Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

August 27, 2002
Real time health records reduce clinical errors, enhance time with patients
Queen's researchers have developed a new, seamless system of electronically recording and tracking a patient's health record that will reduce the chance of clinical errors, and make better use of limited hosptial staff.

Islet cell transplantation for diabetes turns corner
More diabetic patients are coming off insulin following pancreatic islet cell transplantation than ever before, according to multiple studies presented today at the International Congress of The Transplantation Society.

Climate and cholera: An increasingly important link
he link between climate and cholera, a serious health problem in many parts of the world, has become stronger in recent decades, say researchers from the University of Michigan, the University of Barcelona and the International Center for Diarrhoeal Disease Research in Bangladesh.

Multiple pets may decrease children's allergy risk
Children raised in a house with two or more dogs or cats during the first year of life may be less likely to develop allergic diseases as compared with children raised without pets, according to a new JAMA study supported by NIAID and NIEHS.

Additive that makes juices 'tart' quadruples yield of essential hemophilia treatment
The common additive that gives

Removal of ovaries for young women with breast cancer and family history of ovarian cancer
Women diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age who have a family history of either breast or ovarian cancer have a substantially increased risk of developing ovarian cancer compared with women with breast cancer without a family history of either disease, suggest authors of a study published on THE LANCET's website today--
Rogue trees get criminal treatment from scientists.
Gene detectives at Newcastle University, UK, are using DNA fingerprinting - usually used to help catch criminals - to help insurers identify trees that are causing houses to subside.

Disaster response, public safety, ultra wideband, bluetooth among topics at wireless conference
Timely telecommunications issues including disaster response, public safety wireless networks, telemedicine, ultra wideband spectrum policy, and the future of wireless technology will be addressed during the Wireless Opportunities Workshop, Sept.

Twenty years of monkey research boosts AIDS knowledge
Research on an AIDS-like disease in monkeys continues to help scientists understand problems such as how HIV causes AIDS, how the virus

Science writers to explore new horizons of science and technology
Science writers nationwide will gather October 27-30 at Washington University in St.

Mayo Clinic discovers one more downside to alcoholism
Mayo Clinic researchers have found nearly half of patients who underwent transplantation due to alcoholic-liver disease experienced an acute state of confusion after the operation.

NMR scan shows if precious wine is spoiled
Some bottles of wine are worth thousands of dollars. But if oxygen has leaked past the cork, it could be thousand-dollar vinegar -- and there's no way to tell without opening the bottle.

Children with dogs, cats have reduced risk of allergies
Children who grow up with dogs and cats in the home have a significantly reduced risk of developing common allergies- some by 50 percent or more - a surprising finding resulting from a study following hundreds of children from birth to nearly age 7.

Macarthur Award winning physiologist to present Scholander Award and lecture
Barbara A. Block, Ph.D., a world renowned expert on tuna behavior and migration, will present the 2002 Comparative Physiology Section Scholander Award on Wednesday, August 28, 2002.

$2.2 Million herbal cold remedy study underway at U.Va.
The popular herbal supplement echinacea may have earned its manufacturers nearly $70 million in 1998, according to industry figures.

Teen soft drink consumption often misstated
The media has done a good job of covering one of the major public health challenges facing the nation - the growing rate of obesity.

LSU part of national Tree of Life effort
Because it possesses the world's largest collection of frozen bird tissues, and because its curators are nationally recognized experts in bird evolution, the LSU Museum of Natural Science is a natural partner in the NSF's efforts to create an avian Tree of Life.

Homeland security highlights from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
In this special issue dedicated to homeland security-related technologies and training, we are highlighting just a few projects that fall within PNNL's approximately $220 million national security portfolio.

Rare, smelly 'corpse plant' ready to bloom at Virginia Tech
Since first introduced into the United States in 1937, the Amorphophallus titanum, or

2nd Annual Diversity Symposium
National experts will convene in San Diego September 19-21, 2002 to discuss issues and opportunities surrounding ethnic diversity in medical research, from the design of studies examining health issues in diverse populations, to the participation of volunteers in these studies.

Exalted status for the humble earthworm
The earthworm's status as one of the world's most crucial organisms is why scientists from 40 countries will congregate at Cardiff University next week for the International Symposium on Earthworm Ecology (1-6 September 2002).

New anti-inflammatory drug clears Alzheimer's provoking protein from brains of mice
University of South Florida researchers are studying the potential anti-Alzheimer's effects of a new nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) that may also protect against stomach irritation.

Smoking pot alters more than mood -- human immune system affected, USF/UCLA study finds
A study by researchers as the University of South Florida College of Medicine and UCLA School of Medicine in Los Angeles is the first to show that healthy humans who smoke marijuana are likely to increase the expression of marijuana receptors on immune cells in their blood.

Tiny bugs in mealybugs have smaller bugs inside them
Like tiny Russian dolls, the mealybugs that infest your houseplants carry bacteria inside their cells that are themselves infected with another type of bacteria.

International forestry symposium presents statistics, IT tools
Virginia Tech and the International Union of Forest Research Organizations will present a

Educators, students from Seattle to Blacksburg linked via Internet2
Virginia Tech's Institute for Connecting Science Research to the Classroom (ICSRC) successfully used Internet2 technology to link 500 educational leaders and high school students at the ThinkQuest conference at the University of Washington in Seattle with the Virginia Tech Cave Automatic Virtual Environment (CAVE TM) in Blacksburg.

Copper-oxide plane at surface of superconductor has surprising properties
The peculiar behavior of high-temperature superconductors has baffled scientists for many years.

Convergent technologies: Is your company ready for the future?
The convergence of nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science will have a substantial impact on companies and markets in the future.

New species of nematode found damaging pine seedlings
USDA Forest Service plant pathologists have discovered a new threat to loblolly pine seedlings grown in the South - needle nematodes.

Nutritional supplements may combat muscle loss
Early indications show that nutritional supplements may lessen muscle atrophy brought on by space travel, prolonged bed confinement or immobility.
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