Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 06, 2000
Threat of widespread job losses significantly increases ill health among employees
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New research on investigational Alzheimer's disease treatment suggests significant improvement of symptoms
Results from a new five-month study conducted by Janssen Research Foundation show that patients who were treated with Reminyl (galantamine), a new treatment for Alzheimer's disease showed a significant improvement in their cognitive, functional and behavioural symptoms, when measured by commonly-used assessments of severity of Alzheimer's disease.

Personal drug profiles based on genetic make-up already in use
In this week's BMJ, researchers from the Imperial College School of Medicine review the rapid progress of pharmacogenetics - the prescription of drugs according to an individual's genetically determined response to them.

McGill team offers new hopes in cures for Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, depression, drug addiction and severe pain
Dopamine and somatostatin are two major neurotransmitter systems that share a number of structural and functional characteristics.

Ethnicity does not affect prescription of painkillers
Ethnic background has no bearing on the prescription of pain relief, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Threat of widespread job losses significantly increases ill health among employees
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Psychologist finds low-cost methods to prevent pharmacy mistakes
Pharmacy errors and medical mistakes have been making headlines, even prompting investigations by the federal government.

Substantial numbers of schoolchildren in Scotland carry weapons
Substantial numbers of schoolchildren in Scotland carry weapons, finds a schools survey published in this week's BMJ.

Researchers identify drug target to treat sleeping sickness
Johns Hopkins researchers have discovered a new metabolic pathway in a parasite that could lead to drugs for treating so-called African sleeping sickness.

Analytical chemists earn national recognition for metals research
University of Cincinnati chemists traveled from New Orleans to San Francisco this month to present results on a variety of research projects ranging from sensors to detect pathogenic microbes to an analysis of a common dietary supplement.

Links and ideas for Earth Day, April 2, 2000
Some story ideas for Earth Day April 22, 2000. Journal articles and publications on the web.

Ancient dirty pottery may hold key to Iroquoian origin
The last thing most people want is food-encrusted pots, but to one Penn State archaeologist, burned-on, crusty old food may be a key to determining the origins of the Iroquois.

Rush conducts nationwide study to find genetic markers for depression
The National Institutes of Mental Health has launched the largest psychiatric genetic study ever attempted to investigate how recurrent depression is passed along through families.

Biomathematician named first Aurelio professor of mathematics and science at Boston University
Nancy Kopell, a brilliant and highly accomplished mathematician who has applied her knowledge of nonlinear dynamics to fundamental problems in biology, chemistry, and neuroscience with great success, has been named Boston University's first William Goodwin Aurelio Professor of Mathematics and Science.

Video cameras reveal seals, whales, and other marine mammals take a laid-back approach to deep diving
For years scientists have puzzled over the ability of dolphins, seals, and other marine mammals to perform long, deep dives that seem to exceed their aerobic capacities.

Chemical 'crumbs' from microbes' snacks provide a trail to ancient, remote life
Researchers are turning their attention to the culinary habits of microbes in their search for a few chemical

Looking at vegetation through remote sensing
Scientists have found some unique ways to use remote-sensing data in analyzing and modeling vegetation.

Chance of kidney transplant more than doubles with less-invasive kidney removal technique
Four years after starting to use a new, less invasive approach to remove a kidney from living kidney donors, surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore say the procedure has opened the door to many more donors for patients in need of a transplant.
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