Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 11, 2002
Parents' stress may affect behavior in children with heart defect
New research indicates that 4-year-olds who have had surgery to correct an inborn heart defect -- much like children without such health problems -- are more likely to have behavioral problems if their mothers and fathers find parenting highly stressful.

Cocaine-exposed children subject to stereotyping
Trained research assistants, unaware of a child's history, cannot tell the difference between a 4-year-old who was exposed to cocaine before birth and one who was not, according to a new research.

Researchers: Protein family key to helping plants adapt
Researchers have discovered how a recently identified family of plant proteins assists in stopping gene function, a finding that may help produce plants resistant to environmental stresses such as saline soil, drought and cold.

Software tool will help engineers design jet engines
Purdue University researchers have created a software tool that is more than 100 times faster than other programs used by engineers to improve jet engine designs.

Young children may cope better if they remember medical procedure details
Even young children recall details of medical procedures, and distressing aspects of the procedure may result in flawed memories that affect their ability to cope with subsequent painful and traumatic medical experiences, according to a new study.

Kansas chemist and educator receives award for fostering diversity
Chemist and educator Kristin Bowman-James, Ph.D., of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., will be honored Oct.

Heavy menstrual periods associated with economic loss
Heavy menstrual periods have significant economic implications for women in the workplace, according to a study compiled by a University of Alberta researcher.

University of Pittsburgh focuses on building careers in women's health
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Magee-Womens Research Institute are among a dozen institutions nationwide to share in an innovative effort to foster the expansion of women's health research and training through the National Institutes of Health's Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health (BIRCWH) program.

Southern 'stroke belt' study initiates nationwide study
A study seeking to uncover possible causes for the higher incidence of stroke in the southeast will look to northeastern cardiovascular risk factor specialists at the University of Vermont for the analyses of blood samples from 130,000 participants.
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