Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 18, 2000
High risk of heart disease found in families with elevated blood triglycerides
In the first study of its kind in families, researchers have shown that elevated triglycerides - a blood fat - sharply increase a person's risk of dying from a heart attack, even if a person's blood cholesterol is normal.

Underage college drinkers have easy access to alcohol, pay less, and consume more per occasion than older students
Despite the national 21-year minimum drinking age law, underaged drinking is pervasive on college campuses, according to a new study.

NASA scientists designing new instrument to detect the most powerful blasts in the universe
The Compton Observatory was instrumental in proving gamma-ray bursts come from the most distant reaches of the cosmos and are the most powerful explosions in the universe.

Inner-city residents need cancer screening and preventive efforts from their physicians
Changes in physician behaviors may improve cancer screening and prevention among inner-city residents, suggest the results of a study.

Child accident victims show high level of post-traumatic stress that often is not recognized by parents and care-givers
Children injured in accidents suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder more often than previously thought, according to new research.

7,500 pharmaceutical scientists to explore therapies for new millennium
More than 7,500 pharmaceutical scientists will gather in Indianapolis, October 29 - November 2 at the 2000 American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) Annual Meeting and Exposition to explore Unmet Medical Needs: Therapies for the New Millennium.

Gene found responsible for social amnesia
Reporting in the July issue of Nature Genetics, scientists at the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at the Yerkes Regional Primate Research Center at Emory University have discovered in mouse studies that the oxytocin gene is necessary for forming social memories -- allowing you to recognize an individual you've seen before.

New compound may permit definitive diagnosis and treatment monitoring of Alzheimer's in living patients
Penn researchers have, for the first time, created a molecular probe that effectively passes the blood-brain barrier in an animal model and binds to Alzheimer's plaques.

Strong R&D growth continues to boost robust U.S. economy
Research and development (R&D) in the United States is continuing to provide impetus to a booming economy, according to the latest National Science Board (NSB) biennial report to the President.

Efforts to encourage physical fitness don't have to be expensive
Cost-effective approaches exist to help jump-start physical activity among sedentary adults, according to a study.

Molecular mechanism for learning and memory is identified
Researchers at Northwestern University report that GAP-43, a growth-associated protein found in neurons and no other organ of the body, when overexpressed in a phosphorylatable form, enhances learning and memory in the mammalian brain.

Science and engineering "in transition" as a new century begins
Increasing globalization of research and development (R&D) and the prolific growth of information technology (IT) are major elements in a

Primary care falls short on helping people with diabetes to help themselves
Physicians often neglect to counsel diabetic patients on how to self-manage their illness, suggest the results of a study.

Study finds marijuana ingredient promotes tumor growth, impairs anti-tumor defenses
Researchers report that THC, the major psychoactive component of marijuana, can promote tumor growth by impairing the body's anti-tumor immunity system.

Community programs can help prevent heart disease
Community heart health programs with links to local hospitals can help reduce cardiovascular disease deaths, suggest the results of a study.

Bright lights put astronomers in the dark
The new international Cangaroo II Gamma Ray telescope was no sooner opened in the Australian Outback than it was in trouble, trying to cope with light contamination from the nearby detention centre, recently upgraded to cope with a flood of illegal immigrants into Australia.

Global warming may be delayed by increase in ocean silica
Increases in ocean silica may be removing large amounts of atmospheric carbon dioxide, delaying the onset of global warming.

ORNL project seeks to pinpoint time since death
Determining when a crime victim died can make the difference between a criminal going free or being brought to justice, and researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) are developing a system that could help justice prevail. 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