Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 03, 1999
Studies Of A Gene For A Rare Form Of Rickets Shed Light On Vitamin D Deficiencies
Two years after they cloned the gene for a vital kidney enzyme, vitamin D-1-alpha hydroxylase, researchers at the University of California San Francisco are beginning to understand how the enzyme works.

USGS Describes Water-Bearing Bedrock Aquifers Near Mirror Lake, Grafton County, NH
Research on how cracks, or fractures, in the earth's bedrock are distributed and the relations between fractures in rock exposed and beneath the surface, rock type, and the capacity of these fractures to bear water was done on bedrock aquifers near Mirror Lake, Grafton County, New Hampshire.

UT Southwestern Study To Test Efficacy Of St. John's Wort For Treatment Of Depression
Twenty-eight-year-old artist Leslie Kenegar has a group of her paintings that she hides in her back closet and describes as

Measles Eradication Plan Approved
The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have announced an $8 million cooperative agreement to eradicate measles from the Americas.

Studying Stealth: Air Force Begins Operation of World's Largest Wide Band Bistatic Imaging & Radar Cross Section Test Facility
The U.S. Air Force will soon begin operation of an upgraded test facility believed to be the only one of its kind in the world able to conduct wide bandwidth bistatic imaging and radar cross section measurements of full-sized aircraft.

Older Women's Health Focus Of Bay Area Summit
Over seventy-five participants representing media, researchers, policy makers, health care providers and advocates will come together to create a dialogue on older women's health issues at the Older Women's Health and Wellness Summit in San Francisco on May 6 and 7.

State-Of-The-Art Tools Used To Identify Water-Bearing Bedrock Aquifers In Rye And Seabrook, NH
State-of-the-art tools, such as radar and video cameras and other techniques, were used to describe fractured bedrock aquifers and determine the direction of water flowing in rocks underlying Seabrook and Rye, New Hampshire.

New Tornado Detection Technology Being Tested
Testing has begun on the next generation of tornado forecasting technology that could increase warning time by as much as 50 percent in north Georgia.

1930s Fascism Spawned Public Health Initiatives
Anti-tobacco campaigns, whole grain breads, breast self examination and control of carcinogens in the workplace are normal approaches to preventing or controlling cancer today, but, according to a Penn State historian of science, in the 1930s and 1940s, it was actually Nazi Germany that pioneered many such practices.

UCSF Study Finds Latina Women Have Greater Risk Of Premature Birth With Short Interpregnancy Interval
The chance of having a premature baby is linked to the length of time between pregnancies in Latina women, according to a new study.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Specialist Addresses Neonatal Issues At Annual Meeting Of The Pediatric Academic Societies
Two studies, one related to tidal volume measurements in neonates, and the other to neonatal hypoglycemia, are being published and made available at the Annual Meeting of the Pediatric Academic Societies in San Francisco this week.

UK Researchers Receive $1.14 Million NIH Grant To Study A Molecule That May Have A Role In Diseases Involving Oxidative Cell Death
Researchers at the University of Kentucky recently received a four-year grant of $1,142,326 from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, to examine the role cyclic ADP-ribose plays in signaling pathways leading to cell death.

President Clinton Names Outstanding Mathematics And Science Teachers
President Clinton has named 208 teachers to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), the nation's highest honor for mathematics and science teaching in elementary and secondary schools.

New Clinical Data Indicates LEUKINE Maintains Viral Suppression And Extends Duration Of Antiretroviral Therapy Utility In People With AIDS
Immunex Corporation announced today that LEUKINE (sargramostim; GM-CSF)maintained viral suppression and extended the duration of antiretroviral therapy utility in patients with AIDS whose viral loads were less than 30,000 copies/mL at study entry.

UCSF Scientists Report On A Transcription Factor That Could Stimulate Heart Cells To Repair Damage Caused By Heart Attacks Or Birth Defects
Scientists at UCSF have discovered a transcription factor that regulates part of the cycle that makes new copies of the human cells.

NASA Uses EAI Software In Groundbreaking Medical Application
Engineering Animation, Inc. announced that its World2World software will play an integral role in a new telemedicine application developed by NASA researchers today.

Suppression Of Natural Fires Harms Squirrels
Cornell University biologists who study dwindling populations of a rare ground squirrel in Idaho have found another reason to let

Public Service Awards Go To Stephen Jay Gould And PBS' Bill Nye, 'The Science Guy'
The National Science Board (NSB) has named noted paleontologist, author and science popularizer Stephen Jay Gould along with the producers of the Public Broadcasting System's (PBS) Bill Nye the Science Guy, to receive the NSB's second annual Public Service Award.
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