Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 17, 2002
American Medical Women's Association honors Dr. Marianne Legato with 2002 Women in Science Award
Marianne J. Legato, M.D., F.A.C.P., has received the 2002 Woman in Science Award from the American Medical Women's Association (AMWA).

NYU biologists develop better way to 'silence' neurons
Biologists at New York University have discovered a new method of

What keeps the nervous system intact?
Researchers at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine have found, for the first time, that certain proteins maintain the nervous system architecture after the developing body lays down the wiring pattern.

Dealing with death
To evaluate the quality of life of terminally ill patients, Dr.

London governance post GLA and mayor
Two years after Ken Livingstone was elected Mayor of London, new research, funded by the ESRC, shows that he is much less powerful than mayors of other big cities around the world.

NIAID teams with Wyeth on HIV/AIDS vaccine
NIAID announced the latest contract award in its innovative HIV Vaccine Design and Development Teams (HVDDT) program, a public-private partnership mechanism aimed at accelerating HIV vaccine development.

Cancer drug proves effective in treating sickle cell disease
Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine have demonstrated that a drug long used to treat cancer is also effective in combating sickle cell disease.

Does pain get on your nerves?
A nerve cell that has been electrically stimulated prompts activity in an adjacent one by releasing specific neurotransmitters that fit into receptors on the neighbouring cell McGill professor James Henry has been investigating the possibility of modifying such synaptic activity by means of appropriate drugs.

'Ramping up' to digital government
Computer-savvy Americans can order movie tickets, book airline flights, and manage their bank accounts online.

Atlanta researchers to launch clinical trial of progesterone for treatment of brain injury
Researchers from Emory University and Morehouse School of Medicine soon will begin enrolling patients in the world's first clinical trial of the hormone progesterone as a treatment for moderate to severe traumatic brain injury, which annually claims the lives of 50,000 Americans and disables 80,000 more, at an estimated cost of $56 billion.

The current status of elder abuse in the United States
Less than one cent of every federal dollar spent on victim abuse goes to help the elderly.

Mayo Clinic study links gene to heart disease marker
Common variations in a single gene are associated with increased blood levels of C-reactive Protein (CRP), a biomarker that has recently become an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease, according to a Mayo Clinic study published in the May 17 issue of the journal Cytokine.

Picturing your pain
A harmless breeze on the face can send some people into fits of excruciating pain.

Study to consider alcohol's role in date rape
How alcohol intake affects women's responses to sexual aggression is the focus of a new study funded by a $350,000 grant from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism being conducted at the University at Buffalo's Research Institute on Additions (RIA).

Hush little baby
Why do babies cry? Are they hungry, cranky, tired, or could it be that they're in pain?
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