Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 03, 2000
Professors' model outperforms movie screen exhibitors at box office
Three professors' mathematical model for choosing films can do between 30 % and 120 % better at the box office than movie exhibitors' own choices, according to a study in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Cooperation, not competition, to usher in new era of federally funded cancer research
In the new millennium, cooperation rather than keen-eyed competition may signal a new era of federally funded research for the nation's top scientists who develop and study mouse models of cancer.

University of Pittsburgh-led team finds biological reason for women's increased risk of smoking-related lung cancer
A gene for a protein that fuels lung cancer growth is more active in women than in men, and nicotine induces activity of this gene, according to a University of Pittsburgh-led team whose report is published in the Jan.

Extreme 2000: First deep-sea dive of the new century includes 'virtual field trip' to the seafloor
Middle- and high-school students may ask about smelly, foot- long clams, blind tubeworms, ghostly white crabs and other deep-sea denizens Jan.

UF study shows newborn kittens have shot at survival thanks to immune-boosting treatment
Orphaned or weak kittens, often deprived of mother's milk in their first day of life, may have a better chance at survival thanks to a simple blood transfusion.

Large air pollution center established at NYU School of Medicine
At the newly established Center for Particulate Matter Health Research at NYU School of Medicine, researchers are conducting important studies to identify and characterize the tiny particles in polluted air that contribute to a host of respiratory ailments, and may even kill thousands of people nationwide each year.

"The Adventures of Josie True" will take girls online into a colorful, multiethnic educational playground
With an assist from the National Science Foundation, an assistant professor of media study at the University at Buffalo is launching a unique software game that addresses the lack of computer educational activities oriented toward girls, particularly those from underrepresented groups.

Move over tomatoes! All vegetables -- especially the cruciferous kind -- may prevent prostate cancer
Eating just three servings of vegetables a day can cut a man's risk of prostate cancer nearly in half, according to researchers at Seattle's Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Diet rich in beans may have positive impact on women's heart health, according to results of major study presented by Cedars-Sinai cardiologist
Increased blood levels of phytoestrogens – plant estrogens found in such foods as soybeans, chickpeas and other beans – are linked to beneficial cholesterol levels and better arterial function in women, according to results of a major, nationwide study presented by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center cardiologist C.

Henry F. Whalen, Jr., Valley Forge executive, re-elected to chair American Chemical Society Board
Henry F. Whalen, Jr., vice president of PQ Corporation, Valley Forge, Pa., has been re-elected chair of the Board of Directors of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet, January 4, 2000
In Its Millennium Issue, Essayists Explore Many Facets of Time.

Americans still face dietary challenges
Despite recent success in developing broad dietary guidance and improving nutrition labeling policies, Americans still face considerable dietary challenges, according to recent research.

UF study tallies health-care costs of 3 treatment strategies for heart disease
Bypass surgery and angioplasty initially cost much more than a prescription for pills, but in certain patients they have the potential to treat heart disease so effectively that long-term medical expenses could end up about equal, University of Florida researchers have found.

'Stealth Station' imaging tool helps University of Maryland surgeons treat tumors deep within the brain
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center are using a powerful new imaging tool that enables them to perform difficult brain and sinus surgeries with more safety and precision.

NIH grant keeps University of Maryland on the cutting edge of complementary and alternative medicine
The University of Maryland School of Medicine's Complementary Medicine Program has received a $7.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to fund a wide range of new research into alternative treatments for pain, including acupuncture, mind/body therapies and herbal remedies.

Study reveals family secret of how viruses enter cells
Scientists have caught another viral intruder in action, revealing how two related viruses use similar but distinct strategies to enter cells.

UF nutritionist: Better to vow to eat healthy for new year
Instead of vowing to lose weight in the next millennium, a University of Florida nutrition specialist says a better resolution to make at midnight Friday is to promise to treat yourself to a healthier diet.

Cedars-Sinai medical tip sheet for January, 2001
This month's medical tip sheet from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center includes information on: Irritable Bowel Syndrome, the new Gene Therapeutics Institute, pediatric brain tumors, a fully endoscopic procedure to remove skull-base tumors, hyperhidrosis, a wife-to-husband living liver transplant, and more.

American Chemical Society elects top officers for 2000
The American Chemical Society (ACS), the world's largest scientific society, has announced the top officers of its Board of Directors for 2000.

Breast cancer patients with more lymph nodes face greater risk of death
Yale Cancer Center researchers are the first to show a link between the number of lymph nodes in breast cancer patients and their chances for long-term survival.

For some with Parkinson's, surgery can improve speech, study finds
Several patients experienced speech improvements as a result of a surgery known as pallidotomy, according to the results of a new study by a team of University of Florida researchers.

Alternative to Pap smear could reduce cervical cancer deaths
Self-administered HPV testing is simpler than a Pap smear and could help increase the number of women screened for cervical cancer in both the developed and developing worlds.

Study shows one anti-rejection drug works better to prevent harmful blood clots in heart transplant patients
The anti-rejection drugs that keep people alive after a heart transplant also increase the threat of potentially fatal blood clots.

Greens, B12 may lower heart disease and cancer risk
Eating three times the recommended daily intake of folate and vitamin B12 may lower the risk factors for heart disease and cancer, a CSIRO study has found 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