Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 02, 2002
Milk the right stuff for vines
Milk and other dairy products can be as effective as some conventional fungicides in controlling powdery mildew in vineyards, according to new research by the University of Adelaide in Australia.

Good visual presentation critical to first-rate Web sites, author says
Web users everywhere know the drill. You point your browser to a site, expecting immediate, easy access to information.

The myth of globalisation
It is widely believed that markets and firms are becoming increasingly global.

Popular long-acting contraceptive linked to vascular dysfunction
Long-term use of a contraceptive injected once every three months impairs the arteries' ability to contract and expand, possibly increasing the risk for heart disease, according to research reported in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Jefferson scientist links gene to alcoholic's vulnerability to heart failure
Some alcoholics can drink what they want and their hearts stay perfectly fine.

UCSD researchers fabricate tiny 'smart dust' particles
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego have developed dust-sized chips of silicon that allow them to rapidly and remotely detect a variety of biological and chemical agents, including substances that a terrorist might dissolve in drinking water or spray into the atmosphere.

Regular modest wine drinking may reduce risk of second heart attack
Middle-aged French men who drank two or more glasses of wine regularly after a recent heart attack were less likely to have a second heart attack or other cardiovascular complications compared to nondrinkers, according to a study in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Standard polls on social welfare issues 'nearly worthless,' scholar says
Although most Americans face hard economic realities every day - the laws of supply and demand, the price of gasoline - there is one part of modern life that offers

Virus that can infect both mice and humans is driven to extinction with cancer drug
For decades, scientists have tried to figure out how to stop viruses from spreading.

New research sets out to help children suffering from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Researchers from Imperial College London have today been granted an award of £221,700 to study ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) by Cerebra, the foundation for the brain-injured infant.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, September 3, 2002
The third report from the Canadian National Breast Cancer Screening Study after 11 to 16 years of follow-up found that 40 to 49 year-old women who had annual mammographies for five years had no fewer breast cancer deaths than a group of women who did not have the screening.

Clash of values at crux of debate over landscape aesthetics
Scenic landscapes - the type most people reportedly enjoy most - are increasingly falling out of fashion in some quarters.

Leg maneuver may prevent fainting
A combination of leg crossing and muscle tensing may help prevent fainting, providing a simple solution for people prone to fainting during emotional stress or prolonged standing, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Guardianship as an option gets more children into permanent homes
Relatives acting as foster parents often can provide a permanent home for children.

Criticism of planned communities as social engineering unjustified
After years of media reports about it, the planned community of Seaside, Fla., has become something of a poster child for a brand of city planning known as New Urbanism.

Breast cancer deaths not reduced by mammography, says University of Toronto study
Women in their 40s who received annual mammography screening do not have a better chance of surviving breast cancer than those who received usual care from their personal physician, report University of Toronto researchers in the Canadian National Breast Screening Study-1.

Study finds condom use errors are common among college-age men
A study conducted by researchers at Emory and Indiana Universities and published in the September issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases found that various condom use errors were frequent among a small sample of sexually active heterosexual college men.

Immediate cholesterol drop after heart attack guards against stroke
Heart patients who received intensive cholesterol-lowering therapy in the four months after a heart attack or other coronary event had about half as many strokes as those who were not given the drugs, researchers report in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Ancient Illinois village unearths lode of questions
Digging under a blazing sun in an Illinois cornfield, archaeologists this summer unearthed a fascinating anomaly: a 900-year-old square hilltop village.
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