Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 17, 2001
Yale researcher finds new clue to what blocks nerve fibers from regrowing following spinal cord injury or disease
A Yale researcher has discovered another molecule in a pathway that prevents axon regeneration.

Genetic mutation identified that results in aggressive, drug resistant, cancers
What makes one patient's cancer more aggressive than another? Why does a patient's cancer develop resistance to a previously effective chemotherapy drug?

Innovative techniques for managing pain help minimize children's suffering at Yale's pediatric pain management services
Using acupuncture, cryoblation (nerve freezing), controlled breathing, diversion and other innovative techniques in addition to medicines, physicians at Yale's Pediatric Pain Management Services (PPMS) are providing relief to children who experience pain as a result of surgery, chronic illness or routine vaccinations.

Conservation battle faces long odds in Brazilian Amazon
A $40 billion onslaught of highways, railroads, hydroelectric projects and burgeoning population is overwhelming current efforts to promote conservation in the Amazon Forest of Brazil.

Rainfall change may give earlier signal of Niño
A decrease in rainfall over the Indian Ocean may give the world the earliest signal that a strong El Niño is about to start.

Study: sea salt seasons chemical brew that destroys Arctic ozone
Sunlight, snow and sea salt are sometimes used to illustrate Nature at its best.

ST@T SHEET: A monthly update on science/technology @ Temple University
Following is a monthly update on science/technology at Temple University, including information about a student excursion to study the Great Barrier Reef of Belize, a Temple- Smithsonian project in Panama that has found early evidence of crop cultivation, and a list of Temple faculty who have been lauded by IBM and the Verizon Foundation.

Snoring and sleep apnea treated with innovative somnoplasty technique at Yale
To treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, Yale physicians are using a radiofrequency technology called somnoplasty to shrink extra tissues in the nose and throat, and oral appliances to move the lower jaw forward during sleep.

Yale expert on the development of mathematical ability in infants wins prestigious National Academy of Sciences award
Yale Psychology Professor Karen Wynn, who studies infants' ability to recognize and reason about numbers, has been awarded the Troland Research Award from the National Academy of Sciences.

Clemson hosts workshop in frontier-science field of biological computation
A new field called biological computation, which marries biology to computer hardware and may one day result in everything from advanced prosthetics to next-generation computers, will be explored in a workshop at Clemson University.

University of Chicago Hospitals to build new children's hospital
Gary C. Comer, founder of the Lands' End clothing-catalogue company, and his wife, Frances, have made a $21-million donation to help build the University of Chicago Comer Children's Hospital.

First FDA approved, non-drug treatment for high-blood pressure now available
A new medical device that can help lower blood pressure with no side effects is now available in the United States by prescription exclusively in the Chicago area.

Study says pessimists can overcome negative bias in some cases
If your performance is being judged by a pessimistic boss or teacher, make sure you have his or her full attention.

Cochlear implants found to help deaf-blind patients
A new study suggests that, contrary to expectations, the deaf-blind can indeed regain significant ability to recognize speech when given a cochlear implant.

Common swallowing disorder corrected with surgical procedure at Yale
A minimally invasive endoscopic surgical procedure is being used at Yale to correct an often troublesome swallowing disorder called Zenker's diverticulum, which affects thousands of Americans.

Amazon roads may lead to peril for rainforest
Brazil may call its plan to carve roads through the fragile Amazon rainforest

Expert: diabetes treatments undergoing quiet revolution
Between the 1950s and 1994, treatments for diabetes patients changed little, a leading physician says, but in the past five years, a quiet and highly beneficial revolution has taken place.

American Thoracic Society news tips for January
The following newsworthy medical research studies appear in the January American Thoracic Society journals: the use of oral steroids to control a severe asthma attack reduced the risk of death from the disease by 90 percent; the rate of lung function decline in African-American women, as they age, was significantly less than shown for white women; and an increased risk for cardiovascular disease was detected in persons with mild sleep-disordered breathing.
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