Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 12, 2001
Yale gastroenterologist and collegues receive $1 million grant to study infectious diseases in developing countries
Henry J. Binder, M.D., professor of medicine and of cellular and molecular physiology in the Yale School of Medicine, and collaborators, are recipients of a Wellcome Trust and Burroughs Wellcome Fund research award to study diarrheal diseases.

UI professor wins again, solves 40-year-old mathematics problem
A University of Iowa researcher has helped solve an applied mathematics problem that had challenged computer scientists for 40 years, just one year after he helped find the solution to a 32-year-old problem.

General aviation experts work to enhance security
The vast world of general aviation faces its own unique challenges to counter the threats of terrorism, and a group of experts is preparing to make a range of recommendations to the Federal Aviation Administration to enhance the security and safety of this important industry.

Power struggles within health service - as hospital workers shirk responsibility
A shared management structure makes health service workers feel less empowered, according to a study just published in BMC Health Services Research.

Men and women gamble for different reasons, Yale researchers report
Male gamblers are more likely than female gamblers to report addictive behavior related to strategic or

Shannon Symposium live webcast
UC San Diego will webcast live streaming video of the proceedings of a symposium Oct.

Restricted activity in the elderly is common, yet many do not seek medical care, Yale researchers find
Restricted activity-staying in bed for at least half a day or cutting down on activities because of an illness or injury-affects about 76 percent of elderly people, yet many do not seek medical attention, Yale researchers report in a new study.

Plant scientists work to protect U.S. from foreign diseases
In an effort to assist regulators, the world's largest organization of plant health scientists is preparing a list of diseases posing the greatest threat to U.S. agriculture and forestry.

Rehabilitation groups help cancer patients cope with fatigue, USF nursing study finds
Providing information and support to cancer patients can reduce the all-consuming fatigue caused by the disease, a new study at the University of South Florida College of Nursing has found.

Community activism can curtail homelessness among the mentally ill
Homeless people with mental illness manage better if they live in cities and towns with high levels of social capital or community activism, Yale researchers report in the August issue of Health Services Research.

World's largest scientific society convenes regional meeting October 10-13 in Lincoln, Neb.
More than 250 research findings will be presented at the 36th Midwest regional meeting of the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific society, in Lincoln, Neb., October 10-13.

Age-Related Eye Disease Study (AREDS)
A dietary supplement of high levels of antioxidants and zinc significantly reduces the risk of advanced age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and its associated vision loss.

Hopkins researchers find missing link between major proteins in Parkinson's disease
A new study identifies an important link between the two main inherited forms of Parkinson's disease (PD), and might also connect them to non-inherited versions, Hopkins scientists report in the October issue of Nature Medicine.

Next-generation AIDS vaccine for healthy individuals being tested for safety, tolerability at UC Davis
Two investigational AIDS vaccines for healthy individuals is being launched this week at the UC Davis School of Medicine and Medical Center.

Plant health scientists issue statement in support of biotechnology
The American Phytopathological Society (APS), the world's largest organization of plant health scientists, has issued a formal statement in support of biotechnology.

American Association of Physics Teachers member shares in Nobel Prize for physics
Carl Wieman, a member of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), is part of a team of physicists who will share the 2001 Nobel Prize for Physics for their work on creating the first Bose-Einstein condensates -the so-called fifth state of matter-in the laboratory.

Brookhaven Lab and DuPont develop new catalysts to convert renewable feedstocks to useful industrial products
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory and DuPont's Central Research and Development Department in Wilmington, Delaware, have developed a new class of catalysts that could someday convert plant-derived feedstocks, or raw materials, into industrially useful materials, such as chemicals and synthetic fibers.
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