Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 25, 2002
Importance of early environmental exposure pinpointed in study of breast cancer development
Where a woman lives at birth and puberty may have an impact on her risk of developing breast cancer later, findings from a novel study conducted by geographers and epidemiologists at the University at Buffalo have shown.

Feeding tubes may not help in severe dementia, yet use varies widely
Use of feeding tubes in nursing home patients with severe dementia is more than 10 times higher in some states than others despite evidence that it may not delay death or improve quality of life, according to a study by Brown University researchers in the June 26, 2002, issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

ACS announces awards for environmentally-conscious business innovation
A Pittsburgh researcher and companies in Connecticut, Minnesota, New Hampshire and North Carolina were honored today by the U.S.

Teachers in the lab
Following in the footsteps of last year's very successful EMBO workshop for German biology teachers, the EMBO initiative goes international on 5 - 6 July 2002 at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg, Germany.

Summer thunderstorms may become more predictable
Summer thunderstorms are difficult to predict. They pop up quickly and disappear within a few short hours.

Tiny device can detect hidden nuclear weapons, materials
A small, portable detector for finding concealed nuclear weapons and materials has been developed by the U.S.

Diet rich in foods with Vitamin E may reduce Alzheimer's disease risk
A new population-based study of antioxidants, appearing in the June 26, 2002, Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests that a diet rich in foods containing vitamin E may help protect some people against Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Cell phones don't cause cancer, rat study finds
Radiation from cell phones doesn't appear to cause cancer in rats, according to a study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St.

Examining the healing mystery of Aloe
If grandma gets a bedsore, the best thing to put on it might be a plant that's been used for 5,000 years.

Trees may contribute to ozone problem
Trees may not actually commit suicide, but certain species do produce pollutants that hamper their own growth while contributing to global climate changes and causing harm to other life forms, contend two Texas A&M University researchers.

Mayo Clinic researchers develop a new imaging test for diagnosing breast cancer
Mayo Clinic researchers have found that breast tumors can be detected with a new imaging technique called magnetic resonance (MR) elastography.

Chemistry of tanning
It's no coincidence that the process of turning animal skins into leather is called tanning.

RPB science writers seminar in eye research to be held in Washington, DC Sept. 22-25
We are pleased to announce RPB's 16th Biennial National Science Writers Seminar in Eye Research to be held at the St.

New Rutgers report cites reasons why men are slow to commit to marriage
The National Marriage Project at Rutgers releases a new study,

Hormone replacement therapy may help prevent heart vessel disease, says Wake Forest researcher
Based on a review of research in postmenopausal women and monkeys, Thomas B.

Childcare responsibilities don't hinder student-teacher face time
While elementary school teachers with children do work slightly fewer hours than teachers without children, childcare responsibilities do not shorten the time that teachers are available to students or other faculty members, according to a Penn State labor studies expert.

Sea Grant asking anglers to collect sea lampreys for Lake Champlain study
Lake Champlain Sea Grant Extension Project and New York Sea Grant would like anglers¹ assistance in collecting sea lampreys from Lake Champlain in 2002 and 2003.

Energetic ring shows way to discovery of pulsar 'bulls-eye'
Astronomers from the University of Massachusetts and Columbia University have found the

Unusual ceramics could expand possibilities for superconductors
Ceramic materials with

Purdue marshals new approach to protect software
Hackers who try to use or copy software illegally may soon find a sticky web waiting to trap them.

Kytril® more effective in controlling chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting
New data presented today showed that Kytril® (granisetron) is significantly more effective than dolasetron in patients undergoing intravenous chemotherapy which causes moderately-high rates of nausea and vomiting.

'Missing link' molecule may offer clues to sulfur in air, space
A study at Ohio State University is probing the nature of a unique sulfur-containing molecule - one that scientists consider a

UC San Diego archaeologists discover largest bronze age metal factory in Middle East
Working in a remote desert area in southern Jordan, archaeologists from the University of California, San Diego have discovered the largest Early Bronze Age metal factory in the Middle East, dating to ca.

Purdue conferences In July highlight cooling technologies
Engineers will present more than 250 technical papers to be discussed during the 16th International Compressor Engineering Conference and the Ninth International Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Conference at Purdue University July 16-19.

Decision making at the cellular level
A study reported in a recent issue of Nature by Johns Hopkins and Harvard scientists has found that even before a message makes it through the outer cell membrane to the inner nucleus, the cell is busy activating a molecular switch to guide how the message will be delivered in the first place.

Survey reveals needs of glaucoma patients across Europe
The International Glaucoma Association (IGA) today urged eye specialists around Europe to re-think the way they assess the needs of glaucoma patients in order to improve the long-term management of the disease and help preserve the sight of hundreds of thousands of patients.

Don't get carried away this summer: Beware of Great Lakes currents
Several drownings at Lake Michigan beaches in recent years underscore the importance of understanding Great Lakes currents and how to escape from them, according to Jim Lubner, water safety specialist at the University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute.
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