Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 16, 2000
Susan Okie receives microbiology communcations award
Susan Okie, medical reporter at The Washington Post, has been named the recipient of the 2000 American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Public Communications Award.

The New England Journal of Medicine publishes important Parkinson's disease study
Results indicate that the Parkinson's disease treatment Requip managed Parkinson's disease symptoms for up to five years with a low risk of dyskinesias.

Study reveals enzyme that behaves like a 'quantum inchworm'
Little is known about the actions of the tiny, critically important machines that maintain DNA, the chemical code coiled inside all living cells.

On guard
A line of sentinel chickens are to be posted across the Canadian border as an early warning system against the spread of West Nile virus from the US.

Blocking growth factor halts tumor advance, spread in mice
Researchers at Columbia have found that blocking the interaction of two naturally occurring molecules in tumor cells restricts the growth and spread of neoplasms in mice.

Is your phone infected?
Computer scientists are warning that future viruses could spread via intelligent mobile phones or personal digital assistants.

NHLBI study shows large blood pressure benefit from reduced dietary sodium
The lower the amount of sodium in the diet, the lower the blood pressure, for both those with and without hypertension, according to a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)-supported clinical study.

Behavior therapy and medications significantly better for depressed patients than either approach used alone
Depressed patients who received an effective anti-depressant, combined with psychotherapy, experienced significant improvement over patients who received the anti-depressant or the psychotherapy alone, according to a study published in the May 18 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

New deployable thin-film, ultralight mirror may be future of space telescopes and surveillance satellites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories and the University of Kentucky are developing enabling technologies for a new thin-film, ultralight deployable mirror that may be the future of space telescopes and surveillance satellites.

Developing tools to prevent death during pregnancy & childbirth: Penn researchers receive $4.95 million grant to study, help reduce maternal mortality
The Center for Research on Reproduction & Women's Health at the Univ. of PA Medical Center was awarded $4.95 million from Gates Foundation.

Link found between AIDS medications and diabetes
AIDS drugs that dramatically prolong the lives of many HIV- infected people also quickly block the body's ability to store glucose, Washington University scientists have found.

Rush uses 'resurrected' chemical cautery treatment to bring relief
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center is offering patients a resurrected treatment for sinus pain and infection caused by seasonal allergies or chronic sinus problems.

Chandra survey of distant galaxies provides evidence for vigorous starbursts
Using NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, astronomers have made the first long-duration X-ray survey of the Hubble Deep Field North.

Penn researchers join forces in a nationwide study to explore the genetics or recurrent early-onset depression, bipolar disorder & schizophrenia
To help identify genes that predispose individuals to major mental illnesses such as depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia, researchers from the UPENN Medical Center joined forces with other academic medical sites and the NIMH for the largest psychiatric genetics studies ever attempted.
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