Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 10, 2001
Virco HIV resistance tests can predict response to therapy
A study presented today at the 1st International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Pathogenesis and Treatment shows that Virco's resistance tests can predict clinical response to HIV treatment for up to two years.

Virtual reality helps astronauts adapt to life in space
National Space Biomedical Research Institute researchers are developing a virtual-reality training tool for astronauts to alleviate disorientation problems, which can lead to confusion when performing simple tasks such as reaching for a tool or finding their way in the multiple compartments of the International Space Station.

New data support the efficacy and safety of the novel oral anticoagulant Exanta®
The presentation of a wide range of data at the 18th International Society on Thrombosis and Haemostasis meeting (ISTH) in Paris this week, provided new evidence to support the efficacy and safety of Exanta®, which is set to be the first new oral anticoagulant since warfarin was introduced over 50 years ago.

New recommendations proposed for safe use of herbal medications by patients having surgery
A new study provides specific recommendations on when to discontinue herbal medications before surgery.

Therapy hinders AIDS virus from evolving drug resistance, Hopkins researchers find
A team of scientists from Johns Hopkins Children's Center and two other institutions have found that low levels of HIV-1 virus in the blood of children and adults undergoing a common combination drug therapy does not necessarily indicate the virus is becoming resistant to these life-prolonging medications.

Products users rely on friends and family rather than physicians for advice
A survey of Minneapolis-St. Paul adult residents found that those who use herbal products to treat or prevent an array of health conditions appear to rely predominantly on family and friends for information, according to an article in the July issue of Mayo Clinic Proceedings.

Brain-development timeline for mammalian species
Important milestones in brain development across nine mammalian species, from hamsters to humans, have now been modeled, providing a key for translating from one species to another, Cornell neurobiologists report.

New pilot study suggests flaxseed and low-fat diet can be protective against prostate cancer
low-fat diet supplemented with flaxseed may help reduce the risk of prostate cancer, researchers from Duke University Medical Center report in the July issue of Urology.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute awards $12 million for informal science education
Twenty-nine science museums, nature centers, aquariums, zoos and other informal science education centers will receive new grants totaling $12 million from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

Penn Engineering's David Meaney wins Y.C. Fung Award, a top honor for young bioengineering researchers
David F. Meaney, a bioengineer at the University of Pennsylvania, has been named the 2001 recipient of the Y.C.

World land database charts a troubling course
Over the past 300 years, in an ever-accelerating process, humans have reshaped the terrestrial surface of the Earth.

Cancer, bio-engineering, AIDS among topics at Biotech 2001 conference
Nationally recognized experts discussing recent developments will cap the East Coast's premier biotechnology conference for teachers, which also features hands-on workshops.

UCSF program receives Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant to mentor nurse leaders
Twenty new nursing fellows will receive leadership development and mentor guidance in a UC San Francisco program funded through 2006 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

High tech and high touch: Wireless technology enables physicians to access patient updates from anywhere, 24/7
A growing number of physicians at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are consulting their Palm Pilots these days to access patients' medical information from anywhere - 24 hours a day.

First large-scale study of drug abuse treatment for adolescents spotlights effectiveness of community-based programs
The first large-scale study of adolescent drug abuse treatment programs reports that participants in community-based programs in four U.S. cities -- Chicago, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh, Portland -- significantly reduced drug use and criminal behavior, and improved academic performance during the year after treatment.

RoboCup 2001, a major international event featuring autonomous soccer-playing and rescue robots, makes US debut in Seattle, Aug. 2-10
RoboCup, the five-year-old international sporting and scientific event featuring autonomous soccer-playing and rescue robots will take place in the U.S. for the first time, Aug.
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