Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 04, 2000
MIT 'Star Wars' technology applied to breast cancer
An MIT researcher's work ten years ago on

Treatment speeds skin-wound healing in diabetic mice
Scientists have identified a sequence of amino acids found in a common blood protein that accelerates healing of hard-to- treat skin wounds in mice.

Study: crime, lack of PE, recreation programs lead U.S. adolescents to couch-potato lifestyles
Lack of access to school physical education programs and community recreation centers significantly decreases the chance that U.S. adolescents will be physically active, a major new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

New detection system
A specialized detection coil used in a nuclear quadrupole resonance, or NQR, system for detecting hidden narcotics and explosives has been patented by the Naval Research Laboratory.

First soybeans with complete nematode resistance developed
The soybean farmer's biggest enemy -- a tiny parasitic worm known as the soybean cyst nematode -- will soon not be a worry, thanks to Purdue University scientists and Midwestern plant breeders.

High-fiber diet keeps people from chewing the fat
Adding two bowls of high-fiber cereal a day may be an easy way for Americans to reduce their fat intake, according to research presented at the American Heart Association dietary conference on fatty acids.

Better wear resistance
Navy researchers have filed a patent on a new way to synthesize a composite material from a metal matrix and reinforcing particles.

New cancer therapy: Developed in Boston, licensed in Britain -- Oxford Biomedica to put p450 gene to the test in clinical trials
A promising new weapon against cancer, developed by scientists at Boston University, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, has begun clinical trials at Oxford BioMedica, a British company specializing in the application of gene-based therapeutics.

New theory on the mystery of the origin of life proposed by Weizmann Institute scientists
One of the greatest mysteries, which continuously fascinates many scientists worldwide, concerns the way by which life emerged on primeval Earth.

European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology conference, Bologna, Italy, 25-28 June
New findings in the controversial field of reproductive medicine to be unveiled at annual international conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE)

Novel resuscitative fluid developed at University of Pittsburgh shows promise in animal studies
Results of animal studies indicate a novel resuscitative fluid, HemoMax, developed by University of Pittsburgh researchers has potential to treat severe hemorrhage.

Proposed food label changes for trans fats could reduce heart disease deaths, save money
Deaths from heart attacks could be reduced as a result of a government plan to change food labels to reflect the amount of trans fatty acids in processed foods, according to a study presented at an American Heart Association dietary conference on fatty acids.

Targeted genetics presents promising data from cystic fibrosis clinical trial
Targeted Genetics presented data from its Phase I clinical trial of an aerosol formulation of tgAAV-CF, the Company's gene therapy product for the treatment of cystic fibrosis (CF).

Aventis Pharmaceuticals' Allegra® (Fexofenadine Hcl) 30-Mg tablets now available to treat seasonal allergies, chronic hives in children 6 to 11 years
Aventis Pharmaceuticals announced Allegra® (fexofenadine HCl) 30-mg tablets, twice daily, are now available by prescription for the relief of seasonal allergic rhinitis and chronic idiopathic urticaria (hives) in children 6 to 11 years.

Coordinated effort of space observatories detects new type of stellar flare
A group of astronomers using the Hubble Space Telescope and Chandra X-ray Observatory, in concert with other telescopes, have directly detected for the first time a new type of stellar flare occurring in a narrow temperature range of gas on a star other than the sun.

OHSU study reveals continued reports of increased pain in dying hospitalized patients
A study By the Center for Ethics in Health Care at Oregon Health Sciences University details continued reports of increased pain in dying patients.

MIT robot aids therapy of stroke victims
An MIT robot continues to prove its worth in the physical therapy of stroke victims.

Genetic method has promise for assessing environmental cleanup
Engineers are using genetics to develop a simple, quick method for assessing the progress of environmental cleanup efforts at sites contaminated with petroleum-based pollutants like gasoline and diesel fuel.

UCSD researcher wins grant to study colon cancer in African-Americans
The California Cancer Research Program (CRP) of the state Department of Health Services has awarded a physician- scientist at UCSD a $600,000 grant to conduct a 3-year study of colon cancer in African-Americans.

New generation of X-ray telescopes may solve giant black hole mysteries
Future orbiting X-ray telescopes should confirm whether gigantic black holes in the universe, some of which are thought to weigh as much as several billion stars, are spinning like flywheels, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder astrophysicist.

Mayo Clinic scientists discover way to enhance immune system that repairs nervous system in mouse model
In a major scientific discovery, Mayo Clinic scientists conducting research in mice with central nervous system damage have found a way to enhance the immune system that resulted in nervous system repair in the mice.

Doctors struggle together to improve communication when death looms
Doctors from around the country are gathering in Rochester, N.Y.

Targeted Genetics presents data on arthritis gene therapy
Targeted Genetics Corporation presented data from its gene therapy program for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at the American Society of Gene Therapy Third Annual Meeting.

Distance healing: Evidence suggests patients may benefit, says University of Maryland School of Medicine study
A technique known as therapeutic touch, prayer on someone's behalf and other kinds of

Cocaine use while pregnant may cause ADHD
A connection between cocaine use during pregnancy and attention dysfunction in children is suggested in a study by researchers at Cornell University and the University of Kentucky.

Biodiversity may reduce Lyme disease
It's well-known that biodiversity makes ecosystems healthier. But new research shows that biodiversity may make people healthier too.

Chandra observes cloud powered by black hole in distant
NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has shown that a giant gas cloud is being blasted by X-rays from the vicinity of a giant black hole which lurks in its center.
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