Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 20, 1999
Researchers At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Develop Method To Detect A Deadly Complication Of Pediatric Transplantation
A potentially catastrophic complication of transplantation that affects 10 to 15 percent of children who receive livers or other donated organs can now be detected and treated early.

Climate Change And Biodiversity Conference
On April 30 and May 1, the American Museum of Natural History will convene conservation leaders, government policy-makers, and climate experts to discuss the dynamic history of Earth's climate, and describe how efforts to protect biodiversity, both locally and world-wide, must adapt to uncertain future conditions.

Advertising May Influence Physicians' Choice Of Blood Pressure Drugs
The increase in the use of calcium channel blockers and ACE inhibitors for the treatment of hypertension -- a 10-year trend that is not supported by research studies or national treatment guidelines -- has been paralleled by a marked increase in advertising such drugs to physicians, says a research group from the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

Researchers Beat Small Ceramic Fibre Health Problem To Spin Solutions For Furnaces, Aerospace And Shields For Mobile Phones
Researchers at the Warwick Process Technology Group have devised a manufacturing technique for spun-fibre based ceramics that allows manufacturers to produce high tech ceramic fibres without the creation of very small diameter fibres that can be a health risk.

Scientists Chart Nicotine Craving's Impact On Mental Skills
Smokers trying to quit have long known that going without cigarettes hampers their ability to concentrate, but now scientists are charting how this works.

PVC 99
More than 600 delegates from the PVC industry are meeting at the international PVC 99 conference in Brighton, UK this week.

NIAID Renews Funding For Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study
The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) has awarded five-year grants to continue the work of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS), the largest continually followed group of HIV-infected or at-risk individuals in the world.

Artery Temperatures Identify Hot Spots On Plaque That May Rupture And Trigger Heart Attack
Thermography, which measures the temperature of the blood vessels, may hold potential as a new tool to identify individuals at risk for an impending heart attack, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Sudden Cardiac Death May Run In Families
Researchers have shown, for the first time, that sudden cardiac death in men runs in families, according to a study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Carnegie Mellon, Pitt Team Show That Adult Brains Compensate For Damage To Language Systems After Stroke Occurs
Carnegie Mellon and University of Pittsburgh scientists found spontaneous reorganization of cognitive function immediately following brain damage caused by stroke.

Continuing Research On Knee Surgery For Horses At Colorado State University Holds Promise Of Helping Humans With Osteoarthritis
Continuing research at Colorado State University is aimed at helping horses with osteoarthritis.

Purdue Study: Calcium May Curb Weight Gain In Young Women
Purdue University researchers have come up with yet another reason to

Oregon's Terminally Ill Patients More Likely to Have End-Of-Life Choices Respected, Study Finds
Oregon has one of the lowest in-hospital death rates in the U.S.

To Drive Or Not To Drive? New Criteria For Those With Epilepsy
Having a seizure while driving is one worry that nags people with epilepsy, and to date, no good research exists that lets them predict their risk of an accident.
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