Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 21, 2003
Genetic abnormalities found in some ALS patients
Researchers have discovered abnormalities in the chromosomes of several patients with sporadic, or non-hereditary, ALS, according to a study published in the April 22 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Rice study identifies sources of Houston smog particulates
Air quality researchers at Rice University in Houston have completed the first detailed study that attempts to apportion the fine particulates measured in the city's smog to their sources of origin.

Black water turns the tide on Florida coral
In early 2002, a patch of

Texas A&M, Ecor Corp. sign deal to produce health-related proteins
A Texas Agricultural Experiment Station scientist has developed a method of producing collagen and other health-related proteins from plants instead of human or animal sources.

Living with schizophrenia
Dr. Sam Keith will be available to the broadcast media on Wednesday, April 23 from 6:00AM to 9:45AM (Eastern Time) for satellite interviews on a virtual reality technology.

News tips: Genetics research builds on legacy of double helix
In April 1953, James Watson and Francis Crick published their report describing for the first time the correct, double helical structure of the DNA molecule.

Scientists discover unique source of stem cells
Scientists report for the first time that

Acoustics meeting: Web pressroom now open
A web pressroom for the Acoustical Society of America meeting (
Tourism leaders and conservation organizations to devise Caribbean conservation action plan
In a first of its kind 'chief executives meeting,' key decision-makers influencing Caribbean tourism development will come together to develop a sustainable tourism action plan.

Snoring linked to headaches
A new study finds a link between snoring and chronic daily headache.

Study sheds light on Chlamydial pathogens
Surprisingly subtle differences in gene content appear to account for the stunningly large number of diseases caused by the Chlamydiae family of bacteria in a wide range of animal hosts that the pathogens infect, according to a new study.

A kindler, gentler cut for LASIK
Many would-be LASIK patients are put off by the idea of a razor blade cutting a flap in their cornea -- a necessary step for the traditional LASIK procedure.

Stem cells improve heart function of seriously ill heart failure patients
Injecting a person's own stem cells directly into heart muscle appears safe and useful in treating end-stage heart failure, according to a rapid track report today from Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

St. Jude researchers use DNA chips to determine how leukemia cells respond to different drugs
Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have discovered numerous genes that alter their level of activity in characteristic patterns in response to specific chemotherapy treatments.

Study suggests ovarian cancer cells can alter surroundings to promote chemotherapy resistance
Compelling new scientific evidence suggests cancer cells can trigger changes in their immediate surroundings that promote self-preservation.

New digital tool unveiled to help business avoid SARS risks
At the flip of a switch, businesses can use new digital meeting tools and a new cyber-room to avoid the risks of SARs and other global conflicts.

Judging performance impact of IT: Don't overlook actual usage, says O.R. study
A study of Information Technology at a hospital chain suggests that IT's impact on organizational performance is more clearly illustrated by actual IT usage than by traditional measures alone like the amount invested in technology, according to a study that appears in a journal of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®).

Cholesterol-lowering drugs shown to decrease predictor of Alzheimer's disease
Cholesterol-lowering medications known as statins also play an important role in reducing levels of a strong predictor of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study from UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas researchers.

New wirless meeting space
Carnegie Mellon engineering researchers have developed a new wireless meeting space designed to save time and money for business and industry.

U of MN study finds bile acid reduces apoptosis
University of Minnesota researchers have found that a non-toxic bile acid produced in the body prevents apoptosis, or programmed cell death, in rats after a type of stroke, an intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH).

New brain imaging pinpoints areas of brain most crucial for normal functioning
A team of researchers led by cognitive scientist Elizabeth Bates, a professor at the University of California, San Diego, has developed a novel new brain imaging technique that produces maps that
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