Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 31, 2000
UK study finds men also have a biological clock
The older a man gets, the longer it is likely to take his partner to conceive, irrespective of her age.

Honey as healer
Clinical observations and experimental studies have shown that honey is more effective that silver sulphadiazine in controlling infection in burn wounds.

Spend more on transportation, Virginians say; even more would increase spending for some social services programs
The ninth annual Quality of Life in Virginia survey found that a substantial proportion of Virginians (41 percent) say that the state is not spending enough on highways and road systems.

UCSF Medical Center offers screening test for early detection of lung cancer
UCSF Medical Center is offering a screening test for early detection of lung cancer, a disease that claims about 157,000 lives in the United States each year--more than breast, prostate and colon cancer combined.

Northwestern engineers to give longer life to battery-powered devices
Northwestern University engineers are working to develop low- power computing systems that could breathe longer life into battery-powered, portable devices.

Denial speeds progression to AIDS
New research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows that men infected with HIV will more rapidly develop AIDS if they use strategies of denial to cope with the disease threat.

Role of key protein that may stave off inherited form of Alzheimer's disease discovered by UC Irvine researchers
A key protein involved in the regulation of calcium in brain cells may influence the development of therapies and preventive methods for early-onset familial Alzheimer's disease, an inherited form of this neurological disorder that affects adults in their 30s and early 40s, UC Irvine neuroscience researchers have found.

Women abused as children show elevated hormonal responses to stress that may add to risk of adult psychiatric disorders
Women who were sexually or physically abused as children show significantly elevated hormonal responses to stress compared to women with no history of childhood abuse, according to a study by researchers at the Emory University Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders.

Stretching/toning, aerobic exercise increase older adults' self-esteem
Stretching/toning and aerobic exercise have similar value in increasing older adults' self-esteem, according to the results of a new study.

UC Davis Medical Center begins enrolling women in study of blood test for ovarian cancer
Researchers at UC Davis Medical Center are enrolling women in a study of a new blood test that may detect ovarian cancer at its earliest and most treatable stages.

Fuel cell research center to develop and test new technologies
The energy source that powered the Space Shuttle, Apollo, Skylab and Gemini spacecraft might one day operate your portable phone, your car and your neighborhood's electric power plant.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, August 1, 2000
1) Physicians Should Prescribe Sterile Needles, Writers Say;
2) Smoking Is a Risk for Developing Type 2 Diabetes
3) Drugs That Promote Reflux May Increase Risk for an Esophageal Cancer.

Obesity risk factors present at birth for African Americans
Obesity is more prevalent among African Americans than among Caucasians.

Space-age ID system takes parts and products tracking to new heights
Think of them as barcodes with an attitude. They're permanent, scannable and sometimes invisible.

Impact of Di's death finally revealed in study
The death of Princess Diana not only created a shared sense of mourning among Australians, it also had a much stronger impact on some people's physical and mental health, according to a new study.

Individuals vary greatly in their ability to absorb calcium
The amount of calcium an individual consumes may have an impact on the development of such diseases as osteoporosis, hypertension and colon cancer.

NSF awards $49 million to 19 multidisciplinary graduate education programs
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded 19 Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (IGERT) grants totaling $49 million over five years.

Study shows test in the first trimester of pregnancy is effective in identifying birth defects
A study in Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that a new Down syndrome screening test which combines a blood test and an ultrasound exam is effective and can be performed earlier in pregnancy than current tests.

Postmenopausal women achieve significant cardiovascular risk reduction with fish-oil supplementation
In a study published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Stark et al. conducted a placebo-controlled double blind trial in which 35 postmenopausal women received 8 capsules per day of either n-3 fatty acid enriched fish-oil or placebo.
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