Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 30, 2001
Quality health care means more than just access
The patient's bill of rights legislation now under debate in Washington may focus heavily on the right to sue HMOs and expanding patients' access to health care, but it fails to address how to improve recently documented quality problems, says a Penn State researcher.

International science competition
Ten U.S. teens will compete in this year's

UC Davis biomedical engineering department awarded $12 million by Whitaker Foundation
The Whitaker Foundation announced today that it has awarded a grant of $12 million to the new Department of Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Davis.

KetekĀ® receives marketing approval in Europe
Ketek (telithromycin), the first in a new class of antibiotics called ketolides, has been granted marketing authorisation by the European Commission for the treatment of community-acquired respiratory tract infections, including those caused by bacteria resistant to commonly used antibiotics.

'Bionic ear' implanted by Penn surgeons to give hearing to the deaf: FDA-approved device provides the world's fastest hearing technology
Doctors at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center's Department of Otorhinolaryngology are now surgically implanting the recently FDA-approved

Boston, U-C Davis receive leadership-level awards
Boston University, with one of the nation's oldest biomedical engineering departments, and the University of California, Davis, with one of the newest, have both received leadership-level awards from The Whitaker Foundation.

Virginia Tech accounting professor receives research award; Research addresses government accountability
Craig D. Shoulders received the Cornelius E. Tierney/Ernst & Young Research Award from the Association of Government Accountants for his

UT Southwestern team isolates key protein in transforming excess glucose into fat
A biochemistry team from the Department of Veterans Affairs and UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas has identified a glucose-sensitive protein that translates excessively high-carbohydrate intake into body fat, especially when combined with a sedentary lifestyle.

Clinical trial of "artificial liver" uses albumin dialysis
Adding albumin to a dialysis solution may help patients wake up faster from coma due to chronic liver failure, according to researchers at Northwestern University Medical School.

Needle-sellers on the street are a frequent source of supply for injection drug users in Baltimore: Needles sold as new are often used or contaminated
While many injection drug users in Baltimore rely on needle exchange programs (NEPs) to obtain sterile syringes, the majority also use needles obtained from other sources, according to a study conducted at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Marimastat produces comparable survival rates to chemotherapy in some advanced pancreatic cancer patients
An international team of researchers from the United States and Britain report that marimastat offers a similar survival benefit to chemotherapy in patients with non-metastatic pancreatic cancer, but with fewer side effects.

New technology institute welcomes California budget signing, cites strong corporate support despite technology downturn
Six months after its creation, the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology is on firm financial footing.

New study shows 13 Little League players died from baseball injuries from 1987-96
Thirteen boys died playing Little League baseball between 1987 and 1996, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

Genetically engineered tomato plant grows in salty water
A genetically engineered tomato plant that thrives in salty irrigation water and may hold the key to one of agriculture's greatest dilemmas has been developed by plant biologists at the University of California, Davis, and the University of Toronto.

New magnetic semiconductor material spins hope for quantum computing
While the future of quantum computing offers the potential for substantially greater data storage and faster processing speeds, its advancement has been limited by the absence of certain critically important materials-in particular, a semiconductor that is magnetic at room temperature.

Tenth edition of Hopkins guide to AIDS care marks historic milestone in battle against AIDS
The 10th edition of the Hopkins guide to AIDS care, Medical Management of HIV Infection, mirrors a decade's history of medical successes and challenges.

Index spots pregnancy risks for women with heart disease
A risk index can predict the extent of pregnancy complications in women who have heart conditions, which means those at high risk can be directed to specialized treatment facilities, according to the comprehensive study published in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.
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