Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 05, 1999
Amputation rates are rising in elderly despite advances in treatment
Elderly Americans are at increased risk for having a leg or foot amputated, according to a study by researchers at Northwestern University Medical School and the Institute for Health Services Research and Policy Studies at Northwestern University.

Antiplatelet drugs: comparison of clopidogrel with aspirin
Antiplatelet agents may improve the outlook for heart attack and stroke patients, according to researchers in Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

New anti-angiogenic proteins discovered
A team of scientist working at UCLA and Human Genome Sciences discovered two human proteins that inhibit the formation of new blood vessels and have potential for treating cancer through suppression of tumor growth.

Diamonds made of
In the Aug. 6 issue of the journal Science, University of Massachusetts geoscientist Stephen Haggerty contends that some of the carbon in diamonds comes from outer space.

NYU researcher unveils the scientist in painter Chuck Close
NYU Psychology Professor Dennis Pelli says painter Chuck Close's celebrated block portraits are great science as well as art.

For-profit hospital ownership means higher costs, Dartmouth-VA study finds
Medicare costs are higher in areas served by for-profit hospitals than in those served by non-profit hospitals, according to a national study by researchers at Dartmouth and White River Junction (Vermont) Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Statement on discovery of the gene for narcolepsy in dogs
The significance of the discovery of the gene for narcolepsy in dogs is discussed in a statement from the directors of the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

New approach to crop genetics: find genes first, ask questions later
A new approach to biology -- called genomics -- promises to speed the development of new crops that are able to withstand environmental stresses such as drought, heat and frost.

New imaging method in development to show Alzheimer's progression
A team of chemists at the Harvard Institutes of Medicine is at work on a non-invasive method to show images of plaque deposits in the brains of Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients as the disease progresses.

New laser treatment allows patients to swallow and breath easier
A new laser treatment, offered at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, allows patients with cancerous tumors in their esophagus or lungs who could not breath or swallow to regain these functions almost immediately after recovering from a brief surgery.

Scientific experiments at the August 11 eclipse: The Williams College expedition
When the sun is covered by the moon on August 11, a group of Williams College faculty and students will be in Romania to study the eclipse.

There goes the sun - the Aug. 11, 1999 eclipse
On the verge of solar maximum, the August 11, 1999 solar eclipse promises to dazzle millions in the path of totality.

UI engineers study auto airbags
A team of University of Iowa engineers is studying how conventional airbags work in order to help researchers design safer airbags for new cars and trucks.

UCSF Cancer Center joins elite group of National Cancer Institute-designated centers
The University of California, San Francisco Cancer Center has received designation from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), becoming the only NCI-designated cancer center in Northern California, UCSF officials announced today.

New process making carbon fiber grids competitive for concrete reinforcement
Penn State engineers have developed a new computer- controlled, flexible manufacturing process that promises to make carbon fiber concrete reinforcement grids more competitive with the heavier, corrosion prone, labor- intensive steel rods currently used.
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