Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 23, 2004
Study reveals cause of loss of consciousness during seizures
Persons who lose consciousness during seizures have abnormal signals scattered across brain images like a fireworks display.

Canadian doctors don't know costs of prescribed treatments
For the most part, family physicians in British Columbia aren't even close when they guess the costs of the treatments and tests they prescribe for their patients, according to a new study published in the journal Canadian Family Physician.

When microns matter: Web site smooths the way
A new National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Web site enables manufacturers to check the accuracy of measurement software used to verify the smoothness of product surfaces.

Researchers discover cold virus can 'hit and hide'
An international team of researchers has discovered that respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), a common cold virus causing bronchiolitis in children, can act as a 'hit and hide' virus.

Harvard Stem Cell Institute hosts inaugural symposia
Seven Harvard schools, seven Harvard-affiliated teaching hospitals, and close to 100 researchers and scientists are banding together in an ambitious new institute with a simple goal: to explore the promising area of stem cell research.

Portable 'rainbow' source improves color calibrations
If you need bright blue light at a very specific wavelength, the National Institute of Standards and Technology can make it---and fast.

College intro science courses need overhaul, scientists say
Introductory college science courses - traditionally composed of impersonal

Inflammation, hypertension are focus of major new MCG research program
Understanding the relationship between small proteins that regulate inflammation and the big problem of hypertension is the focus of a major new research program at the Medical College of Georgia.

Improving eye patient care with telemedicine standards
Computer scientists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have teamed up with a group of medical professionals to advance the use of telemedicine.

Professor proves bargaining procedure saves time and money
With courtrooms across North America clogged with lawsuits, a University of Alberta professor of economics believes that introducing a new bargaining procedure into the judicial system would reduce the number of lawsuits and save taxpayers money.

VA's newest manufacturer has microscopic product line
Nanotechnology pioneer Luna Innovations of Blacksburg, Va., has announced that it plans to establish a nanomanufacturing facility in Danville, Va.

Cutting-edge sensors and software tests will help protect Pentagon from airborne hazards
A new system that scans for potential airborne toxins near the Pentagon and predicts their motion and impact on the building is being tested through May 15.

New drug is safer and more effective in preventing heart tranplant rejection
Findings presented Thursday (April 22, 2004) at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation show that the immunosuppressant everolimus is not only more effective but also safer than standard therapy in preventing heart transplant rejection.

Data announced at ISHLT: Molecular testing proves effective in monitoring heart transplant rejection
Breakthrough research presented today at the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation (ISHLT) 24th Annual Meeting in San Francisco could revolutionize the management of heart transplant patients.

Plant biologists Delmer, Quail, Bennetzen elected to National Academy of Sciences
Dr. Deborah Delmer of The Rockefeller Foundation; Dr. Peter Quail of the University of California, Berkeley; and Dr.

Researchers show cystic fibrosis defect in mice corrected with turmeric extract
Researchers at Yale University and the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto report that curcumin, a compound in the spice turmeric, corrects the Delta-F508 defect of cystic fibrosis (CF) in mice.

Gravity Probe B status report
Gravity Probe B -- a NASA mission to test two predictions of Albert Einstein's Theory of General Relativity -- is orbiting 400 miles above Earth, and all spacecraft systems are performing as planned.

Scientists post a lower speed limit for magnetic switching
Researchers at SSRL found magnetic switching speed slower than expected.

Tacrolimus + mycophenolate mofetil & steroids: Safe, effective in preventing acute cardiac rejection
Late breaking data: Initial results of clinical study show tacrolimus + mycophenolate mofetil and steroids are the safest and most effective regimen in preventing acute cardiac rejection.

CellCeptĀ® associated with reduced incidence of cancer, compared to AZA, following heart transplant
A study presented today at an international transplant meeting showed that heart transplant patients treated with the immunosuppressant CellCept(R) (mycophenolate mofetil) in standard immunosuppressive regimens had a significantly lower risk of developing cancer compared to those receiving non-CellCept-based treatment regimens.

The NYU Child Study Center presents the inaugural State of the Science lecture
On Monday, April 26, 2004, the NYU Child Study Center (CSC) will host the Inaugural CSC State of the Science Lecture.

Valve disease impacts survival while awaiting heart transplant
In a study presented Thursday (April 22, 2004), Temple University researchers reported that survival to transplant rates decreased significantly when patients had abnormal or diseased aortic valves before receiving a left ventricular assist device or LVAD.

Insights from intravascular ultrasound explore treatment benefits
Late breaking trial data examining intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) and treatment benefits in cardiac allograft vasculopathy (thickening of arterial walls) were presented yesterday at the 24th Annual Meeting of the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation.

Mothers' cells can cause immunity illness in children
Certain cells from a mother persist in their children's bodies and can provoke an immune response in which the child's body attacks itself, according to Mayo Clinic research published in the current issue of the Journal of Immunology (
International hepatitis C study examines new approaches to treatment
A new study seeks to answer one of the most challenging and important questions in hepatitis C therapy today: What is the best option for patients in whom one of the most widely prescribed treatments has failed?

Disease threatens cucumbers, pumpkins, and other vine crops
Plant pathologists with the American Phytopathological Society (APS) are reporting a significant increase in the occurrence of Phytophthora blight of vine crops, including cucumbers, pumpkins, and squash, in many vegetable-growing regions of the United States.

Seabed secrets in English clay
An international team of geologists has discovered that Oxford Clay fossil samples show co-existance of oxygen and non-oxygen breathing species, suggesting dynamic periods of climate change may be condensed into the fossil record.

Imaging test could be used to diagnose schizophrenia
An abnormal pattern in an area of the brain that governs hearing may be an accurate method of diagnosing schizophrenia.
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