Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 20, 2003
Cancer could be caught before it develops
An article published in the journal BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making describes the creation of the first comprehensive listing and classification of precancers, drawn from the medical literature.

ENBREL provided rapid and significant relief for psoriasis patients in second pivotal study
Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN), the world's largest biotechnology company, and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announce that patients in a second phase 3 clinical study assessing the efficacy and tolerability of ENBREL (etanercept) in the treatment of moderate to severe plaque psoriasis experienced significant and rapid improvement in their symptoms.

Researchers warn that India is on brink of Africa-like HIV/AIDS epidemic
The epidemic of HIV/AIDS in India could become as devastating as it is in sub-Saharan Africa unless action is taken now, warn researchers from the University of California, Berkeley.

Seven CD-ROM global GIS data set available from AGI
The American Geological Institute announces the availability of all seven CD-ROMs of the Global GIS Digital Atlas developed under a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between the U.S.

Organization for Human Brain Mapping annual meeting abstract highlights
The latest developments in the field of functional brain imaging - the method by which brain activity can be observed in awake, behaving organisms including human beings, will be presented at the annual meeting of the Organization for Human Brain Mapping (OHBM) at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

AGI welcomes new member society
The American Geological Institute (AGI) welcomes the Geothermal Resources Council (GRC) to the Federation, bringing to 41 the number of member societies.

ENBREL rapidly, significantly improved back pain, mobility, function in ankylosing spondylitis
Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announce that patients in a phase 3 clinical study assessing the efficacy and tolerability of ENBREL.

Volcanologist Richard S. Fiske receives award
The American Geological Institute (AGI) presented its prestigious Award for Outstanding Contribution to Public Understanding of the Geosciences to distinguished volcanologist Richard S.

AGI receives grant to develop environmental science textbook
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the American Geological Institute (AGI) a grant of $998,000 to develop an environmental science textbook for high-school students over the next three years.

Ovarian cancer cells killed by new drug
Doctors in Europe are hopeful that a new drug, which acts in a different way from other drugs, will be effective for ovarian cancer.

Water and the Environment
Water, not oil or minerals, is the most controlling resource on Earth.

ENBREL combo therapy inhibits joint damage progression, offers significant RA symptom relief
Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announced ENBREL (R) (etanercept) in combination with methotrexate or alone had a more significant impact on the progression of structural damage in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients versus methotrexate alone, according to one-year results of TEMPO, (Trial of Etanercept and Methotrexate with Radiographic Patient Outcomes).

'Initiative fatigue' puts teachers off new methods
Primary school teachers rely on traditional methods to teach English and mathematics, and have ignored government guidelines on interactive classroom techniques, according to new research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.

Study of dynamic systems could lead to fewer falls, smoother rides
Harry Dankowicz's development of methods to predict changes in stability and design against instability in dynamic systems is based in the abstractions of differential equations, but aimed toward practical applications - such as improved ride comfort in automotive suspension systems or wearable devices that could reduce the number of fall-related injuries.

Once weekly ENBREL significantly reduced rheumatoid arthritis pain, inflammation & improved function
Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN) and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a division of Wyeth (NYSE: WYE), announce that patients receiving ENBREL(R) (etanercept) 50 mg once weekly for the treatment of active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) in a new study experienced significant improvements in function and pain comparable to those receiving the currently approved dose (25 mg twice weekly), and significantly better than those receiving placebo.

Daily hormone shot helps take off pounds, research shows
A calculated dose of growth hormone helps obese patients lose weight and have the energy to exercise, new research at Saint Louis University finds.

Immigration and Travel Issues for Foreign Scientists and Technology Workers
An increase in the number of visa denials or delays may have a significant impact on the ability of U.S. companies to recruit the best and brightest scientists and engineers.

NIH awards $1 million to Virginia Bioinformatics Institute to study biochemical network modeling
The researchers will develop mathematical tools to model biochemical networks from experimental data.

AGI publishes 41st edition of Directory of Geoscience Departments
The latest annual edition of the Directory of Geoscience Departments (DGD) -- providing fundamental information about college and university geoscience departments in the United States and in 18 countries -- has been published by the American Geological Institute (AGI).

Extra checks for breast cancer in pregnancy needed
Obstetricians should perform a thorough breast examination of pregnant women to detect breast cancer.

Bioinformatics/GIS program aim is to protect chimpanzees
Taranjit Kaur, university veterinarian at Virginia Tech, is creating a program to bridge the gaps between discovery, learning, and the diffusion of information to improve conservation management strategies for chimpanzee populations.
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