Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 17, 2001
Mayo Clinic study shows long-term medication use helps smokers who stop avoid relapse, gain less weight
Smokers who stop smoking by taking the antidepressant bupropion (Zyban™) used to treat nicotine addiction are less likely to relapse if they use the medication for one year, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the September 18 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine.

University of Ulster and QUB team up to build a better Internet
Faster, better, cheaper: that's the dream of internet users everywhere.

Six months of exercise reverses decline in physical conditioning associated with aging, UT Southwestern researchers report
Six months of exercise can reverse the decline in physical conditioning associated with aging, researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas reported in a 30-year follow-up to the 1966 landmark Dallas Bed Rest and Training Study.

MGH researchers use gene therapy to correct heart failure in a rat model
Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have identified an important component leading to heart failure, and they have successfully fixed the problem in a rat model of the disease.

Change in value of dollar dictates overseas production strategy, says O.R. study; exchange rate often overlooked
The strength of the American dollar and the long-term effect of real exchange rates is more important than previously believed in persuading multinational companies to reevaluate their decision whether to export, form a joint venture, or open a wholly owned production facility overseas, according to a study published in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS®).

Study focuses on effects of communal bereavement
How does stress resulting from disasters such as the recent tragic events in New York City and Washington affect health?

Purple potato boost for organic food industry
Scientists have grown a purple potato which could solve the organic food industry's biggest problem in the Western world.

Terrorist act could hurt US agriculture, support programs
Terrorist attacks in New York and at the Pentagon could affect United States agriculture should the economy slow further or if Congress shifts money from commodity support programs to national security, say Purdue University agricultural economists.

ECCO 11 - the European Cancer Conference
ECCO - the European Cancer Conference is one of the world's leading multidisciplinary cancer conferences, providing a platform for exchange between experimental and clinical oncologists and cancer nurses.

Nicotine patch helps control symptoms of Tourette's syndrome in children and adolescents
A nicotine patch boosts the effectiveness of drugs administered to relieve the involuntary movements and other symptoms of Tourette's syndrome -- even when the drug dosage is cut in half, a University of South Florida College of Medicine study found.

Annals of Internal Medicine Tip Sheet, September 18, 2001
1). Medical Journals Join to Strengthen Requirements for Manuscripts 2).

University of Ulster to establish 'green' power research centre
The University of Ulster is set to become the

Supercomputer simulations reveal strongest carbon nanotubes
A team of researchers at Penn State has used computer simulations to discover carbon fibers with mechanical strength comparable to that of diamond, in the form of incredibly strong and stiff carbon tubes about 0.4 nanometers in diameter.

Wealth of nations depends on Jack Frost, research finds
Why do the rich get richer and the poor stay poor?
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