Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 04, 2005
UCSD-Utah team develops mouse model to test therapies for macular degeneration
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine and the University of Utah have developed a mouse model of Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over age 55, and Stargardt Macular Degeneration (STGD), a form of the disease that affects children and young adults.

Mood elevating hormone may trigger depression and heart problems
Impaired function of a receptor that regulates release of a mood elevating hormone in the brain may be responsible for causing depression, anxiety and cardiovascular disorders.

Jefferson Lab medical imager spots breast cancer
A study published in the February issue of the journal Radiology shows that a positron emission mammography (PEM) device designed and built by the Department of Energy's Jefferson Lab scientists is capable of imaging breast cancer tumors.

New trials for counseling caregivers and patients with Alzheimer's begin
Three studies are underway at the NYU School of Medicine to find out whether short-term counseling can ease the psychological stress and depression of people with Alzheimer's disease and their family members.

Florida Tech earns $260,000 environmental grant to protect coral reefs
Florida Tech's Dr. Robert van Woesik, associate professor of biological sciences, has secured $260,000 in Global Environmental Fund/World Bank funds for coral reef research.

Conservation International and AF&PA join forces to form 'Alliance to Combat Illegal Logging'
The American Forest & Paper Association and Conservation International today announced the creation of the Alliance to Combat Illegal Logging.

Media Advisory 2 - 2005 Joint Assembly in New Orleans
AGU has negotiated special rates with four New Orleans hotels.

Report highlights diseases from the environment
While many infectious diseases are caused by human-to-human transmission, others are caused by microorganisms that exist in the outside environment.

Scientists work to detect mysterious neutrinos
Livermore scientists are working to solve a 50-year-old question: Can neutrinos - a particle that is relatively massless, has no electric charge yet is fundamental to the make-up of the universe - transform from one type to another?

Story tips from the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, March 2005
Story ideas from the US Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory include: TRANSPORTATION -- Securing Russian railcars; MATERIALS -- Cooling it with magnetism; AUTOMOBILES -- Silicon carbide power; and COMPUTING -- Maximizing computational power.

New drugs for bad bugs
A new approach to predict whether a drug in development is likely to work and which dose is best could get antibiotics to market faster and more cheaply.

Unique global light source Website launched
The international light source community has launched the first website dedicated to providing the media, general public and scientific community with the latest news and information on the world's accelerator-driven light sources (synchrotrons and free-electron lasers) and the science they produce.

$150 M funding opportunities DoD breast cancer research
This year's Department of Defense Breast Cancer funding focuses on Center of Excellence, Clinical Translational Research, Era of Hope Scholars, Ideas, HBCU-MI Partnership Training, Predoctoral and Postdoctoral awards.

Stealth worms may improve insect pest control
Nematodes comprise a worm family so large it literally covers the earth.

Galaxies in motion
Radio astronomers measure for first time the galactic dance of a neighboring galaxy.

Columbia researchers receive $3 million to combat genetic killer of infants & toddlers
Researchers at Columbia University have received more than $3 million in funding from the Spinal Muscular Atrophy Foundation to conduct research on spinal muscular atrophy (SMA), a neuromuscular disease that is the leading genetic killer of infants and toddlers.

Hydrogen and methane sustain unusual life at sea floor's 'Lost City'
The hydrothermal vents at the ocean bottom were miles from any location scientists could have imagined.

Study finds Seroquel effective and well tolerated
AstraZeneca announced results from a study involving elderly patients with Alzheimer's disease (AD) treated with the atypical antipsychotic SEROQUEL (quetiapine) today at the annual meeting of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry in San Diego, USA.

Florida Tech to host Disaster Recovery Construction Symposium
A one-day symposium for practicing engineers and contractors to learn about
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