Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 07, 2002
Hemorrhagic fever viruses examined as potential bioweapons
The Working Group on Civilian Biodefense says Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and other viruses that cause deadly hemorrhagic fever illnesses could be used as biological weapons.

Contraceptive needs of new mothers are unique and unmet
New mothers have unique yet unmet contraceptive needs, which may have personal and societal consequences, according to a new national survey by Emory University School of Medicine.

Women at highest risk for ovarian cancer are less likely to be screened than those at lower risk
Women at highest risk for ovarian cancer receive less screening and report less worry about getting the disease than women with a lower yet somewhat elevated risk.

'Science in a box' will let astronauts really get their hands on Space Station experiments
People talk about thinking

A dusty haze around blue compact dwarf galaxies
Scientists at the Max-Planck-Institute for Nuclear Physics in Heidelberg, in cooperation with scientists from other institutes, have measured the infrared brightness of spiral and dwarf galaxies in the Virgo cluster.

Episiotomy rates decreasing, but procedure still overused
Episiotomy rates have decreased over the past 19 years but the procedure is still overused, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Horseshoe crabs survival rate after biomedical bleeding is high
An article appearing the the current issue of the Review in Fisheries Science reports the general biology, ecology, and life history of the horseshoe crab.

Dog 'model' for studying inherited human blindness
Cornell University researchers say the discovery of the two different mutations for X-linked progressive retinal atrophy in dogs provides a new animal

Human papilloma virus test increases cancer detection rate, study finds
Adding a simple, highly sensitive test for the human papilloma virus (HPV) to the administration of the routine Pap test significantly increases the detection rate for cervical cancer and lowers death rates from this invasive disease, researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center's Lombardi Cancer Center have found.

Study examines the potential risks of smallpox vaccination
An immunization campaign to vaccinate Americans against smallpox would be protective against a smallpox bioterror attack, but the smallpox vaccination itself poses a risk of death or serious illness.

APS announces the winners of its 2002 Postdoctoral Fellowship in Physiological Genomics
The American Physiological Society awards more than $200,000 to three postdoctoral research scientists studying physiological genomics.

Ships return to the southern ocean to enhance understanding of food chain
Two National Science Foundation (NSF) research vessels have sailed from Chile toward the wintry waters off the Antarctic Peninsula, where they will examine the interlocking links of a food chain.

Surprising findings on Medicaid kids and the ER
Across the country, more children are going to hospital emergency rooms than ever, and many of their ER visits are for non-urgent conditions.

Lasers light way to 3-D imaging in Purdue lab
Purdue University scientists developing a new imaging technology have created the world's first

Recent dinosaur discoveries in Utah and Wyoming
Scientists attending the Geological Society of America Rocky Mountain Section meeting in Cedar City, Utah, this week will present new evidence on several interesting finds.

New software, tools ease internet collaboration and grid computing
A new package of software and other tools will make it easier for U.S. scientists, engineers and educators to collaborate across the Internet and use the Grid, a group of high-speed successor technologies and capabilities to the Internet that link high-performance networks and computers nationwide and around the world.

Mayo Clinic researchers develop 'cancer snitch'
If the treatment of cancer is a war -- as declared decades ago -- one of the most daunting problems has always been how to develop reliable reconnaissance once behind enemy lines -- that is, inside the tumor.

Brain and neuronal plasticity are featured topics at neuroscience symposium
The Skirball Institute of Biomolecular Medicine at NYU School of Medicine will host an international symposium on May 10 that brings together leading scientists who study neuronal and synaptic plasticity.

Time to vaccinate everyone under 30 against smallpox?
A massive immunization campaign to vaccinate young Americans against smallpox now might save many more lives than a strategy focused on isolating and vaccinating those at risk only after a terrorist attack.
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