Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 20, 2001
Polar telescope sights first high-energy neutrinos
A novel telescope, buried deep in the Antarctic ice at the South Pole, has become the first instrument to detect and track high-energy neutrinos from space, setting the stage for a new field of astronomy that promises a view of some of the most distant, enigmatic and violent phenomena in the universe.

April GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights
Articles address: K/T boundary acid rain; new high-pressure mineral produced during impact event; geomorphology and persistent mining impacts in Yellowstone; greenhouse world and mass extinction at Permian-Triassic boundary; new explanation for warm subpolar surface oceans in both hemispheres; radical new interpretation of original fracture pattern of mid-Proterozoic dismemberment of North America; global warming; tsunami hazards.

Purdue researchers develop new delivery system for gene therapy
For scientists working to develop gene transfer and gene therapies, finding an ideal carrier system is half the battle.

Popular pain analgesics found to affect central nervous system: Study identifies both peripheral and CNS mechanisms of action of NSAID use
Widely prescribed pain killers that provide relief with minimal side effects may have more pain-relieving properties than previously identified.

Link exists between hepatitis C and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, Lombardi researchers and colleagues find
A Lombardi Cancer Center researcher, working with colleagues at the University of Maryland at Baltimore and at Cairo University in Egypt, has uncovered evidence that hepatitis C may be a cause of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Making a stove senior-friendly
For most people, bending over a hot stove and pulling out a heavy dish isn't much of a challenge.

Research highlights importance of managing pain -- which is often undetected -- in nursing home residents
Pain often goes undetected in nursing home residents, potentially causing depression and lowering their feelings of well-being, according to a University of Florida researcher.

UIC studies herbal medicines to treat menopause
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago have launched the first scientific study to determine whether two herbal medicines--black cohosh and red clover--are safe and effective in treating symptoms of menopause.

MGH researchers shed new light on how pain killers work
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have shown for the first time how a class of common pain-relieving agents called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) - better known as aspirin and aspirin-like products - work by acting within the central nervous system as well as in the inflamed region around the source of pain.

Amoebas use "midwives" to reproduce
Sometimes the process of birth is so difficult that a mother needs a helping hand.

American Society for Microbiology 101st General Meeting, May 20-24, Orlando
The American Society for Microbiology will hold its 101st General Meeting in Orlando, Florida, May 20-24, 2001, at the Orange County Convention Center.

Statement of Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., President, American Heart Association, regarding President Bush's remarks to the American College of Cardiolo
Statement of Rose Marie Robertson, M.D., President, American Heart Association, regarding President Bush's remarks to the American College of Cardiology Scientific Session.

Competing fruit flies show evolution in action
An experiment by a University of California, Davis graduate student has captured evolution in action.

Web100 takes first step to improve network speed
Researchers at universities and government labs are testing new software that aims to provide data-transmission rates of 100 megabits per second.

Transplants of sibling stem cells show promise for immune disorder
NIH researchers have used a novel bone marrow transplantation procedure to successfully transfer stem cells from immunologically matched siblings into a small group of people who have a rare, inherited immune disorder, chronic granulomatous disease (CGD).

Chronic depression hastens disease progression and mortality among women with HIV
Women who are HIV-positive and depressed are twice as likely to die as women who are HIV-positive but experiencing limited or no depressive symptoms.

Duke study shows trained and supervised physician assistants can successfully perform cardiac catheterizations
A study by Duke University Medical Center researchers has shown that physician assistants, with proper training and supervision of an experienced cardiologist, can successfully perform cardiac catheterizations.

NASA's successful test flight of X-40A is major accomplishment for its X-37 program
This first successful test of the X-40A by NASA was a big step forward for the X-37 program.

Heart failure clinical trials don't test the average patient, SFVAMC study says
Most heart failure clinical trials do a poor job of representing the average patient in their study groups, according to a new study from San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center researchers.

Steam engines in space
Miniature spacecraft could be powered by steam, say space scientists in Beijing.

The first pictures from Mars
The fuzzy images of the Moon captivated the world, but when the first astronauts steps off the ladder onto Mars soil you'll be seeing clear high-definition pictures on interplanetary telly - and it will blow your mind.

Obese patients undergoing cardiac catheterization have worse survival partly due to less aggressive treatment
Despite being younger and having less severe coronary artery disease, morbidly obese patients undergoing cardiac catheterization have worse adjusted survival rates than patients who are not obese, according to Duke University Medical Center researchers.

Emory researcher: study shows need to identify those at high-risk for cardiovascular disease to benefit from lipid-lowering therapy
Emory and Baylor researchers found that many patients with a high risk of CHD would not be identified by current national guidelines.

Nanogen reports progress in development of electronic technology for high-throughput screening of protein kinases
Nanogen, Inc. is presenting its progress in developing electronically enabled technologies for the high-throughput screening of drug candidates acting on protein kinases and potentially a wide variety of other enzymes.

UT Southwestern receives grant to study lowering risks for bone loss, kidney stones during space missions
The next major project for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration is the Mission to Mars.

First nitric oxide regulating enzyme found that is conserved from bacteria to humans
The first known mammalian enzyme that regulates cellular levels of nitric oxide, a molecule as important to life as oxygen, has been found in organisms from bacteria to humans, Duke University researchers reported Wednesday.

Rush physicians research chondroitin sulfate
Physician researchers at the Rush Center for Clinical Studies at Rush-Presbyterian-St.

Diabetes doubles heart disease death risk; diabetes control approach may effect outcomes
After an analysis of data collected from two large multi- center clinical trials, Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that patients with diabetes have an almost two-fold increase in dying or suffering severe outcomes from heart disease compared to non-diabetics.

Invasive versus conservative coronary procedures: Invasive had better outcomes, costs were similar
Emory University researchers studied data related to two approaches to acute coronary syndromes to determine which was most cost effective for cardiac patients.

Researchers mine the secrets of nanoporous gold
Dip a chunk of a gold and silver alloy into acid, and the silver quickly dissolves.

Conference to convene experts to address diversity in health care
Meeting the health care needs of an ethnically and culturally diverse society and correcting disparities in health care delivery will be discussed at a national converence,
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