Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 19, 2000
Scientists reveal new HIV vaccine target
Scientists have shown for the first time, using a nonhuman primate model, that the AIDS virus avoids the body's strongest immune responses during the first few weeks of infection.

Offspring of premature heart attack victims show early signs of disease
The offspring of adults who have had premature heart attacks show signs of blood vessel disease at young ages, even when they don't have other traditional risk factors for heart disease, report researchers in this week's New England Journal of Medicine.

Neural stem cell transplantation - the future for nervous system conditions?
Neural stem cell transplantation could be an effective treatment for many conditions affecting the nervous system.

Tumour blood shutdown enhances effects of treatment
Blood supply is essential to the growth of tumours, and controlling it is an important target for cancer researchers.

Mayo Clinic researchers develop new antibody
Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a new test that will help physicians distinguish autonomic disorders caused by the immune system from other autonomic disorders, allowing for more accurate diagnosis and timely treatment of patients.

NSF funds study of use, social impacts of the Blacksburg Electronic Village
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Turning down the Sun
There's already too much carbon dioxide in the air and things are getting hotter.

Nominations sought for 2001 Sullivan and Perlman Awards
Nominations are sought for the Walter Sullivan and David Perlman Awards for Excellence in Science Journalism.

Purdue center to lead national research in dietary supplements
Purdue University will become home to a national center for the study of dietary supplements.

Hear the good news: new device offers clearer sound, less discomfort for the hearing-impaired
For the millions of individuals who suffer from hearing loss, a device newly approved by the Food and Drug Administration, the Vibrant Soundbridge, has been shown to eliminate the sounds of silence with minimal discomfort.

Outburst from a galaxy leaves scientists in a quandry
Mysterious radiation from an oddball galaxy seems to defy the laws of nature.

Former astronaut Owen Garriott named NSSTC's interim director
Owen K. Garriott has been named interim director of the newly created National Space Science & Technology Center in Huntsville, Ala., officials said today.

Amphibian robots
A computer simulation of a salamander that can both walk and swim has been developed in California.

Arteries in children of premature heart-attack victims show stiffening, thickening at an early age
A University at Buffalo researcher reports in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine that ultrasound images of the blood vessels of children as young as six with a parent who has had a premature heart attack showed structural and functional abnormalities known to lead to atherosclerosis.

Cellular membrane changes associated with acclimation to cold
Scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have discovered a cellular mechanism in hibernating ground squirrels that may protect the nervous system from being damaged during extreme cold and lowered body temperatures, called hypothermia.

Study confirms VirtualPhenotype™ can predict response to HIV therapy from genetic resistance information
Results presented today at the 40th Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC) indicate that the VirtualPhenotype ™, Virco's new automated HIV drug resistance test, can predict response to therapy from genetic information with comparable results to a panel of international experts.

Middle-aged women who consume many fruits and vegetables are at much lower risk of cardiovascular disease
Significant reductions in cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk-by as much as one-half in some cases-can be achieved by consumption of a diet high in fruits and vegetables, according to a study published in the current issue of The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.
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