Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 05, 2001
Babies' hands move to the rhythm of language
Babbling is thought to mark the developmental moment when a young child embarks on the road to spoken language.

Alcohol researchers show 'friendly' virus slows HIV cell growth
A team of alcohol researchers led by Jack Stapleton, M.D., of the Department of Internal Medicine, University of Iowa College of Medicine and the Iowa City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, report in the September 6 New England Journal of Medicine, Volume 345, 2001 (Effect of co-infection with GB virus type C (Hepatitis G Virus) on survival of HIV-infected individuals: In vitro co-infection suggests inhibition of HIV replication by GB virus C) that

Scientists find x rays from stellar winds that may play significant role in evolution of milky way galaxy
Astronomers using the Chandra X-ray Observatory have discovered that multimillion-degree gas radiated as X rays in the Rosette Nebula, a colorful star-forming region, is one of the long-sought sources of energy and elements in the Milky Way.

Blueprint for low carbon economy highlights positive long-term economic prospects
A report produced by the Imperial College Centre for Energy Policy and Technology (ICCEPT) for the Carbon Trust says that moving to a low carbon economy is consistent with achieving long-term economic prosperity and would create significant opportunities for the UK low carbon technology industry.

Doctors miss chance to advise women of vitamin that prevents birth defects, survey finds
Doctors and other health care professionals are losing a key birth defects prevention opportunity by failing to tell their female patients to take a multivitamin every day, according to a new national survey released today by the March of Dimes.

WiCell signs stem cell research agreement
The WiCell Research Institute and federal officials have reached agreement on the research use of WiCell's existing five human embryonic stem cell lines.

Experimental drug decreases age-related blood vessel stiffening
An experimental drug may reverse stiffening of the cardiovascular system that occurs with aging, according to a national study led by Johns Hopkins physicians.

Chandra catches Milky Way monster snacking
For the first time, a rapid X-ray flare has been observed from the direction of the supermassive black hole that resides at the center of our galaxy.

New Mayo clinic study shows no benefit from widely accepted treatment for Graves' ophthalmopathy
A new Mayo Clinic study of patients who have mild or moderately severe Graves' ophthalmopathy, also known as Graves' eye disease or thyroid eye disease, demonstrated no benefit from orbital radiotherapy (radiation therapy to the area containing the eyeball), which has been widely used to treat the disease.

Invasive gobies prevent sculpin spawning, impacting perch food chain
Wherever round gobies turn up in large numbers in the Great Lakes and nearby waterways, mottled sculpin-a fish that is the major part of the yellow perch's diet--disappear.

Kids adjust well to mother's breast cancer diagnosis
Women will be flooded with new concerns when they receive a breast cancer diagnosis, but one thing they may not have to worry about is their children's ability to cope with the fact of their mother's illness, according to a new study.

UCSD to investigate a genetic approach to managing high blood pressure
Whether subtle genetic variations among patients with high blood pressure (hypertension) can predict treatment effectiveness is the focus of a new research effort at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine.

New drug shows promise in preventing blood clots
An experimental agent that prevents the formation of blood clots earlier in the coagulation process than other agents has cleared its first hurdle in becoming a potential new treatment for patients with coronary artery disease, according to the results of a recently completed trial led by Duke University Medical Center cardiologists.

Susan Solomon, polar meterologists to discuss Antarctic weather's historic and global impacts
Shortly before the 2001 Antarctic research season gets underway, involving hundreds of U.S. researchers, a panel of NSF-funded meteorologists will join Susan Solomon and Charles Stearns to discuss the findings in the book,

Earth's deepest secrets
In work that promises to advance understanding about the origin and dynamics of Earth's iron-rich inner core and the generation of the planet's magnetic field, a team that includes University of Michigan researchers has found that the elastic properties of iron are quite different at extremely high temperatures than at low temperatures.

Sticky fingerprints
An American team of researchers believe that the sweaty residue left behind by a fingerprint could be just as unique as the physical whorls and ridges.

Quality of life is not affected by diagnosis of cancer
Despite the physical and emotional struggles cancer patients face, many survivors report good quality of life -- better, in some cases, than the general public or their physicians would guess, according to a new study.

China to declare new reserve for Siberian tigers
With assistance from the Bronx Zoo-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), the Chinese government will create a new protected area along its border with Russia in order to safeguard the nation's remaining population of endangered Siberian (Amur) tigers and Far Eastern leopards.

Findings on cell communication may help fight three genetic diseases
A study by two researchers at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine into the communication between the nucleus and cytoplasm of cells may aid in the development of molecular therapies for three genetic diseases -- cystic fibrosis, Huntington's disease, and the fragile X syndrome.

SECOND ALERT American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2001
Our media kit will include about 19 news releases and 25 news briefs selected from more than 4,000 abstracts.

American Society of Plant Biologists is new name for former American Society of Plant Physiologists
The American Society of Plant Physiologists (ASPP), founded in 1924, is entering the new millennium with a new name: the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB).

Gene therapy reduces drinking in "alcoholic" rats
Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have shown that using gene therapy to increase the level of dopamine D2 receptors -- a brain protein important for transmitting pleasure signals -- can turn rats that prefer alcohol into light drinkers, and those with no preference into near teetotalers.

3rd animal species cloned at Texas A&M
Researchers at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University have cloned a litter of pigs, becoming the first academic institution in the world to have cloned three different animal species.
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