Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 13, 2001
Alzheimer's patients taking drug maintain daily activities longer
The Alzheimer's drug donepezil can help patients maintain their functioning in everyday activities such as shopping and fixing meals, according to a study published in the August 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Plant diseases plague world trade
Long before mad cow and foot-and-mouth disease, countries battled invading plant diseases.

Sleepless aged rats show biological clock problems
One of the problems of the aged is getting a good night's sleep.

NCAR delves into icy hearts of hurricanes
Despite its tropical origin, the upper two-thirds of a typical hurricane is largely ice.

Genome superheroes unmask
Last June, in a legendary bit of scientific heroism, a graduate student from the University of California stitched together a massive collection of DNA sequences, creating the first public assembly of a draft of the human genome sequence.

UCSF study finds two old drugs may help fight prion diseases
UCSF researchers have determined that two drugs approved to treat either malaria or certain psychotic illnesses are effective in treating mouse cells infected with the infectious protein known as the prion, which causes new variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, the human equivalent of

High fatty acid levels may mean sudden death for middle-aged men
High blood levels of

Avon Products Foundation awards Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center $2.5 million for breast cancer research and clinical care
At closing ceremonies of the Avon Breast Cancer 3-Day, held today at Memorial Stadium in Seattle, Carolyn Aishton, vice president of Corporate Programs for Avon Products, Inc., announced a $2.5 million gift to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

Constipation linked to increased risk of developing Parkinson's disease
Men with constipation are more likely to later develop Parkinson's disease, according to a study published in the August 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Physicists challenge reports of accelerated decay of nuclear excited state
Physicists from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, in collaboration with scientists at Los Alamos and Argonne national laboratories, have new results that strongly contradict recent reports claiming an accelerated emission of gamma rays from the nuclear isomer 31-yr. hafnium-178, and the opportunity for a controlled release of energy.

Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy may help predict effectiveness of cholesterol medication
Researchers at Northwestern University Medical School, the Centers for Disease Control and North Carolina State University are using NMR spectroscopy to identify which patients may benefit most for specific cholesterol-lowering medications.

NASA study to brave storms in quest for better prediction, understanding of hurricanes
As this year's hurricane season rolls in, a team of researchers participating in a NASA study is waiting.

New NASA satellite sensor and field experiment shows aerosols cool the surface but warm the atmosphere
New research based upon NASA satellite data and a multi-national field experiment shows that black carbon aerosol pollution produced by humans can impact global climate as well as seasonal cycles of rainfall.

No new treatment, but a useful lead, from Huntington's study
In the largest clinical study ever of a potential treatment for Huntington's disease, neither of two compounds tested had a statistically significant effect on slowing the progression of the disease.

Trial drugs for Huntington's disease inconclusive in slowing disease
A large-scale clinical trial that tested the ability of the investigational drugs remacemide and Coenzyme Q10 to slow the progression of Huntington's disease showed that neither drug resulted in any significant improvement for the patients.

Spaghetti gets protein boost from corn gluten meal
A newly designed spaghetti can provide almost 25 percent more protein than what's currently on store shelves, according to a report in the current (August) issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society.

Ecstasy component may help researchers measure brain damage from the drug
Researchers in Spain have isolated for the first time a by-product of the illicit drug Ecstasy that is believed to cause some of the brain damage associated with the drug.

Memory starts to decline in our mid-20s
In studies of more than 350 men and women between the ages of 20 and 90, to be presented Aug.

Study identifies new source of stem cells
A new study from the Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) of McGill University has identified a non-controversial source of stem cells that can produce a number of different cell types, including the type of neural cells needed to potentially help patients recover from a spinal cord injury or Parkinson's disease.

Genetic secrets of metal-eating plants uncovered
Genes thought to allow plants to accumulate large amounts of metal in their tissues have been identified and cloned by a Purdue University scientist.

UC-SMART program boosts support from Mitsubishi chemical with $1.5 million match
A University of California program--UC-SMART--designed to enhance industrial research support through matching funds, has announced its decision to provide about $1.5 million to fund the proposal

Research highlights from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Software training prepares system administrators against cyber attacks
  • Augmented reality enhances museum exhibit
  • Epidemiology study of Techa River basin
  • Software analyzes flight data


A ticket to the airways: scientists develop new way to study asthma
When visiting the doctor about a case of asthma, few people wish to spare more than a few lung cells for analysis.
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