Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 03, 1999
Factor for acquiring skin barrier function identified
Researchers at the University of Chicago have discovered a critical factor necessary for the skin to acquire its barrier function--the ability to keep water in and microbes out.

New coating could lead to safer, more convenient asthma drugs
People who suffer from asthma won't have to breathe into inhalers repeatedly throughout the day -- or worry about harmful side effects of asthma drugs -- if a new coating proves as successful in humans as it has in rats.

One quarter of Bosnian war refugees may be disabled by psychiatric disorders
One in four Bosnian adults who fled the Bosnia-Herzegovina war may be functionally disabled due to psychiatric disorders, according to a study from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma.

Unique research center opens at Purdue
The nation's first turfgrass research facility on the grounds of a golf complex opened at Purdue University on Monday, July 26.

New rices may help address vitamin A and iron deficiency, major causes of death in the developing world
Genetically modified grain able to improve supply of iron and vitamin A in human diet -- lack of these nutrients is a major contributor to maternal and childhood death, disease and blindness in developing countries.

New pain relief treatment for spinal compression fractures related to osteoporosis available at Mayo Clinic
People who have prolonged and debilitating pain associated with compression fractures in their spinal vertebrae may be able to find relief with a procedure now being offered at Mayo Clinic.

Ice-covered antarctic lake may harbor unknown life
Microbes entirely unknown to science may exist in liquid water in Lake Vostok, thousands of meters beneath the Antarctic ice sheet.

Scientists discover second gene for disorder described by Darwin
Scientists have identified a second gene for hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia, a disorder affecting teeth, hair, nails, and sweat glands.
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