Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 05, 2002
New wave supercomputers catch big waves
The new wave in computing - super-fast machines churning out three-dimensional models viewable in high-tech, immersive theaters - may teach us more about the big waves that sometimes threaten people who live near the seashore.

Largest ever study on European cancer prevalence shows large differences between countries
The largest study on the prevalence of cancer in Europe is published in the latest issue of Annals of Oncology, journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology.

Genetic testing, computer risk-assessment software prove effective in predicting breast cancer
Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas have shown that examining breast cells' molecular makeup can provide a better way to predict breast-cancer risk and that computer-based risk-assessment tools can help identify women who would benefit from genetic testing.

Choose your painkillers with care
Some painkillers may delay or even completely prevent the healing of fractures.

'Digital microscopes' for dentistry course
Dental students who have been using the conventional light microscope are now using the latest technology instead.

Gene linked to testicular cancer
In a study to be published in the June 6, 2002, issue of the journal Oncogene, researchers at Duke University Medical Center have identified the first gene known to be highly correlated to testicular cancer.

NIA makes second novel clone set available
Researchers at the National Institute on Aging will distribute a recently established mouse cDNA microarray/clone set containing 7,407 unique genes to 20 designated academic centers worldwide.

Soccer-playing robots highlight latest robotics, AI technology
The World Cup isn't the only high-stakes soccer tournament hitting Asia this month.

Medicare shortchanges initial doctor visit, SFVAMC study says
During an older patient's first visit to the doctor, nearly 40 percent of the time spent is not reimbursed by Medicare, including evaluation of cognition and mood, and discussions of exercise, nutrition, and preventive services, according to a study from a San Francisco VA Medical Center researcher.

Invading species have harder time cracking diverse plant communities
A new study suggests that plant communities, whether intact areas of native prairie or plots of land undergoing restoration, will suffer less from exotic species invasions if a diverse mix of species is present.

Methamphetamine drastically increases virus' ability to replicate in brain tissue
A controversial research study here has found that exposing cells infected with feline immunodeficiency virus - a surrogate for HIV - to methamphetamine increases those cells' ability to replicate the deadly virus as much as 15-fold.

A new way to spot internal bleeding
By the time doctors spot internal bleeding it's normally too late.

Current colon cancer screening recommendations supported by study of 40-49 year olds
Current colon cancer screening recommendations supported by study of 40-49 year olds published by Indiana University School of Medicine researcher and colleagues in New England Journal of Medicine.

Gene therapy researcher selected as Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator
Katherine A. High, M.D., director of hematology research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, has been named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) investigator.

NIH awards $1.6 million grant to ASU School of Social Work
The National Institute of Health has awarded Arizona State University associate professor Flavio Francisco Marsiglia in the School of Social Work, a five-year, $1.6 million grant to establish the Southwest Interdisciplinary Research Consortium (SIRC).

Giant loops in the solar atmosphere may trigger Sun's magnetic poles reversals, new study reveals
New findings by Stanford astronomers may help solve one of the most baffling questions in solar science: What causes the Sun's magnetic poles to flip-flop every 11 years?

Cord blood cells improve rats' neurological recovery from brain injury, new study finds
Intravenous injections of cells from human umbilical cord blood improved the neurological and motor function of rats recovering from severe traumatic brain injury, reports a new study published in the June 6 issue of Cell Transplantation.

UT Southwestern researchers discover better tests to detect congenital syphilis in newborns
A UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas research team has developed two blood tests that quickly and reliably diagnose congenital syphilis in newborns.

Conducting-insulating materials reveal their secrets
Research by physicists at Brookhaven National Laboratory provides new insight into why some materials can be both conductors and insulators.

DARE to explore the planets
Global Aerospace Corporation announced today that it has won a NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) award to develop a revolutionary system architecture for exploration of planetary atmospheres and surfaces from atmospheric altitudes.

Acute stress disorder is common among children and parents following pediatric traffic injury
In 90 percent of families with children injured in a traffic crash, the child or a parent will suffer at least one significant acute stress symptom, according to a study at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Meeting highlights for Society of Nuclear Medicine
How can health care providers and hospital be prepared in case of a terrorist attack involving radioactive materials?

Low-level oil spills can cause serious damage
The ecological effects of low-level oil spills may be more serious than previously thought, according to a Princeton-led study that documented the widespread death of marine iguanas on a Galapagos island.

Physics Tip Sheet #16 - June 5, 2002
Highlights of this issue include why water lubricates so well, a beaker without walls, quantum-optical catalysis and the creation of new particles with two charm quarks.

American Psychological Association's Annual Convention to be held in Chicago August 22-25, 2002
Helping Americans deal with the antecedents and aftermath of September 11, understanding cults of hatred and the psychology of terrorism, new models of health care delivery that focus on empirically- supported treatments and the importance of diet, emotions and spirituality in maintaining good health will be prominent themes of the 110th Annual Convention of the APA.
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