Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 07, 2001
Ethnobotanist warns of mixing herbs with traditional medications
If you take herbs for medical purposes, tell your doctor, an ethnobotanist warns.

FDA approves new treatment, Campath ®, humanized monoclonal antibody, for patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration cleared Campath® (alemtuzumab), a humanized monoclonal antibody, for treatment of patients with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia previously treated with alkylating agents and who failed fludarabine therapy.

Legal issues in charity mergers in England and Wales
As competition for income becomes increasingly intense, many charities are looking to merge or work closely together to safeguard their future.

Some women with breast cancer feel discriminated against
Although most women report positive benefits from talking to family and friends about their breast cancer, some do experience negative repercussions and others report both workplace and insurance discrimination, according to a new study.

Second child increases the likelihood that never-married mothers will cohabit
When unmarried mothers have a second child, their living arrangements change dramatically, usually in the direction of cohabitation, a Penn State study finds.

Invention makes it possible for single caregiver to move patients
In 1995, after seeing people with rigid, heavy power wheelchairs struggle with transporting them, Virginia Tech human factors engineer John Casali invented a light-weight, front-mounted, detachable power drive for folding wheelchairs.

Study: Early intervention cuts crime, dropout rates
One of the nation's largest studies of public early-childhood education is tracking a

Heart attack in a laboratory dish
NWO researchers at Utrecht University have given heart muscle cells a heart attack in the laboratory.

Pooling worldwide data about childhood tumors helps researchers gauge aggressiveness of treatment
Sorting types of cancer into higher- and lower-risk groups is not merely a matter of scientific interest, but a matter of life and death.

Musical training during childhood may influence regional brain growth
Research has revealed significant differences in the gray matter distribution between professional musicians trained at an early age and non- musicians, as presented today at the American Academy of Neurology's 53rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA.

Nuts cut coronary heart disease risk
In the most comprehensive review yet of the available epidemiological and clinical evidence, Penn State researchers have concluded that eating tree nuts or peanuts can have a strong protective effect against coronary heart disease.

Researchers discover mind's key to self-image
Researchers may have identified the area of the brain that controls our sense of self, according to a study presented during the American Academy of Neurology's 53rd Annual Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, May 5-11, 2001.

Dutch researchers predict future of Central America
Dutch researchers have constructed a model to simulate how land use changes in accordance with various different future scenarios.

Columbia receives NYSTAR grant - Brain imaging studies will accelerate medical science and create jobs
Columbia University has received an $11 million New York State grant to conduct brain imaging studies that will expand medical science and create jobs.

Increased awareness of stroke symptoms could dramatically reduce stroke disability
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) is launching a national public education campaign, Know Stroke: Know the Signs.

Safer estrogen targets painful intercourse in older women
Researchers at Yale University's School of Medicine have designed a new form of estrogen that could improve the treatment of vaginal atrophy, commonly referred to as vaginal dryness.

2001 Spring Meeting: Press conferences (preliminary list)
Some 12-15 press conferences will be organized in connection with Spring Meeting.

New report finds half of world's protected nature reserves heavily farmed as hunger runs rampant in biodiversity "hotspots"
A Future Harvest-commissioned study by The World Conservation Union finds that half the world's 17,000 major nature reserves are heavily farmed, posing a major threat to biodiversity.

From preventing disease to softening our ride, Virginia Tech inventions and creations can improve lives
Virginia Tech recognized faculty members, students, and staff who received 25 patents during 2000.

Coalbed methane development and impacts to be discussed at USGS field conference
Federal, state and local policy makers will gather in Casper, Wyoming, on May 9-10 to examine science issues associated with the development of coalbed methane.

Cancer prevention surgery may not ease worries
Surgical removal of the ovaries substantially reduces the risk of ovarian cancer in women at high risk, but the procedure might not reduce the fear of cancer any more than routine screening, according to a new study.

Alzheimer's vaccine developer awarded Potamkin Prize
Dale Schenk, Ph.D, a researcher whose work in developing a vaccine for treating Alzheimer's disease is now undergoing clinical trials, has been named this year's winner of the Potamkin Prize.

Research ties vitamin B12 and folate deficiencies with Alzheimer's disease
People with low levels of B12 or folate may have a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease, according to a study in the May 8 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Yale engineers awarded $2.4 million grant to help develop lightweight power pack for soldiers of the future
Yale University's Engineering Department has received a $2.4 million grant from the U.S.

University of Cincinnati professor shines new spotlight on ancient music
The music of yesteryear takes on a whole new meaning - and millennium - through the research of a University of Cincinnati classics scholar and his web site.

Breast reduction surgery helps women
A review and meta-analysis of 29 studies involving more than 4,000 patients found that breast reduction surgery significantly improves the physical symptoms and quality of life in large-breasted women.

First comparative study to examine rates of sexual dysfunction
In the first study to examine the prevalence of sexual dysfunction across the new generation antidepressants, researchers reported at the American Psychiatric Association annual meeting that while the drug classes known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) were associated with a higher rate of sexual dysfunction, other antidepressants were associated with significantly lower rates, namely bupropion and nefazodone.

Scientific explanation for success of klapskate
As part of a project funded by the NWO's Netherlands Technology Foundation (STW), researchers at Amsterdam Vrije Universiteit (VU) have demonstrated why the so-called klapskate produces better speedskating performance.

Call for entries: American Heart Association Howard L. Lewis
American Heart Association Howard L. Lewis Achievement Award 2001 All United States local and national health and science journalists are eligible. 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