Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 01, 2002
Recent trends in motorcycle fatalities
Two comprehensive analyses from the National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration of fatal motorcycle crashes show an increase of 35.3 percent since 1998.

2002 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases
Journalists are invited to attend and cover the 2002 International Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases, to be held March 24-27, 2002 at the Hyatt Regency in Atlanta, Georgia.

Researchers develop world's first light-tunable 'plastic' magnet
Low-cost, flexible electronics and better computer data storage might result from the world's first light-tunable plastic magnet, just developed at Ohio State University.

Some patients not seeking rapid heart attack care
A new study finds the elderly, women, diabetic patients and minorities, who are experiencing symptoms of a heart attack, are more likely to experience delays in hospital arrival, and once in the hospital, delays in receiving treatment with thrombolytic (clot-busting) therapy.

2002 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings
Cold Spring Harbor Meetings provide excellent opportunities for reporting on and keeping current with a broad range of new discoveries in the biological and biomedical sciences, from cancer genetics, the cell cycle, brain development, and aging to tissue engineering, genomics, mouse molecular genetics, and retrovirus research.

Exposure to toxin in certain foods could cause testicular cancer
A Wake Forest University cancer researcher has proposed that a compound found in certain foods may be a cause of testicular cancer in young men

'Telephone Medicine,' guide for physicians published
Telephone medicine is more than just renewing prescriptions. Nearly 25 percent of patient encounters involve the phone.

A peptide whose absence leads to narcolepsy also might play role in pain sensation
A neuropeptide whose loss is believed responsible for narcolepsy, a disease characterized by sudden sleep attacks, also appears to play a role in the modulation of pain sensation, a study by a Yale researcher has found.

Hormone can predict future congestive heart failure
A new study reveals high levels of a particular hormone excreted by the heart's ventricles--found in patients seeking emergency care for dyspnea (shortness of breath)--is a strong indicator of whether a patient will experience congestive heart failure in the proceeding six months.

Computerized tool predicts sarcoma outcome and improves ability to make better treatment decisions
In a development that holds promise for advancing the treatment of patients with sarcoma, researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have developed a new prognostic tool that is more accurate than any previously available for this disease.

Contact lens solutions may not kill off harmful eye bugs
Contact lens solutions may not kill off harmful eye bugs, reports a study in the British Journal of Ophthalmology.

Nanowire-based electronics and optics comes one step closer
An entirely new generation of powerful ultra-small computers and electronic devices is one step closer, according to researchers at the University of California-Berkeley.
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