Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 28, 2003
UCSD biologists' study links human impacts along the coast to size declines of marine snails
The average size of marine snails and limpets along the Southern California coast has declined significantly over the past century and collection by humans appears to be the culprit, according to a study led by biologists at the University of California, San Diego.

Composted biosolids bind lead in soil, reducing danger of poisoning
Adding composted biosolids rich with iron, manganese and organic matter to a lead-contaminated home garden in Baltimore appears to have bound the lead so it is less likely to be absorbed by the bodies of children who dirty their hands playing outside or are tempted to taste those delicious mud pies they

Most older women don't get mammograms often enough, but mailed reminder can boost use
More than half of women over the age of 65 who should be getting regular mammograms aren't, a new study finds.

GSA release 03-05: March GSA Bulletin media highlights
The March issue of the Geological Society of America Bulletin includes a number of potentially newsworthy items.

Light-activated therapy and radiation combined effectively for treating tumors
Dartmouth researchers report they have discovered an effective combination therapy to treat tumors.

Absence, disability are big chunk of health-care costs
Absences and short-term disability account for about one-third of the total health-care bill that employers pay for employee physical conditions and almost half of the total bill for mental health costs, according to Cornell Universityresearch.

Bear researchers ensure population survival, growth
Placing collars and tags on bears not only help researchers study the bear's movements and habits, but helps the bears survive.

National Science Foundation gives $1.5 million to boost math and science in K-12 classrooms
Schools in West Philadelphia will be supported by a $1.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to boost their mathematics and science curricula in grades K-12.

UCLA cancer scientist wins prestigious research award
Dr. Mike Teitell, a UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center researcher, has received a Scholar Award from The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to further his research into the causes of lymphoma.

ELiTE-Respect transplantation study announced
Senior trial investigators today announced the opening of a new liver transplant study to investigate the efficacy, safety, and tolerability of three different regimes of immunosuppressive therapy over a period of 12 months.

Study links risky teen behaviors to heavy dose of rap music videos
Risky behavior and a heightened incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among African-American female adolescents may be linked to high exposure to rap music videos, according to a study in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health.

GSA release 03-04: March Geology and GSA Today media highlights
The Geological Society of America's March issue of Geology contains potentially newsworthy items.

Researchers identify a gene responsible for spread of cancer in the body
Researchers at Georgetown University's Lombardi Cancer Center have identified a gene that promotes metastases, the spread of cancer cells through the body.

Guardian of the genome, role for ATR revealed
Scientists at the California Institute of Technology have now further defined a role for the DNA damage checkpoint protein ATR in the inhibition of cell cycle progression and the prevention of double strand break formation.

UT Southwestern researchers learn leukemia drug may not treat certain forms of disease
A drug used to treat a rare form of leukemia may not fight the same disease in the central nervous system, according to researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.

Infection control remains an issue for tattoo, piercing shops
A new study of tattooing and body piercing finds that many operators may be putting clients at risk of HIV and hepatitis B and C infection.

NASA's new spacecraft tool reveals massive Jupiter gas cloud
Using a sensitive new instrument on NASA's Cassini spacecraft, researchers have discovered a large and surprisingly dense gas cloud sharing an orbit with Jupiter's icy moon Europa.

Workplace violence in hospitals
Nurses are experiencing a high number of violent acts in the workplace, but not just from patients--much of the abuse comes from co-workers as well.

Higher SIDS risk found in infants placed in unaccustomed sleeping position
Infants accustomed to sleeping on their backs who are then placed to sleep on their stomachs or sides are at an increased risk for SIDS--greater than the increased SIDS risk of infants always placed on their stomachs or sides.

High-fat diet protects newborn brain from seizure damage, study suggests
Medical advice rarely supports a high-fat diet, but a team of UC Irvine researchers has found that such a diet protects newborn brain cells from damage caused by prolonged seizures.

Syracuse University College of Law conference to examine pharmaceutical patent policy
On April 9, Syracuse University's College of Law will host a conference titled is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to