Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 26, 2001
Study: many poor children live in pain because barriers to dental care too great
Despite substantial federal funding, barriers to dental care for poor youngsters are just too great for many to overcome.

Giant icebergs, unprecedented ice conditions threaten Antarctic penguin colonies
Enormous grounded icebergs and an unprecedented amount of sea ice in Antarctica's Ross Sea have nearly isolated one of the continent's most populous Adelie penguin colonies, making it difficult for the birds to return from their feeding grounds in the open sea, according to researchers funded by the National Science Foundation.

Scientists find alcohol, drugs boost endorphins in key forebrain region
One of the brain's natural painkillers -- beta endorphin -- increases significantly in response to alcohol, cocaine and amphetamine drug administration in a key region of the brain that controls addiction, researchers have discovered.

Clinical trials rate coronary magnetic resonance angiography as equal to X-ray angiography
Three-dimensional coronary magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) is highly accurate in diagnosing coronary artery disease, while eliminating the risks and discomfort of the more traditional X-ray angiography procedure, according to a multi-center clinical trial headed by investigators at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and conducted at the BIDMC and six other sites around the world.

Immunotherapy treatment shows dramatic results for rare neurological disorder
A recent study shows that an immunologic therapy, intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIg), given to patients with stiff person syndrome (SPS) provides dramatic relief from disabling symptoms.
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