Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 26, 2003
A tale of mice and men and how brains develop
The paths of two genes associated with brain development may not only cross, they may run the same course, said researchers at Baylor College of Medicine in a report in this month's issue of the journal Nature Genetics.

Biological trick reveals key step in melatonin's regulation
Johns Hopkins researchers have uncovered a key step in the body's regulation of melatonin, a major sleep-related chemical in the brain.

Respiratory health endowment to coordinate public education about asthma
The CHEST Foundation announced today that Richard J. Martin, MD, FCCP, of National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, is the first recipient of the newly endowed Distinguished Scholar in Respiratory Health Award.

Young cancer researchers honored
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) has announced the recipients of the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research, a $125,000 award to be shared by three young investigators who already have made major accomplishments in cancer research.

Medical professionals embrace patient-focused care revolution
Hundreds of physicians and health-care providers today formally adopted the concept of practicing patient-focused care by taking the inaugural Patient-Focused Care Pledge instituted by the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP), signifying the first time a specialty medical society has announced an initiative of this kind.

Bad Mileage: 98 tons of plants per gallon
A staggering 98 tons of prehistoric, buried plant material - that's 196,000 pounds - is required to produce each gallon of gasoline we burn in our cars, SUVs, trucks and other vehicles, according to a study conducted at the University of Utah.

Newer rheumatoid arthritis drugs: Harmful on the liver?
Investigators at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Center (MUHC) show that the disease modifying anti-rheumatic arthritis drug (DMARD), leflunomide, does not have a higher risk of liver side effects than the traditional drug, methotrexate.

Former NHLBI director Lenfant receives Lifetime Achievement Award
The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) today named Claude Lenfant, MD, FCCP(Hon), former Director of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), the first-ever recipient of the ACCP Lifetime Achievement Award.

University of Pittsburgh scientist honored for major accomplishment in cancer research
Yuan Chang, M.D., professor of pathology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, has been awarded the Paul Marks Prize for Cancer Research by Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for her work investigating Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus (KSHV), the most recently discovered virus linked to human cancer.

More evidence shows that children's brains with dyslexia respond abnormally to language stimuli
Researchers have additional evidence that reading problems are linked to abnormal sound processing, thanks to high-precision pictures of the brain at work.
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