Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 04, 2001
Research promises new hope for mild stroke sufferers unable to hold a job
There may be new hope for people who have suffered a mild stroke and find themselves unable to hold a job because of a reduced ability to concentrate and perform tasks in a consistent manner.

Smoking rate can be slashed in five years, UCSF study shows
The smoking rate could be cut dramatically across the U.S.

Women choose biomedical engineering
Biomedical engineering leads all engineering disciplines in the percentage of degrees awarded to women, according to the American Society for Engineering Education.

Unwanted side effect found with certain combination cancer treatment
Treating cancer patients with radiation plus chemotherapy is often an effective strategy, but researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have found that certain combinations may increase the incidence of an inflammatory condition called radiation pneumonitis in breast cancer patients.

Los Alamos instruments capturing the sun
NASA's Genesis mission swings into full gear today as its instruments, three of which were designed and built by the Department of Energy's Los Alamos National Laboratory, begin capturing particles from the sun.

Non-invasive technique for detecting women at increased risk for breast cancer proven useful in UCSF study
To assess a woman's risk for breast cancer, a geneticist may look into family history and genetic codes; a radiologist may look at mammograms.

Hopkins study dispels 'panic' myth and suggests ways to involve public in response to a bioterrorist attack
Researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, who studied the public's response to the attacks of September 11th, the recent anthrax mailings, and other disasters concluded that the public often reacts with effective and adaptive action, not panic, when faced with a crisis or disaster.

UNC researchers awarded $2.25 million to study link between arthritis, emotions
The National Institute of Mental Health has awarded a five-year, $2.25 million grant to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill researchers who are studying links among osteoarthritis and anxiety and depression.

Living amid green space is highly beneficial to children
Two recent studies by Cornell University researchers find that natural environments at home seem to influence children's attention capabilities while better housing quality can significantly improve the mental health of adults who move from poor to good housing.

Many seniors forced to skip prescription meds
Many senior citizens, especially minorities, don't take all their prescription drugs because of inadequate insurance coverage, according to a new study.

University of Rhode Island fisheries oceanographers study the effects of predator-prey interactions in the Georges Bank fish community
Fisheries oceanographers Tien-Shui Tsou and Jeremy S. Collie at the University of Rhode Island's Graduate School of Oceanography are estimating fishing and predation mortalities by year and age group of predator and prey species on Georges Bank using Multispecies Virtual Population Analysis (MSVPA).

Hospital 'T.L.C.' linked to heart attack recovery
It isn't just the quality of medical care that determines whether a patient hospitalized for a heart attack has a better long-term recovery.

Despite rapid rise in car booster seat use, most children not in best safety restraints
A rapid increase in booster seat use in recent years may indicate parents are more likely than ever to use booster seats for older children, say researchers at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

'Gift of the Magi' bears anti-cancer agents, researchers suggest
Researchers have identified a compound in myrrh, one of the gifts presented to Jesus by the Three Wise Men, that they believe could be developed into a potent anticancer agent.

Deepsea cores offer new clues to earthquake cycles
Off the country's Pacific coast, an undersea subduction zone stretches unseen from Canada's Vancouver Island to California's Cape Mendocino.

Nanotechnology and Environment
Potential benefits -- and risks -- of nanotechnology on the environment will be discussed during Dec.

LSND strengthens evidence for neutrino oscillations
A collaboration of university scientists and researchers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory has published the final paper from the Liquid Scintillator Neutrino Detector (LSND) experiment.

The curse of the carp
Carp, a highly valued fish in many parts of the world, have become a huge feral pest in Australia's largest river.

Enzyme studies at Brookhaven Lab may lead to new antiviral agents
Three new enzyme studies at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory have yielded a new strategy for blocking infection by human adenovirus.

Countries of Latin America facing sharply higher costs for diabetes care
In future years, Latin American countries could face sharply higher costs in caring for persons with diabetes, due to shortcomings in patient care and education and demographic changes such as aging populations and sedentary lifestyles.

Europe's largest breast cancer conference will take place in Barcelona
The 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-3) will take place place in Barcelona from 19 March to 23 March 2002.

Autistic preschoolers have larger-than-normal brains, can't distinguish emotions from facial photographs
Preschool-age children with autism exhibit no difference in brain activity when they are shown photographs of faces displaying different emotions, and their brains are larger than normal, according to news research from the University of Washington's Autism Center
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