Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 26, 2001
Standard scuba diving mouthpieces potentially hazardous
Standard design mouthpieces used by scuba divers are potentially hazardous.

Research looks at how caregivers and patients make tough decisions
New research looks at how family members and patients with Alzheimer's disease make a tough decision: whether to enroll in a clinical trial to test a potential medicine for the disease.

UCLA heart care program improves treatment, cuts repeat heart attacks and lowers mortality
A new UCLA heart program reduces the risk of coronary artery disease and dramatically improved treatment rates.

Breast cancer patients with the breast cancer susceptibility gene are poor candidates for some chemotherapy drugs
Researchers have found that alterations in a breast cancer susceptibility gene, BRCA1, can change the effectiveness of certain chemotherapy drugs against the disease.

Golfers are not doing enough warm-up exercises to enhance performance and prevent injury
Amateur golfers who think practising a couple of swings before they hit the course will improve their standard, are misguided, suggests research.

Corporate, education, labor leaders meet April 5-6 to set national innovation priorities
Top university, labor, and business leaders meet April 5-6 in San Diego to set a national action agenda to boost technological innovation.

Protein regulation study at Yale confirms suspicions on how hereditary blindness occurs
A Yale research team, in collaboration with scientists at the Baylor College of Medicine, have studied signal transduction- the communication system developed by cells-to further understand how hereditary blindness occurs.

Study finds more than 3000 new mothers abused in N.C. each year
Each year, more than 3% of new mothers in North Carolina, which means more than 3,000 women, are being physically abused, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.

Two thirds of sports doctors have inadequate first aid skills
Two thirds of sports doctors are incapable of demonstrating proficiency in first aid skills under examination, research has found.

Giving smaller doses of chemotherapy more frequently may attack tumor blood supply
Radiation oncologists at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital are rethinking how to give chemotherapy, taking advantage of its unique properties.

Aerobic exercise can work faster than drugs to lift depression
Aerobic exercise can work faster than drugs to lift depression.

One change in farming makes for cleaner waterways
Changes in farming practices have improved water quality in Lake Erie.

Answer to nursing shortage lies in cultivating talents of minorities and men, say UCSF researchers
The nursing shortage is approaching crisis proportions in California and across the nation.

Hormone the trigger for fat metabolism; scientists closer to tests in humans
Most people believe that obesity is only caused by eating too much or not getting enough exercise.

Monthly update on science/technology @ Temple University
Microsoft awards nearly $1 million in software to support Temple's e-commerce programs.

Expensive trainers take a toll on basketball players' ankles
Basketball players wearing trainers with air cells in the heels are over four times more vulnerable to ankle injury, finds a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Scientists identify new vaccine targets for cancer-causing strains of human papilloma virus
Epimmune Inc. announced today that Company scientists and academic collaborators identified new vaccine targets for cancer-causing strains of the human papilloma virus.

Going to the ends of the Earth for cosmic rays: LSU researchers survive Antarctica
Nine LSU researchers recently spent three months at a U.S.

Yale sponsors 15th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Sleep Society, titled 'Health Consequences of Sleep Disorders'
The latest advances in treatments for sleep disorders such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy and insomnia will be discussed at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Northeastern Sleep Society.

Study of schizophrenia patients who hear 'voices' to continue at Yale with over $600,000 in grants from NIMH, Dana and Donaghue Foundations
Research at Yale looking at the causes and treatment of auditory hallucinations or

ANU archaeologists find 35,000-year-old site in East Timor
The first recorded date of settlement in East Timor has more than doubled following the carbon dating of an archaeological site.

Ford gives $10 million to Smith for women-only engineering program
A $10 million gift from Ford Motor Company will fund a state- of-the-art facility for Smith College's women-only engineering program.

Researchers pioneer techniques to lubricate microdevices
Motor oil keeps car engines running smoothly, but what will grease tiny motors for high-tech microdevices of the future?

Ancient tick found in New Jersey leaves experts guessing
A 90-million-year-old tick recently found in New Jersey has left entomologists scratching their heads.

Enzyme involved in cocaine addiction identified by scientists at Yale and Rockefeller Universities
Researchers at Yale and Rockefeller Universities have found that an enzyme called Cdk5 regulates the action of dopamine,a chemical messenger associated with cocaine's 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