Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 29, 1999
Rural women remain vulnerable to joblessness
Low-skilled female workers in rural areas are likely to lead a return to welfare roles in a future economic downturn, an eventuality for which social service agencies should prepare, according to a Virginia Tech study.

OHSU researcher announces dramatic breakthrough in leukemia treatment
A researcher at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland has developed a pill that targets a specific enzyme responsible for chronic myelogenous leukemia.

Honey as medicine
Australia has produced a world's first with the release of a pure honey treatment for wounds and sores.

UB studies of Purkinje neuron yield new insights into how alcohol damages the brain
Does drinking really kill brain cells? If not, what does happen, and how does it happen?

Delayed treatment for spinal cord injury proves helpful in rats
Scientists have developed a treatment that improves the locomotion of rats when given more than a week after spinal cord injury.

Materials World - December 1999 issue
3D Sound Systems Using Groundbreaking Piezoelectric Springs; Stirring Stuff From Friction Welding; A Helping Hand For Materials Testing; Hard-Wearing Iron-Base Alloy Is Soft On The Pocket; Looking Into The Sole - Testing Shoe Materials; Shaping The Body From Memory.

Jefferson scientists create new test to diagnose colorectal cancer spread
Scientists have devised a blood test they believe will tell patients whether their colorectal cancer has returned.

Managed care 'report cards' not yet affecting enrollment, says Society of Actuaries' study
Despite the growing use of

UNC-CH, Duke, other medical centers starting search for osteoarthritis genes
An international research network composed of seven university medical institutions including the Thurston Arthritis Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and Duke University Medical Center have just begun the largest study ever to look for that link, the genetic susceptibility to osteoarthritis.

Lung cancer-causing mutation strikes women smokers three times more often than men
Scientists tracking people after lung cancer surgery have discovered that those with a common cancer-causing mutation tend to have particularly aggressive tumors early on, making them four times more likely to die of the disease.

Cedars-Sinai Skull Base surgeon performs world's first fully endoscopic microvascular decompression for relief of Trigeminal Neuralgia
Skull Base Surgeons at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have successfully performed what is believed to be the world's first fully endoscopic Microvascular Decompression, bringing immediate relief to a woman who had suffered with Trigeminal Neuralgia for nearly 20 years.

Rats exposed to cell phone microwaves suffer long-term memory loss, according to new study by University of Washington researcher
A new study by a University of Washington researcher links diminished long-term memory and navigation skills in rats with exposure to microwaves like those from cellular telephones.

Mutation on Y chromosome stops sperm production
An arduous search of the human Y chromosome for genetic causes of male infertility has found a smoking gun -- mutations in a single gene that prevents sperm from developing.

Oregon Health Sciences University researchers study benefits of treatments offered within hours of a stroke
Researchers at the Oregon Stroke Center at OHSU have taken part in two independent studies of treatments offered within hours of a stroke.

Renowned nursing research scholar, Dr. Jeanie Kayser-Jones, awarded for her efforts to improve the nutritional care of nursing home residents
Jeanie Kayser-Jones was the recipient of the 1999 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award at the Gerontological Society of America's annual fall meeting for her groundbreaking research into the dietary needs of nursing home residents.

NPSF supports findings from IOM report
The National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF) is in strong support of the findings from the report on patient safety, just released by the Institute of Medicine.

UI researchers: step made in developing gene therapy to treat cystic fibrosis
University of Iowa investigators have advanced understanding of how gene therapy might treat serious lung function loss associated with cystic fibrosis.

Savings heat up at housing authority
Tenants at a New York City Housing Authority building complex will have more reliable heat and hot water while the City will cut energy costs thanks to an integrated software, diagnostic monitoring and maintenance program provided by DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

NPSF Research Awards further patient safety
The National Patient Safety Foundation announced today the winners of the 1999 NPSF Research Awards.

Hartford Institute/NOLF Award honors nursing specialty organizations for bringing geriatric nursing best practices to their members
The first annual Hartford Institute/NOLF Award was bestowed to the American Society of Ophthalmic Registered Nurses and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Colored rust areas identified as new factor in estimating concrete structure life
Inspectors normally use the amount of rust on the steel reinforcing bars in concrete as one indication of a structure's remaining lifetime, but Penn State engineers say this could lead to miscalculations about a structure's safety.

Major grant to aid McGill University professor's efforts to improve school science teaching
McGill University professor, Dr. Brian Alters, has received a three-year Lucent Technologies Foundation grant totaling $650,000 to improve the teaching of science in primary and secondary schools.

Understanding key protein in Fragile X syndrome
Researchers have discovered three key molecular components involved in triggering Fragile X Syndrome, the most common inherited form of mental illness.

Wistar scientist receives award from National Cancer Institute
Louise Showe, PhD, a scientist at The Wistar Institute in Philadelphia was awarded one of the first grants presented by the National Cancer Institute's new program,
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