Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 18, 2000
Northwestern University expands its breast cancer research program with $13 million spore grant from the National Cancer Institute
Researchers at The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University have received a five-year, $13 million Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) grant from the National Cancer Institute for studies aimed at the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

UCSD neuroscientists find that attention to sound influences ability to see
In studies of how people process sound and sight together to make sense of the complex world around them, neuroscientists at the UCSD School of Medicine have found that attention drawn to a sound also enhances an individual's ability to see.

Greenebaum Cancer Center is first site nationwide to offer new treatment for inoperable liver cancer
The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center in Baltimore is the first in the nation to successfully perform a new treatment for inoperable liver cancer known as TheraSphere, a non-surgical outpatient therapy that uses microscopic glass beads to deliver radiation directly to tumors.

Study describes brain changes during learning
Brown neuroscientists who taught rats a new skill found that not only had the animals' behavior changed but so had their brains.

A pet dog reduces stress of those caring for a brain-injured spouse, UB study finds
The latest findings on the ability of pet dogs to reduce cardiovascular stress in persons living high-stress lives, in this case those caring for brain-injured spouses, shows that dog owners experienced one-fifth the rise in blood pressure during stressful, care-giving activities compared to those without dogs.

American Thoracic Society news tips for October
Newsworthy research connected with the following studies appear in the American Thoracic Society October journals: 1.

Temple University and Smithsonian researchers find earliest direct evidence of crop cultivation in the Americas
Researchers from Temple University and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have found some of the earliest direct evidence of root crop cultivation in the Americas.

Single gene makes killer malaria parasite resistant to chloroquine
After more than a decade-long search, researchers have identified the gene that makes the most deadly malaria parasite resistant to chloroquine, the former mainstay antimalarial drug.

Researchers discover role of estrogen stimulator in making male hormone; finding may help explain infertility in some women and men
A hormone that stimulates the production of estrogen has a key role in making the testosterone women need as well, according to researchers at the Medical College of Georgia who say their finding may help explain previously unexplained infertility in women and men.

University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University establish Biomedical Security Institute to address bioterrorism, public health threats
The University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University have established a Biomedical Security Institute to monitor public health threats and alert emergency management agencies nationwide to attacks of bioterrorism.

Chemical societies of Pacific rim nations
The latest research on topics ranging from the chemistry of plants to endangered undersea treasures will be highlighted at the International Chemical Congress of Pacific Basin Societies (Pacifichem 2000) to be held December 14-19, 2000 in Honolulu.

Growth hormone may shorten life span, study finds
Growth hormone often is prescribed to counteract such common effects of aging as loss of muscle tone and increase in body fat.

DFG and its Chinese partner organisation NSFC open Science Promotion Centre in Beijing
The Chinese-German Centre for Science Promotion is to celebrate its opening with a ceremony in Beijing on October 19th 2000.

New species arise more quickly than previously believed, UMass researcher finds
The splitting of a species into two new species may occur in far fewer generations than scientists previously believed, according to a study led by University of Massachusetts postdoctoral researcher Andrew Hendry.

Fine-tuning a blood pressure regulator
HHMI researchers have found that deleting a component of a protein found in smooth muscle cells that surround the arteries can cause a dangerous and prolonged increase in blood pressure.

Population, wealth boost cost of U.S. flood damage
Societal changes, much more than increased precipitation, spurred a steep rise in the nation's flood-damage costs over the past century, says a new study.
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