Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 07, 2001
Children who had heart surgery 20-30 years ago need to check in again, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada
Adults who, as children, had surgery to correct congenital heart defects are failing to keep in touch with their cardiologists - and that could endanger their future health, says the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada.

Illinois researcher receives award for developing a better sunscreen
Craig A. Bonda of the C.P. Hall Company in Bedford Park, Ill., will be honored June 11 by the American Chemical Society for developing a better, longer-lasting sunscreen.

Older blacks face higher disability risk, Univ, of Fla. study shows
The golden years are more likely to be tarnished for black Americans, who face a higher risk of disabilities than their Latino and white counterparts.In the first national survey of differences among older ethnic groups, researchers found nearly 20 percent of blacks age 70 and older lost the ability to perform personal tasks such as eating, dressing and bathing.

Laboratory study shows measles vaccine may offer novel approach for treating lymphoma
The virus strain used worldwide for more than 30 years to produce the measles vaccine may be effective for another purpose -- fighting lymphoma, a group of cancers that originate in the lymphatic system.

Drug bottles containing natural rubber stoppers may place latex allergic patients at risk for reactions
Armed with evidence from a recent study of latex allergy skin reactions in patients, scientists at Johns Hopkins encourage the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and drug makers to label all current vials as

Shorter ambulance response times would cut heart attack deaths
Reducing ambulance response times to 5 minutes could almost double the survival rate for cardiac arrests not witnessed by ambulance crews, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

Pittsburgh researcher receives award for polymer research
Peter H. Markusch, Ph.D., of Bayer Corporation in Pittsburgh, Pa., will be honored June 11 by the American Chemical Society for polymer research resulting in commercially successful products.

New peach variety has strange shape and sweet taste
A new peach variety from University of Florida fruit breeders looks like someone took a standard peach and flattened it.

Risk of death greater in diabetics regardless of sex, age or affluence
A study in this week's BMJ finds that people with diabetes are at a higher risk of death - irrespective of age, sex or affluence - compared to those without diabetes.

Humans hunted mammals to extinction in North America
Woolly mammoths, giant armadillos and three species of camels were among more than 30 mammals that were hunted to extinction by North American humans 13,000 to 12,000 years ago, according to the most realistic, sophisticated computer model to date -- reports the June 8 issue of the journal Science.

MBARI ROV Ventana completes 2,000 dives
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute's (MBARI) remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Ventana completed its 2,000th dive today off Monterey, California.

Reduced nitric oxide in blood linked to preeclampsia
Researchers have identified reduced blood levels of available nitric oxide as a cause of preeclampsia - a life-threatening condition that causes, among other things, high blood pressure during pregnancy, according to a report in the June 8 issue of Circulation Research: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Most doctors do not position resuscitation paddles correctly
Most doctors do not position defibrillation paddles in accordance with European Resuscitation Council guidelines when attempting to resuscitate patients in cardiac arrest, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

The world's most powerful NMR spectrometer
The most powerful, high-resolution nuclear magnet resonance (NMR) spectrometer ever constructed was delivered today to The Scripps Research Institute.

Scary study: Selenium deficiency causes flu virus to mutate into more dangerous forms
Influenza virus that has been passed through mice deficient in the trace nutrient selenium mutates and emerges from the mice more virulent than before, a new UNC study shows.

Study reveals molecular key to tumor suppressor activity
New research published Friday June 8 in the journal Science explains for the first time how an important tumor suppressor gene, p53, is activated in response to DNA damage to keep cancer tumors in check.

Minnesota researcher receives award for improving food service worker safety
Chemist Steven E. Lentsch, Ph.D., of Ecolab Inc., in Mendota Heights, Minn., will be honored June 11 by the American Chemical Society for developing a safer, more environmentally friendly dishwashing system for commercial kitchens.

Study finds many web sites offer potentially misleading self-test for sleep problems
Finding health information has become a top use of the World Wide Web, but people looking for insights into their sleep problems should beware, a study finds.

NASA gives official nod to first Mercury orbiter
NASA has given the first Mercury orbiter mission approval to move into full-scale spacecraft development, setting up the first trip to the sun's closest neighbor in more than a generation.

Researchers on the frontline of tracking drug use to hold 50th biannual meeting June 12-15
Established in 1976 by NIDA, the Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG), a national network of drug abuse experts who identify trends in drug abuse, including the surge in heroin use, emergence of crack, and increase in methamphetamine use in the U.S., will open its 50th meeting in Rockville, Maryland.

Engineer brings cost of experiments down to earth
A Purdue University engineer is saving NASA millions of dollars by devising a method to test a new type of solar- power system on Earth instead of in the ultra-expensive environment of space.
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