Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 19, 1999
Invasive fishes pose increasing threat to U.S. waters and native fishes, says USGS
Skyrocketing numbers of invasive non-native fishes in the nation's waters are increasingly threatening aquatic systems, according to three USGS biologists writing in a book recently published by the American Fisheries Society.

Testosterone Is Mixed Blessing To Men's Health
Higher levels of testosterone can have significant health benefits for some middle-aged men, according to a Penn State study.

National Laboratory, National Parks And Forests Leaders Seek To Share Resources
Under the umbrella of the Greater Yellowstone Coordinating Committee, representatives from eight regional forests and national parks, and leaders from local communities, got acquainted with the U.S.

Undergrads' Device To Help Army Simulate Combat Conditions
Three undergraduate engineers at Johns Hopkins have invented a device for the Army to test the combat-durability of critical electronic and mechanical parts.

Treating Depression Makes A Healthier Heart
Antidepressants not only treat depression, but can also help prevent heart disease, say scientists in Atlanta, Georgia.

Future Of Medical Research Funding To Be Focus Of Congressional Briefing
A new report outlining alternative funding sources for medical research will be released at a congressional briefing on May 25.

What's Making A Weird Glow At The Centre Of A Twister?
Researchers have been starting fires inside tornadoes in a lab in New Zealand.

Star Wars Technology, Coming Soon To A Planet Near You
Although technology you see in a Star Wars movie may seem like futuristic fantasy, check out some research NASA is doing today to turn some of that fantasy into fact.

Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, Oregon receives $6.5 million to fund studies on health of adolescents and firefighters
The first study titled Promoting Healthy Lifestyles:Alternate Models' Effect (PHLAME) is a four-year program with a $1.8 million grant that will study two methods of improving the exercise and diets of firefighters.

Anal Cancer Screening For HIV-Positive Gay And Bisexual Men Would Save Lives And Be Cost Effective, New Study Shows
Just as use of Pap smears has led to a dramatic drop in cervical cancer, so screening for anal cancer among HIV- positive gay and bisexual men would save many lives at a reasonable cost, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

Engineered Corn Can Kill Monarch Butterflies
An increasingly popular commercial corn, genetically engineered to produce a bacterial toxin to protect against corn pests, has an unwanted side effect: Its pollen kills monarch butterfly larvae in laboratory tests, according to a report by Cornell University researchers.

Walker named a Fellow of the British Royal Society
Alan Walker, distinguished professor of anthropology and biology at Penn State, has been named a Fellow of the British Royal Society.

DDW Studies Present Evidence That Thalomid (Thalidomide) Is Active In Treating Crohn's Disease
Researchers investigating the use of THALOMID® (thalidomide) to treat Crohn's disease today announced preliminary findings from a pilot study at the annual Digestive Disease Week® meeting in Orlando, FL.

'Smart Concrete' Would Determine Weight Of Trucks As They Travel On A Highway
Truck-weighing stations on highways could become a thing of the past as a result of a new application for

UV Rays, Fire And Flame Retardants To Be Reviewed For Possible Listing As Carcinogens, NTP Announces
UVA, UVB and UVC, the three wavelength groups of ultraviolet light found in sunlight and in varying amounts in artificial light from such devices as sun lamps and sun beds, will be reviewed for possible listing in the federal government's Tenth Annual Report on Carcinogens.

New Procedure Makes A Successful Transplant Possible
Six critically ill people on kidney dialysis have been able to receive a kidney transplant and a new chance at life thanks to a procedure at the University of Maryland Medical Center that cleansed their blood of harmful rejection antibodies.

Natural Hazards Response Requires New Approach, Study Says
The cost of natural hazards in the United States has averaged as much as $1 billion per week since 1989 and is expected to keep rising.

New Findings On Dopamine Receptor Biology: Implications For Mental Illness
New research shows that dopamine's interaction with the D-4 receptor can cause local increases in the fluidity of nerve membranes, which can influence synapse activity critical for normal cognition and attention.

American Heart Association Comment: Nonsurgical Reconstruction Of Thoracic Aortic Dissection By Stent-Graft Placement
Two papers published in the May 19 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggest that a nonsurgical technique is safe and effective for treating people with aortic dissection, a condition that begins with a tear injury that progressively expands through the aorta, the large artery carrying blood from the heart to the rest of the body.

Dietary Supplements Could Put A Stop To A Royal Curse
The rare incurable disorder that made King George III suffer bouts of insanity may soon be treatable, according to American researchers.
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