Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 26, 2000
Alexandra Witze and Richard Hill win AGU journalism awards
Alexandra Witze of the Dallas Morning News has won the 2000 Walter Sullivan Award, and Richard Hill of The Oregonian is the first winner of the David Perlman Award, both of which are presented by the American Geophysical Union.

Cedars-Sinai medical tip sheet for April, 2000
Hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), LDL apheresis, hip arthroscopy, Apo A-1 Milano, minimally invasive pediatric heart surgery, and 4 steps to take before taking a natural supplement are just some of the topics included in this month's tip sheet from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

New fertility technique to help women have own genetic baby from donor egg
A major laboratory advance by a team of French, Spanish and Italian fertility experts may one day allow some women using donated eggs to have a baby that would carry nearly her own genes instead of those of the donor.

At the waters edge -- Managing riparian forests
In the book, Riparian Management in Forests of the Continental Eastern United States, edited by Forest Service scientists, Elon S.

Protein helps plants resist disease, insects
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has granted registration for the agricultural use of harpin, a Cornell- discovered protein that induces a plant to mobilize its own defenses against pathogens and insects.

A big whoop! Crane chicks will hatch on-line: Go to whoopers.USGS.gov
How do you help an endangered species return to the wild?

Temple University professor's innovation provides "personalized" tutoring to electrical engineering students
In the not-too-distant future, engineering students will be able to receive

Radar provides new means to detect, disable buried land mines
Finding and removing buried land mines is becoming safer and easier, thanks to Ohio State University research involving ground penetrating radar.

Cat allergy sufferers find relief in asthma drug
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have found that individuals who have the misfortune to be allergic to cats can find welcome relief and protection from symptoms in one of a new class of drugs already known to help other asthmatics.

Study: Thoughts of fathers often trouble Vietnamese Amerasians
Mental health professionals have been concerned that Vietnamese Amerasians have had adjustment and psychological problems since moving to the United States.

Private and public insurance deny few services
Understanding how mental illness cases are managed for insured populations by large managed behavioral health organizations, and comparing the quality of care in large health care systems are the focus of two articles in the May issue of the Psychiatric Services Journal.

Philip and Phylis Morrison, and science service picked for NSB Public Service Awards
The National Science Board (NSB) has named Philip and Phylis Morrison -- he, a renowned physicist and science communicator, and she, an educator, author and her husband's long-time collaborator -- for the NSB's third annual public service award.

ZymoGenetics discovers potential new therapy for autoimmune diseases
Researchers at ZymoGenetics,Inc. announced today the discovery of a potential new therapy for lupus, and possibly other autoimmune diseases.

UF study shows pumping iron improves strength, independence in frail elderly
Strokes, injuries and the aging process often rob elderly people of the ability to care for themselves, but pumping iron can help restore some independence to the most incapacitated, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Florida and the Malcom Randall Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Gainesville.

Advanced cell technology reports reversal
Advanced Cell Technology reports successful reversal of the aging process in cells.

New understanding of migraines may lead to more effective treatments
The painfully sensitive skin that accompanies many migraines has revealed a new understanding of the debilitating headaches.

First demonstration of the ultimate computer security
Scientists are a step closer to creating absolutely unbreakable secret codes, advancing hopes for protecting sensitive data from any kind of computer attack.

Melanoma Research Foundation sponsors nationwide events for melanoma awareness
The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), a non-profit organization dedicated to finding a cure, is sponsoring nationwide events in May, Melanoma Awareness Month.

Scientists localize susceptibility gene for schizophrenia
Researchers believe they have localized a major susceptibility gene for schizophrenia on chromosome 1, according to a study published in the April 28 edition of the journal Science.

Getting to the core of reovirus
HHMI researchers have solved the structure of an important component of reovirus, a double-stranded RNA virus that bears similarity to pathogens such as rotavirus, a potentially deadly cause of diarrhea in infants.

New data shows prescribers how to cut the cost of schizophrenia care while relieving patient distress
A major new study, presented today in Madrid, evaluating the cost-effectiveness (1,901 patients, 61 centres, 9 countries) of atypical antipsychotics in schizophrenia has shown that treatment with Risperdal (risperidone) is 50% less expensive than olanzapine, with no difference in clinical outcomes.

U.S. Humane Society challenges scientists to end research animal pain and distress by 2020
At a Washington news conference, The Humane Society of the United States, the nation's largest animal protection organization, called on scientists and government officials to join the organization's efforts to work towards ending pain and distress in the 20 or so million animals used annually in researcy by 2020.

New research shows that even for infants, toddlers better-quality care boosts thinking, language skills
Investigators at UNC-CH's Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center found that even infants and toddlers in superior child care were more likely to show better intellectual and language skills and learn language faster than others in poor quality care.
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