Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 17, 2001
NIAID collaboration yields new test for Lyme disease
A new test developed with NIAID funding has been shown to be highly accurate and sensitive for detecting antibodies to Lyme disease and was recently licensed by the FDA.

Norwegian Sea proposed as storage site for carbon dioxide
Norwegian scientists, having conducted a modeling study, would like to conduct an onsite demonstration of CO2 sequestration in the Norwegian Sea.

Do you like roller coaster rides or hate them? Your genes may play a role
Attitudes are learned, but new research shows that differences between people in many attitudes are also partly attributable to genetic factors.

Additional evidence for a viral contribution to depression
Researchers have discovered a new detection method for Borna disease virus (BDV) infection using BDV circulating immune complexes.

New evidence finds no association between coffee consumption and risk of colorectal cancer
There is no association between coffee consumption and risk of colorectal cancer, finds new evidence in Gut, despite previous studies suggesting a protective effect of coffee consumption.

USC study suggests low levels of dietary nutrient lutein linked to thickening in neck arteries
Thickening of the walls of arteries in the neck may be related to low levels of a substance called lutein, commonly found in spinach, broccoli and other dark green vegetables, according to researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California and the UCLA School of Medicine.

Heritability of attitudes: Twin research in religious perspective
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Gas cooking has a harmful effect on the lung function of adolescents
Gas cooking has a harmful effect on the lung function of girls who are susceptible to allergies, concludes research in Thorax.

Refrigerator disposal releases ozone-depleting chemicals
Shredded insulation from junked refrigerators is releasing substantial amounts of ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbons, or CFCs, into the earth's atmosphere, according to a report in the July 15 issue of Environmental Science & Technology, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society

Doctors test memory drug for multiple sclerosis patients
Physicians are launching the first large-scale clinical study ever to address cognitive symptoms in patients with multiple sclerosis.

Elderly women have better mental ability than men, despite less formal education
Elderly women have a better mental function than men despite their lower level of formal education, conclude Dutch researchers in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery and Psychiatry.

A new marker for schizophrenia?
Researchers have identified a calcium binding protein that, at increased levels, may be associated with the negative symptoms of schizophrenia.

PNNL and WSU study ways to manure valuable
PNNL and WSU are beginning a two-year study to determine the best processes to generate higher-value products from manure.

University of Maryland physicians use ultrasound in novel way
Physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center are using a new ultrasound technique to detect increased risk of genetic abnormalities like Down syndrome and heart disorders in unborn babies.

Doctors aware of Tylenol-related liver risk - but is the public getting the message?
The message that a common pain reliever can have uncommonly bad effects on the liver under certain conditions seems to have reached most physicians, a new study finds.

Treating sleep disorders would reduce risk of serious motor vehicle crashes
Sleep related accidents comprise 15-20% of all motor vehicle crashes, resulting in thousands of serious injuries and death.

World's largest scientific society convenes regional meeting June 14-17 in Seattle
Environmental issues in the Pacific Northwest, including contamination threats to the Great Lakes, plus a status report on the human genome project and the latest findings regarding diabetes and cancer research are key topics for Northwest Regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, June 14-17 at Seattle University

Evidence for El Niño and cultural development
In the July issue of the journal Geology, a team of researchers has suggested that the climate phenomenon known as El Niño has been a contributing factor in the rise and fall of ancient civilizations in Peru.
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