Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 24, 2000
Transgenic fish could threaten wild populations
Purdue University researchers have found that releasing a transgenic fish to the wild could damage native populations even to the point of extinction.

World Summit Against Cancer in the New Millennium
To address the growing public health problem of cancer, an international group of government officials, leading researchers and patient advocates commit to the prevention and treatment of cancer - the signing of The Charter of Paris against Cancer during the World Summit Against Cancer in the New Millennium.

Secret language of pre-teens focus on idealized goals
Young girls internalize the language of teen magazines but find it too embarrassing to say aloud, says a professor of semiotics and communications theory at the University of Toronto's Victoria College.

Danger of epilepsy after being hit by a golf ball
A hazard of playing or watching golf is being hit by the occasional stray ball while on the course.

Despite common beliefs, study shows young blacks have higher self-esteem
Some early research on self-esteem, which involved having children pick from differently colored dolls the one they preferred to play with, suggested that black children in the United States had lower self-esteem as a group than white children.

Children with egg allergy not at increased risk of severe reactions to MMR
Children who are allergic to eggs do not seem to be at greater risk of a severe allergic reaction to the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine, say Drs from the University of Sheffield's Institute of Vaccine Studies.

The West is in the grip of an obesity 'epidemic'
The West is in the grip of an obesity

Is it all in your head? No, weather can trigger migraines
Migraine sufferers can look to the sky as a possible cause for the onset of their headaches.

People from large families may have greater risk of Alzheimer's
Children in large families may have a greater risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than children from smaller families, according to a study in the January 25 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Beta interferon for multiple sclerosis offers only short term improvements in return for huge costs
The use of beta interferon to treat multiple sclerosis (MS) may not be good value for money, finds research published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry.

Researchers view gallstones forming: May lead to earlier diagnosis of digestive disease affecting 10% of Americans
For the first time ever, researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology observed the initial stages of gallstone formation.

Palestinian and Israeli environmental researchers collaborate in Sandia program
Israeli and Palestinian environmental resarchers are collaborating and sharing information through a year-old project initiated by the Cooperative Monitoring Center at the Department of Energy's (DOE) Sandia National Laboratories.

High fibre diet lowers risk of prostate cancer: study
University of Toronto researchers have discovered more evidence that high-fibre diets, specifically those high in soluble fibre such as oat bran and legumes, protect against prostate cancer.

Teasing out the early steps of neurodegeneration
HHMI researchers studying mice genetically engineered to mimic a human neurodegenerative disease called spinocerebellar ataxia type 1 (SCA1) have pinpointed abnormalities in gene expression that occur long before signs of the disease appear.

New technique measures chemical composition of tiny details
Chemistry researchers at Eindhoven University, funded by NWO's Chemical Sciences, recentely discovered a way to determine the chemical composition of chips or coatings which are only a few nanometers across.

Water issues solvable in Israeli-Syrian peace talks
An old conflict over water rights and borders in the Golan Heights is one of the key sticking points holding up the resumption and possible success of peace talks between Israel and Syria, but some experts say it is a manageable problem that can be solved.

Right info may help pilots make air traffic decisions
When the teacher gives you an assignment, she doesn't usually stand behind your shoulder watching you do it.

Non-toxic peptide blocks spread of prostate cancer in rats
University of Michigan scientists have developed a new cancer-inhibiting peptide that has proven to be effective at preventing the spread of metastatic prostate cancer in laboratory rats.

No evidence that measles virus is implicated in Crohn's disease
Measles virus does not cause Crohn's disease, finds new research in Gut.

Stroke patients left feeling dissatisfied by inability to sneeze
Is the ability to sneeze taken for granted? Stroke patients who lost the ability to sneeze each time they felt a familiar ticklish feeling in their noses may think so.

Story ideas for February, American Heart Month
American Heart Month is sponsored annually by the American Heart Association.

UCSF study finds many areas in California have a dentist shortage
Many of California's rural and urban communities may not have enough dentists, which could limit access to dental care, according to a UC San Francisco report released today by the Center for California Health Workforce Studies.

Olive oil may prevent the development of bowel cancer
Olive oil may protect against bowel cancer, finds a study in Gut based on research conducted in rats.

Well-nourished women maintain ability to ward off disease in old age
Contrary to previous reports, healthy, well-nourished older women, 60 to 80 years of age, have immune systems that function at levels similar to young women, 20 to 40 years old, a Penn State study has shown.
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