Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 23, 2002
Simpler therapies may help improve outcomes for HIV patients
HIV-infected patients with cognitive impairment are more likely to fail to take their medications than those without cognitive impairment, according to a study published in the December 24 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

UCLA/Caltech scientists develop new gene therapy approach
UCLA and California Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new gene therapy approach that prevents the AIDS virus from entering human cells.

January GEOLOGY and GSA TODAY media highlights
The Geological Society of America's January issue of Geology contains several potentially newsworthy items.

Viral infection linked to heart attack and stroke
Cytomegalovirus (CMV), a usually dormant virus that can cause mononucleosis, is associated with a higher risk of heart attack, stroke or cardiovascular death in people with heart disease, according to a report in today's rapid access Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

New study counters previous research linking intake of dietary fat with increased risk of dementia
High dietary intakes of total fat, saturated and trans fats and cholesterol have long been associated with such health risk factors as heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and several forms of cancer.

OXiGENE announces phase II clinical trial of lead anti-tumor compound in thyroid cancer
For the first time, a tumor starving vascular targeting agent (VTA) will be tested in Phase II human clinical trials.

January GSA BULLETIN media highlights
The January issue of the Geological Society of America Bulletin includes a number of potentially newsworthy items.

Which ringed planet...!?
The ESO Very Large Telescope (VLT) at the Paranal Observatory (Chile) has obtained an unsual view of planet Uranus with rings and moons.

World Trade Center dust analysis offers good news for New Yorkers
A new study of dust samples taken from around Manhattan in the days following Sept.

Information and computer science attains school status -- a UC system first
The University of California Board of Regents has approved elevating UC Irvine's nationally ranked Department of Information and Computer Science (ICS) to school status, creating the first computer science school within the UC System.

Easier drug schedules help cognitively impaired HIV patients
In a study that used computerized pill bottles to track medication adherence, HIV-infected patients with cognitive problems were far more likely to miss doses when they had to take pills three times a day, compared to once or twice per day.

USC researchers use gene therapy to prompt mouse cells to produce human collagen
Researchers at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, along with colleagues from across the country, have for the first time genetically engineered mouse cells to produce a type of human collagen--type VII--that is missing in a family of inherited skin diseases called dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa.

Key gender difference found in sickle cell disease
Nitric oxide, a substance that helps blood vessels dilate, is up to two times more available in women than men with the genetic condition, sickle cell anemia.

Neuropsychiatric lupus research receives a boost
Five new research grants on the neuropsychiatric aspects of lupus have been funded by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Cell division required, twice before fat cells mature
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine scientists have shown for the first time that primitive fat cells must copy themselves at least twice before they can mature into full-fledged fat-storing cells.
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