Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 23, 2000
New approach may help in design of future circuits
As electronic circuits become more compact, the individual, overlapping wires are crammed so close together that their signals interfere with each other, causing devices to work more slowly or to fail.

Research study offered to family members caring for persons with Alzheimer's disease
Family members who treat and care for persons with Alzheimer's disease have the opportunity to learn more about the disease and the skills required to care for their relatives as part of a research study that focuses on the personal care and behavioral issues of people with Alzheimer's disease that live at home.

New liposuction technique for neck and jowls offers more precise results, Yale study shows
A new liposuction method for the neck and jowls using several tiny incisions and a syringe is more precise and helps guard against extracting too much fat, a Yale study shows.

Scientists pump genome for hypertension genes
If you have high blood pressure, try to relax: help is on the way.

Study finds children are exposed to pesticides
Pre-school children in agricultural communities may be exposed to high levels of pesticides.

Vaccination reform may improve consistency of care for children
The reform of vaccination financing may help prevent the scattering of pediatric care, as well as underimmunization of children, suggest the results of a New York State-based study.

New evidence suggests reconsidering causes and treatments for schizophrenia
Schizophrenia is an extremely debilitating and costly disease that is difficult to understand and treat.

New antibiotics must be used wisely
PHILADELPHIA -- (April 24, 2000) The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) reacted to the recent FDA approvals of two new antibiotic drugs with both praise and caution.

77-year-old man who wants to golf again will get his wish
A 77-year-old man who returned to Chicago after retiring to Palm Springs, Calif., because arthritis pain prevented him from playing golf, will soon be able to walk the links again following a pioneering knee replacement surgery on Tuesday, April 25, at Rush-Presbyterian-St.

New genes protect trees from insects, disease
Researchers at Michigan Tech are transferring altered genes into fungi that facilitate the flow of nutrients through tree roots to help trees protect themselves against disease and insects.

Duke study suggest new pathway to preserve heart function after attack
Using an experimental method that breaks from conventional wisdom about how to treat heart failure, scientists at Duke University Medical Center have shown in rabbits that blocking a key enzyme pathway can prevent the onset of heart failure.

Best images yet of Jupiter's inner moons
The Galileo spacecraft has captured the highest-resolution images yet of three Jupiter's four innermost moons, Thebe, Amalthea, and Metis.

Genome annotation experts take standardized test
Now that the age of the genome is upon us, scientists are building powerful computer programs to automatically decipher new DNA code.

Parental divorce has minimal effect on children's ability to trust others in later life
Children of divorce or who experience family instability are not automatically less trusting in their adult relationships than their peers from intact families, a Penn State study shows.

Flying into the Arctic in search of ozone highs
An aircraft packed with scientists and instruments is flying toward the brutal cold of the Arctic Circle to scrutinize an annual springtime rise in lower-atmosphere ozone levels.

Geoscientists present research on geological evolution of the North American Cordillera
Research presented at the 96th Annual Meeting of the Cordilleran Section of the Geological Society of America will cover everything from earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and slope stability problems, to the study of fossils, general plate tectonics, mineral deposits, and other economic resources.

Study: breath test effective in showing patients who should get less cancer drug
A new study shows a relatively simple technique pioneered by a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill physician can distinguish between patients who metabolize one anti-cancer drug normally and those who need to receive lower doses for safety.

Smoking cessation aids help smokers quit
Rather than quitting cold turkey, more smokers are seeking assistance to help them quit smoking, and it seems to improve their odds of success, according to a new study.

Strong social support improves survival of depressed heart patients
By counting on friends and family, heart attack survivors may be better able to fight depression during that critical first year following a heart attack, according to today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Matrisian named Vanderbilt's first chair of cancer biology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine has created a new Department of Cancer Biology, its first new basic science department in 45 years.

Counter-advertising may change smokers' beliefs
Public health campaigns may be an effective way to get the word out about the dangers of
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