Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 29, 2000
More than 300 regularly prescribed medicines can damage the lungs
The First World Congress on Lung Health and Respiratory Diseases (Florence, Italy, Aug 30 - Sept 3) issues a warning: more than 300 regularly prescribed medicines can damage the lungs.

Elderly smokers also benefit from quitting
Some healthcare givers assume elderly smokers won't benefit from quitting.

University Of Pittsburgh researchers find some over-the- counter medicine may affect scuba divers' performance
University of Pittsburgh researchers find some over-the- counter medicine may affect scuba divers'performance.

Team of scientists sequence the largest bacterial genome yet
Scientists have mapped the Pseudomonas aeruginosa genome, the most common pathogen in cystic fibrosis lung infections, and a danger for burn and cancer patients.

NIH researchers discover 'feeding channel' created by malaria parasite
NIH researchers have found pore-like holes in the membranes of red blood cells infected by the deadliest form of the malaria parasite.

Gene for Mucolipidosis IV discovered
A team of researchers from the Hadassah Medical Organization and the Weizmann Institute of Science has uncovered a gene causing Mucolipidosis IV (ML4), a rare hereditary disorder characterized by severe mental and motor retardation as well as vision abnormalities.

Heart valve surgery found to help heart failure patients live longer, better
Surgery to repair a leaky heart valve can help even the sickest heart failure patients live longer, enjoy a better quality of life, and avoid or postpone a heart transplant, University of Michigan physicians report.

Researchers zero in on first drug that may be helpful in treating common liver disease
Studies in mice show that a drug used to treat diabetes, called metformin, may be helpful in combating a common and potentially fatal liver disorder.

UI study uses blood cells to restore blood flow to damaged tissue in mice with diabetes
University of Iowa researchers have found a way to improve circulation in the limbs of mice with diabetes.

Researchers patent process to toughen materials for cables and tethers
Researchers have found they can toughen flexible composite materials, which can be used for cables and tethers, by creating multiple locations at which energy can be dissipated.

New grants program to help create healing environments in hospitals through art
In response to the public's demand for more compassionate care in the art of medicine, hospitals nationwide are creating new ways to enhance the healing process through the arts.

Children growing up in families with physical, verbal abuse are more likely to smoke
The family environment that children grow up in can have long-lasting effects on whether they smoke, according to researchers who used data collected over a 35-year time span.

NIH researchers discover 'feeding channel' created by malaria parasite - discovery provides new target for malaria treatments
NIH researchers have found pore-like holes in the membranes of red blood cells infected by the deadliest form of the malaria parasite.

Dual drug treatment prevents formation of colon tumors in mice
By combining an aspirin-like compound with a drug that inhibits epidermal growth factor activity, HHMI scientists have nearly eliminated pre-cancerous colon polyps in mice that are susceptible to developing colon tumors.

Study links mammography use to other preventive behaviors
Older women who engage in preventive practices such as having Pap smears, monthly breast self-examination, and calcium supplementation are more likely to have regular mammograms, suggest the results of a recent study.

GeoMAC provides critical support for ongoing western wildfires
In response to the devastating wildfires that are burning lands across the West, the U.S.
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