Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 12, 2000
Implanted chemotherapy 'pump' as standard treatment for liver metastases presented at the Society of Surgical Oncology Cancer Symposium
The use of an implanted chemotherapy pump to treat cancer that has spread to the liver will be presented at the Society of Surgical Oncology's 53rd Annual Cancer Symposium by Elin R.

Non-addicting drug offers narcolepsy sufferers safe option
Modafinil, the first nonaddicting drug for people suffering from narcolepsy, offers safe and effective relief from excessive daytime sleepiness associated with the disorder, according to a study published in the March 14 issue of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology's scientific journal.

Intersex goats link to rare human disorder
A human disorder causing excess eyelid growth and premature ovarian failure may be genetically related to a hermaphroditism syndrome in goats.

NEAR team reports exciting first month of asteroid exploration
A month after establishing orbit around asteroid Eros, NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous spacecraft is already astounding scientists with its ever-more detailed views of geologic features and its technical scientific accomplishments.

Protein that stimulates blood vessel growth also helps repair broken bones
Bones that refuse to heal may one day be set straight by a drug that stimulates the growth of new blood vessels, according to a new study in mice from the University of California, San Francisco.

12 UNC institutions to examine how N.C. counties handle welfare reform
Faculty members at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will work with colleagues at 11 other UNC campuses over the next year to determine how N.C. counties have carried out welfare reform.

Alexion and Yale discover harmful complement activation in patients with acute coronary syndrome
The report was made at the Scientific Sessions of the American College of Cardiology.

Studies propose that depression increases risk of dying for heart failure patients
The link between depression and the development of heart disease is growing stronger, Duke University Medical Center cardiologists say.

National Science Board to meet (March 15-16)
Journalists are invited to attend the next open session of the National Science Board (NSB) on Thursday, March 16, at the National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va.

Research findings may lead to new diagnostic tools and therapies for asthma
In a potentially pivotal finding for physicians who treat asthma and medical researchers who investigate it, a study in the March issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine reports that acutely ill asthmatics have a dramatic but reversible degree of acidity in the water expired from their lungs

More drought looming if rains do not return, USGS warns
Last summer's drought may move westward this summer as streamflows in many parts of the United States continue below normal.

Despite benefits, aspirin greatly underused in people with heart disease
Too few Americans who have heart disease take aspirin to help prevent a recurrent heart attack and other cardiovascular problems, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Pig tissue transplant may improve Parkinson's disease
Brain implants of pig embryonic cells can result in significant clinical improvement in some Parkinson's disease patients, according to a study published in the March 14 issue of Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology's scientific journal.

Study finds fewer side effects for women on lower dose birth control pills
The results of a first-of-its kind clinical trial comparing the side effects of three leading oral contraceptives show patients taking pills with a lower dose of estrogen have 50 percent fewer side effects than those taking the higher dose pill most commonly prescribed by doctors.

Day care study done by Rush nurses improve toddlers' behavior; Parents show improvement, too
A study of 268 parents with young children in 11 Chicago day- care centers serving low-income families found that using a parent training course can significantly help parents reduce the number of behavioral problems among their two and three- year-old children.

Laboratory wins awards for commercializing technology
The Federal Laboratory Consortium has honored researchers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory for their efforts in moving three technologies from the laboratory into the marketplace.

Hormone replacement therapy: Is it right for you?
Menopause will affect every woman's life. Usually occurring between the ages of 45 and 55, menopause is when menstruation stops completely, and often causes numerous problems as a woman's body responds to shifting hormone levels.

Storm warning: physicist predicts solar damage
Australia's new national power grid and hundreds of satellites orbiting the Earth may have survived a solar particle explosion from last month's solar storm, but they might not be so lucky next time.

Duke study finds evidence-based medicine had little influence on patient care
The ability of evidence-based medicine to change physicians' practice habits was tested in a novel little study - and lost.
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