Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 01, 2001
Have DNA lab, will travel: mobile unit first of its kind
In a facility believed to be the first of its kind, a mobile laboratory used to collect DNA material from endangered species is now in operation at Texas A&M University.

More information needed to improve women's understanding of smear results
Only about half of women understand that the term

Zebrafish could become genetics 'lab rat' of choice
In the post-genomic world, the lowly zebrafish may be king.

Georgetown University researchers discover new paradigm in cellular communication
New discoveries about the way in which cellular receptors communicate with each other have helped scientists gain deeper insights into how new blood vessels develop--which could, down the road, lead to new ways of treating cancer and heart disease, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center said.

Stabilizing miniature atom clouds
For the first time, a gas containing both of the fundamental types of atoms (Fermions and Bosons) has been cooled to a temperature just a hair short of absolute zero.

One more puff could be enough to cause a heart attack
Cigarette smoking seems to have an acute effect that may increase the risk of a heart attack following each cigarette smoked, according to a study presented today at the American Heart Association's 41st Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

I.Q. and neurologic outcomes are improving for children who received complex heart surgery as infants
Fetal diagnosis, early intervention, surgical refinements and advanced medical techniques are helping more children survive congenital heart defects with fewer neurological complications, according to recent studies of infant heart surgery presented at a pediatric cardiology conference sponsored by the Cardiac Center of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Latest information on women's health will be presented at popular UCSF Women's Health 2020 Conference on Saturday, March 31
Complementary medicine, the politics of women's health, hormone replacement therapy, midlife career changes and preventing dementia are among the many topics to be explored in depth at the 8th annual UCSF Women's Health 2020 (formerly called Women's Health 2000).

Scientists create first animal model of Rett Syndrome
Researchers from the Whitehead Institute have created the long-awaited animal model for Rett syndrome, one of the most common causes of mental retardation in females.

Soy supplements benefit those with normal cholesterol, too
For the first time, researchers report that whether a person's cholesterol levels are high or normal, those who add soy to their diets may see an increase in levels of

Asthma may increase risk of heart disease in non-smokers
For the first time, researchers say asthma may significantly increase the risk of hospitalization and death from heart disease in non-smokers, according to a study reported today at the American Heart Association's 41st Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

Stress strikes heart benefits of workplace physical activity
A new study of utility workers finds that work stress can nullify the cardiovascular benefits of a physically demanding job, according to researchers reporting today at the American Heart Association's 41st Annual Conference on Cardiovascular Disease Epidemiology and Prevention.

Gerontology studies grow with aging population
As America grows older, universities across the country are responding by creating programs to study the aging process.

UC Davis gets $6.5 million to offer new cancer drugs
The UC Davis Cancer Center has received a $6.5 million award from the National Cancer Institute to offer novel, innovative and new therapies for cancer.

Rare meteorites rekindle controversy over birth of the solar system
A study of two rare meteorites is rekindling a scientific debate over the creation of our solar system.

'Overcoming inequality: women and HIV-an international imperative' is focus for international women's day symposium on March 8th
The UCSF AIDS Research Institute will sponsor a symposium addressing the need to consider gender inequality and to incorporate both economic and educational initiatives for women into efforts to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS.

Survey: 69 percent of Americans support campaign finance reform
Slightly more than two-thirds of Americans want to change or replace the current campaign finance system, a nationwide survey says.

Engineers will demonstrate new system to prevent power failures
Engineers will demonstrate a new system in April that aims to avert power failures by automatically adapting to the daily fluctuations in electricity consumption.

Client violence towards prostitutes must be addressed
Half of prostitutes working outdoors and over a quarter of those working indoors routinely experience some form of violence by clients, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

Dried cells, tissues could solve biological materials storage, transport problems
If human tissue could remain viable after being dried, stored, and rehydrated, then life-saving blood products, organs, pharmaceuticals, and sensors could be transported and used virtually anywhere.

Landmark heart failure study includes over 7500 participants - CHARM study programme recruitment completed on schedule
(Mölndal, Sweden, 2 March 2001) AstraZeneca today announced that the landmark heart failure study programme, CHARM (Candesartan in Heart failure Assessment of Reduction in Mortality and morbidity)1 has completed recruitment on schedule.

A first: A (nearly) complete road map for the evolution of placental mammals
A paper in the March 2 journal Science offers new evidence that scientists are close to pinning down the evolutionary road map for the most diverse and largest subgroup of mammals, a feat that may resolve a longstanding scientific debate and shed light on the newly completed human genome.

More awareness of and involvement with tobacco marketing encourages teenage smoking
Teenagers are aware of, and are participating in, many forms of tobacco marketing, and this phenomenon is consistently associated with being a smoker, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Adverse events in hospitals may cost NHS £1 billion a year
Ten per cent of patients admitted to British hospitals experience an adverse event, about half of which are preventable, according to preliminary findings from a pilot study in this week's BMJ.

Expert proposes new ideas about technology and evolution
What distinguished Neanderthals and near-modern humans from their predecessors 300,000 years ago, it is believed, was their ability to make and use complex tools, but there is no consensus about how this dazzling leap in technology influenced human evolution.

Study raises questions about when and how far to lower blood cholesterol in elderly men
Less may not be best with cholesterol - at least in elderly men.

UK physicists defy the weakest link
UK researchers reveal new properties of magnesium borate, a superconductor at 40 kelvin, that overcome traditional problems in high temperature superconductors. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to