Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 20, 2001
U-M scientists find gene for low-frequency hearing loss
An international research team has found a gene responsible for an unusual type of low frequency sensorineural hearing loss.

Hopkins researchers develop potential new screening test for prostate cancer
Scientists at Johns Hopkins have found that measuring the level of a chemical process linked to a genetic change associated with prostate cancer could greatly strengthen standard detection of early-stage curable disease.

Unique study to begin examination of whether treating periodontal disease cuts heart disease
Over the past five or so years, mounting scientific evidence has suggested that a significant link exists between heart and gum disease, but doctors and dentists can't say whether treating the latter will benefit heart patients.

Stanford study investigates treatment cost effectiveness after heart attack
Two treatments - the implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) and the drug amiodarone - are both cost-effective ways to protect heart attack survivors against further cardiac complications, including sudden death, according to a new study by researchers at Stanford University Medical Center and the Palo Alto VA Health Care System.

Many doctors willing to take part in executions, despite profession's ban
More than 40 percent of randomly surveyed physicians say they would help execute a prisoner by lethal injection, despite the fact that their acts would go against their sworn oath and the guidance of nearly all major professional societies, a new study finds.

Evidence of martian life dealt critical blow
The remaining line of argument for the martian meteorite ALH 84001 containing evidence of fossilized life is put into question by a research team investigating magnetite crystals.

Sign language enriches learning for hearing children
Teaching sign language to hearing young children can improve their early communications with their parents and later boost the children's learning of language, says a Penn State researcher.

Risk taking strongly influenced by sense of control, says UGA researcher
A sense of control is a key factor in determining whether people take risks or avoid them, says Adam Goodie, a University of Georgia assistant professor of psychology.

40 years of research earns UH physicist national recognition
For nearly 40 years, Simon C. Moss, the M.D Anderson Chair of Physics at the University of Houston, has been interested in how the defects or disorder within solid materials affect the properties of those materials, such as how they conduct electricity and what phases they form.
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