Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 17, 2000
Public programs encourage retirement at 60, says research
Today's Canadian seniors benefit most from government retirement programs if they stop working between 60 and 61 years of age, says University of Toronto economist Michael Baker.

NIAID awards major malaria vaccine research contract
In its continuing efforts to promote research on vaccines to prevent malaria, NIAID recently awarded a seven-year, $43.8 million contract to Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) for malaria vaccine production and support services.

One in three women may have been abused in childhood
One in three women may have been abused as a child, and this has a significant impact on their health, shows research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

University of Colorado Experiment on Cassini Mission Produces First Spectral Images of Jupiter
A $12 million University of Colorado at Boulder-built instrument package on the Cassini mission en route to Saturn has produced the first spectral images of Jupiter, including the planet's aurora and a gigantic glowing ring of gas encircling the planet.

Prognosis improves dramatically for HIV patients in the ICU
A study co-authored by Mayo Clinic and the University of Florida Health Science Center shows that the prognosis for HIV patients who are admitted to intensive care units is much better than it was in the mid-1980s.

Dietary fat itself not likely to cause breast cancer
A diet high in fat is not by itself likely to cause breast cancer, suggests a study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Study published in JAMA supports an alternative treatment approach in Parkinson's disease
A study published in today's Journal of the American Medical Association found that treatment in early Parkinson's disease with the dopamine agonist MIRAPEX(pramipexole dihydrochloride tablets) significantly reduced the risk of specific motor complications by 55% compared to patients who began therapy with levodopa (28% vs.

New pilot safety system could save lives
The skills of two heroic pilots who crash-landed a plane in 1989, saving many lives, have inspired the development of an American system that could one day let a plane's autopilot fly and land the plane using only engine power.

Brown researchers use wildcards to develop better way to sequence DNA
Brown computer science professors Franco Preparata and Eliezer Upfal are working on a method to sequence DNA that would be faster and more efficient than the current technique.

CDC funds will enable UNC-CH to help minimize domestic violence in flood areas
Natural disasters like last year's Hurricane Floyd continue to haunt some N.C. flood victims long after the last emergency vehicle has rolled away and exhausted personnel have gone back home.

Researchers uncover secret to mass extinction events
Using a new technique that is revolutionizing the way scientists study ancient climate and temperature change, researchers at the University of Michigan and Syracuse University showed that colder winters along the Gulf Coast resulted in the mass extinction at what is known in geological time as the Eocene/Oligocene boundary.

UC Davis and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory seek industry partners to develop new bio and medical technology products
The University of California, Davis, Health System and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory today formed the Industry Partners Consortium for Bio and Medical Technology Development.

Blending addiction treatment and research
The National Institute on Drug Abuse is convening a meeting: Blending Clinical Practice and Research: Forging Partnerships to Enhance Drug Treatment, in Los Angeles, November 1 to 2.

Backback drone
A miniature hovering spy-craft could soon be flying behind enemy lines to conduct surveillance or darting around inside buildings to help police find hostage-takers.

Group appointments can benefit busy doctors and chronically ill patients, according to UCSF researchers
Group appointments are a feasible way to deliver care to chronically ill, low-income women, a UCSF study has found.

Rank main occupational factor associated with ill health among Gulf War veterans
Rank seems to be the main occupational factor associated with poor health among Gulf War veterans, with ill health significantly more common the lower the rank of the serviceman.

Drug overuse may make yeast infections harder to treat
The indiscriminate use of over-the-counter treatments and the misuse of prescriptions by women afflicted with yeast infections may make the condition more difficult to treat in the future, says a group of University of Toronto researchers.

Boys' writing perceived worse than girls: study
Young males view themselves as less competent writers than their female counterparts, says University of Toronto education professor Shelley Peterson.

Effective Clinical Practice, Sept/Oct 2000 highlights
Hip fracture outcomes similar in HMO and fee-for-service rehabilitation centers;

International students gain fat, weight from American diet
American college students aren't the only ones who need to worry about the

Tele-immersion is the real-world answer to the Star Trek Holodeck.

Interplanetary Network detects gigantic gamma-ray burst that breaks all distance records
A network of interplanetary spacecraft has detected the afterglow of a gigantic gamma-ray burst in the southern constellation of Carina and traced it back to its original explosion about 11 billion years ago.

9th International Coral Reef Symposium in Bali, Indonesia on October 22nd to 27th
The 9th International Coral Reef Symposium is taking place October 22nd to 27th in Bali, Indonesia.

Asymmetric mating between native Americans and immigrants in Colombia
In the November issue of The American Journal of Human Genetics, researchers provide evidence that the current population of Antioquia, Colombia is derived from a highly asymmetric mating pattern between European males and Native females.

Two distinguished scientists to share leadership of new Life Sciences Institute
A biochemist from the University of Michigan and a cell biologist from the University of California, San Diego will serve as lead scientists and co-directors of the University of Michigan's new Life Sciences Institute.

New technique to protect water quality developed at UMaine
The University of Maine System has received a patent on a chemical process that could be used to clean up toxic waste sites, treat industrial wastewater or bleach wood pulp without generating toxic wastes.

Finding by Syracuse University and University of Michigan researchers reveals secret to mass extinction events
Using a new technique that is revolutionizing the way scientists study climate and temperature change, researchers at Syracuse University and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, show that colder winters along the Gulf Coast resulted in the mass extinction at what is known in geological time as the Eocene/Oligocene boundary.

Bifidobacteria act as a barrier against infection
Bifidobacteria, one of the predominant species which live in the gut, form a barrier against infection, shows research in Gut. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to