Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 16, 2001
Convenience is key in contact lens choice
Patients wearing contact lenses overwhelmingly prefer disposable extended-wear contacts to disposable daily-wear lenses.

Expanding career options for young scientists
An ever widening array of career choices greets newly minted science Ph.D.s.

A change of fuel
The fuel additive MTBE was supposed to be the answer to air pollution.

McCaw/Muscular Dystrophy Association fund supports UW recruitment of internationally noted gene therapy researcher
Dr. Jeffrey S. Chamberlain, an international leader in efforts to find gene therapies for muscular dystrophy, has been recruited to the faculty of the University of Washington (UW) School of Medicine.

Princess Margaret Hospital researchers discover the off switch for various disease signals
Researchers have discovered the role of a gene that acts as the off switch for several disease signals including cancer, heart disease and autoimmune diseases.

Want to get rid of trash quickly? Just add water, study suggests
Trash in a municipal landfill could decompose 10 to 20 times faster than it normally does through a system that keeps the trash continuously wet, new research suggests.

Researchers release results of study showing patients undergoing stem-cell transplantation live longer than those undergoing marrow transplantation
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center researchers found the use of allogeneic peripheral blood stem-cells for transplantation significantly increased the tempo of cell production, compared to marrow.

Antibacterial agent in some asthma medications linked to airway constriction, UF scientists find
A new University of Florida study provides fresh evidence that an antibacterial agent added to some asthma medications can cause airway constriction, potentially blunting the effectiveness of efforts to reverse an asthma attack.

Right side of brain may be key to recognizing yourself, study says
The right side of the brain helps people recognize themselves in a picture, say researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston.

UI space physicist fails to find evidence of lightning on Venus
In an article published in the Jan. 18, 2001 issue of the journal Nature, University of Iowa space physicist Donald Gurnett says that a search for lightning on Venus in 1998 and 1999 using the Cassini spacecraft failed to detect high- frequency radio waves commonly associated with lightning.

From the heart
Premature and sick babies can die from bacterial infections that doctors often miss.

Women's health care needs may be unmet during miltary deployment
Nearly half of the military women in a recent study are not comfortable going on sick call for symptoms of genitourinary infections when they are deployed to a field duty station or multi-week ship duty.

Micropropellers to keep your chips cool
The hum of a computer fan could soon be history.

Study at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center investigates effectiveness of two popular dietary supplements to improve symptoms of osteoarthritis
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are now enrolling patients in a large multi-center clinical trial to determine whether two popular nutrition supplements -- glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate -- reduce the knee pain associated with osteoarthritis (OA).

A valuable lesson in gene therapy
A year after 18-year-old Jesse Gelsinger died after experimental gene therapy, US researchers are beginning to understand what went wrong.

Obese children more prone to asthma
Fat children are at greater risk of asthma than children of normal weight, finds a study published in Thorax.

UCSD structural engineer to research best ways to stabilize seaside cliffs
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that a quarter of the homes within 500 feet of the U.S. coast could be lost to erosion in the next 50 years.

NASA, international team building instruments to study Sun on Japan's Solar-B mission
Our Sun is a violent star capable of producing explosive flares and hurling clouds of matter toward Earth - activities that can interfere with satellite communications.

Biologists uncover Darwin's 'missing evidence' for divergence of species in a warbler's song
Biologists at the University of California, San Diego have demonstrated, in a study of the songs and genetics of a series of interbreeding populations of warblers in central Asia, how one species can diverge into two.

New study: genetically engineered enzyme boosts treatment for rare children's illness
U.S. medical scientists, working together, have found that a genetically engineered enzyme can significantly help children and young adults with a rare disorder that involves storage of materials within cells, resulting in the cells swelling to the point of bursting and killing those cells.
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