA has begun full-engine, hot-fire testing of the Fastrac rocket engine.

Abgenix Reports Encouraging Preclinical Results With ABX-EGF In Cancer Research
Abgenix, Inc. reported today in Cancer Research (Volume 59, Issue no.

Spacelab Joined Diverse Scientists And Disciplines On 28 Shuttle Missions
Spacelab, an integral part of science in space from 1982 through 1998, had some remarkable achievements.

Blocking Autoimmunity Naturally
Weizmann Institute scientists have discovered a mechanism that may lead to the development of a selective treatment for autoimmune disorders.

Researchers Uncover 3-D Structure Of Virus Replication Technique
National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Northwestern University Medical School have uncovered the structural basis of an elusive replication technique that allows viruses, especially retroviruses, to commandeer cells to manufacture the proteins they need for their own survival.

NHLBI Clinical Trial Stopped Early: Successful Ventilator Strategy Found For Intensive Care Patients On Life Support
The NHLBI stopped a large clinical trial of mechanical ventilator use for intensive care patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).

CU Research Team Unravels Mystery Of Larceny Among Tropical Ant Species
Blatant thievery among colonies of tiny tropical ants may allow them to prosper in part because the species is more peaceful than the vast majority of its closely related relatives, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder study.

Whitehead Receives $35 Million Grant From National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)
The Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Medical Research will receive approximately $35 million from the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), National Institutes of Health, to participate in the first year of the definitive, full-scale effort to sequence the human genome.

Virtual Reality Finding Role In Psychological Evaluation
A University of Southern California research group has begun applying virtual reality technology -- a high-tech tool more often associated with entertainment than therapy -- to the evaluation of mental health problems.

Heat-Shock Vaccine Stops Bacteria Dead
In a surprising and unusual application of autoimmunity,Weizmann Institute researchers have devised a new approach for developing improved vaccines.

NIA Launches National Study To Treat Mild Cognitive Impairment
A nationwide treatment study is to be launched 3/15/99 targeting individuals with mild cognitive impairment, a condition different from dementia and normal changes in memory.
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