Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 26, 2000
Scientists identify molecular 'planner' that helps brain reorganize
Scientists have used a molecule to help re-wire the brain as an animal learns from new experiences, much like a highway planner alters a complicated road system working its way through a congested, bustling neighborhood.

UI study investigates human emotion processing at the level of individual brain cells
A region at the front of the brain's right hemisphere, the prefrontal cortex, plays a critical role in how the human brain processes emotions.

Why are insecurities and risks often erroneously calculated?
Research at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development shows that, to avoid leading to false conclusions, statistical information needs to be communicated better and in a more comprehensible fashion.

FAA, NCAR team win technology leadership
Researchers at the National Center for Atmospheric Research played a key role in developing an award-winning Web site that provides pilots with accurate weather forecasts of winds, turbulence, icing, and thunderstorms.

Columbia scientists study advantages of using web to tailor medical information to patients
Can patient education be more effective by tailoring medical information to individuals and presenting it over the internet rather than through printed materials?

NHLBI study shows inhaled corticosteroids do not slow progression of COPD
Ending a long controversy about the effects of inhaled corticosteroids in the treatment of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), researchers supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) today reported that inhaled corticosteroids do not slow the progression of the disease, as many had hoped, but they do reduce respiratory symptoms in some of these patients.

Researcher uncovers allergy/reflux link
A new Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati discovery may have significant implications for children with a eosinophilic esophagitis, a fast-growing new disease whose symptoms mimic gastroesophageal reflux, and for adults with reflux who are not being helped by currently available medications.

Young adults living in age of anxiety
Crime, AIDS, divorce, unemployment, living alone, lack of trust, and other changes in the social environment have produced anxiety levels in children of the 1980s to rival those of child psychiatric patients of the 1950s, reports Case Western Reserve University psychologist Jean Twenge.

Washington University in St. Louis links the power of informal education with classroom activities for innovative 6-12 biology curriculum
Washington University in St. Louis has received a grant from National Institutes of Health that unites university scientists and education specialists with three St.

New sub-cellular structure discovered
A group of scientists from Iowa State University doing research under a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant reports that they have discovered a new and different spindle structure during cell division that could lead to better insight into how abnormal cells divide, as in forms of cancer.

Immune system research holds hope for understanding recurrent miscarriages, helping transplant and cancer patients
A mother's immune system may attack a fetus from multiple fronts, by sending in killer T-cells, by producing antibodies that target fetal cells or by coating cells with a destructive, soluble blood factor called complement, according to researchers at the Medical College of Georgia.
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