Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 26, 1999
12-year-old Oregon girl is first child to receive new bone growth material in her skull
Physicians at Oregon Health Sciences University's Doernbecher Children's Hospital have applied bone morphogenic protein to huge holes in 12-yr-old Emily Lang's skull.

Drug companies responded poorly to requests for information from doctors in Pakistan
Many doctors in the developing world do not receive adequate or appropriate responses when they request product information from drug companies, claim doctors from Pakistan in this week's BMJ.

New MIT probe gathers data for better polymers
In work that could lead to superior varieties of nylon and other commercially important polymers, MIT engineers have developed the first probe that can detect the motion of molecules in these materials as they are being stretched.

Environment in Eastern Europe benefits from Swedish funding
The Swedish EPA is intensifying its environmental co- operation with Eastern Europe.

One of first bone marrow transplants for juvenile rheumatoid arthritis in the United States is approved for Oregon girl
Oregon Health Sciences University's Doernbecher Children's Hospital and Kaiser Permanente have given approval for an autologous bone marrow transplant to be performed on a nine- year-old girl in hopes of curing her severely debilitating case of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis.

Emergency angioplasty or bypass surgery saves lives of heart attack patients with cardiogenic shock
Heart attack patients with a life-threatening complication called cardiogenic shock experience an improvement in survival at 6 months when treated with balloon angioplasty or coronary bypass surgery compared to patients who receive intensive medical care to stabilize their condition, according to a study funded by the NHLBI.

Studying the mysteries
When the Chandra X-ray Observatory took its

Chandra X-ray observatory: Engineering marvel of the large, small and sophisticated
Chandra, a member of NASA's family of Great Observatories, is a remarkable technological achievement, a claim supported by today's release of the telescope's spectacular first celestial images.

National Atlas gains partner to shoulder development
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and the Chicago Map Corporation (CMC)have formed a partnership to further the development of the National Atlas of the United StatesTM. The electronically based Atlas not only provides a complete range of traditional maps, but also enables citizens to experiment with their own individually created maps in order to explore the social, environmental, and historical dimensions of American life.

Changes for chickens? New hybrid corn helps reduce phosphorus in poultry litter, UD scientists report
Phosphorus in poultry droppings -- a potential threat to water quality -- can be dramatically reduced by feeding flocks a new hybrid of corn with more highly available phosphorus, plus an enzyme that helps chickens digest the mineral, University of Delaware and U.S.

Unprotected anal sex increasing in San Francisco
The number of gay men having unprotected anal sex is increasing dramatically, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.

Agency awards $8.2 million to study how air pollution affects us
The EPA has awarded $8.2 million to the University of Washington to study study fine particles in air pollution - under 2.5 microns in size - and how they affect human health.

Honey in the medicine cabinet!
Honey researchers from around the world will dicuss honey's role in medicine and functional foods at Apimondia '99, an International Apicultural Congress to be held in Vancouver, BC, September 12-18, 1999.

The force of gravity is the same for atoms and baseballs
Stanford physicists have put a modern twist on Galileo's experiment dropping objects from the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

New sensing device reads chemical makeup in real-time
Purdue University researchers have developed a new tool that can be used to chemically analyze a wide variety of materials in real time.

NASA unveils first images from Chandra X-ray observatory
Extraordinary first images from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory trace the aftermath of a gigantic stellar explosion in such stunning detail that scientists can see evidence of what may be a neutron star or black hole near the center.

Radar images of an Earth-crossing asteroid
Using the radar systems at the National Science Foundation's recently upgraded radio/radar telescope at Arecibo, Puerto Rico, and at NASA's Goldstone Solar System Radar in California, astronomers have obtained the most-detailed pictures yet of an asteroid which passed within 5.3 million miles of Earth earlier this month.

Brisk walking reduces risk of heart attack in women
Brisk walking can reduce the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attacks in women to the same degree as vigorous exercise, according to an NHLBI-funded study published in the August 26 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

Tiny mites protect vineyards from mildew
Cornell scientists have found that tiny tydeid mites may help to protect grapes from powdery mildew.

USGS readies for hurricanes, tropical storms
As Hurricane Dennis approaches the east coast of the United States, the U.S.

IAPAC Conference on healthcare resource allocation for HIV/AIDS and other life-threatening illnesses
The International Association of Physicians in AIDS Care will hold the Third International Conference on Healthcare Resource Allocation for HIV/AIDS and Other Life-Threatening Illnesses on October 11-13, 1999 at the Vienna Marriott Hotel in Vienna, Austria.

Study details genetic basis of aging -- and how it might be delayed
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have, for the first time, profiled specific genetic changes during the aging of experimental animals, a discovery that could aid work to extend life span and preserve health.
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