Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 09, 2005
$25 million NIH grant funds new technologies for rapid mass screening of radiation exposure
With the recent events in the Gulf Region having raised the dialogue about diaster prepardness, this NIH-funded research (led by Columbia Univ.) is an example of disaster preparedness from a national level -- while it's impossible to predict the likelihood of a radiological disaster in the U.S., with these new technologies we'll be able to quickly triage and respond if such an event does occur.

Radiation, chemotherapy with liver transplant improves cancer survival
A new treatment for patients with a type of bile duct cancer promises a greater chance at survival by combining radiation, chemotherapy and liver transplantation, Mayo Clinic physicians report in the September issue of the Annals of Surgery.

DOE's Office of Science sets up program to aid scientists displaced by Hurricane Katrina
The DOE's Office of Science has established a program to assist scientists displaced by the effects of Hurricane Katrina.

Extreme challenges await electrical engineers' efforts to restore power on Gulf Coast
Electrical engineers will face

Television viewing of Katrina will have psychological effects on children around the country
The devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina have been felt across the country during the past weeks.

Study links obesity, urban sprawl
A new study indicates that obesity and urban sprawl may be linked - living in the suburbs tends to lead to a

$2,000 Katrina grants for New Orleans physiology students, post-docs offered through APS
The American Physiological Society is making $2,000 grants available to New Orleans physiology graduate students and post-doctoral fellows affected by Hurricane Katrina, which disrupted physiology courses at Tulane, LSU, Xavier and Loyola Universities.

Drug resistant avian influenza viruses more common in Southeast Asia than North America
Resistance to the antiviral drug amantadine is spreading more rapidly among avian influenza viruses of H5N1 subtype in Southeast Asia than in North America, according to the study done by investigators at St.

Rapid-born planets present 'baby picture' of our early solar system
Using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, a team of astronomers led by the University of Rochester has detected gaps ringing the dusty disks around two very young stars, which suggests that gas-giant planets have formed there.

NIEHS launches website with information for assessing environmental hazards from Hurricane Katrina
A new website with a Global Information System will provide valuable information for assessing environmental hazards caused by Hurricane Katrina.

Rapid one-pot syntheses developed for quantum dots
Efficient and highly scalable new chemical synthesis methods developed at the University at Buffalo's Institute for Lasers, Photonics and Biophotonics have the potential to revolutionize the production of quantum dots for bioimaging and photovoltaic applications.

'Ephedra-free' dietary supplements pose potential health risks
Two common weight loss supplements promoted as ephedra-free and safe for dieters caused increased heart rate among healthy people, and could have harmful health effects in some people, according to a study by UCSF scientists.

Blood test for colon cancer risk to be goal of Hopkins project
An interdisciplinary team of scientists from Johns Hopkins and elsewhere has been selected to receive a $2.25 million, five-year grant from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation to develop a practical test to predict a person's risk of colon cancer by looking for a particular biological marker in the blood.

Argonne theorist gains new insight into the nature of nanodiamond
The newest promising material for advanced technology applications is diamond nanotubes, and research at the U.S.

Old people aren't rude, just uninhibited: new research
If you suffered from piles, would you want your friends asking about your condition in public?

Medical research poll cannot be ignored
Australians consider medical research to be a more important priority for funding and resources than tax cuts and border protection, a new poll has found.

The (cell) matrix reloaded
A world-class research facility investigating diseases such as osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease and cancer has been awarded a further £3 million to continue its groundbreaking work.

Afghan refugee children and young adults prone to injury
A study by researchers from the Johns Hopkins University found that Afghan refugees under the age of 29 years experience more injuries than their older counterparts and children in developed countries.

New study shows high-carb, vegan diet causes major weight loss
A low-fat, plant-based diet is more effective at helping women lose weight and improve insulin sensitivity than an omnivorous diet, shows a new study appearing in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine.

Help for foreign scientists and students affected by Hurricane Katrina
The National Academies have assembled a Web page to assist foreign scientists and students displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Obesity strongly linked to pulmonary embolism and deep venous thrombosis
In an extensive study published in the September issue of The American Journal of Medicine, researchers analyzed over 20 years of patient records compiled by the National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS) to investigate the potential risk of obesity in venous thromboembolism.

Dusty old star offers window to our future, astronomers report
Astronomers have glimpsed dusty debris around an essentially dead star where gravity and radiation should have long ago removed any sign of dust - a discovery that may provide insights into our own solar system's eventual demise several billion years from now. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to