Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 22, 2002
Students more afraid to attend school after Columbine
Teenagers reported that they were more afraid to attend school after the shootings at Columbine High School three years ago, according to the results of a large national study published in the current issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research
The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) has awarded Jeffrey Kordower, PhD, at Rush-Presbyterian-St.

Over a quarter of interval cancers could have been detected during screening
Results from an exercise in rereading mammographies from the Norwegian Breast Cancer Screening Programme has shown that 27% of tumours found between screenings could have been detected from the mammograms, according to research reported at the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona today (Friday 22 March).

Rush opens tissue and cell lab to produce cellular products
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago this month opens a new laboratory facility that will produce and dispense engineered cellular products that harness a cancer patient's own immune system to fight cancer.

Miniature filtering device to make angioplasty safer being tested
Cardiologists at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago are currently testing a new miniature-filtering device designed to make angioplasty safer.

UCSD team reviews pituitary gland development, from a common primordium to distinct cell types
Development of the anterior pituitary gland, from a common primordium in the roof of the embryonic mouth into an organ comprising multiple distinct endocrine cell types, is described by 2 UCSD School of Medicine researchers in a review published March 22, 2002 in the journal Science.

Individually tailored health promotions can help working women, research shows
Individually tailored health promotion programs can help working women adopt healthier lifestyles, an unusual new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study has found.

Ray Dessy receives Dreyfus Foundation Senior Mentor Award
Ray Dessy, professor emeritus of chemistry at Virginia Tech, has received a Camille and Henry Dreyfus Senior Scientist Mentor Initiative Grants for 2002-2004 to support undergraduate research assistants in chemistry, chemical engineering, and biochemistry.

First vaccine for cat AIDS approved for veterinary use
The first vaccine for feline immunodeficiency virus was approved for commercial production and veterinary use today by the U.S.

Breast cancer under threat from the new ethics say top cancer specialists
Breast cancer research is under threat from the

Hurricanes impact carbon sequestration by forests
Hurricanes significantly lessen the capacity of US forests to sequester atmospheric carbon, according to a recent analysis by a USDA Forest Service researcher.

Getting adults to exercise may hinge on providing paths and pretty scenery
Providing aesthetically pleasing and convenient places for people to walk, run and bicycle may be the key to getting adults off the couch and exercising regularly, according to a recent study.

Lowly cytokine may play role in controlling neurotransmitters
Researchers have discovered that a protein normally thought only to be a component in the immune system actually plays a key role in regulating neurotransmission in the central nervous system -- the CNS -- as well.

First multimedia resource to give patients their own voice
A family doctor's own diagnosis of breast cancer has led her to initiate a unique multimedia resource that uses patients' actual personal experiences to help inform and support other patients and their carers, and to tell doctors what it is really like to be ill.

Early college years not too late to educate
Even as they begin college, it is probably not too late to educate students about drugs, sex and alcohol, according to a study by Penn State nursing researchers.

From sci-fi to reality - microendoscopy to diagnose breast cancer?
The first clinical trial in Europe of a revolutionary approach to diagnosing breast cancer has just got under way at one of the UK's leading breast cancer centres.

Estrogen's role in preventing female cardiac disease
The role of the hormone estrogen in protecting the female heart from enlargement and ultimate failure has been partly explained by studies with genetically engineered mice, according to researchers at Cornell and Vanderbilt universities.

Body piercing may not be so cool after all
A new study* published in the March Journal of Periodontology found that extended wear of tongue jewelry (barbell-type) could increase your chance of gum recession and tooth chipping.

Mitigating Severe Weather Impacts in Urban Areas
The best methods for reducing damage from floods will be presented at a national symposium at Rice University April 15-17,

Biopsies of the internal mammary sentinel nodes may improve patients' chances of survival
Surgeons at a hospital in the Netherlands are pioneering the taking of biopsies from lymph nodes behind the sternum (breast bone) at the same time as they take the more usual biopsies of the lymph nodes under the armpits, the 3rd European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona heard today (Friday 22 March).

UF researcher develops AIDS vaccine for cats
In a major scientific breakthrough, a University of Florida researcher has developed a feline AIDS vaccine that the federal government has approved for commercial use.

$1.6 million award funds partnership for Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act assistance
The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Department of Psychiatry has received a grant of $1,579,163 from The California Endowment, the state's largest health foundation, to assist in the implementation of Proposition 36, the Substance Abuse and Crime Prevention Act(SACPA)of 2000.

Pinpointing the protein problem in Lou Gehrig's Disease
The cause of Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) has remained elusive since it brought down one of baseball's greatest players 60 years ago.
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