Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 02, 2001
IBM scientists report significant breakthrough in computer display manufacturing
IBM researchers have invented and developed a new process for manufacturing flat-panel liquid crystal displays (LCDs) that can vastly improve screen quality and viewing angles while saving manufacturers millions of dollars.

High-flying UC Berkeley students ride "vomit comet" in search of better way to cut bone loss in space
Four UC Berkeley students used NASA's zero-G airplane to test an improvement to the treadmills astronauts pound regularly to stave off bone loss in space, and found that it works.

Racial disparity in use of clot-busters for stroke 'alarming'
Whites are five times more likely than blacks to receive emergency clot-dissolving therapy for stroke, according to a review of records at 42 U.S. academic medical centers, researchers report in the May issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Postmenopausal heart, stroke risk best determined before 'the change'
A woman's cardiovascular risk factors such as cholesterol and blood pressure readings before menopause are a more accurate predictor of whether she will develop heart disease or stroke after menopause, researchers report in the May issue of Stroke: Journal of the American Heart Association.

UT Southwestern researcher finds beta-blocking drug reduces heart failure in blacks
The beta-blocking drug carvedilol reduces the risk of death and the symptoms of mild to moderate heart failure in black patients as well as it does in nonblack patients, according to results from the U.S.

NHLBI reports new asthma data for World Asthma Day
In observance of the third World Asthma Day, May 3, 2001, the NHLBI reported new data showing continuing increases in rates of asthma deaths, emergency department visits, and hospitalizations.

Review study of 'heading' ball finds no injury boost in soccer
Contrary to many parents' concerns, soccer players who cause the ball to bounce forcefully off their heads in games or practices -- a technique called

UC San Francisco patents method for delivering normal genes in a pill
The first patent for a method of delivering normal genes in a pill to induce the production of insulin in people with diabetes was issued May 1 to the University of California, San Francisco by the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Carbon dioxide levels key to global warming predictions
It's never a good idea to throw the baby out with the bathwater, even if the baby is millions of years old -- with an uncertain future.

Killer cells recognize specific viruses
Researchers have discovered that immune system cells called natural killer cells can recognize and destroy specific viruses.

Researchers discover the ultimate adult stem cell
The ultimate adult stem cell appears to have been discovered, namely a cell in the bone marrow that can transform itself into almost any organ in the body, according to a collaborative study led by New York University School of Medicine researchers.

New study finds that school-based intervention programs successful in violence prevention
A new curriculum appears to be effective in determining whether middle schools students will avoid using violence as a means to resolve their problems, according to a study published in the May edition of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

Firefighters' greatest danger may not be fires
Firefighters save hundreds of lives each year. It may be time to save their own.

First experiments from NASA Commercial Space Centers get started on International Space Station
Three new commercial experiments are getting started on the International Space Station, marking a major milestone for NASA's Commercial Space Centers - 17 centers across the United States that help industry conduct space experiments.

Scientists identify mechanism for caffeine's potential protective effect against Parkinson's disease
That morning cup of coffee may be doing a lot more than giving you a needed lift at the start of the day.

Many children improperly measured in doctors' offices
A three-year study conducted by a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing evaluating primary care pediatric practices has found that about two- thirds of children may be improperly measured, possibly leading to the misdiagnosis of growth disorders.

Rush geriatrics program partners with St. Louis University to educate health
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center will partner with Saint Louis University to provide programming through an SLU five-year grant to educate health care professionals on geriatric health issues, including recognizing and reporting elder abuse.

Researchers discover adult stem cell that can transform itself into nearly any organ in the body
Adult stem cells that can create new liver, lung, gastrointestinal and skin cells, and possibly any other organ in the body, have been discovered in bone marrow, according to a newly-published study by a Yale researcher and collaborators.

Groundbreaking robotic heart surgery takes place at USC University Hospital
Cardiothoracic surgeons from the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California have become the first in Southern California to perform heart surgery remotely using a robot.

Makgoba to speak at NIH for the James C. Hill Memorial Lecture on May 15
Dr. Malegapuru William Makgoba, President of the Medical Research Council of South Africa, will lecture on

UCSF-led study finds racial disparity in use of key treatment for stroke
Researchers led by UCSF scientists are reporting that a highly effective clot busting drug for stroke is significantly underutilized in all patient populations at U.S. academic medical centers, and is strikingly underutilized in African Americans.

Environmental Health Institute selects centers in Ohio, Texas, New York and Washington to breed mice with gene variants for disease studies
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences today announced the establishment and funding of five research centers to develop and breed mice with key genetic variations similar to those of humans.
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