Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 01, 2000
Enzyme may protect nerve cells from brain disorders
Telomerase, an enzyme believed to have a role in determining the life span of cells, also may protect nerve cells against decreased function and premature death caused by Alzheimer's disease and other age-related neurological disorders.

Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's seeks patients for major research study comparing different options to treat knee pain from damaged cartilage
The effectiveness of an autologous cartilage repair method is being studied at the Cartilage Restoration Center at Rush- Presbyterian-St.

Worrying rise in high risk sexual behaviour among homosexual men
The first ever report of an increase in unsafe sex among gay men in England appears in this week's BMJ, representing a worrying shift in behaviour twenty years after the start of the HIV epidemic.

Antibiotics prescribed for plants
Both conventional and certified organic growers find antibiotics to be an essential tool to prevent crop losses from bacterial diseases like fire blight to apple and pear trees.

Genetic Data, Tissue Samples and Research Subjects with Cognitive Impairment are Among the Sensitive Issues to be Explored at Two-Day Conference Orga
A review of current and evolving concerns about medical research with human subjects will be presented at a two-day educational conference for researchers and institutional review boards on Thursday and Friday, June 8th and 9th, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Study reveals poorer survival for patients suffering strokes while in hospital
Patients who have a stroke while in hospital remain in hospital longer and are more likely to die in hospital than patients who are admitted following a stroke, suggests research in this week's BMJ.

Fiber supplement may substitute for cholesterol-lowering drugs
It may be possible for some patients battling high cholesterol to diminish or even eliminate their need for drug treatment by adding fiber to a healthy diet, according to results of a study by James W.

Adult stem cells can produce a wealth of cell types, Science authors report
Research by a team of Swedish scientists suggests that reprogrammed adult neural stem cells in mice can potentially generate a wide variety of cell types, contributing to heart, liver, muscle, intestine and other tissues.

Princeton scientists describe genetics of blood stem cells
Scientists have outlined the molecular genetics behind a great mystery of biology: how blood cells replenish themselves.

New research centre to continue 200-year-old traditions
A new Field Research centre will be established in one of the world's most popular ecotourism localities and important national parks.

Modernising the NHS: what would make a difference for the professions?
In the fourth of seven BMJ articles on the modernising of the NHS, Isobel Allen, Professor of health and social policy at the Policy Studies Institute, London, looks at the third of five challenges set out by the prime minister surrounding more flexible working practices and less demarcation.

Decline in teenage drug use in the UK
Since 1995, drug use among UK teenagers has undergone significant decline, according to a letter in this week's BMJ.

"Radical" Discovery Advances Medicine and Plastics
The American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, will designate Moses Gomberg's discovery of organic free radicals a National Historic Chemical Landmark at a ceremony June 25 at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

McGill launches Centre for Bioinformatics
The bioinformatics revolution is beginning to affect profoundly the whole of biology and medicine.

Just-published research shows for the first time that Lyme Disease bacterium does not require iron to infect host
New research from scientists at the University of Georgia, just published in the journal Science, demonstrates that Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacterium that causes Lyme disease in humans, is the first pathogenic bacterium identified that does not need or use iron.
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