Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 20, 2000
Current guidance doesn't help doctors treat young patients at risk of heart disease
Current guidelines on drug treatment for heart disease don't advise doctors on how to treat young patients with a high risk profile, reports research in this week's BMJ.

Medical imaging shows dinosaur heart more like bird's or mammal's than reptile's
A computerized tomography (CT) scan of the chest cavity of a new dinosaur fossil reveals a heart more closely resembling a bird or mammal organ, rather than a modern reptile's.

Bedbugs bite back (again)
Bedbugs seem to be making something of a comeback after a prolonged absence, suggests a letter from Brighton Public Health Laboratory Service in this week's BMJ.

New process yields safe orange juice that tastes like fresh-squeezed
A new process that uses carbon dioxide gas under high pressure can produce orange juice that tastes just like fresh-squeezed, but is as safe to drink as the heat- pasteurized variety, according to a University of Florida food engineer who helped perfect the process.

Smoking does not protect against dementia or Alzheimer's disease
Smoking does not protect against dementia or Alzheimer's disease, shows a study in this week's BMJ, contradicting the implications of some previous research.

Employers are primary source of health plan information
Employers are the most common source of information about health plan choices, says a new study of more than 900 workers in Minnesota.

Hospitals vary in provision of wellness services
General hospitals are contributing to health promotion and disease prevention in their communities, yet there is significant variation in such efforts, according to the results of a new study.

A ringing endorsement for new tb drug target
By knocking out a single ring-like component of a molecule on the surface of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, HHMI researchers have created a mutant strain of the deadly bacterium that fails to establish a lethal infection in mice.

Author, futurist Ben Bova to headline 'Turning Goals into Reality' conference at Marshall
When author and futurist Ben Bova addresses an audience of scientists, engineers and thinkers at NASA's second

Fatherhood can have transforming effect on men's lives
Despite the enormous social changes affecting family and parenting over the past three decades, fatherhood still offers powerful incentives and important social benefits for many men, a Penn State study says.

Skeleton from royal tomb is not King Philip II
The skeleton thought to be King Philip II, accomplished military leader and father of Alexander the Great, is in fact one of Alexander's half brothers, a much less prominent figure in the royal lineup of ancient Greece.

Psychiatrists fail to ask their patients about violent intentions to others
Psychiatrists fail to ask their patients about violent intentions to others, and may therefore be putting them and the public at risk, suggests research in this week's BMJ.

HHMI to award $16.25 million in new grants to support research by outstanding biomedical scientists in Canada and Latin America
HHMI will award $16.25 million in new grants to support the research of biomedical scientists in Canada and five Latin American countries.

How to identify a new killer virus or West Nile fever: Epidemic outbreaks, biological attacks detectable by simple electronic reporting method
In a Hollywood-style biological attack, Bruce Willis or, perhaps, George Clooney would be expected to render a killer virus harmless in 90 minutes.

Putting a price on the world: Special issue on economic valuation in environment journal
In a series of 12 articles on economic valuation of the environment, researchers present real-world and theoretical findings about the global marketplace called planet Earth.

Study shows obsessive-compulsive disorder runs in families
Researchers have laid to rest the myth that another mental disorder stems from

Gene mutation upsets mammalian biological clock
HHMI researchers have pinpointed the cause of a genetic mutation that switches a hamster's biological clock to a 20- hour day from the normal 24-hour day.

Action needed now to curb biological warfare
Swift action is needed to curb the prospect of disease being deliberately applied for military or terrorist purposes through biological warfare, writes Stephen Pullinger, director of the International Security Information Service in this week's BMJ.

Novel antiviral drug concept targets number of human viruses
In laboratory studies, an entirely new approach to antiviral drug development is showing remarkable effectiveness.

Tobacco may explain some of the differences in health inequalities between North and South Europe
Smoking may explain some of the differences in health inequalities between Northern and Southern European countries, indicates research in this week's issue of the BMJ.
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