Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 24, 2002
Undersea data network planned for Monterey Bay
Computer networks and power grids are common enough on land, but over the next three years a team of oeanographers will be extending such networks thousands of feet beneath the sea.

No extra disease seen in chemical-exposed Gulf War veterans
Another study adds to the growing body of evidence suggesting that exposure to low levels of chemical warfare agents during the Gulf War has not led to increased illness among veterans of that conflict.

Vision loss and driving performance, stroke and physical impairment
The current issue of the Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development includes a dozen manuscripts on an array of rehabilitation research, including the evaluation of tests to assess driving performance in adults with vision loss and physical fitness in person who have had a stroke.

Breeding programs should incorporate mate choice
The breeding programs widely used to supplement fisheries and conserve endangered species may be flawed.

Low-income pregnant women need support to quit smoking, drinking
Social support is sometimes a vital missing ingredient for lower-income women who continue to smoke or use alcohol during pregnancy.

Applied Biosystems introduces new chemistries to increase DNA sequencing productivity
Applied Biosystems Group (NYSE:ABI), an Applera Corporation business, has launched two new versions of its BigDye® Terminator Cycle Sequencing Kit, designed to increase productivity and improve data quality for both de novo and resequencing DNA sequencing applications.

Repressing anxiety may protect against stress disorders
People who cope with a life-threatening situation by ignoring their anxiety or diverting their attention away from it may be doing themselves a favor.

Psychological distress may predict hypertension
Psychological distress, especially anger, anxiety and depression, may be good predictors of high blood pressure, new research suggests.

New data suggests chemotherapy patients benefit from heart failure treatment
Researchers at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have found that cancer patients who develop heart failure as a result of chemotherapy treatment can be effectively treated, with the condition potentially reversed, when standard medicated therapy for heart failure is utilized.

Men's health more vulnerable to stressful life events
Although stressful life events may affect the health of both men and women, men are more vulnerable, according to a recent study of nearly 3,000 people in Finland.

Remembering stressful events may lead to later heart disease
Doing math in your head in a high-pressure environment raises your blood pressure, as does walking a quick and mindless quarter-mile.

Patients often miss out on nutrition counseling, at cost to health
Nutrition counseling can make a difference in the health of high-risk patients, yet it takes place in a minority of primary care visits, according to a study.

Plastic shows promise for spintronics, magnetic computer memory
Researchers at Ohio State University and their colleagues have expanded the possibilities for a new kind of electronics, known as spintronics.

Sea snake homing instinct could nix translocation
Philippine researchers want to restore a sea snake that has been wiped out on Gato Island by translocating the species from other islands.

People may draw more support from furry friends than spouses, human allies
A few minutes alone with a pet cat or dog might do more to help people's stress than talking about their troubles with their best friend or spouse, according to a new study.

Exhaustion's effect on blood increases heart attack risk
A mental state known as vital exhaustion may increase blood clotting, helping to explain why it is associated with a heightened heart attack risk, according to a study conducted in the Netherlands.

Ethnic, gender differences in blood pressure also seen in youth
Even among healthy adolescents, differences exist between ethnic and gender groups that may predict high blood pressure without an identifiable cause, suggest the results of a study of black and white males and females.

Fairness of sibling treatment key to its impact, study shows
The sibling getting favored treatment from mom and dad feels great and has the best self-esteem, right?

Rory Cooper, PhD receives the highest award offered by U.S. Dept. Of Veterans Affairs
Rory A. Cooper, Ph.D., director of the VA Rehabilitation Research and Development's National Center of Excellence for Wheelchair and Related Technology and VA senior career research scientist, received the Department of Veterans Affairs' prestigious Olin E.

Consumers and food irradiation: Who decides?
Finding a way to reduce the numbers of foodborne illnesses reported each year in the United States was the basis of Arsen Poghosyan's research for his master's thesis.

Fragmentation may be linked to local amphibian extinctions
Habitat fragmentation is a primary threat to amphibians worldwide, and new research suggests one of the reasons why.

New medical study finds safe, effective relief for morning sickness in unique honey ginger tonic
A new medical study offers good news for expectant mothers facing the difficult choice of treating the nausea and vomiting of early pregnancy with things like soda, crackers or crushed ice, which are only marginally helpful, or trying prescription or over-the-counter medications, which may have potential side effects.

Depression increases risk for some heart transplant patients
Depressed patients who undergo heart transplantation because of a certain type of heart disease are about five times as likely to die in the first few years after surgery as similar patients who are not depressed, according to a new study.

Web therapy may help tinnitus sufferers cope with problem
Internet-based therapy can help sufferers cope with tinnitus, the medical term for the ringing sound in the ears that is experienced by 10 to 14 percent of adults, suggest the results of a Swedish study.

Rabies vaccinations could help save Ethiopian wolf
Without action, rabies spread by dogs might wipe out the 500 remaining Ethiopian wolves.

New study of Ground Zero air shows indoor spaces can be cleaned; diesel pollution remains a threat
A new UC Davis study shows that if they are properly cleaned, apartments and offices near the site of the collapsed World Trade Center towers are safe for living and working.
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