Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 01, 2002
A new step towards worldwide collaboration on linear colliders
In February the DOE's SLAC was the focal point for discussion and long term planning in global high-energy physics.

Early breast and ovarian cancers detected in high-risk women
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center have now provided strong evidence that breast and ovarian cancers can be detected at early stage in women at the highest hereditary risk.

Superbug dynasties conquer the globe
The culprits behind antibiotic-resistant diseases now plaguing hospitals worldwide have been harboring a secret -- one that Rockefeller scientists have recently exposed.

Black, Hispanic teens smoke less than whites, but share same risks for starting
Smoking rates among ethnic groups may vary, but, no matter their ethnicity, teenagers who display problem behaviors are more likely to start smoking and keep smoking than their peers, according to study.

Folic acid possibly a key factor in Alzheimer's disease prevention
Mouse experiments suggest that folic acid could play an essential role in protecting the brain against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease and other neurodegenerative disorders, according to scientists at the National Institute on Aging.

Mutations may yield clues to heartbreaking childhood disease
A Johns Hopkins senior is analyzing DNA from children suffering from a rare but devastating disease that kills more than half of its victims before their second birthday.

Cognitive testing reduces risks of procedure for brain arteriovenous malformations
Imagine dropping a bowl of spaghetti. That's what AVMs (arteriovenous malformations) look like in the brain -- dense clusters of twisting and turning blood vessels that look more like a wrestling match among a hundred small snakes than part of the circulatory system.

Cancer patients' emotional needs often undetected by oncologists
Oncologists often are more attuned to their patients' requests for information about cancer and cancer treatment than they are to requests for emotional support, says new research published in the current issue of Psycho-Oncology.

American Academy of Neurology - 54th Annual Meeting - April 13-20, 2002
We invite you to attend the American Academy of Neurology's 54th Annual Meeting April 13-20, 2002 at the Colorado Convention Center, where breakthroughs in neurologic research will be reported during courses and seminars and at more than 17 poster and plenary scientific presentations.

New facility puts Ames lab on thin-film fast track
A new research facility at Ames Laboratory will help scientists create and, perhaps more importantly, duplicate thin films with unprecedented control.

Study reveals differences in patients' response to Ritalin
A new brain-imaging study at Brookhaven Lab offers insight into why individual patients respond differently to standard doses of Ritalin, a drug used to treat millions of children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) each year.

Involved fathers key for children
Girls whose fathers are involved in their upbringing are less likely to have mental health problems in later life whilst good father relations can prevent boys from getting into trouble with the police says new research released during National Science Week 2002.

Severe symptoms, social functioning predict cancer patients' depression
Doctors might be able to better predict the onset of depression in older lung cancer patients by paying close attention to the physical progress of the disease, a new study suggests.

HIV protein stops cell division, leading to more virus and sicker patients
New research shows how HIV coerces T cells into becoming very efficient virus factories.

Childhood eating habits may persist into adolescence and lead to obesity
Chinese children are likely to maintain their dietary intake patterns from childhood into adolescence, a new study has found.
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