Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 16, 1999
500 Bay Area Women And Teens Will Attend UCSF Conference On Women's And Teen Health, Saturday March 20
More than 500 Bay Area women and teen girls are expected to attend UCSF's sixth annual Women and Teen Health 2000 symposia, called

Still A Risky Combination: Smoking And Oral Contraceptives
Today's oral contraceptives have lower doses of hormones than those of the past, but when combined with smoking, they may still pose a significant risk of heart disease, according to research that measured the combination's effects on stress- related changes in blood levels of cholesterol, triglycerides, and fibrinogen, a protein essential to blood coagulation that is implicated in atherosclerosis.

University Of Pittsburgh Involved In First Successful Example Of Gene Therapy For Pain Control
Using a patented gene vector developed by the University of Pittsburgh, a University of South Carolina-led team is the first to show that gene therapy blocks certain pain responses in animals.

Powerful Anti-AIDS Agent Found In Tears And In Urine Of Pregnant Women
NYU School of Medicine and NIH researchers have identified an ordinary protein present in tears and saliva as the long- sought mystery substance in the urine of pregnant women that is a powerful anti-HIV agent.

Interactive Web Site Maps Geology Worldwide
A new Cornell University web site provides easy access to massive databases of geological data.

Socioeconomic Status Linked To Enlarged Hearts, Heart Disease Risk
Children of lower socioeconomic status show greater cardiovascular responses to stress, which in turn is associated with enlargement of the left ventricle of their heart, researchers report.

Novel Biological Interaction Found To Explain Blood Vessel Growth To Tumors
Duke University Medical Center researchers believe they have answered one of cancer's central enigmas: why some blood vessels are able to grow to, and feed, tumors, while other vessels are not.

Scientists Discover Molecular Trigger Of Mucus Production, Suggesting First Treatment For Deadly Bronchitis, Other Diseases
Scientists have discovered the deadly trigger that can initiate uncontrolled mucus production, a malady that kills millions of people a year by blocking their airways.

Canada's Most Powerful Supercomputer Now At Sick Kids
The Hospital for Sick Children today unveiled a state-of-the- art supercomputer that will allow scientists to dramatically accelerate research into disease.

Current Educational Reforms To Solve Out-Of-Field Teacher Problems In Public Schools Won't Work, New Study Asserts
ATHENS, Ga. - National educational reforms designed to ensure that elementary and secondary school classrooms are staffed with qualified teachers will not work, according to a new study by a researcher at the University of Georgia.

Information Security Under Scrutiny By Researchers
While the security of the average consumer's online transactions grabs the public's attention, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are studying electronic commerce with more far-reaching consequences.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Prenatal Program Pushes the Frontiers of Diagnosis From the Second Trimester Into the First
With three-dimensional ultrasound, genetic testing procedures that can now be done in the first trimester of pregnancy, and a medical staff that is nationally recognized for its size and leadership in research, the prenatal diagnostics program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center gives women access to the very latest techniques at the very earliest opportunity.

Astrophysicist Rocky Kolb To Discuss First Second In Life Of Universe At NYU
Noted University of Chicago astrophysicist Rocky Kolb is coming to New York University on March 29th to describe what happened and why on the first second in the life of the universe.

Planets In A Bottle
NASA's Life on the Edge program is barely a month old but it's already producing results in grade school classrooms.

Munich Laser Emits A Beam Of Matter Waves
German scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching and the University of Munich have developed a laser that emits a continuous heam of matter waves instead of light.

"Self Organizing Maps" Help Analyze Thousands Of Genes
Using a sophisticated computer algorithm, scientists at the Whitehead Institute have designed a new technique to analyze the massive amounts of data generated by DNA chips.
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