Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 14, 1999
Older, disabled women have trouble managing pain
New findings from the NIA's Women's Health & Aging Study indicate that many older disabled women report significant pain in their back, knees, hips, and feet, and have considerable difficulty controlling it, suggesting a need for more effective strategies for managing pain in older people.

Learning with a digital brain
Imagine how much easier learning the intricate structures of the brain would be if only you could carry one around with you to study -- a truly remarkable brain that you could slice,

Edward Teller honored by $1 million endowment from Hertz Foundation
The Fannie and John Hertz Foundation announced Monday that it will make a grant of $1 million to establish an endowed professorship at UC Davis in honor of Edward Teller, an extraordinary 20th-century scientist who has influenced world history for 60 years.

Vigorous exercise helps women quit smoking and stay smoke free
A Brown University study in the current Archives of Internal Medicine indicates that smokers have a much easier time kicking the habit and will gain much less weight when they add vigorous exercise to their smoking cessation program.

AAPS Symposium to present latest developments in Cheminformatics
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) will host the AAPS Symposium on Cheminformatics in Drug Discovery on Sept.

Computer matches CT scans to disease database
Engineers at Purdue University have teamed up with medical experts to develop a computerized system designed to aid in disease diagnosis by matching a patient's CT scans with images in a large database of scans from previous patients.

Preschoolers who sleep less have more behavior problems
Fewer minutes and hours of sleep add up to more problems in the daytime behavior of children aged two to five, according to new research.

Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to present first documentation of man-made chemical contaminants in the amniotic fluid of unborn babies
Scientists from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada will present on Monday, June 14, findings of a study that for the first time has detected and measured contaminants from certain pesticides and industrial chemicals in the amniotic fluid of unborn babies.

7,000 Pharmaceutical scientists to share latest drug developments and discoveries
More than 7,000 pharmaceutical scientists will gather in New Orleans, November 14-18 at the 1999 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition, The Quest for the Magic Bullet: An Outstanding Century.

High blood pressure drug promotes new blood vessel growth in lab animals, providing potential 'angiogenesis' treatment
A drug used to lower high blood pressure can stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in laboratory animals.

Researchers measure hot sparks from metallic glass
Metallic glasses have high hardness, high strength-to-weight ratios, and excellent wear properties.

U.S. industry driving the growth in research & development spending
Research and development (R&D) spending in the United States reached an estimated $220.6 billion in 1998, says a new National Science Foundation (NSF) report.

U-M and Israel launch major international cancer study
Researchers at the University of Michigan and the KHC National Center of Cancer Control in Haifa, Israel, have been awarded a $4.8 million grant to study genetic aspects of colon cancer.

Low birth weight affects 50% of all children in South Asia
A gathering of scientists announced today that nearly 50% of all children in South Asia (India, Bangladesh and Pakistan) are born weighing less than 2.5 Kilograms.
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