Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 15, 1999
Findings suggest new oxygen-sensing application for material
Purdue University research into computer-related technology has yielded unexpected results that could lead to better oxygen sensors for car exhaust systems and medical devices.

Experimental testosterone patch shows promise for treating diminished sexual function in surgically menopausal women
According to a soon-to-be-released study, an experimental testosterone patch offers new hope for women who suffer from diminished sexual function as a result of surgical menopause (removal of the ovaries and uterus).

CU students, faculty to control NASA El Nino watching satellite
Four Colorado institutions including the University of Colorado at Boulder have teamed up on the construction, launch and control of a NASA satellite designed to observe Earth's oceans and act as an

High stress hormone levels impair memory
If it's been a really tough week at work and you can't remember where you put your car keys, it may be that high levels of the stress hormone cortisol are interfering with your memory.

Depression may shrink key brain structure
A key brain region is significantly smaller in people who have suffered from clinical depression.

PSA testing alone cannot fully explain drop in deaths from prostate cancer
The PSA cancer-screening test alone probably cannot explain the recent decline in deaths from prostate cancer, according to investigators at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the National Cancer Institute.

Light in liquids can be regulated electrically
Chemists from Utrecht University and Philips Research have been able to regulate the flow of light through a liquid electrically.

New study finds link between decline in the city's TB rates and intensified control programs
The rates of tuberculosis cases overall and of cases due to recently acquired tuberculosis infection in San Francisco have declined significantly in recent years, due to the effects of more intensive control measures.

Cardiac surgery patients at higher risk
Patients undergoing cardiac surgery are twice as likely to experience certain complications when their pre-surgical potassium levels are low.

NIAID launches major step in trial of experimental shingles vaccine
On June 17, researchers at NIAID will launch an important next step in a study of an experimental vaccine to prevent shingles (also known as herpes zoster, or just

Latest status on Chandra X-ray Observatory now online
The latest status on NASA's newest space telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory, along with comprehensive background information, is now available to news media on the Internet at: http://www.msfc.nasa.gov.NEWSROOM/chandra/chandra.html.

Birthmarks best treated with red laser light
Gorbachev was probably not greatly troubled by his

UI researchers begin to unravel the underlying mechanism of migraines
Anybody who has ever battled through migraines knows just how agonizing they can be; however, nobody has figured out why the painful headaches persist as long as they do.

Risk factors for women remain high one year after heart surgery
A Johns Hopkins study of women who had coronary bypass surgery found that a year later, a majority of them continued to have the same significant risk factors that brought them to the operating room in the first place.

Jefferson researchers find access to new methods of HIV prevention for pregnant women and newborns may depend on where they were receiving care
How well are medical advances translated into community practice? Jefferson Medical College researchers have found that in the case of HIV-infected pregnant women and newborns, access to new methods of HIV prevention may depend on where they were already getting care.

New insight on the Plains' biggest rains
Until now scientists have found it hard to predict which summer days would produce giant, flood-prone storm systems in the nation's midsection.

NIH study to evaluate role of MRI in emergency diagnosis of heart attack & stroke
The National Institutes of Health and Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, MD announced the start of a unique study to evaluate whether advanced magnetic resonance imaging technology will improve the emergency diagnosis of heart attack and stroke, ultimately saving patients' lives.

Halbouty Symposium: Geoscience leaders look to the new millennium
U.S. Geological Survey Director Charles G. Groat will join a roster of leading earth scientists from industry and academia in looking to the future at the symposium

Soaking in atmospheric electricity
Although lightning is the visible, dramatic event of atmospheric electricity, currents flow all around us every day.

IMO becoming recognised as universal lawmaker
Lawyers at Utrecht University have shown that many states now apply International Maritime Organisation (IMO) rules to ships within their economic zones, even if these are flying the flag of a state which is not formally bound to these rules.

Environmental Health Institute report concludes evidence is 'weak' that electric and magnetic fields cause cancer
After six years of accelerated, Congressionally mandated research, the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences today announced it has concluded that the evidence for a risk of cancer and other human disease from the electric and magnetic fields (EMF) around power lines is
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