Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 25, 1999
Randomized Contolled Study Shows Neostigmine Is An Effective Treatment For Acute Colonic Pseudo-Obstruction
Researchers at the University of Washington School of Medicine have performed the first randomized controlled clinical trial showing that a painful and even life- threatening bowel condition called acute colonic pseudo- obstruction can be effectively treated with intravenous neostigmine.

Women With Low Cholesterol May Be At Risk For Depression And Anxiety
Doctors have long warned Americans about the health hazards of high cholesterol, but a growing body of evidence indicates that very low cholesterol can be dangerous too, according to a researcher at Duke University Medical Center.

Food Toxins, Molds, And Pesticide Residues To Be Reviewed At IFT Meeting
Pesticides, toxins, and molds... oh, my! These substances sound scary in relation to food; however, regulators, manufacturers, and scientists work hard to keep unwanted mold species, toxins, and pesticide residues out of the food supply.

IFT '99: Prophetic Window To The World Of Food
Peer into the crystal ball of food science and technology at the Institute of Food Technologists' 1999 Annual Meeting & FOOD EXPO® July 24-28 in Chicago, Ill.

Alternative Food Processing Methods May Become Mainstream
Is it possible to inactivate foodborne pathogens with high pressure and ultraviolet light?

Researchers Discover Fast Efficient, Controllable Way To Study Molecular Interactions
A molecule that is extremely sensitive to light has proved a highly efficient way of initiating bonding of two proteins.

Is handwriting truly individual? UB computer scientists are finding out
Ransom notes, like the one left behind in the JonBenet Ramsey murder case, and other handwritten documents that provide clues to criminal cases may soon be easier to analyze, thanks to research being conducted by University at Buffalo computer scientists.

New Age Of Nutrition To Provide Food For Thought
Will a tomato a day keep cancer at bay? What are the latest scientific findings on plant substances in the news?

Top Experts To Address Top Food Safety Concerns At IFT Meeting
Listeria monocytogenes. Escherichia coli O157:H7. Antibiotic- resistant pathogens. Mad cow disease.

Future Directions In Global Change Research
A workshop for journalists on new findings in global change research and the next generation of NASA earth-observing satellites will be held June 24-25 in Washington, D.C.

Invitation To Cover: American Society Of Gene Therapy Meeting
The latest developments in gene therapies, including those for AIDS, cardiovascular disease, and cancer, will be presented at the American Society of Gene Therapy 2nd Annual Meeting in Washington, DC from June 9 - 13.

Dark Energy Fills The Cosmos
In an article in the journal Science, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Princeton University scientists report that a wide range of evidence

Melatonin: More Than You Bargain For?
People who take the popular supplement melatonin hoping for antioxidant or sleep benefits may be getting more than they bargain for, according to Louisiana State University chemists.

Nutritional Needs Of The Future To Be Addressed At IFT Meeting
Upper nutrient limits to prevent chronic disease, dietary needs of the rapidly aging population, usefulness of low-fat foods in the American diet, and ways food fortification can combat global vitamin A deficiency will be key nutrition topics at IFT's 1999 Annual Meeting.

American Heart Association Media Advisory: Cholesterol Lowering Margarines
Recently, cholesterol-lowering margarines have started to appear in grocery stores throughout America.

UCSF Research Team Looking For Volunteers For Nationwide Study On Family Traits And Alcoholism
Researchers from the University of California San Francisco are looking for volunteers across the U.S. to participate in a new study on family traits associated with alcoholism.

UCSF-Led Team Offers New Insight Into Neurological Basis Of Dyslexia
Researchers are reporting direct neurological evidence that the region of the brain that processes brief, rapidly successive sounds is functionally abnormal in adults with the reading disability known as dyslexia.

Concern Unfounded About Damage From Vitamin C
An extensive review of research on potentially harmful effects of vitamin C supplementation has largely put to rest concerns that it may have damaging

With Motivation And Training, Some Professionals Can Catch A Liar
Sherlock Holmes and Secret Service agents are not the only people who can catch a liar, according to researchers at the University of California San Francisco.

Researchers Find Protein Abnormality Associated With Alzheimer's Disease
The protein agrin could play a distinctive role both in the early and later stages of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study in the current Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

New Gene Holds Promise For Controlling Crohn's And Other Inflammatory Diseases
A new gene involved in common inflammatory diseases, like rheumatoid arthritis and Crohn's disease, was recently discovered by scientists at Boston University's School of Dental Medicine.
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