Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 17, 2000
Updated treatment guidelines for HIV infection announced by international panel of AIDS experts
Updated guidelines for treating HIV disease in adults that take into account the availability of new antiretroviral drugs and expanded therapy choices were released today by an international group of AIDS specialists.

Yale researchers find wide gap in satisfaction between sick and healthy patients under managed care
Managed care patients with chronic illnesses are twice as likely to report dissatisfaction with their care than healthier patients, while both types of patients are equally satisfied with fee-for-service plans, Yale researchers say.

Even a slight elevation of cardiac enzyme predicts mortality in heart patients
New findings from an international clinical trial led by Duke University Medical Center show that a low-cost diagnostic test routinely taken on patients with a suspected heart attack is a more sensitive marker of heart damage than many physicians realize.

AAPS applauds FDA efforts to expand monitoring of dietary supplements
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) today applauded FDA's announcement to expand tracking of serious reactions to herbs, vitamins and other dietary supplements and to set new manufacturing standards for the $13 billion nutraceutical industry.

New web site provides access to information on sleep and sleep disorders
The NHLBI has launched a new Web site to offer the public and health care professionals the most up-to-date, science-based information on sleep and sleep disorders.

We are not alone - or are we?
A new book by two University of Washington scientists contends that, contrary to popular thought, we just might be alone, that advanced life might make Earth unique, if not in the universe at least in this celestial neighborhood.

Study reveals microscopic interaction of cancer cells and blood vessels in tumor formation
Researchers from Duke University Medical Center and Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center have documented for the first time the earliest steps of the organization of cancer cells into tumors in mice and rats.

AAPS co-sponsors FDA science forum
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) is co-sponsoring the 2000 FDA Science Forum:

University of Illinois at Chicago researcher and 'Science' join organ debate
The Jan. 14 issue of the journal

National Library of Medicine announces initiative to help public use online health information
Recognizing the power of the Internet to provide access to reliable, up-to-date health information, NIH's National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library, announces that it will fund 49 electronic health information projects in 34 states.

Chemist Percy Julian captures spirit of black history celebration scientist
Like many African Americans of his generation, Percy Lavon Julian is little known by name yet lives on through his legacy.

ACP-ASIM: Minimize effects of political embargoes on health
A new position paper from the American College of Physicians- American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) offers four principles to minimize the negative health impact of political embargoes.

Balancing quality and quantity in the vineyard
The delicate art of balancing wine grape quality with higher yield is likely to become easier for grape producers with the advent of precision farming techniques in the vineyard, based on new research by CSIRO.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, January 18, 2000
1 - ACP-ASIM: Minimize the health consequences of political embargoes?

Nation's first doctor of plant medicine degree established
Plants get sick too. In response, the University of Florida, Gainesville, now offers the nation's first Doctor of Plant Medicine (DPM) professional degree program. 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