Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 09, 2000
UCSF researchers find link between vitamin C and gallbladder disease
UCSF Researchers find link between vitamin C and gallbladder disease.

Prenatal exposure to DDE and PCB may affect body size at puberty -- boys are taller, heavier, and some girls are heavier
A mother's background exposure to DDE (a product of the insecticide DDT) and PCBs (a once widely used, but now banned liquid electrical insulator) may increase the size of her children at puberty.

NSF honors Yale biochemist Jennifer Doudna with the Alan T. Waterman Award
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has chosen a Yale University associate professor of molecular biophysics and biochemistry to receive its most prestigious prize for young researchers.

Professor says economy still booming, gas prices should drop considerably
All of the nation's economic forecasters have been raising their earlier predictions every month for a year, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill financial expert says.

Studies of marine mammals indicate a "breathtaking" ability to dive to great depths
When it comes to diving deeply, marine mammals as different as seals and blue whales employ the same physiological adaptations to allow them to travel the maximum distance with minimum effort.

New study reveals allergy shots could help millions of children and adults with asthma
Allergy shots could help millions of adults and children with allergic asthma control or reduce their asthma symptoms, improve their lung function and decrease their reliance on medication, according to a new study published in the current issue of the journal Clinical Therapeutics.

New antioxidant vitamin RDAs better, but not good enough
The increases announced today for the recommended dietary allowances of antioxidants such as vitamins C and E are a step in the right direction, experts say, but still fall short of the amounts that many studies have shown could help prevent heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Study links one human gene to multiple diseases of old age
A human genome study by UIC researchers suggests that a single gene may contribute to many of the devastating illnesses associated with old age.

Device or drug? Study answers questions about treating dangerous heart irregularities
A new rating scale may help doctors make better medical decisions about whether a person should receive a drug or a device to fix a potentially deadly heart irregularity, according to researchers reporting in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
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