Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 20, 2000
Study provides new details of 'the birth of a virus'
A study published this week by scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides new details of how retroviruses escape the cell membrane and seek other cells to infect.

Imperial announces new initiative in Internet technology
Imperial College, London, England, has announced a new initiative in internet technology for remote medical imaging and visualisation.

New 'shuttle' mechanism discovered by which nerve cells' connections are altered
In the process of strengthening or weakening their interconnections, brain cells use a

Study shows videotape 'decision aid' boosts colon cancer screening usage
Watching a videotape that explains the medical procedures involved and their importance in a doctor's office can boost the number of patients who undergo screening for colon cancer, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

Some depression symptoms indicate higher risk than others for patients with coronary disease
Depression consists of a range of symptoms -- some of which may be more predictive of death for coronary artery disease patients than others, according to a study.

UF researcher: antioxidants play a role in deadly malnutrition disease
Mainstream America has been bombarded in recent years with advertisements touting the health benefits of antioxidants such as vitamin E and beta carotene.

UF to become partner with Spanish government in world's largest telescope
Thanks in part to its track record in building instruments for advanced telescopes, the University of Florida will become a partner in what will be the world's largest telescope, a $93 million behemoth under construction in Spain's Canary Islands.

NSF honors 409 junior faculty members with 2000 CAREER awards
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is honoring 409 outstanding junior faculty members in science and engineering nationwide with the Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) awards.

Results of Yale study confirm aspirin helpful in preventing a first heart attack
An overview of four studies examining the use of aspirin and the reduction of heart attacks in persons with no previous history of cardiovascular disease shows aspirin remains a good preventive measure.

New reason to 'sleep on it': study shows importance of sleep to memory consolidation and task performance
School kids may be cutting back on sleep to finish ever mounting piles of homework, but it could be a self-defeating strategy.

Sexual abuse may affect health for a lifetime
Far from being a static experience, sexual abuse during youth may affect health even in old age, suggest the results of a study.

Web site covers international geological expedition to explore mid-Atlantic mountain
An international team of scientists from eight institutions has arrived over a domed and corrugated underwater mountain in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, where they are deploying the research submarine Alvin and other high-tech tools to evaluate unusual and poorly understood geological processes underway in a zone where new ocean crust is created.

Even when they own the business, women earn less than men
Women who hope to break the glass ceiling by starting their own business at home may be in for an unpleasant shock.

Scientists call for basic research to address national priorities
A group of scientists and policymakers from around the world will convene a national nonpartisan conference entitled Basic Research in the Search for Public Objectives, Nov.

Both Zyban and nicotine replacement therapy should be available on NHS to help smokers quit
Both the drug Zyban and nicotine replacement therapy should be available on NHS prescription, recommend new guidelines for helping smokers to quit, published in Thorax.

Study finds serious bone loss in 90 percent of women with anorexia
More than 90 percent of young women with anorexia nervosa were found to have significant bone loss in a study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital.

New Mayo Clinic Healthy Weight Pyramid helps you lose weight and keep it off!
There is no Mayo Clinic Diet. But, there is a new Mayo Clinic Healthy Food Pyramid.' This is the first food pyramid developed to encourage weight loss, weight maintenance and long term health.

UCSF recruits bilingual participants for first Spanish/English smoking cessation research on the Internet
The first Spanish/English Smoking Cessation Program on the Internet has been launched by the Latino Mental Health Research Program at San Francisco General Hospital Medical Center, according to Ricardo F.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, November 21, 2000
1). Poor Hospital Ventilation Linked to Workers Acquiring Tuberculosis; 2).

Research insights into alcoholism and alcohol abuse highlighted in 10th Special Report
Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna E. Shalala has announced the availability of the 10th Special Report to the U.S.
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