Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 15, 2000
Interferon Alfa 2b extends overall survival and relapse-free survival in patients with high-risk melanoma, reports University of Pittsburgh-led U.S. I
Interferon alfa 2b unequivocally improves survival in adult patients who have surgically treated melanoma considered at high risk of recurring, according to a definitive, large- scale study headquartered at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute.

UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center program triumphs
UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center basic scientists and clinical researchers have received a highly coveted grant from the National Cancer Institute that they say will fuel their ongoing mission to methodically and aggressively move in on prostate cancer.

New developments in identifying most-at-risk breast cancer patients
The key to recognising which women with breast cancer are likely to develop secondary disease may be a protein called maspin.

Scientists discuss ecological forecasting
How will the ability to anticipate fresh water supplies help to prepare for climate change?

Ringling Bros. announces four Asian elephant pregnancies at Center for Elephant Conservation
The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey's Center for Elephant Conservation in Polk City, Florida is thrilled to report that four of its female Asian elephants are pregnant.

Gemini cuts deep into galactic core with release of first data
The first scientific observations from the Gemini North telescope provide a dramatic glimpse into the elusive core of the Milky Way, including an intriguing bow-shock from a star as it plows into a poorly understood gas cloud a mere three light-years from the galactic center.

Duke eye researchers describe cascade of events that may lead to retinal degeneration
Duke University Medical Center researchers have shed new light on the process of hereditary retinal degeneration by demonstrating for the first time how the death of rod cells in the retina ultimately leads to the demise of cone cells, another retinal cell type.

National effort to help pregnant women protect themselves, their infants by stopping smoking
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation of Princeton, N.J., has awarded $1.2 million to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to combat one of the most stubborn problems affecting the health of mothers and their unborn children - how to quit smoking during pregnancy.

Minimally invasive surgery for morbid obesity has favorable outcomes, according to University of Pittsburgh study
Laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery is a safe and effective procedure for achieving significant weight loss in morbidly obese people, with a low rate of complications, a short hospital stay and rapid recovery, according to a study in the October issue of the Annals of Surgery.

Supplemental calcium taken daily can limit early on-set of osteoporosis in children with severe asthma, National Jewish Research finds
Children with severe asthma should take an over-the-counter calcium supplement and a multi-vitamin every day to prevent bone loss associated with the disease.

Better tools needed to detect delirium in ERs
Delirium is an acute confusional state that often results in increased mortality and long hospital stays for the elderly.

Weizmann Institute scientists develop a novel system for analyzing genetic data that mimics the human capacity for unsupervised learning
New genetic research technologies, such as DNA chips, enable scientists to evaluate simultaneously tissue samples from several patients, expressing thousands of genes.

Transgenic mice aid research into deadly cancer
Scientists will be better able to fight Burkitt's lymphoma, a rare but deadly cancer that attacks children and AIDS patients, now that they have achieved a decades-long goal of genetically engineering mice to develop the disease.

American Chemical Society recognizes landmark chemistry research at Rockefeller University
Two Nobel laureates, Bruce Merrifield and Gunter Blobel, will discuss the
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