Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 18, 2001
Leading snake expert dies at 38
Dr. Joseph B. Slowinski, Associate Curator of Herpetology at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco, died on the morning of September 12 in Myanmar (Burma) after suffering a bite from a highly venomous snake.

Millions go undiagnosed and undertreated for artery disease
The largest study ever done on peripheral artery disease (PAD) shows significant numbers of people are undiagnosed, underdiagnosed or undertreated.

USC researchers find cancer-growing role for blood-vessel protein
A key protein in the growth and survival of new blood vessels--a process called angiogenesis--can also directly promote the growth and survival of malignant tumor cells, according to research done by scientists at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California.

ORNL heads DOE project that looks to the stars
Through a newly funded Department of Energy project, astrophysicists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory and around the United States hope to gain a better understanding of what happens when stars die in spectacular explosions called core collapse supernovae.

NIMH-funded researchers show better treatment for depression is cost-effective
Researchers funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) have found that an inexpensive program that trains primary care providers to work with patients and mental health specialists to diagnose and properly treat depression can reduce the time that participating patients spend clinically depressed.

How bacteria harden their "armor"
Duke biochemists have identified a key chemical reaction by which some important virulent bacteria alter their outer coat to make it antibiotic-resistant.

Studying the biomechanics of the human thumb
Francisco Valero-Cuevas, assistant professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Cornell University, has been awarded a $239,992 research grant by The Whitaker Foundation to study the human thumb, research aimed at understanding the biomechanics, neuromuscular control and clinical rehabilitation of hand function

Rx for drug dilemmas: Tailor the copayment to the patient
In recent years, most Americans with prescription drug coverage have gotten used to shelling out a few dollars each time they go to the pharmacy - a small

Bizarre new protein blocks a real-life terminator
Researchers have discovered a bacterial protein that could turn out to be an evolutionary ancestor of disease-fighting antibodies in humans.

NASA confirms North Pole ozone hole trigger
NASA researchers using 22 years of satellite-derived data have confirmed a theory that the strength of
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