Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 06, 2001
Medicare-paid help
Unmarried people age 70 and older who lived with their adult children received about 40 hours a week of paid home care compared with 26 hours received by unmarried elders who were equally disabled and lived alone.

500-century record links northern hemisphere cold spells to water in South American salt flat
A drill core record from what is now the world's largest salt flat, located at about 12,000 feet above sea level on a Bolivian plateau called the Altiplano, shows that this basin episodically filled with water during periods in the past 50,000 years when ocean temperatures to the north were unusually cold.

Inner city HIV patients frequently do not receive specialized care or follow recommended treatment
Although significant advances in antiretroviral therapy are helping thousands of HIV patients keep the virus at bay, only a small percentage of individuals in the inner city diagnosed with HIV take advantage of available treatments, with the result that less than 1 in 10 has a successful treatment outcome.

Students' hands-on science experiments bound for International Space Station this week
Students from middle and high schools across America have prepared biological samples for an experiment that this week astronauts will place aboard the International Space Station when the Space Shuttle Atlantis returns to that unique, orbiting laboratory.

Human factors in parking enforcement
Chicago had lost millions of dollars in unpaid parking tickets before it hired a human factors expert to lead the revamping of its parking enforcement system.

Parkinson's disease specialists at San Francisco VA Medical Center receive $5 million to expand treatment, education and research center
In recognition of its international leadership in treatment of and research on Parkinson's disease, researchers at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center will receive approximately $5 million dollars from the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish the San Francisco Parkinson's Disease Research, Education and Clinical Center (PADRECC).

World's biggest study of hormone replacement therapy
ADELAIDE University has been awarded the Australian arm of a major international study to examine the long-term effects of hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

Researchers identify a new regulator of the immune system
Mount Sinai Hospital researchers have discovered a new molecular system that regulates our immune system, shedding new light on how immune T-cells function to combat infectious diseases and cancer, and how genetic defect associated with this system may cause autoimmune diseases.

Cellphones can monitor your health
Calls from the heart cellphone signals could tell rescue workers vital information about the health of victims trapped inside collapsed buildings.

Squares could make planets more visible
American astrophysicists have found that the best way to view distant, Earth-like planets is through a square hole.

Like grapefruit, sour oranges boost drug effectiveness, scientists find, and also why
Since the early 1990s, doctors have known that certain drugs -- including commonly taken medications for lowering cholesterol and blood pressure -- become much more effective when people who take them also drink a glass of grapefruit juice at the same time.

Saving lives through design
Until recently, defibrillators for saving heart attack victims were not available for use by the public.

Push my button
An electrical implant could help women who can't achieve orgasm naturally.

Clinical Advances towards the simplification if HIV therapy: First once-daily dosing results for the HIV protease inhibitor, Agenerase ™
Embargoed information for the 8th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections:First once-daily dosing results for the HIV protease inhibitor Agenerase™ and phase II clinical results for its pro-drug, VX-175.

Qualification testing on X-33 flight engines now underway
Twin linear aerospike engines have passed their first hot- fire ignition test at NASA's Stennis Space Center, Miss.

Temple experts are researching the under use of child care subsidies in Pennsylvania
If government subsidies are available for child care, then why aren't low-income families using them?

Engineers develop "smart" maturity meter to measure concrete readiness
Penn State engineers have developed a

New data demonstrate once daily Videx EC ® (didanosine) is as effective as alternative multi-dosed HIV therapies
Once-daily VIDEX EC® (didanosine) capsules are safe and effective when included in a combination regimen, according to a study presented today at the Eighth Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Chicago.
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