Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 29, 2001
Scientists repair damage from heart attack
Surprising new research shows it is possible to rebuild heart-attack-damaged hearts with adult stem cells from bone marrow.

UNC study shows family-directed program can reduce adolescent tobacco, alcohol use
A family program designed, implemented and evaluated by public health experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill reduced first use of tobacco among adolescents by about 25 percent in white teens for at least a year and possibly a lot longer, they say.

A worm is more like a human than previously thought
Humans have more in common with the lowly worm than previously thought, according to scientists reporting in the cover article of Molecular Cell, published today.

Mapping the brain's food-intake circuitry
HHMI researchers have used a genetically altered virus to map the neural inputs that project into regions of the brain that control food intake.

Researchers light the path of brain's feeding circuit in mice
A novel technique that uses a virus tagged with a green- glowing jellyfish protein has enabled scientists to visualize the feeding circuit in mice, report researchers from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute at Rockefeller University, Princeton University and the University of California, San Diego.

Scientists repair damage from heart attack using adult bone marrow stem cells in mice
Surprising new research shows it is possible to rebuild heart-attack-damaged hearts with adult stem cells from bone marrow.

Women will switch from gynecologists who do not recommend UFE, a less invasive treatment for fibroids, Yale researchers find
In a two-part study, researchers at Yale have found that 89 percent of women are willing to switch from gynecologists who do not support their decision to have fibroids treated using Uterine Fibroid Embolization (UFE), a minimally invasive treatment performed by interventional radiologists.

Purdue engineer goes back to class to put Einstein to the test
An engineering professor who sat in on a physics course to pursue his lifelong dream of understanding the general theory of relativity, not only reached that goal but came up with a new way of testing Einstein's masterwork.

Beneficial effect of dietary change on heart disease can take two years
The theory that dietary fat causes heart disease remains central to

Depressed patients should be allowed to choose their treatment
Generic counselling appears to be as effective as antidepressant drugs for major depression, although patients given drugs may recover more quickly, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

Scientists find new supressor gene involved in breast, prostate and other cancers
Scientists at the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the M.D.

Study: overweight more common among early-maturing girls, especially minorities
American girls who mature earlier than others also are more likely to be overweight, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

Men who were small babies are less likely to marry
Men who were small at birth are less likely to marry, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

UC Davis child abuse conference focuses on emerging trends, including self-mutilation, violent young males
Child abuse experts in California are seeing a rise in pockets of abuse, such as aggression in young males, Internet sexual abuse, methampetamine abuse and self-mutilation.

Carnegie Mellon to host forum on making computer science more attractive to women
Carnegie Mellon will host a forum April 19 on making computer technology and computer science more attractive to girls and young women.

Stimulating environment protects brain against damage from lead exposure
Use it or lose may be a truism when it comes to protecting the brain against lead exposure.

Adult stem cells may reduce damage following heart attack
Researchers from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons have developed an experimental treatment that, in rats, dramatically improves the recovery prospects after heart attack, using stem cells from human adults.

Eating less may protect nerve cells
Skipping the donuts may preserve your brainpower. A new study finds that cutting calories by about a third protects nerve cells from damage caused by interrupted blood flow.

Medically unexplained symptoms need more attention
More attention should be given to patients who attend hospital with symptoms that remain medically unexplained after extensive investigation, finds a study in this week's BMJ.
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