Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 29, 2000
U.S. science delegation headed for U.N. international climate negotiations in The Hague
Ten of the top experts from the University of California (UC) and other leading institutions involved in many aspects of global climate change research will participate in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of the Parties (COP-6) taking place in The Hague, Netherlands, Nov.

Scientists report advance in tackling common viral respiratory disease
For the first time, scientists have determined the structure of a key protein from a paramyxovirus, a leading cause of respiratory disease in children throughout the world.

Disease outbreak associated with international adventure race
After grueling, non-stop days of biking over mountains, crawling through caves and kayaking down rivers, the racers in the 2000 Eco-Challenge in Borneo thought their struggle against Mother Nature ended at the finish line.

Dating violence affects both victims and perpetrators
Severe dating violence has negative repercussions for its victims and perpetrators alike, suggest the results of one of the largest studies of its kind.

Economic realities depleting arsenal of antiparasitic drugs
While resistance may be reducing the effectiveness of our medicine chest, we have another force to fear: economics.

Future cars to have more power, thanks to MIT work
An MIT solution for punching up the electrical power in future cars turns out to be inexpensive to implement and, as a welcome side effect, will also significantly increase a vehicle's fuel economy.

New device gives heart failure patients more freedom
Clifford Doyle, a 73-year-old former Chicago policeman who suffers from advanced heart failure, today became the first patient ever to be discharged from the hospital with new category of cardiac assist device surgically implanted in his aorta.

Rising Maryland to welcome new biotech president
Jennie Hunter-Cevera, new president of the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute will recognize stepped up international support for UMBI technology at her inauguration ceremony November 9-10.

American Heart Association issues aneurysm recommendations
The American Heart Association has issued its first recommendations for physicians to follow for treating weakened blood vessels in the brain that have not yet ruptured.

Obese as likely as lean women to feel full on low energy density meals
In a recent eating study at Penn State, obese women were just as likely as lean women to hardly notice when they ate 450 calories less - as long as their meals contained lots of fruits, vegetables or grains to bulk up the servings and lower the energy density or number of calories per ounce.

Surgery by most experienced surgeons not always the best
The longer a surgeon has had his license and the fewer times he does a certain surgery to prevent strokes, the poorer his patients' outcome, according to new Cornell University study on surgeons and carotid endarterectomies (removing plaque from the carotid artery) published their study in the September issue of Neurology.

UI study: No 'uncomplicated joy' in good news for individuals tested for Huntington disease
Good news from genetic screening tests can bring more to its recipients than relief: it also can bring doubts about the future and, in some cases, guilt.

Small changes may help increase identification of domestic violence
Relatively simple, inexpensive changes at the doctor's office could help uncover and treat more cases of domestic violence, suggest the results of a study.

Scientists declare global warming and human impacts are combining destructive forces on coral reefs
Scientists from around the world have issued a call for humanity to reduce the damage it is doing to coral reefs.

Epilepsy conference to focus on new anti-seizure medications
The latest information on medications and treatments for epilepsy patients with seizures will be discussed by a panel of distinguished medical experts in the field at a conference for adult and adolescent Epilepsy patients, their families, the medical community, and the general public on Saturday, Nov.

Dengue fever an emerging public health problem
Dengue fever is emerging as a major public health problem in most areas along the Texas-Mexico border, in particular South Texas, Dr.

University of Pennsylvania study shows cardioprotective benefits of aspirin inhibited when preceded by ibuprofen
A study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center suggests that ibuprofen (Motrin™, Advil™), when taken before aspirin, can inhibit the cardioprotective benefits gained from a daily aspirin regimen.

New company launched on UW professor's photonics technology
An optical telecommunications breakthrough developed by a University of Washington chemistry professor has spawned a new company to develop and market the technology, and could lead to establishment of a center at the UW for the growing science of photonics.

Staying active ups odds of staying alive after 1st heart attack
Being physically active after a first heart attack appears to significantly lower the risk of death or a second heart attack, researchers report in this week's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
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