Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 30, 2000
Neck artery surgery has lasting benefits for stroke prevention
A follow-up analysis confirms that surgery to unclog severely blocked neck arteries has long-term benefits for preventing strokes, researchers report in this month's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

First successful use of drugs to extend lifespan
Scientists have for the first time successfully increased normal life span in the nematode worm C. elegans through the use of drugs that augment the organism's natural antioxidant systems.

'Cool' therapy reduces brain damage and death from stroke
Lowering the body temperature by about one degree within a few hours of a stroke can reduce brain damage and the risk of death, according to a study in this month's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Millinium discovers ACE2, a novel cardiovascular drug target, with potential to lead to new treatments
Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (Nasdaq: MLNM) announces the discovery of a potential new target for treating cardiovascular disease.

Caught in the grip of a crushing magnetic force: New technique tests, may create, materials
Pressures that increase from zero to a million crushing atmospheres in a few billionths of a second are testing materials with unheard-of precision at Sandia National Laboratories' Z machine.

Stanford to host San Andreas Fault conference Sept. 6-8
The San Andreas Fault -- the world's most closely watched earthquake zone -- will be the subject of a special conference at Stanford University from Sept.

UNC doctors say tattoo craze leads to more removals, health warnings
Almost half of Americans sporting tattoos are changing their minds, according to some estimates, most often because they change romantic partners whose names are emblazoned on their bodies.

Tough environmental standards yield unexpected profits for multinationals, study reports; non-polluters average $10.4 Billion higher market value
Contrary to the belief that multinationals suffer from environmental regulation, large companies that adopt strict global environmental standards in developing countries are rewarded with higher stock market performance, according to a study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

An old drug with new tricks has stroke survivors talking
Stroke survivors who received medication along with speech therapy recovered more of the spontaneous language and syntax skills needed to hold a conversation, according to a report in this month's Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

US businesses need to get smarter with e-services, business expert says
Retail companies already trying to profit from the Internet - - or hoping to eventually -- should smarten up, a University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill business expert says.

Monsanto Company response to European study in Science magazine
The Sept. 1 edition of Science magazine will include a theoretical model concerning herbicide-tolerant sugar beets.

Research shows radiologists will need different programs for digital mammography to work best
For doctors to take best advantage of new digital mammography and possibly save more women from breast cancer, companies that manufacture the technology need to create new, more sophisticated computer programs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists say.

New research highlights concerns over children born through donor insemination
Two studies in Human Reproduction highlighting concerns over children conceived through donor insemination raise issues for countries considering legislation on a child's 'right to know'.

US labor law is violated, has loopholes
Workers' basic rights are routinely violated in the United States, says a study by Lance at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations, which shows that US labor law is feebly enforced, riddled with loopholes, and fails to meet the basic human rights standards the US demands of other countries.

Plant compound blocks action of cancer genes
HHMI researchers have found that a plant compound that produces severe neural defects in developing embryos can block the action of mutated genes that produce basal cell skin carcinomas, the most common form of human cancer.

A molecular motor's key role in cell birth
Cornell University biologists have shown how tiny molecular motors carrying target proteins help orient the spindle-like apparatus that transfers genetic material from the nucleus of a mother cell to a daughter.

Estrogen lifts mood in perimenopause
Women who suffer depression as they enter menopause may be prescribed estrogen as an alternative to traditional antidepressants, suggest NIMH researchers.

'Dead' times between photon emissions from quantum dots proves quantum theory of light
University of California at Santa Barbara researchers have proved that a 'dead' time exists between emission of photons from a single quantum dot, thereby verifying the quantum theory of light.
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