Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 01, 2001
AGU names journalism award for Robert Cowen
The American Geophysical Union has named its award for sustained achievement in science writing for Robert C.

Genetic basis of Alexander disease discovered
Scientists have pinpointed the gene responsible for a rare and devastating childhood brain disorder called Alexander disease, solving a 50-year-old mystery regarding its cause.

Deaf children who get cochlear implants earliest get the biggest language boost, large study finds
The younger deaf and hearing-impaired children are when a cochlear implant awakens their hearing, the better they will do on speech recognition tests later in life, according to the new results of the largest and most carefully designed study of its kind.

Annals of Internal Medicine, Tip Sheet, January 2, 2001
  • 1). Losing Weight Lowers High-Normal Blood Pressure
  • 2).Symptoms Don't Predict Presence of Initial HIV Infection
  • 3).Scuba Divers At Risk for Brain Lesions


Brain damage in autism: not what scientists once thought
Deepening the mystery of autism's origins, a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study has failed to link the typical autistic child's fixation on spinning objects and constant whirling around to long-suspected damage to the brain's control center for movement, balance and equilibrium.

Environmental health institute scientists begin to unravel cause of blocked memory in Alzheimer's
Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences have found that a protein found in patients with Alzheimer's disease can disrupt brain signals and therefore may contribute to the memory losses of Alzheimer's disease.

Adaptive optics tops NSF "highlights" at American Astronomical Society Meeting
Learn about the astronomy developments supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) at the American Astronomical Society meeting at the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center in San Diego, Calif., January 7-11, 2001.

Steroid medication no help to CFS patients who get that faint feeling
Besides suffering severe tiredness and a host of other symptoms, some patients with chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) find standing for long periods makes them lightheaded or even faint; eventually their blood pressure drops so low they can't remain upright, a condition known as neurally mediated hypotension.

UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute launches new program to identify biomarkers for autism and other disorders
The UC Davis M.I.N.D. Institute is allocating $1 million to develop a new neurodevelopmental genomics laboratory for the study of biomarkers and other early warning signs of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders.
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