Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 15, 2000
Insulin resistance can predict hypertension development, Wake Forest researchers report
How effectively the body uses the insulin it produces is directly related to risk of developing high blood pressure, reported researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center today at the American Heart Association's annual conference.

New project allows commuters to keep tabs on their bus by cell phone
For Puget Sound-area commuters who are wondering where their bus is, the answer is now as close as the cell phone in their pocket.

Student will scale peak to send diabetes message, do research
On Jeremy Ackerman's 15th birthday, he learned that he had diabetes.

New antipsychotic drugs combined with nicotine patch help schizophrenics quit smoking
A Yale study shows schizophrenics who took the newer anti- psychotic drugs along with the nicotine patch had nearly triple the success rate quitting smoking as schizophrenics taking more traditional anti-psychotic medications and the nicotine patch.

Managed-care plans failing Medicare heart attack patients in quality measure
Medicare patients enrolled in managed-care plans were significantly less likely than those with traditional Medicare fee-for-service coverage to receive needed coronary angiography--a potentially lifesaving diagnostic procedure--following a heart attack, even though the procedure is a highly recommended practice, according to a study in today's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.

American Society for Microbiology news tips for November 2000
Newsworthy research from the November journals of the American Society for Microbiology: Genetic Diversity of HIV Isolates Suggest Congo as Source of Epidemic.

Hunted deer make up for losses of bucks, UF research shows
America's native white-tailed deer have some unique ways to compensate for hunting.

Study indicates that brain wiring is largely inborn
Neurobiologists at Duke University Medical Center mapping the developing visual systems of newborn ferrets have discovered evidence challenging the long-held view that the brain's circuitry is largely wired by experience.

Catheter laser procedure and heart medicine effective
Using a catheter to deliver laser therapy and medication for chest pain associated with heart disease is more effective than medication alone, according to a study published in the Lancet in November, 2000.

Social class difference exists in coronary heart disease
A study in this week's BMJ finds an unequivocal social class difference in coronary heart disease amongst men and women in their 30s.

Female birds choose best singers to have smarter offspring
In a recent series of studies, Cornell University neurobiologists are showing why females of some avian species choose suitors with the most elaborate courtship songs.

Dr. Bernard Moss wins Bristol-Myers Squibb Award
Bernard Moss, M.D., Ph.D., a virologist whose work has been crucial to understanding how viruses infect cells and to developing vaccines against viral diseases, will receive this year's Bristol-Myers Squibb Award for Distinguished Achievement in Infectious Disease Research.

Scientists propose El Niño network in Indian Ocean
Australia, India and Malaysia could benefit significantly from the development of a multi-million dollar observing system in the Indian Ocean that could identify climate signals similar to El Niño climate signals in the southern Pacific Ocean, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher.

Researchers establish formula for predicting predator-prey populations
The complicated population interactions of predator and prey species have long intrigued scientists.

ASU professor finds new twist to old theory
Arizona State University Physics and Astronomy professor Ralph V. Chamberlin has found a new twist to an old theory of magnetism.

UB research offers first evidence that massive lava flows triggered apocalyptic climate changes
A University at Buffalo geologist has used computer models to show that huge lava flows -- called flood basalt eruptions -- that exited the earth's crust relatively slowly, rather than explosively, were capable of dramatic global-scale climate shifts and mass extinctions.

American Thoracic Society news tips for November
Newsworthy studies from the American Thoracic Society November journals include research showing that Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia (PCP) among patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is clustered in specific zip codes; also, that low birthweight and prematurity increase the effect of ozone on asthmatic children ages 4 to 9.

The jury's still out on soy
Despite studies that indicate benefits of soy isoflavones, a report published by Mayo Clinic physicians in the November edition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings finds insufficient data to draw any definitive conclusions in the use of soy isoflavones as an alternative to estrogen for hormone replacement in postmenopausal women.

New rare dinosaur tracksite found in northern Wyoming
The dinosaur record of the Middle Jurassic period is sparse worldwide.

Scientists use new technique to pinpoint key gene in infectious fungus
Researchers have identified a gene that allows the fungus that causes histoplasmosis to infect and persist in humans.

UI researchers investigate regulation of immune system memory
The UI team has found that two molecules, perforin and interferon gamma, already known to participate in the fight against infections, are also responsible for regulating the size and nature of both the initial immune response and the residual protective immunity.
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