Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 17, 1999
National award recognizes local researcher Andrew Hamilton
Andrew Hamilton of Guilford, Conn., will be honored August 24 by the world's largest scientific society for designing molecules that recognize and bind to other molecules-- in some cases, turning off cancer growth.

Immune molecule found to kill indirectly by closing receptor to live-saving help
Instead of killing damaged cells directly as once believed, an immune molecule works behind the scenes, shutting down receptors within neurons that normally welcome a separate life-saving protein with open arms, a team of scientists say.

AAAS seeks public comment on stem cell research recommendation meeting on August 25th
AAAS and the Institute for Civil Society will hold a public meeting on stem cells on August 25th, 1999.

Study suggests potential new approach to glaucoma therapy
Investigators at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis believe they have identified the basis for a new way to treat glaucoma, the second-leading cause of irreversible vision loss in the United States.

13 lifelines successfully used in unique umbilical cord blood transplant into ailing adult
CorCell, one of the nation's foremost umbilical cord blood banking facilities, located in Philadelphia, has successfully completed one of the first transplants of 13 separately donated umbilical cord blood collections into one 350 lb. adult patient suffering from Acute Myelogenous Leukemia.

New study finds graduating nurses ill-prepared to care for the elderly
A recent study conducted by the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing found that the majority of nurses working in hospitals and nursing homes across the country have never been adequately trained to care for their elderly patients.

Microbial janitors tackle nuclear clean-up problems
Microbial janitors are helping their human counterparts with nuclear clean-up.

UI study identifies mechanism that causes cardiomyopathy, exacerbates muscular dystrophy
Results from a University of Iowa health Care study may help researchers to better understand and find ways to treat heart problems related to a certain type of muscular dystrophy.

Pinpoint targeting promises improved success in gene therapy for blood and other disorders
Research on a rare inherited blood disorder known as Glanzmann's disease shows for the first time that it's possible to target specific types of cells during gene therapy and avoid the less effective -- and possibly more dangerous --

Women find physician guidelines on estrogen replacement therapy are lacking
According to a study in the August 17 Annals of Internal Medicine, physician guidelines are inadequate in helping physicians counsel women about whether to take postmenopausal estrogen replacement therapy.

Images of enzyme suggest way to improve DNA sequencing
Like a temperamental copy machine, the most commonly used enzyme in DNA sequencing has a few annoying quirks.
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