Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 26, 2002
The path to a folded protein, long a subject of debate, appears in many cases to be long and winding
It's a long-simmering debate in physical chemistry: Does the folding of proteins into biologically active shapes better resemble a luge run - fast, linear and predictable - or the more freeform trajectories of a ski slope?

Not working alone at night, outside lights can cut workplace homicides, study shows
Not allowing employees to work alone at night and providing good outside lighting around businesses open after dark can reduce workplace homicides, unique research conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shows.

Younger age explains why smokers more likely to survive heart attacks
A new study sheds light on the so-called

Virginia Tech faculty member's quantum chemistry earns NSF CAREER award
Daniel Crawford is applying models within quantum mechanics to compute properties of individual molecules.

NHLBI study shows vast majority of middle-aged Americans at risk of developing hypertension
Middle-aged Americans face a 90 percent chance of developing high blood pressure at some time during the rest of their lives, according to a new study supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Relaxation techniques ease side effects for cancer patients in treatment
Teaching cancer patients how to relax while they undergo a variety of hard-to-tolerate cancer treatments helps them cope with symptoms such as nausea and pain, according to a new analysis of 15 studies.

Worm neuron research may lead to powerful model for Parkinson's study
Investigators have developed a worm model that mimics the destruction of dopamine neurons that occurs in patients with Parkinson's Disease.

First-of-its-kind study of vascular dementia patients taking ARICEPTĀ® presented at AAGP meeting
Treatment with ARICEPTĀ® (donepezil hydrochloride tablets) significantly improved the cognitive and global (overall) function of patients with vascular dementia (VaD), compared with placebo, according to results from a first-of-its-kind clinical study presented today at the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry's 15th Annual meeting in Orlando, Florida.

USF presents new research on hyperlipidemic children
New study explores the relationship between hyperlidemic children and adults.

Proliferation of Argentine ants in California linked to decline in coastal horned lizards
The pesky Argentine ant, which has proliferated throughout the coastal regions of California, invading homes and displacing native species of ants, is also contributing to a sharp decline in the state's population of coastal horned lizards.

Obesity growing threat to world health
The world is round and so are a growing number of its inhabitants.

Fulbright fellow develops environmental biology courses in Zimbabwe
Virginai Tech biology professor Arthur Buikema worked at Zimbabwe's National University of Science and Technology, developiing courses for the new degree program in Environmental Science and Health.

ESO's VLT helps ESA's rosetta spacecraft prepare to ride on a cosmic bullet
New images of Comet Wirtanen's 1-km 'dirty snowball' nucleus have been obtained with the ESO Very Large Telescope at Paranal (Chile).

Calling all young minds... 2002 AstraZeneca CNS awards program launched
AstraZeneca announced today the 2002 launch of their prestigious 'Young Minds in CNS Awards Program' and invite all 'Young Minds' to make an application to this year's program.

Enrol for successful weight loss
Support programmes provided to patients taking the weight loss medication Xenical have been shown to significantly improve the levels of weight loss achieved and increase patient satisfaction and compliance with treatment according to data being presented this week at the First Annual Nutrition Week, San Diego, California, 23-27 February 2002.

Childless elderly, unmarried men more at risk of loneliness
Elderly unmarried men who are childless suffer significantly higher rates of loneliness and depression than elderly unmarried women, according to two Penn State researchers.

Announcing the March 1st, 2002 publication of the Fourth Edition of Molecular Biology of the Cell
Well over one million people around the world have read previous editions of Molecular Biology of the Cell.

Nobel Laureate, former NIH Head Harold Varmus to outline his vision for 'Science Peace Corps'
Nobel laureate, former NIH head Harold Varmus will outline his vision for 'Science Peace Corps' as a way to combat third world health crises.

Laser ultrasonic sensor streamlines papermaking process
Hoping to save the paper manufacturing industry millions of dollars in energy costs, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory engineers have developed a laser ultrasonic sensor that measures paper's flexibility as it courses through a production web at up to 65 miles per hour.
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