Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 14, 2001
Cognitive impairment high among older people, Indiana University study suggests
Nearly one in four older African Americans in Indianapolis have measurable cognitive problems, according to an Indiana University School of Medicine study published in the Nov.13 issue of the journal Neurology.

Best to be born last
You may hate being the youngest, but you're less likely to get allergies than your older siblings.

New analysis promises to speed application of human genome draft
A small team of scientists has dramatically improved

Natural protein helps prevent cancers from spreading to other organs
A small protein released by cancer cells can inhibit the growth of secondary tumors in mice and could be used to design new types of anti-cancer drugs, according to Canadian researchers.

Lyme disease ticks follow rivers in midwest
Ticks capable of carrying the bacterium that causes Lyme disease have been slowly migrating along rivers in the Midwest, a trend that may help predict future areas at risk for the disease, say researchers from the University of Illinois, Urbana.

Acupuncture calms nerves, improves heart function
Acupuncture improved the health prospects of individuals with severe heart failure, according to an unique study reported today at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2001 conference.

The oldest record of epilepsy
The Bible may contain the oldest recorded case of temporal lobe epilepsy.

Sea Grant researchers isolate new antibiotic from fish
North Carolina Sea Grant researchers are reporting the discovery of a new peptide antibiotic in fish that may have implications for treating diseases in both humans and animals, according to the November 15th issue of the peer-review journal, Nature.

Vaccine protects against fatal West Nile complication
A vaccine already approved in the United States to prevent a related disease protects experimental animals and may also protect people from the most serious complication associated with West Nile virus infection, say researchers from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB).

Female vulnerability to drugs tied to estrogen, U-M researcher reports
Estrogen may make the brain more vulnerable to addiction, with the effects of this heightened susceptibility persisting even in the hormone's absence, according to a University of Michigan study.

Probing alcohol's actions in the brain
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