Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 22, 1999
For Breast Self-Examination, Once A Month Is Quite Enough
Too much breast self-examination can be counterproductive for women with a family history of breast cancer.

Investigators Identify Suspect In Search For Stress-Sniffles Link
Scientists have identified what may be an important biological link between stress and the common cold.

UI Study Finds Social Support May Increase Longevity Of People With Schizophrenia
The social environment of people with schizophrenia, specifically the quantity of social support they receive, may affect how long they live, according to a University of Iowa study published in the March 22 issue of the journal Psychosomatic Medicine.

Chemists Discover That Aerosol Clusters Play Larger Role In Generation Of Air Pollution
Tiny aerosol particles in the upper atmosphere may act like highly efficient chemical reactors, playing host to incredibly complex reactions that can create carcinogenic by- products even from the combination of fairly benign reagents, according to a paper published today by University at Buffalo chemists.

Wistar Institute To Host 3rd International Conference On Molecular And Clinical Genetics Of Childhood Renal Tumors And The Mitchell Ross Symposium
Philadelphia's Wistar Institute, along with The Alberta Cancer Board, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary Alberta, Canada, and The Departments of Radiation Oncology, Surgery and Pediatrics of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, will host The Third International Conference on Molecular and Clinical Genetics of Childhood Renal Tumors and The Mitchell Ross Symposium on April 8-10, 1999.

MRI Images Using Laser-Polarized Xenon
University of Michigan scientists have put a new spin on an old technology by using xenon to generate the first high- resolution magnetic resonance images of the heart and lung tissue in a living laboratory rat.

PMS Symptoms Emerge When Women 'Discover' the Syndrome
The amount of physical and emotional suffering connected with premenstrual stress syndrome (PMS) may depend on what women think they should experience, says a team of Mexican scientists.

Why Stressed Caregivers Get Ill: It's In Their Blood
Scientists are closing in on identifying why some people who are under chronic stress - such as those caring for someone who has Alzheimer's disease - are particularly vulnerable to ill health while others in the same situation are not: their bodies can't produce enough white blood cells to patrol the body fighting off challenges from outside.

Leftover Instruments Will Pave Way For New Propulsion Test
Well-understood and well-used scientific instruments will help verify a new instrument as they all fly on JAWSAT.

Controlling Problem Snakes: Saipan Benefits From USGS Research
The newly released book Problem Snake Management: The Habu and the Brown Treesnake promises to be instrumental in helping Saipan and other Pacific Islands confront the threat of brown tree snakes, a prolific pest species that has caused health and economic hazards for Guam's residents, as well as devastating native bird, lizard, and bat populations.

Office Stress, Large Family Responsibilities Put Women At Risk
Combining high job stress and large family responsibilities spells significant and persistent increases in blood pressure for white-collar women who hold a university degree, a new Canadian study shows.

After Breast Cancer Surgery, Women Most Fear Death, Pain, And Bills
The concerns that loom largest in the minds of breast cancer patients during the first year after surgery are not loss of attractiveness or sexuality, as is often thought, but fear of death, pain, and overwhelming bills, a new multi-ethnic survey shows.

Basic Research On Cellulose May Result In Better Cigarette Filters
The dissertation research of a Virginia Tech student has demonstrated how to change adsorption in cellulose fibers, helped describe the way molecules assemble, and been instrumental in the study of cotton's structure.

New Chemicals Could Lead To First Bone Growth Pill
New chemicals that, if successful, could become the first osteoporosis treatment to stimulate new bone growth -- rather than merely retard bone loss.

Women's Social Support Worth More Than Men's
Social support from women appears to be more effective than support from men in reducing both men's and women's blood pressure under stress, but the scientists who ran the laboratory experiments that discovered this don't yet know why it is so.

Reversible Process For Forming Supramolecular Polymers Could Be The Basis Of Fibers, Molecular Transport Mechanisms
Virginia Tech chemistry graduate student Nori Yamaguchi and professor Harry W.

Three-In-One Furnace Readied For Possible Space Flight
The Universal Multi-Zone Crystallizator is a precision furnace from Hungary which may finally get a chance to fly due to collaboration between scientists at NASA and Hungarian Universities.

New Online Service Alerts Chemists Instantly To The Latest Journal Research
Anaheim, Calif., March 22 -- The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, today announced the launch of

Debate Brews Over Caffeine Addiction
Most coffee drinkers feel they function better after that morning cup of java, and many researchers agree.

Urban Ecology Study Watches Birds On The Web
One of the world's first studies of urban areas as ecosystems is surveying the birds of Phoenix and now posting the results on the web. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to