Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 30, 1999
Researchers Uncover Clues About Gateway To The Brain
Scientists have uncovered evidence about the workings of one of the gateways into the brain.

News About Osteoporosis: Fruits And Vegetables Prevent Bone Decay
While we hear a great deal about the importance of milk and other calcium-containing foods for bone health, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shows that fruits and vegetables are also important in the prevention of osteoporosis!

Marijuana Not A Factor In Driving Accidents
The safety hazards of smoking marijuana and driving are overrated, says University of Toronto researcher Alison Smiley.

New Gene May Play Important Role In Regulating HDL, The 'Good' Cholesterol
Scientists have identified a new human gene that may figure prominently in the regulation of cholesterol levels in the body.

Penn Researchers Develop Gene Therapy Technique That Reverses Muscle Membrane Weakness In Muscular Dystrophy Variant
Previous gene therapy approaches to treat muscular dystrophy have been hampered by an inability to place therapeutic genetic material into muscle cells.

Quarterly News Tipsheet -- Research Highlights From Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
Research highlights from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

Genetic Research Boosts Understanding Of Iron's Path Through Body, Diseases Of Iron Metabolism
A team of Harvard Medical School and Howard Hughes Medical Institute researchers have found that the transferrin cycle has a more limited role in iron transport than previously believed.

Antibiotics Reduce Inflammation In Heart Disease But Effect On Heart Attacks Remains Unproven
Antibiotic treatment can reduce the

Analyze This: New Book Examines Shrinks On Screen
The familiar Hollywood theme of psychiatrists and psychiatric treatment takes a turn

Sandia's Tiny Acoustic Wave Sensors Will Detect Minute Traces Of Dangerous Chemicals
Minute acoustic wave chemical sensors being developed at the U.S.

UI Laboratory Develops Procedure To Study DNA Replication
A University of Iowa research team has developed a way to isolate replicating deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) molecules that scientists then can use to examine the replication process under controlled conditions.

ORNL Discovery May Lead To New Thinking, Materials
Oil and water do mix after all, some chemists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have discovered, and their finding may lead to new advanced materials and have other ramifications.

Alcoholics' Children: Living With A Stacked Biochemical Deck
Children of alcoholics have an altered brain chemistry that appears to make them more likely to become alcoholics themselves, according to a recent study by Johns Hopkins scientists.

Researchers: 'Exciting' Discovery Might Improve Cancer Treatment
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have discovered they can shrink -- and in many cases eliminate - human tumors grown in laboratory animals by inhibiting a natural mechanism that prevents tumor cells from dying.

Conservation Strictly By Numbers Can Be Risky
Conservation biologists agree that small populations are at risk. Many people would like to take this farther and be able to say exactly how small a population can be before it is too small.

Solution To Bison-Cattle Conflict In Yellowstone
Montana shoots bison that migrate in from Yellowstone National Park because they carry brucellosis, which can cause abortion in livestock.

Can We Prevent Hearing Loss In Elderly Women?
Research shows that age-related hearing loss may be related to nutritional status.

Studies At Cedars-Sinai Confirm Identity Of An Elusive 'Receptor' In Human Cells -- A Breakthrough In Understanding, Fighting Septic Shock
In a study headed by researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, scientists have for the first time identified in actual human cells a

UV Radiation Induces Vitamin A Deficiency In Skin
U-M scientists report in Nature Medicine that UV irradiation blocks the ability of skin cells to recognize and respond to retinoic acid.

Radio Signals Help Scientists Trace Lightning-Associated 'Sprites'
For the first time, engineers and scientists have a reliable estimate of the number of

Sustainable Harvest Of Caiman Falls Short Of Potential
Sustainable harvest is touted as a way for wildlife to pay for its own conservation.

Parents Should Be Part Of The Fun, Not The Biggest Problem In Youth Sports, Say Sport Psychologists
It happens every spring.Tens of millions of American children turn out for organized youth sports.Tagging along behind them are their parents, many of whom don't understand their roles and responsibilities.

Animals' Behavior Can Hasten Their Extinction
These days a species' behavior may not be in its best interests because what works in undisturbed habitats may no longer apply in those altered by people.

Researchers Develop First Way To Immunize Against A Deadly Bacterium
Laboratory researchers have developed a new way to cripple a virulent class of microbes that have become increasingly resistant to antibiotics and continue to kill hundreds of thousands of hospital patients every year.

Study Shows That Pediatricians Play Crucial Role In Violence Prevention
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center say physicians and other health care providers play valuable roles in violence prevention in their communities. 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