Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 13, 2002
'Runaway universe' may collapse in 10 billion years, new studies predict
The recent discovery that the universe is expanding at an ever-increasing rate has led many astronomers to forecast a dark and lonely future for our galaxy.

Chemists show proteins behave differently inside cells than they do in water solutions
In findings they believe are fundamentally important to both biology and medicine, chemists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have shown experimentally for the first time that proteins can behave differently inside cells than when taken out of those cells and studied in test tubes.

First trial of endostatin shows biological activity
Novel laboratory and radiological analyses prove endostatin can act against cancer, even though the agent provided only a modest benefit in its first clinical test, say researchers at The University of Texas M.

Media focus on endostatin helped -- not hurt --
Widespread media coverage of an untested but promising cancer therapy attracted patients to a Phase I clinical trial whom researchers worried would have unreasonable expectations.

Study results offer new hope for people with manic depression
Results from a clinical trial presented for the first time today at Europe's largest Conference on Bipolar Disorder, reveal that Seroquel (quetiapine), a medication currently used to treat patients with schizophrenia, could offer a more effective therapy for the millions of people worldwide suffering from bipolar disorder.

NIH supports ice slurry at Argonne
A promising new approach to saving cardiac arrest victims - injecting them with ice slurry - is being expanded under a new five-year, $4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to researchers at the U.S.

Researchers isolate key part of cells' 'death' signals
Scientists at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have located the key part of cellular

Reduced-calorie diet adds nearly two years to dogs' life span
A 14-year study of canine diet and health has found that dogs fed a calorie-restricted diet live a median 1.8 years longer than dogs allowed to eat more and are slower to develop chronic diseases such as osteoarthritis.

Study finds outbreak of Cipro web sites followed anthrax outbreak
Web sites selling the prescription-only medication ciprofloxacin (also known by its brand name Cipro®) sprang up quickly following an anthrax outbreak in October 2001, according to a new study by researchers from the Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine.

The Lancet Neurology October press release
Mental health bill or public order--cause for concern.
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