Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 03, 2000
Save that tiger - Texas A&M vets set first-ever surgery
In a first-of-its kind surgical procedure, surgeons from Texas A&M University's College of Veterinary Medicine and the Texas Children's Hospital will perform a heart operation to save the life of Karma, a 5-month-old Bengal tiger from the Tiger Creek Wildlife Refuge in Tyler, Texas.

Finding could lead to new approach for treating severe heart disease
UCSF researchers report that a new approach for delivering the potent growth factor VEGF into mice with coronary heart disease prompted the growth of blood vessels in damaged heart tissue, without causing side effects, offering hope for a treatment strategy for that until now has met with setbacks.

Young healthy smokers take significantly more days off work than non-smokers
Young healthy people who smoke had substantially more lost work days than their non-smoking colleagues, finds research in Tobacco Control.

Manganese exposure may speed the emergence of Parkinson's disease symptoms, according to new findings in animals
A new study in animals suggests too much manganese may contribute to the early development of Parkinson's disease symptoms in susceptible people.

Fred Hutchinson researchers present preliminary clinical results with antibody to treat severe graft versus host disease
Researchers from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center will present preliminary results from a phase I clinical trial showing that Nuvion™ (HuM291) was an effective therapy in some marrow transplant patients with severe graft versus host disease.

New screening process makes blood plasma even safer
A University of Michigan researcher has made a surprising discovery that will make blood plasma transfusions even safer.

New MRI technology provides detailed views of brain development, response to injury
Researchers will convene at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to discuss how to make the best uses of a new technology that allows researchers and physicians to make detailed, three-dimensional maps of the networks through which various parts of the brain communicate.

Scientists bypass major hurdle to hemophilia gene therapy
For the first time, scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have used a gene-therapy technique in animals to continually produce very high amounts of a clotting protein similar to that lacking in people with hemophilia.

Belief in dangers of secondhand smoke deters teen smoking, study finds
Teenage smokers are more likely to quit because they are concerned about hurting others from secondhand smoke than because they fear for their own health, according to results of a survey published in the journal Pediatrics.

Scientists pinpoint a protein critical to the function of the Ebola virus, offering hope of novel drugs to stop it
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Veterinary Medicine have identified a sequence of just four amino acids in a key viral protein that may be critical to the spread of the Ebola virus.

Science report: sedimentary rocks on Mars may suggest an ancient land of lakes
Images of layered geologic outcrops on Mars, captured by the Mars Orbiter Camera, appear to show sedimentary rocks.

Louisiana researcher receives award for contributions to the science and technology of making synthetic rubber
James R. (Jack) Hall of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, will be honored on December 8 by the world's largest scientific society for his many contributions to the science and technology of making synthetic rubber.

Counting salmon essential measure of recovery efforts
Either count the fish or count on many more decades of debate about what's helping and what's hurting Pacific Northwest salmon.

North Carolina researcher receives award for new ant-HIV drug that simplifies treatment regime
Susan Daluge of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will be honored on December 8 by the world's largest scientific society for her contributions to the development of a new anti-HIV drug that can dramatically simplify treatment.

Mammography no more sensitive in women with family history of breast cancer, says UCSF/SFVAMC study
Mammography is no more sensitive at detecting breast cancer in women with a family history of the disease than in women without it, according to a new study by University of California, San Francisco and San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center researchers and their colleagues.

Johns Hopkins launches information security institute
The Johns Hopkins University, supported by a $10 million

Moms fail to recognize obesity in their preschoolers
Most efforts to prevent obesity in childhood aren't likely to be successful, if results of a survey of mothers of overweight preschool children are any indication.

Texas researchers receive award for developing new lubricants for satellites, automobiles and computers
Clifford G. Venier and Edward W. Casserly of The Woodlands, Texas, will be honored on December 8 by the world's largest scientific society for developing new lubricants for satellites, automobiles and computers.

Alaska's speedy Columbia Glacier on likely disintegration course
Alaska's Columbia Glacier, heralded as the world's speediest glacier, appears to be on a course to disintegrate and evolve into a spectacular fjord rivaling Glacier Bay in the coming years, according to a University of Colorado at Boulder researcher.

Scientists decode genes of microbe that thrives in toxic metals
Understanding the genetic makeup of microbes that thrive in polluted environments may one day help scientists engineer bacteria that can clean contaminants from soil.

Low dose estrogen improves bone health
A low dose of estrogen was as effective in reducing bone turnover -- with fewer side effects -- as higher doses when given to a group of healthy women 65 years and older, according to a study published in the December issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
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