Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 22, 2004
Estrogen or stimulating environment boost memory
Estrogen treatment had less beneficial effect on memory in female mice that raced on running wheels and played with other toys than in mice raised in non-stimulating environments.

Researchers discover gene mutations for Parkinson's disease
An international research team, led by scientists at the National Institute on Aging (NIA), has discovered a gene, which when mutated, causes Parkinson's disease in some families.

Genetics play role in response to most common asthma drug
Genes affect how patients with mild asthma respond to albuterol, according to results of the first study of an asthma drug in patients selected according to their genotype.

Three years of Proba, the 'smart' satellite that runs itself
Today sees ESA's first ever microsatellite complete three years of successful operations.

Yale professor named 2004 Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer
W. Mark Saltzman, Goizueta Foundation Professor of Chemical and Biomedical Engineering and chair of the Department of Biomedical Engineering,at Yale was named the Biomedical Engineering Society Distinguished Lecturer for 2004, the Society's highest award.

Accelerated heartbeart mystery: Is odd electrical wave the key?
On rare occasions, the anti-tachycardia pulses from implanted defibrillators produce the wrong effect: they trigger an even faster and more dangerous heartbeat.

Scientists raise concerns about second wave of 'mad cow' prion infection
Leaders in science, public policy and public health will discuss the

NIH funds new bioinformatics resources at UT Southwestern
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded two collaborative contracts, totaling $46 million, to Northrop Grumman Corporation's information technology sector.

Newly discovered protein suggests novel tumorigenic pathway
Scientists in Tokyo have discovered a new protein, named PICT-1, that is involved in regulating PTEN, the second most commonly mutated tumor suppressor in human tumors.

New method studies living bacterial cells
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have found a new way to study individual living bacteria cells and analyze their chemistry.

Super-sizing Asian Americans
Low-income Asian and Pacific Islander children in California are becoming overweight at an alarming rate -- and will soon catch up to low-income white, black and Latino children in the proportion who are overweight or obese, according to research reported today at the 5th Asian American Cancer Control Academy.

Breast cancer in Asian Americans is rising faster than in any other ethnic group
The incidence of cancer among Asian Americans in California has dropped 5.9 percent and deaths from the disease have dropped 16.3 percent since 1988.

Lab study defines and blocks mechanism that lets brain tumors sidetrack immune response
Because the enzyme cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) has been linked to many types of cancers, manipulation of the enzyme is considered an attractive anti-cancer strategy.

EPO continues to foster European innovation
The European Patent Office's epolineĀ® Annual Conference will take place in Salzburg, Austria, on 23-24 November 2004.

New Yorkers' mental health visits rose little after 9/11
New Yorkers' use of mental health services rose only slightly during the year after the September 11, 2001, World Trade Center attacks compared with the year before the attacks, a recent study suggests.

Study demonstrates CenestinĀ® reduces sleep disturbances/night sweats in post-menopausal women
New data from a pilot study conducted by Martin B.

Hmong face high rates of some cancers
Many of the 15,000 Hmong immigrants arriving in the United States this year will confront an illness that has no name in the Hmong language -- cancer.

Gene for common form of Parkinson's pinpointed
Researchers have identified a new gene that causes a common form of inherited Parkinson's disease (PD) and whose understanding they believe

Latest Asian-American tobacco use data reported
California's Asian Americans smoke at a lower rate than the state's population as a whole, but the better an Asian California woman's English, the more likely she is to smoke.

Wendell Berry to give 'Renewing Husbandry' lecture during scientific meetings in Seattle
Hailed as America's most eloquent and prolific defender of traditional rural life and small-scale farming, author Wendell Berry will be one of the featured speakers during the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Agronomy-Crop Science Society of America-Soil Science Society of America.
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