Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 21, 1999
Rheumatoid arthritis: Olive oil and cooked vegetables may help
A new Greek study discusses the possible protective and mediating effects of cooked vegetables and olive oil as dietary intervention for rheumatoid arthritis.

Plaque, the hallmark of Alzheimer's disease is revealed in three dimensions
For the first time, researchers have been able to produce three-dimensional images of plaque, the blobs of

Lack of private health insurance increases risk of dying, study finds
Adults under the age of 65 who lacked private health insurance were 35 percent more likely to die between 1986 and 1995 than similar adults who had such insurance, according to a new study examining factors associated with mortality in the United States.

Anti-obesity drug link to valve disease confirmed, but problems are often mild and may reverse over time
More evidence has been found linking the anti-obesity drug dexfenfluramine with damage to heart valves, but the new research suggests that the problems are typically not severe and may regress after the drug is discontinued, according to today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Saturated fats: The very bad,the not-so-bad and the benign
A new study from the Harvard School of Public Health has found that, while some saturated fats are definitely worse than others, food sources are so intermingled that it is a nonproductive exercise to separate

Moving up from the far, far outside: Sandia's homemade computer hook-up grows, prospers
Among the 500 listings of the world's fastest supercomputers is a peculiar entry at 44th post.

Controlled diabetics have new reason to smile
A study released today in the November issue of the Journal of Periodontology found that poorly controlled type 2 diabetic patients are more likely to develop periodontal disease than well-controlled diabetics are.

Green tea extract: The next big boost to weight loss
In addition to its potential cardioprotective action, green tea extract may serve as an aid to weight loss: in clinical trials it appears to raise metabolic rates and speed up fat oxidation.

Lizard research bolsters theory that forest edges are hotbeds of speciation
Challenging long-held views that geographic isolation is the singular driver of species diversity in rainforests, a team of researchers report in the Nov.

Progress reported in developing compounds that mimic insulin for the treatment of type II diabetes
Weizmann Institute scientists are testing new vanadium compounds that may alleviate the suffering of type II diabetic patients.

The 'peanut butter diet': Heart-healthy alternative to olive oil
Recent research into the effects of monounsaturated fats (MUFAs, found in olive and certain other oils) suggests that low fat may not necessarily be the best way to ensure a healthy heart.

Researchers discover alcohol-sensitive membrane channel
A study reported in the December issue of Nature Neuroscience (Volume 2, Number 12, pages 1084-1090) identifies a new cell membrane channel where ethanol, the alcohol found in intoxicating beverages, may act.

A molecule family hinders spinal cord regeneration, UF brain institute team finds
Nerve tissue transplants are among the promising experimental therapies to restore communication among cells in injured spinal cords, but scientists long have wondered why the transplanted cells don't grow more vigorously, thereby enhancing the level of recovery.

A baker's dozen cold remedies that still work a century later
Even as medical science continues to search into the next century for a cure for the common cold, many of the herbs, spices and concoctions grandma used at the dawn of this century can still make the symptoms more manageable today, says Mary L. 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