Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 06, 2002
CF Foundation seizes proteomics for drug discovery
CF Foundation funds teams of scientists around the world to apply proteomics technology to discover cystic fibrosis drug targets and biomarkers.

Colic in infants linked to inability to digest apple juice, but not white grape juice
Young babies with a history of colic are more likely to re-experience some of the symptoms of colic after drinking apple juice than after drinking white grape juice, according to research published in the May, 2002 issue of Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Heart health should be the front line of diabetes care
Intensive treatment of cardiovascular risk factors is vital for people with diabetes, according to a series of reports from the American Heart Association's Prevention Conference VI: Diabetes and Cardiovascular Disease published in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

UCLA study shows many parents not getting antibiotic message
A new UCLA study shows efforts to teach parents that antibiotics are not necessary to treat their child's cold are failing to reach the Latino and Asian communities, and that educational campaigns need to be revamped to connect with these groups.

Study finds full breastfeeding for six months boosts baby's resistance to respiratory illnesses
Babies who are fully breastfed for six months are less likely to suffer from respiratory illnesses than babies fully breastfed for only four months, according to research conducted by investigators at UC Davis Children's Hospital, the University of Rochester and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Center for Child Health Research.

Black, Latino children with asthma get lesser care
Even when Medicaid will pay the cost, many black and Latino children with asthma are not receiving appropriate preventive medications for their conditionæand white children covered by Medicaid are doing only slightly better, according to a new study by Harvard Medical School and other researchers.

New research could spearhead permanent nuclear waste storage
Researchers armed with a laser are closer to knowing how to prepare millions of gallons of highly radioactive nuclear waste for permanent storage.

Heart attack patients may benefit from drinking tea
Drinking tea on a regular basis may help protect patients with existing cardiovascular disease, according to a study in the May 7 issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association, which finds that tea consumption is associated with an increased rate of survival following a heart attack.

Genomic data viewed on biological pathways with new computer program, GenMAPP
A new computer program helps researchers to make sense of the reams of genomic data-a massive collection of numbers and decimals-resulting from DNA microarrays.

Mayo Medical School students selected for Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars Program
Three Mayo Medical School students have been selected to participate in the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Scholars program at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Md.

Steeped in research: Tea linked to survival after heart attack
Drinking lots of tea may reduce a person's risk of dying after a heart attack, according to a report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Rutgers biomedical engineering professor solves golf grip mysteries
Why do some golfers gravitate toward unconventional grips while putting?

Faster detection of bacteria in water, food
Researchers at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have developed a new method that establishes genetic markers for bacteria in water, food, and biological and medical samples.

Drill and suction procedure holds promise for clogged arteries
A device that sucks out blood clots may improve survival for people undergoing angioplasty, according to one of the first studies of its kind published in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Preventive medicine residency
A new medical residency program at the University of Michigan School of Public Health is training physicians to apply their knowledge to improve the health of the population as a whole, instead of treating individuals.

Heartburn surgery helps lung transplant patients
Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that a surgical procedure used to treat chronic heartburn appears to not only improve the functioning of transplanted lungs, but also has a positive effect on an untreatable form of chronic rejection in lung transplant recipients.

Networking slows down protein evolution, study reveals
Thanks to the current genomics revolution, biologists have new tools to document the minute changes a gene undergoes when it evolves from a simple organism to a more complex one.

Insulin pump effective for infants, children
With proper supervision, toddlers and preschool children with Type I diabetes can safely and successfully use an external insulin pump rather than multiple daily injections to treat their disease, according to a recent study by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

Johns Hopkins APL building a better mine detector
A Johns Hopkins physicist is developing a low-cost mine detector that one person can backpack to a suspected minefield and then operate either autonomously or by remote control to reduce harm to mine-clearing personnel.

New process makes genome sequencing more efficient
Sometimes the genius of a discovery lies in how its parts are put together.

Tau protein required for development of Alzheimer's disease
A group of Northwestern University neuroscientists have reported the first evidence showing that tau must be present to enable beta-amyloid to induce the degeneration of brain cells that occurs in Alzheimer's disease.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet
The following three studies on prevention will be featured in today's Annals of Internal Medicine: 1) Many U.S. adults are not protected against diphtheria and tetanus, 2) Annual physical: needless ritual or necessary routine, and 3) Physicians can increase use of adult immunization and cancer screening services by reorganizing their prevention practices.

Damaged DNA synthesis enzyme shown to cause progressive muscle weakening
Researchers show evidence how and why an inherited, degenerative disease generally gets worse with time.
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