Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 08, 2001
Physicians present most comprehensive clinical review of St. John's wort for treating depression
Post-holiday blues and a bitter winter season for much of the nation could send many people to the bottle this year - the bottle of St.

Energy from the sea floor could power oceanographic equipment
Fuel cells powered by energy from the sea floor could indefinitely supply electricity to instruments used to monitor ocean currents and water temperature, according to a report inthe Decmber 28 issue of Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Diabetes and high blood pressure can lead to cognitive decline
Middle-aged people with diabetes and high blood pressure are more likely to lose mental agility than their healthy counterparts, according to a study in the January 9 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Children find relief from migraine through biofeedback and relaxation training
Relaxation training and biofeedback have proven to be promising treatments for children who suffer from migraine headaches, according to a study in the January 9 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Report links race, income with environmental hazards in Massachusetts
Environmentally hazardous sites and facilities are disproportionately located in communities of color and lower- income communities, according to

Insured homeless people report less difficulty accessing health care, according to UCSF researchers
Insured homeless people report fewer barriers to accessing outpatient care and better adherence to prescription regimens than their counterparts without insurance.

Molecule plays key role in cellular quality control machinery
New research at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill points to a key role played by a molecular protein in the way body cells maintain quality control when under stress.

Intergalactic 'pipeline' funnels matter between colliding galaxies
This Hubble Space Telescope picture reveals an intergalactic

Mayo Clinic study finds cellular telephones may interfere with medical devices
A study by Mayo Clinic researchers found that cellular telephones interfered with the operation of external devices that monitor the heart and lungs, however, in most instances, the interference was not sufficient to meaningfully hinder interpretation of data.

The case for and against flu vaccination programs
Prior to this influenza season the Ontario government initiated a province-wide vaccination program to help reduce the number of patients who will present to emergency rooms and doctor's offices with the flu.

Two bees or not two bees? Researchers take first look at the genetic differences between queen and worker honeybees
For the first time scientists have been able to examine the genetic processes that decide whether a juvenile bee is destined for life as a worker or as a queen.

Astronomers find evidence of an extreme warp in the stellar disk of the Andromeda Galaxy
Astronomers have obtained new evidence of an extreme warp in the stellar disk of the Andromeda Galaxy (also known as M31), our nearest galactic neighbor.

Study estimates one-third of diabetes cases are undiagnosed
Undiagnosed cases of diabetes represent the unseen but clinically important burden of diabetes, according to a new study by Drs.

Researchers discover gene responsible for cilia, lungs' natural cleaning system
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill scientists have discovered the human version of a gene and gene product that is an essential component of the tiny hair-like whips called cilia that cleanse the lungs.

Earlier water on Earth? Oldest rock suggests hospitable young planet
Geological evidence suggests that Earth may have had surface water -- and thus conditions to support life -- millions of years earlier than previously thought.
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