Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 10, 1999
Results from study of fetal surgery to treat spina bifida published in JAMA
The first comprehensive follow-up of 29 babies, born after undergoing fetal surgery at VUMC to repair spina bifida, show a significant reduction in the need for shunts to relieve hydrocephalus.

Senior women researchers struggle for equality
A special news focus in the 12 November issue of Science provides an exclusive look at the successes and struggles of women professors at MIT and Harvard as they speak out against today's subtle version of the glass ceiling.

UF researchers score gene therapy advance: Animal study shows high blood pressure prevented in future generations
A form of gene therapy to ward off high blood pressure in rats appears to permanently alter the animals' DNA blueprint, preventing their offspring from inheriting the disorder, University of Florida scientists report today.

Survey: North Carolina majority favors stricter laws on gun sales
A majority of North Carolinians feel that laws covering handgun sales should be made more strict, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill survey.

UF researchers: Pilot data highlight need for improved evaluation of women with chest pain
Early findings from a national study of women with chest pain suggest that many are being declared free of heart disease when they actually have minor blockages developing in their coronary arteries, University of Florida and Brown University researchers say.

NHLBI-VA study finds no heart failure survival increase with beta-blocker
A study sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the Department of Veterans Affairs found that the beta-blocker bucindolol did not reduce death from heart failure.

Rain showers may be caused by vortices in the air
Clouds contain disproportionately large quantities of large and small water droplets, something which meteorologists were hitherto unable to explain.

Sandia micromirrors may be part of Next Generation Space Telescope
Micromirrors being developed by the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories may one day be part of the Next Generation Space Telescope (NGST), the successor to the Hubble that will peruse the universe looking for remnants from the period in which the first stars and galaxies formed

HIV spreads in therapy-resistant cells
In a finding that uncovers a new obstacle to preventing or eradicating AIDS, researchers have found HIV-1 infects and replicates in immune cells whose relative inactivitiy puts them beyond the reach of current therapies.

Seeds suffer in rainforest fragments
In a finding that could have important implications for rainforest preservation, a researcher from the University of California, Davis, reports that seeds that fall to the ground in small fragments of tropical rainforests are three to seven times less likely to sprout than those that fall in larger, continuous forests.

OHSU studying vitamin D as treatment for prostate cancer
Researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University are using high doses of an active form of vitamin D to treat patients with recurring prostate cancer.

Montana researcher co-authors Science article on Niger dinosaurs
A Montana State University-Bozeman researcher is one of 11 coauthors of a paper that appears in the November 12 issue of Science.

Wake Forest study finds both prevention and treatment needed to control heart disease
Both prevention and drug treatment strategies are needed to control cholesterol and reduce the risk of death from heart disease, a Wake Forest University investigator reported today (Nov.

Cheap energy -- A revolutionary new way
Australian scientists have perfected a new-age combustion technology, which is poised to clean up greenhouse gas emissions, slash energy costs and significantly boost productivity.

Neurosurgery in the womb at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia reverses brain condition found in common birth defect
Performing neurosurgery on fetuses months before birth, physicians at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia can relieve a potentially devastating nervous system condition occurring in the birth defect spina bifida.

NIH scientists create first detailed map of malaria parasite
A research effort led by NIAID scientists has produced the first high-resolution genetic map of Plasmodium falciparum, the deadliest malaria parasite.

Personal approach reduces high blood pressure in black men
Personalized care and attention given by a research team can lower high blood pressure significantly in urban black men, researchers at Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing report.

Yale scientists discover new technique for studying living cells, furthering knowledge of diseases like Parkinson's
Yale researchers have developed a new method for recording the electrical activities within living cells, which could lead to better treatment for diseases like Parkinson's, and provide clues to how learning occurs.
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