Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 03, 2000
AIDS researchers get $10 million to continue studies
A $10 million, five-year National Institutes of Health grant will help Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine and University Hospitals of Cleveland continue 13- year-old AIDS research.

Scientists: bomb survivor studies outdated as basis for radiation protection standards
Scientists who help set standards for radiation safety rely too much on studies of A-bomb survivors, according to radiation researchers who analyzed the relative strengths of data from two exposed populations: A-bomb survivors and nuclear plant workers.

NIH awards $28 million grant to CWRU's Tuberculosis Research Unit
The Tuberculosis Research Unit at CWRU's School of Medicine has received a $28 million contract from the National Institutes of Health.

Women over 75 would rather be dead than be in a home with a hip fracture
Eighty percent of women over 75 years of age say that they would rather be dead than admitted to a nursing home after a hip fracture, according to researchers from Australia in this week's British Medical Journal.

Light-weight auto parts goal of $1.8 million Virginia Tech / Clemson project
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is funding a $1.8 million project at Virginia Tech and Clemson University aimed at the development of low-cost carbon fiber for use in making light- weight automotive parts.

Cancer summit leads to first global network unifying research in fight against cancer
The first global call to action against cancer in the new millennium, The Charter of Paris Against Cancer, was signed Feb.

'Pathfinder' bees use optical odometers, suggesting microsurveillance technologies, Science author says
Honeybees rely on visual cues to gauge the distance to a food source, and new information about their

Lessons learned from Millennium Bug projects could help organisations to manage future change
Organisations that handled the Millennium Bug well could use the same sort of strategies to make other wide-ranging changes happen more smoothly, according to new research published by Warwick Business School.

Brookhaven Lab chemist shares the 2000 Wolf Prize in Physics with University of Tokyo scientist for research on neutrinos
Raymond Davis Jr., whose career as a chemist spans 52 years at the U.S.

Women over 75 would rather be dead than be in a home with a hip fracture
Eighty per cent of women over the age of 75 say that they would rather be dead than admitted to a nursing home after a hip fracture, according to researchers from Australia in this week's BMJ.

Cancer summit launches global commitment to improve cancer care, research and treatment
More than 100 government, advocacy, research organization and corporate leaders will commit to the eradication of cancer by signing The Charter of Paris Against Cancer at the first World Summit Against Cancer, 3-4 Feb. in Paris.

Antenatal screening for haemoglobin disorders is inadequate and inequitable
Only half of the couples at risk of passing on the haemoglobin disorder thalassaemia to their children have full access to information about their condition and the choices available to them, find the authors of the UK Confidential Inquiry into Antenatal Screening for Thalassaemia published in this week's BMJ.

'Reparative' therapy: does it work?
Questions and concerns regarding the effectiveness of

Human factors experts at Sandia take new approach to studying human failure in engineered systems
Taking a lesson from nuclear weapons surety, Chris Forsythe and Caren Wenner of the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories have come up with a new approach to studying how and why engineered systems fail due to the actions or inaction of humans.

Researchers find volcanoes are bad for your health...long after they finish erupting
A research team studying the aftermath of the Soufriere Hills Volcano in Montserrat, has found that the aftermath of that volcano includes a great deal of volcanic ash particles that are just the right size to cause silicosis (a scarring disease of the lungs).

OHSU begins study on 'superaspirin' to treat colon cancer
Researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland are launching a study to test the effectiveness of combining celecoxib, a so-called

HRT has no effect on prognosis of breast cancer
Some studies have suggested that women using hormone replacement therapies, who get breast cancer, develop tumours with

Revolutionary treatment for inoperable lung cancer
The Indiana University School of Medicine will be the first site in the nation to investigate a new non-invasive therapy that may help patients with medically inoperable, early-stage lung cancer.
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