Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 24, 2003
Bridge Bedside Scanning System, patient safety--focus of HIMSS book award, educational session, etc.
Attendees at the 2003 HIMSS (Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) meeting -- scheduled for Feb.

Companies must find ways to retain middle-aged managers
Government and companies must find ways to secure the continued contribution of key experienced workers in their late middle-age, says a study sponsored by the ESRC.

Memory tests predict dementia
If they have to remember words, elderly persons in an early stage of dementia do not benefit from the relationship in meaning between these words.

Protein deficit impedes recovery after percutaneous angioplasty
If the body contains too little of the protein haptoglobin, the recovery of the blood vessels after percutaneous angioplasty is impeded.

Montreal Neurological Institute researcher awarded grant from MJ Fox Foundation
The MJFF announced the 11 international grant awards on January 13, 2003.

Microparticles cause pre-eclampsia
Vessel wall cells and blood cells have been found to release cell particles which can damage blood vessels.

Poor amino acid breakdown increases the risk of heart disease
People with a genetically determined, reduced breakdown of the amino acid homocysteine have an increased risk of coronary heart disease compared to healthy people.

Vision researchers find that photon receptors pair up in neat rows
Using atomic-force microscopy, vision researchers have taken pictures of some of the eye's photon receptors in their natural state, and have analyzed their packing arrangement.

Why do women exercise less often than men?
Women work out less than men despite ample research that physical inactivity is a risk factor for heart disease.

Mixed-nationality ships work 'surprisingly well' study
Researchers from the Seafarers' International Research Centre at Cardiff University in the UK have discovered that a 'melting pot' of different nationalities at sea is helping to cut down on racial stereotyping.

New drug lead fights bacteria that can be lethal by disrupting quorum sensing and biofilms
University at Buffalo scientists have discovered a promising new drug lead that works by inhibiting the sophisticated bacterial communication system called quorum sensing.

Arthropods of Tropical Forests
Tropical forest canopies, leafy landscapes scorched by uv radiation and washed by torrential rains, house some of the most diverse but least understood creatures on our planet.

Deadly coral toxin exposes ion pump's deepest secret
Researchers at The Rockefeller University report using palytoxin, a deadly coral-derived toxin, to pry open perhaps the ion pump's deepest secret: that it is essentially a more elaborate version of an ion channel.

Stress at work increases the chance of acute common infections
Stress at work and fatigue increase the chance of acute infections such as common colds, flu-like illnesses and gastroenteritis.

Conference highlights, converging technologies
As nanotechnology, biotechnology, information technology, and cognitive science progress, researchers are finding new ways to integrate their findings.

A new tool to help keep US roads ice- and snow-free
The National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Federal Highway Administration are testing a Web-based system for weather forecasting and winter road treatment that could soon save lives, cut costs, and help keep millions of drivers on the move.

Life Sciences in the European Research Council - The Scientists' Opinion
The European Life Sciences Forum (ELSF), in conjunction with the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS), and the Division of Basic and Engineering Sciences of UNESCO, is organising a meeting on the prospects of establishing a European Research Council (ERC) to support high quality basic research in Europe.

Male groundhogs hibernate less to visit the ladies
The days of gentlemen callers leaving their visiting cards are over, but if you are a male groundhog, visiting a few female burrows before the ladies come out in the spring may prove to smooth the way for later mating activities, according to a Penn State biologist.

ARC, Varian, Inc. team up to improve water use in pulp and paper mills
Alberta Research Council Inc. (ARC) has joined forces with Varian, Inc. to commercialize new technology to improve water usage in the pulp and paper manufacturing process.

Pain, poor coping skills diminish quality of life for HIV patients
HIV patients who live in pain and use poor coping strategies to handle the stress of their illness also report that they have less energy and more limits on their physical, social and work activities, according to a new study.

Too little attention is paid to the side effects of emission-limiting measures
With measures aimed at reducing the emission of pollutants such as ammonia, policy makers pay too little attention to the consequences for the emission of other substances.

'Welfare-to-work' and 'work-life balance' must be joined up
Two of New Labour's agendas - 'welfare-to-work' and 'work-life balance'- need to be properly joined up and people with extreme problems allowed space to sort out their lives, according to new research funded by the ESRC.
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