Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 18, 2001
Washington state researchers receive award for making genetic analysis easier
Chemists Michael W. Reed, Ph.D., Igor V. Kutyavin, Ph.D., Sergey Lokhov, Ph.D., and Eugeny A.

Nile crocodiles threatened by alien weed
Nile Crocodiles face local extinction at Greater St. Lucia Wetland Park, South Africa, due to the invasion of an exotic weed in their nesting habitat.

AAPS announces short course on computer simulation
The American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS) will hold the AAPS Short Course on Computer Simulation and its Role in Drug Development Research, September 20-21, 2001 at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

New PET machine will open door to cancer research
A new type of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) scanner at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center for the first time will open the way to use PET imaging in basic cancer research, as well as expanding research on drug and alcohol addiction.

Wyoming researchers receive award for new pollution test
Chemists John F. Schabron, Ph.D., and Susan S. Sorini of Western Research Institute in Laramie, Wyo., were honored June 15 by the American Chemical Society for developing a new test to find fuel contamination in soil.

8,000 pharmaceutical scientists to explore breakthrough research, technology
AAPS annual meeting topics include clinical trials in children, oversight of gene therapy, biogeneric drug products.

Hopkins selected to participate in first major study of digital mammography
The Johns Hopkins Medicine Department of Radiology has been selected to take part in the first major study assessing the value of digital mammography versus standard mammography.

Study shows high-intensity-discharge headlights improve night visibility
Researchers at the Lighting Research Center (LRC) at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute report that HID (high- intensity-discharge) headlights enable drivers to see more effectively at night than conventional tungsten-halogen lights.

ASM receives awards for PR excellence
The American Society for Microbiology's

Pressure test predicts need for angioplasty
The pressure of blood flow through moderately clogged arteries, rather than the amount of blockage, may be more indicative of which individuals need balloon angioplasty, researchers report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

New PSU point-and-click software enhances ambulance personnel's efficiency
Point-and-click software developed at Penn State for use with handheld computers is enhancing patient care by helping ambulance personnel collect data more efficiently and provide more information to hospital emergency departments.

Greenebaum Cancer Center studies ways to boost immunity for patients who undergo marrow and stem cell transplants
The University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center has begun two innovative stem cell transplant studies that look at ways to bolster a patient's immune system in an effort to protect the patient from infection and make the transplant itself more effective.

UI study investigates embryonic-like ability of aggressive melanoma cells
UI researchers have discovered that a protein usually found in endothelial cells (the cells that form blood vessels) is also made by aggressive melanoma cells.

From the shattered masterworks at Assisi to internet search engines of the future lies a tale of image-processing research
This story begins with the attempt to use image-processing techniques to aid art restorers reassembling the multitudinous fragments of two priceless frescoes destroyed in the Assisi earthquake.

Nuclear waste disposal: A safer solution?
Disposal of nuclear waste has always been a hot topic, but a Texas A&M University chemist's new approach could lead to new waste treatment procedures - and even a boost to nuclear medicine.

July media highlights: GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY
Topics addressed include: geologic history of the Amazon Basin and the first mammal-participant in the late Cenozoic faunal exchange between North and South America; 700-year history of intense hurricane strikes along the New Jersey coast; El Nino's frequency and impact on the culture of ancient Peru; and new dating of coral extinctions in the Caribbean Basin.

American Heart Association announces new president and officers
The American Heart Association announces its new leadership for the 2001-2002 fiscal year beginning July 1.

Highlights from Circulation: Journal of American Heart Association, June 19, 2001
Low molecular weight formulations of the anticoagulant drug heparin have ushered in a new era for treating blood clots that may allow heart patients to go home sooner.

Lehigh scientist turns paper-mill waste product into million-dollar savings
A catalytic process that could help paper mills save millions of dollars a year by converting a polluting by-product into formaldehyde, a useful product, has been discovered and patented by an engineering professor at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pa.

From flies to humans-ancient gene may be involved in male infertility
UCSF researchers have discovered a human gene that can be traced back through the mouse to the fly, illuminating a molecular nugget from ancient times that may play a crucial role in male fertility - and infertility.

New genetic risk factor for susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease
Researchers have identified a small area of chromosome 10 that, when combined with the previously identified APOE E4 gene, produces a 16-fold increase in the risk of Alzheimer's disease among first-degree relatives.

Alzheimer's genetic susceptibility could bring fear and misunderstanding, religious scholars say
Research into genetic susceptibility to Alzheimer's disease, to be published as

A new vision of lutein: Heart disease prevention
Lutein, a yellow pigment found in dark green leafy vegetables and egg yolks, may help prevent clogging of neck arteries, researchers report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Catering to fringe population leads to successful products in high tech, auto, drugs, says O.R. paper
Companies developing new products may be able to find hardier success by appealing to a disgruntled minority than by pursuing broader customer satisfaction, according to a paper being presented today at a convention of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Annals of Internal Medicine, Tip Sheet, June 19, 2001
1). Diet Low in Fat, High in Fruits, Vegetables Good for Heart and Blood Vessels 2).

Study suggests that potential Alzheimer drugs might be dangerous
Scientists have discovered that gamma-secretase inhibitors, the most promising drugs under development for Alzheimer's disease, also prevent certain immune cells from being produced.
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