Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 03, 1999
Pseudoephedrine (Sudafed) not effective for ear pain in children during air travel
An over-the-counter remedy used by adults to reduce travel- associated ear pain doesn't work in children according to a study by a Mayo Clinic pediatrician.

Back to school with physics on the brain: high school enrollments at postwar high
A new report from the American Institute of Physics shows that enrollment in high-school physics classes is at its highest point since the end of World War II.

Fragment of AIDS virus may be used to deliver therapeutic proteins to cells
HHMI researchers have used a fragment of the AIDS virus to deliver proteins once thought too large for use in disease therapy into virtually every cell of living organisms.

Women in ethnic minorities may be missing benefits of HRT
Women of south Asian origin living in the UK are at increased risk of coronary heart disease and osteoporosis and yet they are less likely than white women to use hormone replacement therapy (HRT), despite it being widely promoted as preventing these conditions.

Study: moms' depression hurts kids' development
At age 3, children whose mothers are chronically depressed fare significantly worse on tests and other measures showing school readiness, verbal comprehension and language skills than children of mothers who are never depressed, a major new study concludes.

OSU Medical Center uses robotic heart surgery technique
A new minimally invasive heart surgery technique utilizing robotic technology has been performed at The Ohio State University Medical Center.

Doctors are not good at going to see their own doctor!
Most senior doctors (both general practitioners and consultants) rarely go to see their primary care doctor and for many (over 70 per cent) prescribing for themselves and their families is the norm, according to a study published in this week's BMJ.

Researchers pave the way to protein therapy in humans
For decades, pharmaceutical companies have struggled to overcome the molecular equivalent of the Great Wall of China: the outer membrane of cells, which prevents all but the tiniest of proteins from entering.

New HIV drug intervention cheap and effective
Preventing HIV transmission from mother to child in sub- Saharan Africa may be cheaper and easier than previously thought, according to researchers in the United States and Uganda.

Antidepressant drug alleviates hot flashes in men undergoing prostate cancer treatment
Venlafaxine, an antidepressant drug, helps reduce the incidence of hot flashes in men undergoing androgen- deprivation therapy for prostate cancer, according to a recent Mayo Clinic report published in the Journal of Urology

Jefferson scientists develop method to isolate blood stem cells, the lifetime source of all blood cells
Scientists at Jefferson Medical College have found a way to isolate hard-to-find hematopoietic stem cells.

Fish-oil supplement slows progression of kidney disease
A daily dose of fish oil slows the progression of disease in people suffering from IgA nephropathy, a relatively common kidney disease with potentially serious consequences.

UD News: Gene-repair pioneer, Eric Kmiec, brings his lab to the University of Delaware
Molecular biologist Eric B. Kmiec--who stunned the scientific community by inventing a technique for repairing disease- causing genetic mutations--has selected the University of Delaware as the site for his Laboratory of Gene Therapy.

Maternal depression linked with social and language development, school readiness
Children of depressed mothers performed more poorly on measures of school readiness, verbal comprehension, and expressive language skills at 36 months than children of mothers who never reported depression.

Disconnecting molecular handbrakes has drastic consequences
Two related proteins that act as brakes for a variety of cellular growth processes appear to play a critical role in ensuring that both blood cells and immune system cells are neither overactive nor overabundant.
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