Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 07, 1999
Where you live may help predict risk of early death from heart disease
The state in which you live may help predict your risk of early death from heart disease, according to research being presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Local students unleash a genie and make elephant toothpaste
Students will investigate the unexpected: how to make toothpaste for elephants, unleash a genie and see what happens when chemists mix glue and borax.

Atmospheric spacecraft shipped to Goddard for pre-launch testing
The TIMED satellite, designed by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory to investigate the Sunn's effects on Earth's atmosphere, has been shipped to NASA for testing in advance of a planned May 2000 launch.

Chewing tobacco use linked to dental caries
If you think a 'chaw' of tobacco won't hurt you, chew on this: Chewing tobacco users are more likely to develop dental caries, particularly on the root surfaces of their teeth, than those who don't use tobacco, say scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Genetic abnormality may explain high rates of heart disease in Asian Indian population
Asian Indians have one of the highest rates of heart disease in the world, three times higher than in the United States.

NASA applying space technology to help farmers diagnose fields
An eye in the sky and instruments in the dirt are teamed to help scientists and farmers figure out the best way to nurture crops.

Blood marker can signal trouble for individuals with heart disease
Individuals with unstable angina who have higher levels of a protein associated with inflammation are more likely to have a heart attack than individuals with lower levels, according to a study in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Paracetamol remains treatment of choice, say GI experts
A clear picture of the true extent of gastrointestinal (GI) complications with over-the-counter (OTC) doses of non- steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS) is not yet available, say researchers at the 'Clinical Consensus - An International Update on Paracetamol' symposium in Sydney, Australia.

As drought-ravaged '99 harvest proceeds, farmers turn to NASA's Marshall Center for 21st century solutions
As drought-stricken farms limp through the last harvest of the 20th century, Marshall researchers are using remote sensing technology developed for the space program to improve crop management and increase profitability -- capabilities that could mean the difference between feast and famine for the six billion residents of planet Earth.

Electric field tames stubborn bubbles in zero gravity
A Johns Hopkins team, flying on a NASA jet to simulate weightlessness, has shown that an electric field can dislodge bubbles whose balky behavior in zero gravity can threaten life support and propulsion systems on spacecraft

Paracetamol not hepato-toxic in chronic alcoholics, new study suggests
Paracetamol, at a therapeutic dose of up to 4000 mg/day, does not cause liver toxicity, even in severe alcohol abusers given the drug at the period of peak susceptibility, according to the results of a new study

Clinical consensus: Paracetamol's broad tolerability confirmed
'Clinical Consensus - An International Update on Paracetamol' - symposium confirms the role of paracetamol as the first- line therapy of choice in adults and children with fever and pain.

Expert symposium: Paracetamol first-line for paediatric use

New sterol spread can reduce bad cholesterol
A low-fat spread made from vegetable oil with added sterol esters could reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke for millions of people, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.

Expert urges diligence in monitoring analgesic sensitivity in asthmatics
A leading respiratory physician has today urged healthcare professionals to remain diligent in monitoring for asprin sensitivity among people with asthma

HDL -- 'good' cholesterol -- helps bypass surgery
Individuals who undergo heart surgery are more likely to survive longer and stay healthy if they have high levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) -- the

Koehler awarded NSF grant for study of atmospheric gases
The National Science Foundation has announced the award of $160,917 to Birgit G.

A better way to treat heart attacks?
Duke University Medical Center researchers say a new heart attack treatment may hold promise: Give patients a quick cocktail of drugs that dissolves clots and stops them from reforming, and an hour later, perform an angioplasty to clear plaque from heart arteries that are now open.

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