Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 02, 2001
Study to focus on diet, nutrition and weight loss in cats with cancer
A cat with cancer is losing weight. What's an owner - or even a veterinarian - to do?

Consuming more protein, less carbohydrates may be healthier
New University of Illinois research suggests a diet higher in protein and lower in carbohydrates than currently recommended may help people maintain desirable body weight and overall health.

Temodar clinical trial studies effectiveness of first new FDA-approved brain cancer fighting drug in more than 20 years
A clinical trial to study the effectiveness of Temodar (temozolomide), the first new brain cancer fighting drug to receive FDA approval in more than 20 years, is underway at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute in Los Angeles.

UCSF Vietnamese community health promotion project co-sponsors academy to prevent cancer in Asian Americans
The UCSF Vietnamese Community Health Promotion Project has announced the first annual Asian American Cancer Control Academy scheduled on April 25 and 26, 2001 at the Oakland Asian Cultural Center.

Hospital-acquired infections at the 11th ECCMID in Istanbul: It was the tea flask that spread the germs
In Linz, strains of multiresistant bacteria were spread by the hospital tea flask.

Brookhaven scientists awarded patent for new method of making metal oxides
Scientists at Brookhaven National Laboratory were recently issued a patent for a novel way of making metal oxides.

There's no place like home
In current practice, women admitted for control of preterm labour tend to stay in hospital.

Virginia Tech researchers explore surface solubility, polarity
Virginia Tech researchers have demonstrated that a new type of polymer surface modifier will reverse the polarity of the molecules on a surface.

Canadian asthma rates among world's highest
Dr. Jure Manfreda and colleagues, who have completed the first Canadian study of asthma prevalence in adults, report that Canada has one of the highest asthma rates in the world.

ACP-ASIM issues new guideline for pulmonary disease
The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) today released new guidelines for treatment of acute exacerbations, or flare-ups, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

New class of rubbery plastic materials promise economies
The chance discovery of a long-sought catalyst had led to an entirely new class of rubbery plastics produced in the laboratory at Cornell University.

Gene defect in toxin clearance associated with pre-eclampsia in pregnancy
A defect in the gene responsible for producing an enzyme that clears toxic compounds in the body may increase the risk of pre-eclampsia.

Global warming: Science, economics, politics
The science, economics and politics of global warming will be addressed Friday at a conference aimed at providing policy makers with objective, non-technical analysis of climate change.

Rockefeller researchers identify defense system in plants
Researchers at The Rockefeller University have discovered that an experimental plant may harbor an additional line of defense against drought, once it has left the safety of its seed.

UPenn head & neck cancer study shows long-term treatment success, increased survivorship
A team of specialists from the UPenn Cancer Center's Head & Neck Program are the first to demonstrate dose tolerance levels & successful long-term treatment for head & neck cancer patients by administering chemotherapy drug, Taxol - intravenously and continuously for 24 hrs. a day, 7 days a week, for 7 weeks - concurrently with radiation therapy.

Brachytherapy and early prostate cancer
The Genitourinary Cancer Disease Site Group of the Cancer Care Ontario Practice Guidelines Initiative has conducted a systematic overview of the literature to assess the role of brachytherapy in early prostate cancer.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, April 3, 2001
1). Older Women with Too Much Thyroid Hormone at Risk for Fractures 2).

Study points to positive results from vitamin D supplements for MS sufferers
A small study conducted by researchers at Penn State and Helen Hayes Hospital in New York has shown that a daily dose of vitamin D - 1000 IU or two and a half times the recommended dose for adults -- causes changes in blood chemistry that indicate positive effects for multiple sclerosis patients.

UPenn Cancer Center receives two-year $500,000 grant from Lance Armstrong Foundation to establish cancer survivorship program
The UPenn Cancer Center has received a two-year $500,000 grant from the Lance Armstrong Foundation to develop a new model of care for long-term survivors of cancer.

New core centers to open pathways for studying rheumatic diseases
New Rheumatic Diseases Research Core Centers have been established at the Children's Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati and at the University of Pittsburgh with support from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS).
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