Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 25, 2001
Test can predict whether whiplash will lead to disability
A test of neck movement can predict which people with whiplash injuries will be disabled a year later, according to a study published in the June 26 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

American Sociological Association holds 2001 Annual Meeting
The American Sociological Association's (ASA) 96th Annual Meeting will convene August 18-21st at the Hilton Anaheim and the Anaheim Marriott in Anaheim, CA.

American Thoracic Society news tips for June
The June American Thoracic Society journal features the following newsworthy research articles: a study showing increased bronchitis risk for workers who are exposed to occupational pollutants; how lung volume reduction surgery, over five years, produces desirable clinical and significant physiological improvements in patients with end-stage emphysema; and the release by ATS of its latest expert recommendations on treatment for community-acquired pneumonia.

New evidence debunks benefits of breast self-examination
After reviewing relevant articles published since 1994, the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care states there is fair evidence to recommend that breast self-examination not be taught routinely to women aged 40-69 years because it provides no benefit.

Dueling software: Now lawyers can let their computers argue
Thus far, artificial intelligence has neither

Inuit children need a breath of fresh air
Compared with non-Aboriginal children, Aboriginal children are known to suffer more frequent and more severe lower respiratory tract infections (LRTI), but little is known about the epidemiology of such infections in Canadian Inuit children.

Some SIDS cases explained through metabolic autopsy
The metabolic autopsy may now provide answers to some sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) cases.

NIH Establishes National Family Registry for Scleroderma
A national Scleroderma Family Registry and DNA Repository has been established by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Study links APOEå4 and Alzheimer's disease in very elderly
In people age 90 and older, the presence of the gene variation apolipoprotein å4 (APOEå4) is linked to an increased probability of Alzheimer's disease (AD), according to a study published in the June 26 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Louisiana researcher and Washington, Pennsylvania, North Carolina companies win Presidential awards for environmentally-conscious business innovation
A Louisiana researcher and companies in Washington, Pennsylvania and North Carolina were honored with the Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge award for using creative chemistry to improve the environment.

Hartford Institute selects geriatric nursing research scholars and fellows
The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing selected 3 Fellows and 12 Scholars from a large number of highly qualified applicants to participate in its Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars and Fellows Program.

Urine test predicts heart problems in postmenopausal women
A routine test can measure levels of a protein in urine samples and may reveal early, symptomless cardiovascular disease in postmenopausal women, researchers report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Irregular heartbeat, reduced lung capacity make deadly combo
A simple lung function test may help identify which individuals with irregular heartbeats are at increased risk of heart attack, researchers report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Engineers develop technology to reduce industry emissions
Ohio University engineers have developed technology that cleans pollutants from the exhaust of coal-fired power plants and other industrial smokestacks more efficiently and cheaply than currently possible.

Carnegie Mellon robot will test new concept for continuous solar-powered exploration in Canadian Arctic
A prototype solar-powered robot with the potential to be self-sufficient for extended periods will be deployed in the Canadian Arctic by Carnegie Mellon researchers in July.

Wake Forest to coordinate national study on effect of weight loss on diabetes
Diabetes has become an epidemic in the United States, largely because of the dramatic increase in the number of Americans who are overweight or obese.

Cheap drugs won't stop scourge of AIDS in South Africa
In this issue of the CMAJ, Dr. Daniel Ncayiyana, editor of the South African Medical Journal, comments on the state of the HIV/AIDS pandemic in his country.

Phenotype MicroArray(TM) can test thousands of cell properties simultaneously
A new high-throughput cell analysis tool capable of measuring hundreds to thousands of cellular properties (phenotypes) simultaneously has been developed by scientists at Biolog, Inc., who report their work in the July issue of Genome Research.

First long-range look at the effects of weight-loss on type 2 diabetes
Rena Wing, professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, is co-directing a new 12-year, $180-million nationwide study of how weight loss affects people with type 2 diabetes.
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