Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 05, 1999
Psychologist challenges basic assumptions of human memory theory
For those who get flummoxed by how-to manuals, or stymied by instructions for assembly, University of Wisconsin-Madison psychologist Arthur Glenberg has a reassuring theory.

Genetic extremism overstates risks
Amid increasing acts of vandalism and protests against the use of genetic engineering in forestry, a group of scientists said this month in a professional journal that scare tactics used by environmental extremists must yield to a more careful analysis of the issues based upon science.

Obstetrics resident leads volunteer efforts to send medical supplies to poor countries
Dr. Georgine Lamvu-Schooler grew up spending time with her mother, a nurse, in hospitals in her native Romania and in other developing nations.

New Cosumnes River research partnership announced
On Northern California's Cosumnes River, the only remaining waterway flowing unchecked from the Sierra Nevada to the Sacramento River Delta, a new research project is beginning that is likely to become a model for future river management and restoration across the nation.

The truth behind the perfect Christmas tree
Plant pathologists work year-round to ensure the availability of high quality Christmas trees.

Spinal cord patients can rehabilitate online
A new computer program now being tested could help reduce some of the difficulties associated with a spinal cord injury by providing at-home rehabilitation assistance.

Health education leads to more eye exams in group at risk for vision loss
NEI-supported researchers have determined that health education programs can substantially increase the rates of dilated eye exams for African Americans with diabetes, the first step in reducing the risk of vision loss.

Explaining how ozone "chokes up" plants
Penn State researchers have identified how ozone, a major smog constituent, affects the microscopic breathing pores on plants' leaves, a process that may figure in the estimated $3 billion in agricultural losses caused by ozone air pollution in the U.S. each year.

Researchers learn more about blood vessel receptors
After studying more than 500 human blood vessels, Duke University Medical Center researchers have defined which types of an important class of contraction-controlling receptors line different types of blood vessels.

New study examines the confidence of high school counselors in recognizing teens at risk for suicide
A University of Cincinnati assistant professor has published, in the

New study in pediatrics shows single dose of ADHD medication lasts entire school day
A new University at Buffalo study published in the December issue of Pediatrics comparing the effectiveness over time of Adderall and Ritalin -- two drugs for attention- deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) -- shows that a single dose of Adderall is effective for a full school day.

Poverty impacts mental development of children exposed to cocaine before birth
Poverty may have a stronger impact than drug exposure on the mental development of children who had been exposed to cocaine before birth, new research suggests.

Feeding the world by cleaning the air: study ties heavy regional haze to reductions in China's crop production
A new study suggests that cleaning up the air may help to feed the world.

Use of mammograms in older women questionable, say UCSF researchers
A new study using a computer model questions the value of screening for breast cancer in elderly women, according to researchers at the University of California, San Francisco.
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