Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 18, 1999
Center For Future Health Aims To Bring High-Tech, Low-Cost Health Care To The Home
The University of Rochester has launched a Center for Future Health with the mission of creating new, portable technologies for use by people in their own homes to prevent disease before it strikes.

Anti-Depressant Drug Shows Promise As Weight-Loss Treatment
A drug currently approved to treat depression and help people quit smoking has shown promise as a potential weight-loss tool in a small pilot study, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

Intestine Transplant Results Reported At American Society Of Transplantation Meeting
With a one-year survival rate of 72 percent, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center surgeons say intestinal transplantation is a viable option for patients with intestinal failure.

UCSF Study Shows That An Herbal Therapy Reduces PSA Levels By Half In Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer
In one of the first studies of its kind, researchers at the University of California San Francisco report that an herbal compound significantly reduced prostate specific antigen (PSA) levels, an indicator of cancer cells, in men with advanced prostate cancer.

USGS Finds Palila Population Remaining Stable
A small population of the endangered Hawaiian bird, palila, is holding steady on the western slopes of Mauna Kea volcano.

After 20 Years, FUSE Finally Nears Launch
The expected launch in June of the Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer is more than a science story.

Scientists Catch Another Gamma-Ray Burster In Visible Light
Several southern hemisphere telescopes observe the latest optical counterpart to a gamma-ray burst reported by BATSE and Beppo-Sax.

Feminism brings useful innovations to science
The women's movement of the early 1970s began changes in the culture and content of science that continue today, according to a Penn State researcher.

Evidence Shows Drug-Psychotherapy Combo Effective For Chronic Depression
Preliminary results from the largest study undertaken of medication alone, psychotherapy alone and a combination of the two, to treat chronic depression, show that medication and psychotherapy together works best.

Cholesterol Carriers Better Predictors Than Cholesterol For Second Heart Attack
Two proteins that carry cholesterol in the blood may provide a better way to measure heart attack risk than the usual cholesterol blood test, report researchers in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Star Wars Propulsion Drives Soar Toward Reality
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American Psychiatric Association Plans First Comprehensive Guidelines For HIV/AIDS Treatment
For the first time ever, the American Psychiatric Association (APA) is working to establish treatment guidelines for an illness that is primarily medical, but that has psychiatric complications.

Mayo Clinic Study Finds Costs For Cancer Clinical Trials Comparable To Costs For Standard Treatment
A Mayo Clinic study has found that the costs for clinical trials, the way cancer patients receive the most promising treatments today and which lead to promising new treatments for the future, are comparable to costs for standard treatment.

Pushing The Limits Of Computer Technology
Optical computers will be much faster than today's electronic computers.

First Artificial Muscle Arrays From Carbon Nanotubes
New developed sheets of single-walled nanotubes were shown by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for Solid State Research in Stuttgart/Germany, from the USA, Australia and Italy, to generate higher stresses than natural muscle and higher strains than high-modulus ferroelectrics (Science 21 May 1999).

Abgenix Reports Positive Survival Data From A Phase II Trial Of ABX-CBL In Graft Versus Host Disease
Abgenix reports additional results of a Phase II clinical trial of ABX-CBL in graft versus host disease at ASCO.

Mouse Map Leads Way To Human Disease Exploration
A dramatic finding, featured on the cover of the May 1999 issue of the scientific journal Genome Research, has profound implications for the study of human illnesses and the hunt for effective treatments and cures.
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