Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 04, 2003
Government regulations contribute to medical debt of uninsured and underinsured
A new Commonwealth Fund report, Unintended Consequences: How Federal Regulations and Hospital Policies Can Leave Patients in Debt, reveals some patients face unmanageable medical bills because unclear federal fraud laws and Medicare regulations may encourage providers to bill the uninsured more than those with insurance for the same service.

Dr. Robert Langer, distinguished leader in the field of biomedical engineering, to lecture at NIH
Dr. Robert Langer, internationally known for his work in the fields of biotechnology and materials science, will present the 2003 National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research Seymour J.

It's not always child abuse
When paediatricians are confronted with symptoms such as haemorrhages in the brain and eyes, the logical assumption is child abuse.

INFN halts the activities of the Gran Sasso Laboratories
The Italian research institute for nuclear and subnuclear Physics has decided as a precaution to halt all activities requiring manipulations of any kind of liquid over the whole Laboratories, and has requested urgent technical intervention to the government authorities.

Goodbye internet gridlock
A team from the California Institute of Technology are promising an internet connection so fast that it will let you download a whole movie in just 5 seconds.

Popularizing precision agriculture
Rapidly developing technology is providing scientists with the tools to deal with the complexities of precision agriculture.

Health system unprepared for water terrorism
National public health experts reported today that front-line health care responders are not adequately prepared to identify and control major outbreaks of waterborne disease, including outbreaks resulting from acts of terrorism.

Is run-off wrecking the Great Barrier Reef
By applying an epidemiological technique used to link smoking to lung cancer in the 1960s, Australian reef scientists have compiled what could be the most compelling evidence yet that agricultural pollution from farming is harming the Great Barrier Reef.

Origin of certain breast cancers may be due to inherited vulnerability to hormones of puberty
Certain breast cancers may be linked to an unusual sensitivity to the hormones that flood the body at puberty-a sensitivity that appears inherited.

Ancient pollen yields insight into forest biodiversity
By analyzing data on tree pollen extracted from ancient lake sediments, ecologists have sharpened the understanding of how forests can maintain a diversity of species.

UC Riverside's David Reznick receives 2003 E. O. Wilson Naturalist Award
David Reznick, professor of biology at UC Riverside, is the recipient this year of the prestigious E.

Researchers successfully inhibit spread of cancer in mice
Many types of cancer--like those of the breast and prostate--would not be nearly as deadly if it weren't for their ability to spread to vital organs.

Live with a gun, die by a gun?
If you keep a gun in the home, you dramatically increase the odds that you will die of a gunshot wound, according to research published in the June issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine.

'Kiss-and-run' rules the inner lives of neurons
Neurons transmit chemical signals in a fleeting

Northwestern Memorial Hospital participates in international brain aneurysm study
The Department of Neurological Surgery at Northwestern Memorial Hospital is participating in one of one of the world's largest aneurysm research studies to identify the genes that cause the development and rupture of brain aneurysms.

UCLA study finds clues to diabetes puzzle
A diabetes epidemic that appears to have claimed the life of composer Johann Sebastian Bach may explain baffling disparities in the disease's rates among 21st-century ethnic groups, a UCLA geographer and evolutionary biologist says in the current issue of Nature.

Ocean policies haven't kept up with science
Scientific knowledge about the oceans has increased tremendously in the last quarter century but U.S. policy for managing its territorial waters has lagged far behind the science, leading to resource depletion, pollution, habitat destruction and political polarization.

Graduate student Kristine Preston wins competition for A. Brazier Howell Award
Graduate Student Kristine Preston of the department of biology at UC Riverside has won the A.

Salk news: Spinal cord injury
Manufacturing motor nerve cells may someday be possible to help restore function in victims of spinal cord injury or such diseases of motion as Parkinson's and Lou Gehrig's disease or post-polio syndrome, a Salk Institute research study has found.

Fish is not always 'brain food'
Warnings about methylmercury contaminated fish are not just for young children and expectant mothers, according to new research published today in Environmental Health: A Global Access Science Source.

MGH physician, former colleague to receive Inventor of the Year award
The 2003 Inventor of the Year award will be presented June 4 to Warren M.

European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology annual meeting
Fertility experts from Europe, the Americas, Asia, Australasia and Africa will present new research findings at the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology annual meeting.
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