Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 28, 1999
'Cousin' Of Snake Venom Toxin Found In Mice
HHMI researchers have discovered a molecule that resembles a component of snake toxins but has a dramatically different effect on the nervous system.

Cancer Rates In Children Of Nuclear Industry Employees No Higher Than General Population In England And Wales
The incidence of cancer and leukaemia among children of nuclear industry employees is similar to that of the general population in England and Wales, find researchers in a study published in this week's BMJ.

USGS Study Confirms An Urban Air-Pollution Problem At Mount Rainier National Park
According to a recently published U. S. Geological Survey study, air in Washington's Mount Rainier National Park contains higher concentrations of ozone, a major component of air pollution, than nearby urban areas.

Children More Likely To Have Abdominal Pain During Termtime Than School Holidays
Children are much more likely to have abdominal pain during the school term than during the school holiday, say reseachers in this week's BMJ.

Experimental Staph Vaccine Broadly Protective In Animal Studies
NIAID-supported researchers have developed a vaccine that protects mice against multiple strains of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus), an increasingly stubborn microbe and the most common cause of hospital-acquired infections.

A Genetic Marker Of Panic Disorder
New research shows that panic disorder is highly associated to a highly polymorphic marker on the regulatory region of the cholecystokinin (CCK)-B receptor.

UI Study Yields Encouraging Results For New Breast Cancer Treatment
A University of Iowa Health Care treatment using high-dose chemotherapy followed by a bone marrow transplant may be more effective in fighting advanced breast cancer than standard treatment approaches -- despite recent reports of conflicting results from similar strategies tested elsewhere.

The New Online Information Source For World No Tobacco Day
Visit, a new Web site offering information about treatment options to help people quit using tobacco.

New Natural Very Dense Polymorph Of Silica From The Martian Meteorite Shergotty: Implications For The Possible Heterogeneity Of Earth's Lower Mantle
A novel natural, very dense polymorph of silica was discovered in a Martian meteorite by Geoscientists from China, United States, and from the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz,Germany (Science 28 May 1999).

ENBREL (Etanercept) Receives FDA Approval For Treatment Of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis
Therapeutic Breakthrough for Rheumatoid Arthritis Becomes First Biologic Response Modifier Approved to Treat Children and Teen-agers with JRA.

New Technique Induces Growth Across Spinal Cord Injury
Using a totally new approach, researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital have for the first time induced the growth of severed adult mammalian spinal cord fibers across the site of the injury.

Researchers Propose A Revolutionary New Theory About The Way Cells Communicate
Researchers at UC San Francisco are proposing a revolutionary new theory about the way cells communicate at long distance.

Undiscovered Biological Diversity: A Symposium On Bioprospecting
Microbiologists from the Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Portland State University have gathered a panel of experts who will speak on microbial diversity, the search for novel natural products, and the intimate relationship between bioprospecting and natural resource preservation during a symposium on bioprospecting at the 99th Annual ASM General Meeting.

Parents need to integrate Internet into child's everyday life
Parents should strive to integrate the Internet into their children's everyday experiences, according to a new book examining the role of the Internet in child development.

The Reason The French Have Low Levels Of Heart Disease
Low levels of ischaemic heart disease in France is not down to drinking red wine, suggest researchers in this week's BMJ.

New Concepts Proposed To Investigate Drug Reactions
A University of Toronto professor is proposing two new concepts to help better understand the cause of adverse drug reactions to help explain why many of the features of such reactions are only seen in some people.

Ozone Linked To Warmer Weekend Temperatures In Toronto
Higher amounts of ground-level ozone on weekends compared to weekdays are causing warmer weekend weather in Toronto, according to a U of T study. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to