Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 28, 2002
'Hydra's Tale' examines disgust in literature, art and history
University of Alberta Professor Robert Wilson has written and published a new book entitled, Hydra's Tale: Imagining Disgust.

CDC report shows cancer death rates in Appalachia higher than national
Previous studies have shown that rural Americans often have less money, less education and less access to healthcare than other Americans.

Stronger back muscles reduce spine fractures in postmenopausal women
A Mayo Clinic study has found that a back-strengthening exercise program can provide significant long-lasting protection against spinal fractures in women at risk for osteoporosis.

Hypertension is study focus of $10 million NIH grant to MCG
A team of researchers is putting together key pieces of the puzzle of hypertension - stress, genetics, sodium retention and fitness - to define the role of each in a condition that impacts 20 percent of all adults and an even higher percentage of black adults.

UB scientists report fast, simple method of generating 'designer' RNA catalysts for proteomics
University at Buffalo chemists have developed a remarkably simple and effective biotechnological method for synthesis of novel proteins using amino acids that do not occur in nature by using unique, programmable ribozymes (enzymes made of RNA, or ribonucleic acid) that they evolved in the lab.

Geriatric day care great for patients, but what about caregivers?
A German study has found that geriatric day care has positive effects on patients, with an improved feeling of well-being and stabilization of dementia symptoms.

Saint Louis University researcher: 'Pet therapy' works
We've known intuitively that animals can comfort the people who love them.

What do women in IT want?
Analyzing the life paths of 31 women working in the overwhelmingly male world of computer and information technology (IT) reveals a pattern of

Worldwide nursing shortage has reached crisis proportions
In the first systematic study of the problems faced by nurses globally, Penn State researchers have found that the nursing shortage is a worldwide phenomenon that is both jeopardizing health care and creating stressful working conditions for nurses.

Plant Genetics 2003: Mechanisms of Genetic Variation
This conference on Plant Genetics will be the first of an annual series of specialist meetings sponsored by the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB).

Pets do make a difference for patients in long-term care facilities
Animal-assisted therapy can effectively reduce the loneliness of residents in long-term care facilities, according to a study published in the July 2002 issue of Journal of Gerontology: Medical Sciences.

Award will boost HIV/AIDS research in China
NIAID awarded a Comprehensive International Program for Research on AIDS grant to China's Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Discovery of activated protein C leads to lifesaving drug
George Long, Ph.D., earned a patent for his research on the gene for human protein C and its role in controlling blood clotting while a scientist at Eli Lilly & Company, laying the foundation for Lilly's development of activated protein C through FDA approval. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to