Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 28, 1999
Neal Lane, science advisor to the President, honored
The world's largest scientific society has honored Neal F. Lane, Ph.D., with the American Chemical Society (ACS) Public Service Award for his continued leadership and support in the advancement of science education and science policy.

New data provide further evidence of effectiveness of targeted delivery of Relenza and efficacy in both A&B strains
The targeted delivery of Relenza results in high concentrations of the drug in the primary site of viral replication, the lungs, up to 24 hours after inhalation.

Patient empowerment could improve diabetes care
Studies presented at this year's congress of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) show that involving individuals with diabetes in the management of their condition could improve their quality of care.

CU-Boulder professor documents controversial history of Rocky Flats
For four decades the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant 16 miles northwest of downtown Denver was a key facility in the United States nuclear weapons race.

Reports from special environmental health issue explore links to autoimmune diseases - diabetes, lupus, multiple scleroris and arthritis
A study by scientists at Johns Hopkins University concludes that at least ten million Americans are affected by one of 80 known autoimmune diseases -- conditions such as type 1 (insulin-dependent) diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis and even Takayasu's arteritis, which attacks the aorta and its branches.

New hope for declining U.S. honeybee population
USDA researchers may be able to stem the dramatic decline in the U.S. honeybee population.

Heavy books light on learning
Not one of the widely used science textbooks for middle school was rated satisfactory by Project 2061, the long-term science, mathematics, and technology education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

Reducing the costs of diabetes in Europe: Preventing complications is the key
The first pan-European study to evaluate the overall cost of individuals with type 2 diabetes reveals that urgent action is needed to address the long-term complications of the disease.

Gene promoter for worldwide market
CSIRO researchers have found a new suite of genetic 'promoters' that could be the key to improving the field performance of crops

Cancer gene is normally a 'carpenter' in the cell
A gene whose malfunction causes several leukemias normally functions as a

MGH researchers identify angiogenesis inhibitor in gallbladder cancer
Researchers at the Massachusetts General Hospital have discovered that a cellular growth factor called TGF-beta-1 has a previously unsuspected role in regulating the growth of blood vessels associated with metastatic gallbladder cancer.

Stressed-out mice offer clues to depression, anxiety, anorexia
Stressed-out mice created at the University of Michigan Medical School are helping scientists understand how the body's fight-or-flight response to stress also may be involved in depression, anxiety disorders and anorexia.

HIV's deep pocket may reveal vulnerability
Using three-dimensional images of a key AIDS virus protein as their guide, a team of HHMI investigators has identified several chemical compounds capable of preventing the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) from fusing with human cells.

Biosensor expected to improve food safety
Recent incidences of contaminated meat in grocery stores and restaurants have heightened consumer concern.

Yale Medical School to begin clinical trial for glaucoma medication
A drug that may protect the eye from damage caused by glaucoma, which is one of the leading causes of blindness around the world, soon will be administered at Yale Medical School in a clinical trial.

UK College of Medicine researchers study technologies to deliver drugs to the brain
UK College of Medicine researchers are focusing on preclinical development of technologies to deliver drugs directly into brain tissue to improve the function of degenerated nerve cells.

Advances in engineering heart tissue reported by MIT scientists, colleagues
MIT's Lisa Freed clearly remembers her first successful experiment in engineering heart tissue: the cells she'd

Treatment of insulin resistance may have the potential to reduce long-term complications of type 2 diabetes
New data presented at this week's European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) meeting in Brussels show that the new oral treatment for type 2 diabetes - rosiglitazone - reduces insulin resistance, offering glycaemic control and additional beneficial effects on other important risk factors of the disease.

Perchlorate found in fertilizers
Perchlorate - a chemical compound suspected of adverse health and ecological effects - has been identified in some fertilizers used by homeowners and farmers, according to scientists affiliated with the EPA's National Research Laboratory in Athens, GA.

New treatment for type 2 diabetes puts insulin back to work
New data presented at the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) annual conference show that rosiglitazone - the new treatment for type 2 diabetes - gives individuals with this disease long-term control of their blood glucose levels by reducing one of the fundamental defects of this devastating condition.

Study spotlights uniqueness of human brain
In a groundbreaking study published Sept. 28, 1999 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of scientists led by Dr.

National Institute on Drug Abuse launches National Drug Addiction Treatment Clinical Trials Network
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is awarding $55 million in grants over 5 years to establish a clinical trials network to more rapidly move promising science-based drug addiction treatments into practice.

Study finds problems with buying drugs on the Internet
A new study of 46 Internet sites selling prescription drugs directly to the public (i.e., not portal or click-through sites) found that: only five sites revealed the actual location of the business, none revealed the names, addresses, specialties or qualifications of their physicians. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to