Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 23, 2000
Mother's risk of death from cardiovascular disease doubled for every kilo less her baby weighs at birth
A mother's risk of dying from cardiovascular disease is doubled for every kilo less her baby weighs at birth, shows research in this week's BMJ.

UT Southwestern to study effect of low-carbohydrate diet on kidney-stone formation and bone loss
A resurgence in interest in the high-protein, low- carbohydrate diet has prompted two doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas to zero in on the fad diet to see if it increases the risk of kidney stones and loss of bone.

How a hormonal henchman triggers death
HHMI investigators have shown through intricate experiments on fruit fly larval tissues how a hormone triggers the programmed cell death that occurs when immature tissues are pruned away to make room for adult organs.

White House-initiated NIH conference is first to focus on finding a cure for epilepsy: Conference goal is 'No Seizures, No Side Effects'
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, a component of the National Institutes of Health, is sponsoring a first-of-its-kind conference presenting discoveries likely to lead to the prevention and cure of epilepsy with the support and cooperation of several epilepsy organizations.

Fruit fly's genome sequence finished in record time: Physical maps are the key to accuracy
The genome of D. melanogaster, the largest yet sequenced in full, is described in the 24 March 2000 issue of Science magazine, in a series of articles jointly authored by hundreds of scientists, technicians, and students from 20 public and private institutions in five countries.

Manatees saved by ONR-supported technology
ONR-supported scientists contributed a key technology to the new, highly successful Manatee Protection System designed by the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution.

Most acquisition of meningitis bacteria among students occurs in first week of university term
Most acquisition of the bacteria for meningitis occurs during the first week of the university term, reports research in this week's BMJ.

Studies of clumsy flies yield molecule important in balance, hearing
HHMI researchers studying uncoordinated fruit flies have identified a central component of the sensory machinery that underlies balance, touch and hearing.

Education now changing radically, UNC-CH 'futurist' professor says
Globalization, economic restructuring and telecommunications are radically influencing the way we will live and work in the future, and people and educational institutions not keeping up with the changes will be left in the dust.

Is there such a thing as the male menopause?
The male menopause may not be the right term for it, but men do have a collection of symptoms in mid-life that equate to the female menopause, argue Gould and Petty of Goldcross Medical Services, London, in a debate in this week's BMJ.

Cell division study aids cancer drug search
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have discovered a new mechanism which controls the ability of cells to divide and multiply.

Recognition of television images can be used as developmental milestone
Television images can be a useful developmental milestone in young children, reports a study in the BMJ.

Mothers' depression may induce earlier puberty in daughters
A mother's depression may cause her daughter to hit puberty earlier, suggest the results of a small study.

'Science and Technology at the Millennium: Retrospect or Prospect' Focus of AAAS Science and Technology Colloquium, April 11-13 in Washington, DC
E-commerce, technology transfer, medical advances, genetically modified foods and the globalization of research and development will be addressed at the 25th annual AAAS Colloquium on Science and Technology Policy.

Virginia Tech researchers study effects on environment of lead from bullets
Two studies done at Virginia Tech showed very little lead damage to the environment from bullets left on battlefields or on a carefully designed shotgun/rifle range.

Teams from 17 states and Puerto Rico to compete in 7th annual 'Great Moonbuggy Race'
Teams from across the United States are approaching their final tuneup phase in preparing for the 7th annual Great Moonbuggy Race, April 7-8 at the U.S.

Drosophila genome sequence completed
The common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, has been the workhorse of biology and genetics laboratories for the past 90 years.

Lower teen pregnancy rates in practices with young female doctors
Teen pregnancy rates seem to be significantly lower in areas with surgeries staffed by young female GPs, suggests research in this week's BMJ.
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