Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 13, 1999
University Of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Team Is The First To Uncover Role Of Faulty DNA Repair In Breast Cancer
University of Pittsburgh researchers report the first evidence that early stage breast cancers fail to repair DNA through normal nucleotide excision repair.

New Study Finds Blacks Face 38 Percent Higher Stroke Risk
After eliminating the influence of smoking, high blood pressure, diabetes, education levels and existing heart disease, black Americans still face a 38 percent higher risk of stroke than U.S. whites do, a large new study indicates.

Vaccine Against Melanoma Proves Successful For Patients With Disease Spread To Two Lymph Node Areas
A custom-made vaccine, created by researchers at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia from a patient's own cancer tumor cells, appears effective in prolonging the survival of patients with malignant melanoma, the deadliest form of the skin cancer, spread to two lymph node areas.

Jefferson Scientists Find Further Proof Of Damage To The FHIT Gene In Breast Cancers
Scientists at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, the University Hospital of Iceland in Reykjavik, and the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda have found further evidence linking damage to the tumor suppressor gene FHIT to the development of breast cancer, particularly in women who carry a BRCA2 mutation.

Seabed Silt In Indian Ocean Consists Of Remains Of Summer Plankton
Almost 90% of the silt on the floor of the Indian Ocean consists of the remains of blooming plankton during the summer monsoon.

Chessboard Pattern Mirrors Eye Defects
Researchers at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam developed a new method of analysing corneal defects.

Writing Your Feelings: Good Medicine For Chronic Conditions
The simple act of writing down thoughts and feelings about stressful events can help improve the health of persons with chronic conditions, scientists have shown.

Invading Pests Harm People, Plants And Animals
In the March-April issue of California Agriculture, scientists from the U.S.

Natural Disaster Researchers Meet In Idaho For Second Annual Conference
Wind and earthquake researchers from across the U.S. gathered at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory in late March to discuss natural disaster hazards mitigation.

Stress And Surgery May Increase Development Of Cancerous Tumors
Stress and surgery may increase the growth of cancerous tumors by suppressing natural killer cell activity, says a Johns Hopkins nurse researcher.

Researchers Convene To Discuss New Findings Linking DNA Repeats To Human Disease
Leading researchers in the genetics of human disease will share cutting edge findings on the link between unstable microsatellites - DNA repeats - and Fragile X syndrome, Huntington's disease, Friedreich's ataxia, Kennedy's disease, Spinocerebellar ataxias, and muscular dystrophy.

Sex And Survival: In Some Matters Of The Heart Women Have The Edge
Women with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) live twice as long as their male counterparts, according to a study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Now Offers Microwave Thermotherapy For Treatment Of Prostate Disease
A new, non-surgical treatment option that utilizes microwave thermotherapy is now available at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to treat benign prostatic hyperplasia -- the common, non- cancerous condition of an enlarged prostate gland.

Neutrons Provide Clues To High Temperature Superconductivity
An international group of researchers led by the Max Planck Institute of Solid State Research in Stuttgart (Germany) and Princeton University (USA) reports neutron scattering experiments providing incisive new information about the behavior of electron spins that will be crucial for models of high temperature superconductivity (Nature, April 15, 1999).

Researcher Awarded Patent For System To Fight Multiple Diseases
After waiting for nearly 18 years, Roy Curtiss III, biologist at Washington University in St.
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