Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 02, 2000
Patient survival rates higher in neurologic intensive care unit
Patients with serious neurological conditions may have a better chance of survival in a Neurological/Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit (Neuro-ICU) rather than a general Intensive Care Unit (ICU), according to research presented during the American Academy of Neurology's 52nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA, April 29 - May 6, 2000.

NIH, D.C. mayor's office, and D.C. Asthma Coalition report on state of asthma in U.S. at official U.S. World Asthma Day press conference
To mark the 2nd annual observance of World Asthma Day, federal and local government officials and Washington, D.C., community leaders today reported that the prevalence of asthma continues to rise in the United States, and the burden is greatest in low-income and inner-city communities.

Give it a thought -- and make it so
Glancing at a stereo and turning it on with a thought may have once been science fiction, but inside a virtual world at the University of Rochester, people are listening to music by simply wishing it so.

Common spices protect bacteria during irradiation
A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry says some common spices can prevent bacteria like E. coli from being destroyed by irradiation.

Sleep easy
Japanese scientists have developed a smart cot that can detect the early signs of cot death or sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

Team tests 150-ton magnet in Japan
A 150-ton magnet key to an international experiment for fusion energy research has passed its initial operating test, MIT engineers and colleagues from the United States and Japan report.

Lifestyle factors fuel high diabetes risk in African-American women
A nine-year study of more than 12,000 middle-aged Americans suggests that at least half of the extra risk for diabetes faced by African-American women is linked to relatively simple and modifiable lifestyle factors.

Often missed facial displays give clues to true emotion, deceit
When listening to or looking at others, most people don't focus on the area of the face that will display true emotions, according to a report presented during the American Academy of Neurology's 52nd Annual Meeting in San Diego, CA.

Extensive drug information added to MEDLINEplus
Recognizing the public's strong interest in obtaining reliable information about available medicines, the National Library of Medicine, NIH, has enhanced its consumer health Web site, MEDLINEplus, with extensive information about more than 9,000 brand name and generic prescription and over-the- counter drugs.

Primates may have triggered the hepatitis pandemic
British scientists suggest that hepatitis B, the virus carried by 5 per cent of the world's population, probably spread to people from apes or monkeys .Researchers have found powerful evidence of naturally occurring animal epidemics that could be the source of many human infections.

Outpatient care of thyroid cancer patients poses minimal risk
Giving radiation treatment after surgery to remove a thyroid tumor is thought to provide the best chance of survival -- the irradiation aims to destroy remaining cancerous cells.

UCSD Cancer Center scientist elected to National Academy of Sciences
Richard D. Kolodner, professor in the Department of Medicine and in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, one of the highest honors accorded to American scientists.

Potential gene therapy carriers created that mimic viruses, without the risk
Chemists at Washington University in St. Louis have created chemical

Hopkins scientists link human papillomavirus (HPV) to head and neck cancer
Researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and School of Hygiene and Public Health have found the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) to be a likely cause of certain cancers of the head and neck and also an indicator of improved survival.

Lidocaine gel greatly reduces pain for men undergoing rectal prostate biopsy
Emory University researchers have found that a common anesthetic is an easy and effective solution for the pain most men endure during transrectal prostate biopsy, a diagnostic surgical procedure used to test for prostate cancer.

NIMH awards $1.6 million to study best way to keep depression from recurring
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Sudden falls for elderly may be caused by overlooked ear disorder
SAN DIEGO, CA - Sudden fall attacks among the elderly can be related to an overlooked inner ear disorder.

Bone deterioration linked to potent AIDS drugs
Protease inhibitors appear to leach minerals from the bones of some HIV patients, say researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Blister beetles use sex and subterfuge to infiltrate bee's nests
Researchers from San Francisco State University report the first case of parasitic insects cooperating to mimic female host species.

Depression symptoms associated with asthma patients' quality of life
Asthma patients who have more symptoms of depression report poorer health-related quality of life than do asthma patients who are not depressed, according to a new study.

Counting sheep? Sleep expert outlines help for insomniacs
A sleep expert at Washington University School of Medicine in St. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to