Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 10, 1999
New series tackles complementary medicine
This week's BMJ sees the beginning of a new series of the ABCs of Complementary Medicine.

Scottish study shows lack of mental health service for children entering care
A considerable proportion of young children have a serious psychiatric disorder at the time they enter local authority care, but are not receiving mental health services, according to a report in this week's BMJ.

New microscopy method reveals molecular map of biological surfaces
A team of biophysicists have developed a new method in atomic force microscopy that gives the instrument the capability of mapping not just the topography of biological molecules, but also identifying their biochemistry simultaneously.

UNC AIDS vaccine researchers awarded $12 million federal grant
Scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have won a five-year federal grant totaling more than $12 million to develop a safe and effective vaccine against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.

Experiments illuminate workings of biological clocks
HHMI researchers have discovered a critical mechanism by which light resets the biological clock in flies.

New test can better uncover hidden breast cancer
A new test appears to discover hidden cancer cells in women with breast cancer more effectively than current detection methods, better indicating which women need aggressive anti- cancer treatments and which can be spared the side effects of chemotherapy,

Scientists find genetic links for deadly type of breast cancer
Researchers at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified two genes that may control the development of inflammatory breast cancer---an aggressive, often lethal, form of the disease.

Fading embers hold clues to puzzle of gamma-ray bursts
Sometimes the big fireworks aren't the whole show. Watching the embers fade away can help you understand what was hidden by a blinding flash of light - or gamma rays.

Distant supernova remnant imaged by Chandra X-ray Observatory's High Resolution Camera
The High Resolution Camera, one of the two X-ray cameras on NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, was placed into the focus for the first time Aug.

CODE-2*: Landmark study on the costs of type 2 diabetes in Europe
You are invited to attend a press briefing at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) 1999.

Genetic engineered crop studies questioned
Two prominent entomologists, one from Cornell University, warn that three recent studies on the effects of genetically engineered crops have distorted the debate about engineered crops and this could have

The role of human exposure assessment in the prevention of environmental disease
Workshop will focus on the exposure-dose-response-disease paradigm and will describe current opportunities and challenges in exposure assessment research, provide usable information on disease-specific chemical exposures, and highlight approaches for further research and the development of effective prevention and intervention strategies

'Revolutionary' treatment for birth defect improves survival of newborns
The method doctors traditionally use to treat diaphragmatic hernia, a life-threatening birth defect, can actually worsen the lung condition and should be abandoned in favor of a

Dennis dissipates, work just begins for USGS scientists
While Hurricane Dennis is little more than a soggy memory, scientists from the U.S.

100 years of Freud's interpretation of dreams
A century ago Sigmund Freud, in the spirit of scientific inquiry, and after years of research as a neurologist, published The Interpretation of Dreams.

Effect of drought on ground water in Maine
An update on drought conditions in Maine from the U.S.

USGS issues wildlife health alert: Chytrid fungus infection
Recent deaths of endangered boreal toads in one of the largest remaining populations in the southern Rocky Mountains have been linked to a chytrid fungus identified last year as being responsible for amphibian die-offs in Central America and Australia, according to pathologists at the USGS National Wildlife Health Center in Madison, Wis.

Air pollution hits children with asthma hardest, USC study finds
Children with asthma are significantly more affected by severe air pollution than other children.

NRC takes lead in the development of a national program for multi-million dollar biochip technologies
The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) today is hosting an international workshop on biochip technologies and their potential impact on the Canadian economy.

Study finds prenatal exposure to testosterone boosts smoking
Five years ago, a study suggested that nicotine in the blood of pregnant women who smoked made it more likely that their daughters also would smoke when they reached adolescence or beyond.

Atmospheric carbon monoxide levels decline U.S. mid-atlantic region
Levels of atmospheric carbon monoxide (CO) are declining in the U.S. mid-Atlantic region, according to a new study funded in part by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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