Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 25, 2000
Selegiline drug does not increase Parkinson's death rate
Researchers have debated for years whether the drug selegiline increases the risk of death for Parkinson's patients even though others have suggested that the drug may slow the progression of the disease.

Measles and pertussis risk higher for children with personal exemptions from immunization
Children who are exempt from immunization for religious or philosophical reasons have a higher risk of measles and pertussis, according to an article in the December 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Many diabetes cases may go undetected by afternoon tests
If current diagnostic criteria for diabetes are applied to patients tested in the afternoon, about half of cases of undiagnosed diabetes may be missed, according to an article in the December 27 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

First national earthquake engineering computer network takes shape
Leading members of the earthquake engineering community met recently with nationally recognized computer scientists to design the first-ever national collaborative network for advanced earthquake engineering research and experimentation.

New lab-made stem cells may be key to transplants
Hopkins scientists who, in 1998, showed that human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs) could develop into all basic types of embryonic tissues, have now

Study finds dementia may affect musical tastes
Appreciating music for the first time, or switching preferences from classical to

Not a brain tumor: serious headaches explained
Headaches that may at first seem to be caused by a brain tumor can actually stem from a leak of spinal cord fluid, according to a study in the December 25 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
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