Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 20, 2000
Are we misinterpreting the scale of post-traumatic stress?
The belief that distress, caused by traumatic experiences during violent conflicts, is a precursor for psychological disturbance is called into question in this week's BMJ.

Do actions speak louder than words? When girls and boys tell aggressive stories, girls are more likely to act out, National Jewish research says
When girls and boys tell stories with similarly aggressive themes, the girls are more likely to have behavior problems at home or school than the boys, according to research released today by National Jewish Medical and Research Center.

Statement from Dr. Claude Lenfant on discovery of the gene for primary pulmonary hypertension
Dr. Lenfant comments on the significance of the identification of a gene associated with this rare but usually fatal lung disorder, calling it a major breakthrough that should lead to the design of more effective therapies.

BRCA1 cancer gene plays pivotal role in DNA control complex
During the last decade, researchers have been able to link mutations in the BRCA1 gene to familial cancers.

Putting a price tag on paradise
Conservationists and corporations often do not see eye to eye.

Cedars-Sinai researcher receives Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award
Neurosurgeon Keith L. Black, M.D., Director of the Cedars- Sinai Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute, has been selected to receive the Javits Neuroscience Investigator Award, an honor that provides up to seven years of research funding from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

Depression linked to stroke
People who experience symptoms of depression are at an increased risk of developing stroke, suggest the results of a two-decade study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Program that provides family planning services to low income residents helps reduce rate of unintended pregnancies in the state
A statewide program established in 1997 to expand access to comprehensive family planning services for low income California residents has helped decrease the number of unintended pregnancies in the state, according to a report released by the University of California, San Francisco and the California Department of Health Services (DHS).

Nitric oxide inhalation may prevent dangerous infant lung condition
Inhalation of nitric oxide gas, a therapy that has significantly improved treatment of several life-threatening diseases, also may prevent the development of pulmonary vascular disease, a dangerous condition that can affect about one of every 500 infants: specifically those who are born prematurely or who have congenital heart defects.

UB to host global conference on environmental health
Experts in environmental health from around the globe will convene in Buffalo for 10 days in August to present the latest research in the field and to assess the worldwide disease burden caused by environmental problems.

Single-atom blinking phenomenon has ORNL scientists thinking big
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., July 21, 2000 - A whole new technology awaits exploration with the discovery of a technique for trapping single atoms, say scientists at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL).

Hospital records may be distorting cancer statistics
Variations in the way breast cancer is registered in hospitals is leading to missed cases and, as a result, may be distorting national cancer statistics- currently a principal means of identifying cancer

UAF scientist helps put Alaska-grown potatoes on the table during AG talks between U.S., China
Alaska-grown potatoes will be on the table for discussion during next week's round of trade talks between U.S. and China, thanks in part to efforts by Jenifer Huang McBeath, a plant pathologist from the University of Alaska Fairbanks Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station.

Children's health care needs are being ignored
The government's NHS modernisation plans are ignoring the fundamental health care needs of children and young people in England, according to research in this week's BMJ.

Old Sins Industrial Metabolism, Heavy Metal Pollution, and Environmental Transition in Central Europe
The International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the United Nations University Press announce publication of Old Sins-Industrial Metabolism, Heavy Metal Pollution, and Environmental Transition in Central Europe.

Circulation problem may contribute to chronic fatigue in Gulf War veterans
A preliminary study suggests a physical basis for chronic fatigue in Gulf War veterans, which may involve a suppression of cardiovascular responses to stress.

NASA Marshall Web site helps skywatchers spot, track International Space Station
As the Russian service module

Americans support FDA food biotech policies
This week, several activist groups again raised questions about food biotechnology.

Just the wrong snap of the head at high speed can induce coma, Penn researchers find
Working with miniature swine, and replicating the forces of car crashes, University of Pennsylvania researchers have discovered that loss of consciousness is related to the axis of head rotation.

Triglyceride measurements no help in predicting heart disease in men, study finds
Measuring the levels of triglyceride fats in the blood does not aid in the prediction of heart disease in men, according to new research from the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) and the University of California, San Francisco.

Teens need communication, negotiation skills to resist drugs
Helping teens avoid drugs is best accomplished by teaching them communication and negotiation skills with peers, instead of bombarding them with scare tactics and
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