Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 04, 2000
NYU/Yale research team explores neural basis of racial evaluation
A team of researchers from NYU and Yale have published a study that uses fMRI (functional magnetic resonance imaging) to explore the role of the amygdala in the unconscious evaluation of racial groups.

NSF funds planning for earthquake engineering simulation lab
The National Science Foundation today announced the first steps toward creating a national virtual laboratory for earthquake engineering.

DNA-based flu vaccine raises protective immunity
Scientists at the Vaccine Research Center of Emory University have successfully engineered and tested a single-dose, DNA- based influenza vaccine in mice that could serve as a template for more effective vaccines against a variety of viral illnesses, including HIV.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tipsheet, September 5, 2000
1) Young Adults with Knee or Hip Injuries at Risk for Arthritis Later;
2) Models Poor Predictors of Heart Risk From Non-Heart Surgery

Plant's PICKLE gene may hold clue to cancer
Purdue University biochemist Joe Ogas set out to determine why pickle-shaped swellings developed on some laboratory plant roots.

Most minorities don't reap benefits of California's strong labor market, according to UCSF researchers
While California's labor market continues to be strong, Latinos and African Americans - who together make up 31 percent of California's working population - are being left behind by the state's technology-driven economic boom, according to the results of the third California Work and Health Survey (CWHS), led by UCSF researchers.

Winners of the DFG Bioinformatics Initiative
The Central Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has selected the winners of the Bioinformatics Initiative today.

The New York City Council awards $750,000 to the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers & The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing
The City Council awarded the Consortium of New York Geriatric Education Centers & The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing with $750,000 to provide geriatric training to health care professionals in all five boroughs.

New HIV model
University of Michigan scientist Denise Kirschner has developed a new mathematical model that shows how HIV---the virus that causes AIDS---slowly destroys its victim's immune system by accelerating a normal process called homing, which diverts white blood cells from the bloodstream to the lymph system.

Reading, writing and rockets: Thanks to NASA, mom takes home school beyond basics with 'high-tech' know-how
This fall Marcia Guyse and her sons plan to build a scale model of the solar system.

UT Southwestern Nobel laureate leads bold project changing way scientists conduct research
Nobel laureate Dr. Alfred Gilman, chairman of pharmacology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, will lead a $10 million-per-year project allowing researchers around the world to pool their efforts in studying one of the biggest unsolved problems in biomedicine -- how cells interact with, or signal, each other.

Ritalin use in Maryland schools lowest for minorities, highest for special education
Nearly three percent of Maryland public school students receive medication, most commonly the methylphenidate trademarked Ritalin, during school hours for treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to a Maryland State Department of Education-supervised survey of school nurses.

NIGMS awards 'Glue Grant' to create virtual cell
In an effort to 'glue' together large groups of scientists pursuing some of the biggest unsolved problems in biomedicine today, NIGMS has provided a $5 million 'Glue grant' for the first of five years to a consortium of scientists seeking to find out how cells talk within and amongst themselves.

Cancer specialist elected to Royal College of Medicine
Dr. Raymond DuBois Jr., associate director for Cancer Prevention at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, has been selected for membership into the Royal College of Physicians, the oldest medical association in the United Kingdom and one of the oldest in the world.

Colorado set to fly biomedical experiments on September shuttle flight
University of Colorado at Boulder researchers will test the effects of low gravity on two biomedical experiments aboard the upcoming flight of NASA's space shuttle Atlantis, now slated for liftoff Sept.

Nationwide earthquake engineering network
A team that includes University of Michigan School of Information researchers has been chosen by the National Science Foundation to design a Web-based, national network for collaboration in earthquake engineering.

NSF funds first phase of earthquake network
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded $300,000 to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to design a national online network that will transform earthquake engineering research.

Biota to develop new influenza drug/Relenza® has positive results in high-risk patients
A new therapy for the flu is on the agenda for Biota Holdings Limited (ASX:BTA), the Australian biotech.

Cholesterol-carrying particle tied to 70 percent increase in heart attack risk
People with high blood levels of a fat- carrying particle known as Lp(a) have a 70 percent greater risk of heart attacks over a 10-year period than those with lower concentrations of this lipoprotein, according to today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

UPenn surgery for cancer-ridden lungs
When a surgeon opens the chest of a lung cancer patient and finds that the malignancy has spread from one of the lungs to its pulmonary artery, he or she will almost always remove the entire lung.

UPenn protein study
The common protein Gz may wield surprising power over the body's brain and bloodstream, supporting the body's ability to stave off lethal blood clots and the brain's ability to avoid strokes and respond to drugs such as cocaine and morphine.

USGS takes 'cat scan' of Virginia crater
A 'cat scan' image will be produced by USGS scientists of the materials and structure of a 35-million year old Chesapeake Bay Impact Crater.

OHSU'S new alternative medicine center studies the effects of yoga vs. traditional exercise for the aging
Researchers at Oregon Health Sciences University are investigating whether yoga is beneficial to the country's aging population and to multiple sclerosis patients when compared to traditional exercise.

NASA helps cops catch criminals on Earth with video technology invented by space scientists
FBI and other law enforcement officers -- whose investigations are normally down-to-Earth -- recently have been seeking the help of two NASA scientists who study the Sun and storms like hurricanes.

Interleukin-2 study for HIV/AIDS under way at Northwestern University Medical School and Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
Infectious disease researchers at Northwestern University Medical School and Rush-Presbyterian-St.
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