Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 04, 2000
UCSF study finds increased risk of falls and fractures in older women who have urge incontinence
Older women who have frequent urge incontinence have a higher risk of falling and fracturing a bone than women who are not urge incontinent, a University of California, San Francisco study has found.

Human immunity to a virus from edible vaccine
Scientists at Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research at Cornell University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine at Baltimore report clinical trials in which human immunity to a virus has been triggered for the first time by a vaccine genetically engineered into a potato.

Cranfield senses something in the water
Leading members of the water industry will meet at Cranfield, England to discuss the future of waste water treatment and the latest technologies.

Beware the birds
West Nile virus, the deadly disease that killed seven New Yorkers last year, has now spread to birds in all corners of the Americas.

Birthdays and correlation to achievement
Being born in the early part of a year may affect a child's success in sport, school and self-esteem according to a University of Alberta researcher.

Awake, patient undergoes heart bypass surgery
His chest numbed by a local analgesia, a patient underwent bypass surgery while awake and even conversed with the University of Pittsburgh and VA surgeons and anesthesiologists performing the procedure.

Education study increases ambulance use but yields no extra improvement in heart attack patient delay time
A community education study aimed at reducing patient delay time in seeking care for heart attack symptoms has shown increased use of the 9-1-1 emergency system but no extra improvement in delay time as a direct result of the campaign.

Higher awareness of cardiovascular disease needed among low-income African-American women
Despite their high rates of cardiovascular disease, low- income African-American women lack awareness of the importance of the condition, according to the results of a focus group study.

Heat sensitive gene may help fight cancer
Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and others report using heat to selectively turn on a therapeutic gene, significantly delaying tumor growth in mice.

Preventable deaths overstated in IOM report on medical errors
A recent IOM report that states that medical errors had a major impact on death rate is overstated, according to a new analysis of the data which formed the basis of the report.

Setting the real bottom line: Dr. David Suzuki to speak at ESA annual meeting
On Wednesday, August 9, 2000 Dr. David Suzuki, award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, will speak at the public plenary session of the Ecological Society of America's 85th Annual Meeting.

Cell Pathways scientists describe mechanism by which SAANDS compounds trigger programmed death in cancerous and precancerous cells
A new drug target may play a key role in cancer cell survival.

Carbon dioxide could replace global-warming refrigerant
Researchers are making progress in perfecting automotive and portable air-conditioning systems that use environmentally friendly carbon dioxide as a refrigerant instead of conventional, synthetic global-warming and ozone-depleting chemicals and will report new findings during a conference in July.

Men, women treated differently for heart attacks
University of Washington researchers found gender-based differences in treatment of elderly patients suffering an acute myocardial infarction.

Meetings highlight hot developments in cooling research
About 800 engineers will converge on Purdue University in July for three international conferences to discuss the latest findings in air-conditioning and refrigeration research, including work to develop systems that use environmentally friendly refrigerants that don't cause global warming.

Intriguing archaeological sites, isolated lake targets of Kuril Expedition
Intriguing archaeological sites that may go back 15,000 years and a mountain lake pierced by a volcanic cone that has been isolated for at least 30,000 years are among the primary targets for an international team of researchers heading for the North Pacific in the sixth year of the International Kuril Island Project.
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