Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 07, 2005
Oral ZYVOX® shows cost savings for outpatient treatment of skin, other infections vs. vancomycin
Oral ZYVOX® (linezolid) was associated with significant savings to the health care system - an average of $4,630 per patient - compared to vancomycin when used in an outpatient setting for people with certain infections, according to data to be presented today at the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) annual meeting.

NIST method improves reliability of GPS clocks
A statistical method, developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and tested and implemented with the help of several collaborators, has made the job of analyzing the accuracy and reliability of Global Positioning System time signals significantly faster and easier.

Preventing chronic diseases - need for concerted action
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) is calling for concerted action following the recent release of an important report of the World Heart Organisation (WHO).

Switching on power line Internet connectivity
One in five Europeans today enjoy broadband Internet access via competing technologies.

National Institutes of Health renews Genomatix License
Genomatix Software GmbH (Munich) announced today that it renewed its license agreement with the NCI under which NIH intramural researchers nation wide do have full access to the Genomatix suite of software tools and databases.

I think, therefore I fall
The patient came into the doctor's office in a wheelchair, weighted down by a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease, taking medication for the disorder and insisting she was unable to stand or walk.

Groups join forces for DHS rescue robot standards
At the recommendation of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S.

NSF awards 19 new projects to better undestand genetic processes in plants of economic importance
The National Science Foundation (NSF) made 19 new awards totaling $58.7 million in the eighth year of its Plant Genome Research Program (PGRP).

NMSU/Wake Forest solar breakthrough will help spur viability of alternative energy
Researchers from New Mexico State University and Wake Forest University achieve 5.2 percent energy conversion with organic solar development.

Fat rat enables studies of debilitating vascular disease
A mutant rat that mimics a 400-pound human is helping scientists understand early vascular changes that make walking a pain for more than 2 million Americans.

Yale participates in global human genome initiative
Yale is a founding member of the Genome-Wide RNAi Global Initiative, an alliance of top international biomedical research centers formed to speed scientific and medical discoveries that target genes of the entire human genome.

Scientists learn to predict protein-stabilizing ability of small molecules
Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have developed a new way to predict the ability of certain small molecules to protect proteins in the cells of a wide variety of organisms living in extreme environments.

FDA approves room temperature storage of ZLB Behring's Helixate FS®
ZLB Behring announced today that Helixate FS has received approval to be stored at room temperature (up to 25 degrees C, 77 degrees F) for three months.

Osteoporosis Patient Societies win US$ 126,000 in grants
At the International Osteoporosis Foundation World Wide Conference of Osteoporosis Patient Societies conference, held in Bangkok, Thailand, from September 27-30, 2005 eleven national osteoporosis societies won IOF grants valued at US$ 126,000.

Limiting resident physician work-hours might save money
Harmful errors in teaching hospitals cost $13.2 billion each year nationwide: $3.6 billion from increased hospitalization costs and $9.6 billion from higher outpatient medical care costs and patients' lost income.

Report focuses on challenges to unlocking future promise of vaccines
Vaccines have helped eradicate and tame some of history's worst infectious diseases, but there are many more diseases out there that vaccines can help overcome.

UCI-led research team recommends new tobacco control policies for lawmakers
By increasing cigarette taxes, raising the smoking age and adopting new or enforcing current regulations that prevent or delay youth smoking, elected officials and other policy makers can improve lives and save billions of taxpayer dollars, according to a UC Irvine-led tobacco policy consortium.

Bugs expose underground carbon traffic system 10 times more important than fossil fuel burning
The flow of carbon through soil is ten times greater than the amount of carbon moved around by the burning of fossil fuel but until now how this happens was at best poorly understood.

Better measurements reveal seasonal changes in sulfur
Researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) have developed a new and improved technique for the simultaneous measurement of sulfur isotopic ratios and concentrations of atmospheric sulfate using snow samples from Greenland and Kyrgyzstan.

Diagnosis of rhinitis and atopical dermatitis
The symptoms of rhinitis and atopical dermatitis amongst children between the ages of 6 and 7 in the Pamplona area have increased significantly and the diagnosis of both ailments has doubled in the period between 1994 and 2001.

IODP Tahiti sea level expedition gets underway
Scientists from nine nations have set sail for the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) Tahiti Sea Level Expedition, a research expedition initiated to investigate global sea level rise since the last glacial maximum, approximately 23,000 years ago.

Researchers reveal basis for debilitating hereditary disease
A research team led by scientists at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston has determined the structure of an enzyme that can cause inherited coproporphyria, which afflicts sufferers with severe abdominal pain, psychiatric symptoms, skin fragility, and light sensitivity.

Simulations predict savings from more airtight buildings
U.S. commercial building owners could save substantially on annual heating and cooling energy costs by improving airtightness of their buildings' envelope, according to a recent National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) study.

Having inaccurate self-insights has serious consequences
People consistently have inaccurate self-insights about their skills and talents, and these misperceptions can have serious consequences for health, education and work.

Pushing the limits of hard disk storage
Just how much data can we cram onto a hard disk ?

Gold nanoparticles show potential for noninvasive cancer treatment
Researchers from the University of California, San Francisco and Georgia Institute of Technology have found a new way to kill cancer cells.

Bernstein to discuss and sign new book at Barnes & Noble
Lawrence Bernstein, an Industry Research Professor in the Computer Science Department at Stevens Institute of Technology, will hold a discussion and signing of his new book, co-authored by C.M.

Antibody to a naturally-occurring sugar chain in colon inhibits inflammatory bowel disease
A collaboration led by the Burnham Institute for Medical Research has found that an antibody which binds to an unusual sugar molecule residing in the gut halts the inflammation seen in Crohn's disease and other intestinal inflammations.

Wiley congratulates 2005 Nobel Prize winners in chemistry
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