Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 22, 2000
Research findings by Gladstone/UCSF team show apoE3 inhibits Alzheimer's memory impairment
Researchers from the Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease and the University of California, San Francisco have found that the natural brain protein apolipoprotein E3 (apoE3) prevents memory problems associated with Alzheimer's disease.

Depression and anxiety linked to hypertension
People who experience symptoms of depression or anxiety are at increased risk of developing hypertension, suggest the results of a two-decade study.

NSF emphasizes research into the information technology workforce
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it will support new research addressing the underrepresentation of women and minorities in the information technology workforce (ITW).

$1.6 million in new grants to local schools will put more Maryland teens, teachers in research labs
Three new grants totaling nearly $1.6 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute will enable high school students and teachers to do research in NIH laboratories.

Online search tool organizes info into e-books
A specialized online search tool that could be applied to many different subjects is helping researchers create a library of electronic books.

UF researcher unlocks secrets of popular supplement creatine
A new study by a University of Florida professor finally helps explain some of the side effects associated with the popular muscle enhancer creatine.

A new spin on a strange class of pulsar
MIT and McGill University astronomers have taken a major step in defining a type of slow-spinning, highly magnetic collapsed star seemingly so rare and unusual that even its interim name, Anomalous X-ray Pulsar (AXP), reveals how truly strange it is.

Brookhaven scientists reveal how catalysts adsorb pollutants
Better catalytic converters and smokestack

NIH consensus development conference will address osteoporosis prevention, diagnosis and therapy
The NIH will hold a Consensus Development Conference on Osteoporosis Prevention, Diagnosis, and Therapy, March 27-29, 2000, in the main auditorium of the William H.

UNC-CH professor tells of black lawyers practicing in apartheid-era South Africa
When Kenneth Broun was growing up in Chicago and attending law school at the University of Illinois, he had no idea that his future would include writing a book about his strong ties to South Africa and its black lawyers.

Femtosecond pulses at Berkeley Lab's advanced light source
Strobe-like flashes of synchrotron light lasting less than 300 femtoseconds (300 millionths of a billionth of a second) have been produced for the first time ever off the primary beam of a synchrotron light source.

Low cholesterol associated with depressive symptoms
Middle-aged men with chronically low serum cholesterol levels are more likely than other men to show symptoms of severe depression, concludes a new study conducted in The Netherlands.

Jefferson scientists discover potential mechanism linking rare cancer to HIV
Researchers at Jefferson Medical College have found an unusual relationship between HIV and a rare head and neck cancer found primarily in Africa.

Completion of the Drosophila genome sequence
The DNA sequence of the Drosophila genome will be released and published today.

Researchers find gold at sea and on land
Two research projects in Virginia Tech's Department of Geological Sciences concern gold on the wreck of what is believed to be Blackbeard's flagship and the history and trends of American gold production.

In-hospital distress can predict heart attack outcomes
People who are depressed and anxious in the hospital after a heart attack are more likely than other heart attack patients to have ongoing distress and poorer quality of life, a new study concludes.

Irritability, dominance linked to coronary heart disease
Both irritability and dominance may be important factors in men's risk of coronary heart disease (CHD), says new research.

Flies with human gene seem to develop Parkinson's disease
Flies harboring versions of a human gene could help solve a central mystery concerning Parkinson's disease, a neurodegenerative disorder that currently affects more than a half a million Americans.

UCSD study of uncoordinated fruit flies provides molecular clues to hearing problems in humans
In an ingenious study of severely uncoordinated fruit flies, scientists at the University of California, San Diego have obtained the first molecular hints of how humans and other complex organisms hear, maintain their balance and sense touch.

New link uncovered in nerve cell mechanism thought to power learning and memory
Researchers at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory have uncovered a significant new link in the molecular chain of events thought to underlie learning and memory.

University of Pittsburgh researchers find that diabetics have better outcomes if they see specialists
Diabetics who see specialists have better health outcomes than those seeing generalists, and the effect is greater among patients with less education. 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