Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 27, 2001
Expert panel issues recommendations for the treatment and management of pediatric nocturnal enuresis
Recommendations for patient evaluation and treatment of primary nocturnal enuresis were recently published in Infectious Diseases in Children.

Canadian researchers find cancer suspect from grilled meat in human milk
A food chemical known to cause cancer in rats has been discovered in human breast milk, according to a group of Canadian researchers.

'Groovy' fibers may reshape market for absorbent materials
Thanks to a gift of patents from Procter & Gamble (NYSE:PG), Clemson University has a virtual lock on a new wave of fiber and film technologies with wide-reaching potential.

Rutgers scientists help uncover protein implicated in multiple sclerosis
A team of investigators including Rutgers scientists has found that osteopontin, an immune system protein normally protective against disease, appears to accelerate progression of multiple sclerosis (MS).

Researchers discover that volcanic eruptions masked global warming during the past 20 years
Researchers at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, who examined temperature data from 1979 to 1999, have discovered that large volcanic eruptions cooled the lower troposphere (the layer of atmosphere from the Earth's surface to roughly 8 km above it) more than the surface, and likely masked the actual warming of the troposphere.

Supplement reduces risk of aflatoxin-related liver cancer
A new clinical study has found that inexpensive daily supplements of chlorophyllin can greatly reduce the DNA damage caused by aflatoxin contamination in the diet, and could provide a practical way to prevent thousands of cases of liver cancer in some parts of the world.

Hubble measures atmosphere on world around another star
Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have made the first direct detection and chemical analysis of the atmosphere of a planet outside our solar system.

Physicians developing better strategies to begin anti-HIV therapies, says Jefferson researcher in JAMA editorial
Physicians are starting to get smarter about when to give powerful anti-HIV drugs to patients with no discernable symptoms of HIV infection, says a researcher who has written an editorial accompanying two new studies in JAMA.

Gender differences possible root of sleeping disorder
Gender hormones may be a key factor in the onset of a common human disorder called sleep apnea.

Purdue leads center using pollution-busting plants, microbes
Purdue University will lead a new research center that uses natural systems, including plants and microorganisms, to control environmental contamination.

NCAR scientists find sodium in exoplanet atmosphere
NCAR scientists and colleagues made the first direct detection of the atmosphere of a planet orbiting a star outside our solar system.

Web test measures level of unconscious prejudice against Arab Muslims
A Web test that measures unconscious levels of prejudice against Arab Mulims has been developed by University of Washington and Yale psychologists.

Brains of deaf people rewire to 'hear' music
Deaf people sense vibration in the part of the brain that other people use for hearing - which helps explain how deaf musicians can sense music, and how deaf people can enjoy concerts and other musical events.

Study confirms secretin no more effective than placebo in treating autism symptoms
The latest in a series of studies on secretin has failed to show that giving the digestive hormone to children with autism alleviates symptoms of the disorder, according to a study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
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