Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 16, 1999
UCSF Psychiatry Department receives grant to study innovative drug and substance abuse treatments
The UCSF Department of Psychiatry will use a $7.9 million grant to study creative ways to treat complex, substance abusing patients in community settings, such as hospital emergency rooms and mental health programs.

Drug trends among American teens
With a few notable exceptions, drug use among American adolescents held steady in 1999, according to the latest results from the Monitoring the Future study, conducted at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR).

Most highly endowed promotion prize for fourteen scientists and scholars
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft has now selected the prize-winners in its Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz Programme for the year 2000.

Medical journal no place for cover girls, says researcher
While most medical journals display only text on their covers, JAMA has distinguished itself by featuring various works of art since the 1960s.

Survey shows U.S., U.K. workplace more receptive to disabilities
A new U.S.-U.K. Cornell University study shows how attitudes and actions in the workplace toward persons with disabilities have changed, and what still needs to be done to rout workplace discrimination against people with disabilities.

Fox Chase Cancer Center ovarian cancer prevention trial uses vitamin A-related medicine
Fox Chase Cancer Center is offering a new prevention study for women at increased risk of ovarian cancer.

Sharon and Tracey make way for Kelly and Louise in the easy virtue stakes
The much maligned 'Sharon', 'Tracey' and 'Sandra', who have been the butt of so many Essex girl jokes in the UK, are finally vindicated in this week's Christmas issue of the BMJ as researchers find that the real culprits of easy virtue are 'Kelly' and 'Louise'.

Human stem cell research leads Science's top ten list of the best scientific advances in 1999
In its annual

Secret agent's secret revealed - shaken martinis have superior antioxidant properties to those that are stirred
James Bond's good health may, at least in part, be due to his favourite tipple (Martini that is shaken not stirred), claim researchers from Canada.

Cigarette smoking among American teens
The proportion of teens who are current cigarette smokers continued to decline gradually in 1999, according to the 25th national survey of the Monitoring the Future Study, conducted at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research (ISR).

New research may help predict when an individual's HIV infection will progress to clinical AIDS
Newly published research led by University of Washington scientists could one day lead to a laboratory test to predict when people infected with human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) are likely to progress to symptomatic AIDS.

NIH conference to assess state of medical implants
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will hold a Technology Assessment Conference (TAC) to look at barriers and opportunities to developing systems for implant retrieval analysis and data banking.

Sax may be bad for you
Among famous jazz musicians, playing saxophone is a major health hazard, conclude researchers from the UK.

Magnetic resonance imaging of sexual intercourse is both possible and useful...
Taking magnetic resonance images of the male and female genitals during sexual intercourse is both feasible and has helped contribute to our understanding of living anatomy, write researchers from the Netherlands.

Balloon flight will help scientists understand how to shield Mars crews
A 10-day balloon flight this month will include two small detectors designed to improve our understanding of the radiation hazards that will be faced by astronauts on extended missions such as Mars exploration.
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