Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 05, 2000
People link career success with names, study finds
Who would more likely be successful as a plumber, Marge or Susan?

New NHLBI study to identify best treatment for people with mild persistent asthma
The NHLBI today announced the beginning of a new study to determine the best long-term strategy for treating adults with mild persistent asthma.

National Hemophilia Foundation names Hutchinson Center scientist 'Researcher of the Year'
Dusty Miller, Ph.D., of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, has received the National Hemophilia Foundation's highest honor for advancing gene therapy as a potential treatment for hemophilia, a bleeding disorder that affects one in 10,000 American males.

Reprogenesis reports preclinical studies in PNAS on tissue engineered product to prevent (re)stenosis
Scientists at Reprogenesis, MIT and BU today reported research supporting the potential use of Vascugel, a perivascular tissue engineered implant to prevent (re)stenosis and thrombosis.

NYU/MIT researchers create first 'designer' biomaterial for growing mammalian nerve cells
Researchers at NYU and MIT report that they have made a biomaterial that supports living nerve cells.

Bt corn variety found to be safe to Illinois butterfly
A Bt corn variety grown widely in East Central Illinois in 1999 had no adverse effect on black swallowtail caterpillars that thrive in weeds alongside cornfields, according to both field and laboratory studies at the University of Illinois.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, June 6, 2000
Hangovers have psychological, physical and job-related consequences; Long-term anticoagulant probably not needed after knee or hip surgery; Recombinant hormone may help scleroderma.

Fragmented Forest, Fragmented Food
A team of scientists working in Austrailia has discovered that forest fragments may not offer enough food for some songbirds.

US high school finalists announced for International Chemistry Olympiad team
Twenty of the nation's top high school chemistry students from 13 states will vie for a spot on the U.S. team in the 32nd International Chemistry Olympiad in Copenhagen, Denmark, July 2-11.

White LED wins discover award for technical innovation: Boston University engineer creates the ultimate light bulb
Fred Schubert of Boston University is one of eight technological visionaries named as winners of this year's DISCOVER Magazine Awards.

Sandia develops vertical cavity surface emitting laser that promises to reduce cost of fiber optics connections
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Sandia National Laboratories have developed the first 1.3 micron electrically-pumped vertical cavity surface emitting laser (VCSEL) grown on gallium arsenide.

DNA-repair machine maintains genomic stability
The fidelity of the human genome is under constant threat.

University at Buffalo study shows exercise training helps aging muscles resist injury, could postpone 'frailty'
Regular exercise helps aging muscles retain their flexibility and protects them from injury, one of the few studies of the effect of exercise training on muscle function in aging animals has found.

AIDS prevention researchers to gain premier online info-exchange forum
As efforts to develop an AIDS vaccine intensify worldwide, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the University of California, San Francisco, have announced plans to provide researchers with a premier, centralized online source of information on all aspects of AIDS prevention.

Dwarf galaxy provides clues about early universe, says team led by UMass astronomer
A team of researchers led by a University of Massachusetts astronomer has produced the first complete maps of carbon monoxide emission in the interstellar medium of a nearby dwarf irregular galaxy.

Hurricane tip sheet
Louisiana State University researchers from various fields of study have recently joined forces to study all aspects of hurricanes.

National study launched on how best to treat mild asthma, and what damage it causes
In the midst of the first U.S. asthma epidemic, a team led by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco and Harvard Medical School is launching a national study to find out how best to treat the most common form of the disease and how much damage it causes

Novel prostate cancer vaccine study under way at Indiana University School of Medicine
Indiana University Cancer Center is investigating a new vaccine for treating prostate cancer that has spread beyond the prostate gland.Two vaccines are being tested.

Cincinnati Children's researchers uncover critical food allergy pathway
Researchers have identified a critical pathway that plays a key role in the development of food allergy.

LSU hurricane experts
LSU is home to one of the largest groups of hurricane experts in the nation.

Islamic medieval medical manuscripts on the web
Medieval medicine went high-tech when NIH's National Library of Medicine recently unveiled its illustrated catalog of Islamic medical manuscripts on the World Wide Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/hmd/arabic/arabichome.html.

Women medical school faculty perceive gender bias, sexual harassment
Many women teaching at medical schools perceive that they are discriminated against and sexually harassed, according to a study from Massachusetts General Hospital and Boston University School of Medicine.

Immune Tolerance Network to fund expanded clinical trial of Edmonton islet transplant technique
The Immune Tolerance Network announced today that it will fund an eight center clinical trial of the Edmonton Protocol for Islet Transplantation.

Chandra X-ray images continue to 'wow' astronomers
With the release of new images captured by NASA's Chandra X- ray Observatory showing a luminous spike of X-rays from a giant black hole, a compact nebular resembling a gigantic cosmic crossbow, and a

New equipment will give Earth Scan Lab a better view
LSU's Earth Scan Laboratory, a facility that uses satellite imagery to track hurricanes, will soon have a new satellite- data receiver system that will show such detail that researchers will be able to see a specific house.

Blind, naked mole-rats not the inbreeders biologists once thought
At face value, blind naked mole-rats appear to be poster rodents for generations of inbreeding.

Women failing to take vitamin that helps prevent serious birth defects, survey finds
Most women of childbearing age in America still are not taking the B vitamin folic acid daily, which could help prevent serious birth defects of the brain and spine in their babies, a new March of Dimes survey shows.
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