Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 06, 1999
Confidence Can Play A Part In The Feel-Good Effects Of Exercise
Studies in the hundreds have proven what many attest from personal experience: Exercise can make a person feel good, reduce stress, enhance a sense of well-being.

Combination Therapy Improves Chances Of Surviving Esophageal Cancer
A combination of radiation and chemotherapy lengthens the life of esophageal cancer patients - and, for some, may add many years of life, according to a new, long-term study reported by a NYU Medical Center researcher and colleagues from many other institutions.

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Clogged Neck Artery May Warn Of Heart Attack As Well As Stroke
Extensive fatty deposits in the carotid arteries, the blood vessels in the neck that supply blood and oxygen to the brain, may be a marker for coronary artery disease, according to a study in this month's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

From Cow Brains To Surgical Scrubs: Selected Students Will Get A Close-Up Look At Neurosurgery At 'Brainworks'
One hundred twenty-three seventh-graders from the L.A. Unified School District will have an opportunity to get

Enzyme Presence Could Be Key Factor In Wolf Health, Study Suggests
Gray wolves roaming wild along Alaska's Yukon River have bigger hearts than their zoo-bound cousins in Minnesota, and some of the wild wolves carry an enzyme previously found only in dogs -- which raises questions about their overall health, researchers say.

Trees, Green Space Foster Social Ties Among Families In Urban Housing
Having grass and trees that are easily visible and readily accessible helps to grow social ties and a sense of community among residents in low-income, inner-city housing, University of Illinois researchers say.

UC Berkeley Conference On Population Growth And The Environment
Which poses a greater threat to the environment: human population growth or mismanagement of natural resources?

Balloon Procedure In The Brain? Longest Follow-Up To Date Shows Good Results
The balloon procedure routinely used to unblock clogged arteries in the heart to prevent heart attacks shows promise for opening narrowed blood vessels in the brain that can lead to stroke, researchers report today in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Purdue Students Win $4,500 For Vegetarian Gelatin Dessert
For those who prefer that their fluorescent foodstuffs be vegetarian, two Purdue University students have invented a new gelatin dessert.

Timing Of Cockpit Members' Communication In Crisis Is Critical
When there's a crisis in the cockpit, why do some flight crews think on their feet and react swiftly, while other crews make potentially fatal mistakes?

Web-Search Tool Shows Results Graphically, Allows For Edits And Saves
In the same way the graphical interface replaced text commands on the personal computer, a graphical Web search tool being developed at the University of Illinois promises to make searches of the Internet more user- and education- friendly.

Biochemical Marker Targets Brain Injury Leading To Movement Problems After Stroke
Researchers have used biochemical markers for the first time to locate the brain injury that is associated with loss of movement in individuals who have had a stroke.

Successful 'Green' Solvent Found For Problematic Chemicals
In the search for less hazardous manufacturing solvents, researchers at the Universities of Notre Dame and Pittsburgh report in the May 6, 1999, issue of Nature a new process to separate problematic chemicals from ionic liquids.

Women's Perspective On Abortion More Complex Than Earlier Thought
A new study finds that women's attitudes toward abortion -- and toward media depictions of abortion -- are far more complex than previously thought.

Trash From Crop-Processing Plant Harvested For Disease-Fighting Agents
Instead of traveling to Brazil's tropical rain forest or diving into the ocean, a team of University of Illinois scientists are looking for disease-fighting compounds closer to home, harvesting potential agents from the trash piles of byproducts at crop-processing plants.
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