Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 28, 2003
Physics tip sheet #33 - March 28, 2003
Highlights of this issue include ghosts of sounds helping to understand tinnitus, DNA zippers breathing bubbles, the origins of solar flares and watching bricks age.

Treatment by an allergy specialist reduces emergency room visits for asthma
Asthma sufferers who regularly use inhaled corticosteroids and are under the care of an allergy specialist are less likely to seek emergency room treatment for their disease, according to a study in the March 2003 Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (JACI).

Gene therapy study underway at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital
A 56-year-old East Brunswick man has become the first patient to enter a Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital research study of a gene therapy product, called Ad5FGF-4, designed to stimulate the body's natural ability to grow new blood vessels.

New UCLA program to study the possible environmental causes of cancer
A new program at UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center will seek to discover subtle variations in the human genetic blueprint that predispose some individuals to develop cancer after contact with environmental pollutants.

NREL highlights leading utility green power programs
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) released its annual ranking of leading utility

Emory cardiologists present research at American College of Cardiology sessions
Cardiologists from Emory University will present a variety of research at the upcoming American College of Cardiology meeting, including topics on depression and bypass surgery, resynchronization therapy, new blood markers for atherosclerosis, social support, and differences in heart disease in women.

New hope for correcting irregular heartbeat
People who suffer from irregular heartbeat now have a different treatment option, thanks to a new procedure being offered at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Jersey.

Parkinson's symptoms indicated for first time on pet scans of brains of living patients
A University of Pittsburgh neurologist has used an advanced form of brain imaging to identify changes in small regions of the brains of living Parkinson's disease patients for the first time.

By 2020, 76 million worldwide could go blind without prevention
Researchers for the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine found that over 52 million people worldwide can avoid going blind if current and new resources are successfully implemented.

Two brain systems tell us to breathe
UCLA neurobiologists have discovered that two systems in the brain interact to generate breathing rhythm -- a finding that may translate into better treatment for sleep apnea and sudden infant death syndrome.

Children's hospital safeguards patient safety
On Tuesday, March 25, Children's Hospital of New Orleans implemented a barcode-enabled, point-of-care patient safety software system for pediatrics, the MedPointTM system, from Bridge Medical.

Fruit fly cells reveal Hedgehog's secrets
A Johns Hopkins-led research team has successfully used a technique to rapidly find fruit fly genes involved in a cell signaling pathway called Hedgehog, which is critical to proper embryo development and a key trigger in some cancers, including the deadly childhood brain cancer medulloblastoma.

Myosin V, the molecular motor, moves in 'monkey-bar' motion
Penn researchers solve the mystery of how a little molecular motor called Myosin V manages to traverse the cytoskeletal pathways within neurons to deliver its molecular cargo.

Early flash flood warning system may save lives, property
Weather forecasters may soon be able to predict deadly flash floods several days in advance using a new technique developed by Penn State researchers and the National Weather Service.

Sudden removal of fat impairs immune function in rodents, biologists find
A liposuction-like procedure called lipectomy results in a loss of humoral immune protection in two commonly studied rodent models, the prairie vole and the Siberian hamster, scientists have found.

Department of Energy honors PPPL's DeLooper for outreach efforts
John DeLooper, Associate Director of External Affairs at the U.S.
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