Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 14, 2005
Life insurance: Research reveals concerns over use of health information
New ESRC-funded research has discovered that eight per cent of people are asked to pay a higher premium because of health 'ratings' - twice as many as previously thought.

UK entomology research article published in new issue of Science
The Oct. 14 issue of Science, the widely-respected journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) , features an article by University of Kentucky entomologist Stephen Dobson together with researchers Zhiyong Xi and Cynthia Khoo.

Commerce's NIST coordinates study of structural damage from Gulf hurricanes
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has deployed the first of three teams of technical experts under a multiorganizational partnership to perform assessments of physical structures damaged by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita along the Gulf Coast.

Senator Arlen Specter to be honored at AACR gala
US Senator Arlen Specter (R- Pa) will be honored with the AACR Public Service Award for his tireless efforts to strengthen the nation's biomedical research capability.

Penn virologist edits comprehensive book on Epstein-Barr virus
Erle S. Robertson, PhD, an Associate Professor of Microbiology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, has edited a compendium, the largest to date, on the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV).

High blood pressure a greater risk for stroke and heart disease in Asia says new study
A new study on risk factors in cardiovascular disease in Asia has found that blood pressure is more strongly related to coronary heart disease and stroke in Asia, as compared with Western countries such as Australia and New Zealand.

Blood conservation strategies take center stage at Emory University Hospital forum
With blood in high demand and limited supply, blood management is of growing concern to doctors and hospitals across the nation.

Flu virus reported to resist drug envisioned for pandemic
An avian influenza virus isolated from an infected Vietnamese girl has been determined to be resistant to the drug oseltamivir, the compound better known by its trade name Tamiflu, and the drug officials hope will serve as the front line of defense for a feared influenza pandemic.

Small molecule inhibitor of cholera discovered
Just as hurricanes in the Gulf states and Guatemala have raised the risks of cholera outbreaks, researchers at Harvard Medical School have identified a new type of antibiotic against the cholera bacteria.

How to braid nanoropes
Max Planck scientists identify essential control parameters for the assembly of filament bundles.

Canada wood: Government of Canada provides continued support
A program that promotes Canadian wood exports will receive continued support for its activities from the Government of Canada.

University of Chicago to host conference on evolutionary developmental biology
In the midst of today's ardent popular debate surrounding evolution and intelligent design, the University of Chicago will sponsor a conference on evolutionary developmental biology, assembling world-renown scientists of diverse intellectual interests, including basic and medical scientists, as well as scholars who examine the history of science and the philosophy of its practice.

New HIV guidelines support use of FUZEON® + active boosted PI for treatment-experienced patients
The importance of the drug FUZEON® (enfuvirtide) in the management of HIV has been officially recognised by the US Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).

Study focuses on age of first alcoholic drink
Having a first alcoholic drink at the early age of 12, 13 or 14 might be influenced more by a child's tendency to do things like lie, steal or skip school than by a family history of alcohol dependency, according to findings by University of Iowa and other investigators.

ECG transmission by cell phone speeds heart attack treatment
A Michigan hospital has cut in half the time it takes to begin life-saving treatment of heart attack patients by using cell phones to transmit electrocardiograms (ECGs) from the field, according to a study in the just-published November 2005 issue of Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions: Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions.

Pillows - a hot bed of fungal spores
Researchers at The University of Manchester funded by the Fungal Research Trust have discovered millions of fungal spores right under our noses - in our pillows.

MBL scientist John Hobbie to receive Lifetime Achievement Award
John E. Hobbie, a distinguished scientist at the MBL in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, has been named the recipient of the Odum Lifetime Achievement Award from the Estuarine Research Federation.

Scripps researchers rediscover elusive site of exploding volcanic rocks
Scientists aboard the Scripps research vessel Roger Revelle this week solved a 45-year-old geological mystery.

Menzies secures $1.8m in funding for the NT
Menzies School of Health Research has just secured an additional $1.8 million to tackle local health issues such as petrol sniffing, melioidosis and heart disease in Aboriginal Australians.

What mutations tell us about protein folding
Max Planck scientists find a novel way to construct transition states for protein folding reactions.

Computers can teach patients about screening for cancer
Even patients with minimal education and no computer skills can be successfully educated about health topics using computers, according to new research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

Preventing fetal exposure to popular acne drug
Isotretinoin (also known as Accutane) is a drug used to treat severe acne, but it can cause birth defects when taken by pregnant women.

Medicare elimination of essential drugs will affect elderly
On Jan. 1, 2006, several categories of medications will be explicitly excluded from Medicare's new prescription drug benefit, including benzodiazepines, which are listed as an

Super E®: Canadian housing system targets Chinese market
A Canadian wood-frame housing construction system will soon further its reach into China.

New rheumatoid arthritis drug developed at UCSD promises improved treatment options
Researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have announced successful completion of Phase II clinical trials of a novel drug for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), one that works without suppressing the patient's immune system.

Computer models aid understanding of antibody-dependent enhancement in spread of dengue fever
Some viruses' ability to exploit the human body's own defenses to increase their replication may be both a blessing and curse, according to the findings of a study.

$6.5M nanomedicine center includes Yale engineer
David A. LaVan, an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and member of Yale's Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, is among the recipients of a special $6.5 million center grant from the National Eye Institute of the National Institutes of Health, intended to rapidly launch revolutionary ideas in the use of nanomedicine and serve as the centerpiece of its Nanomedicine Roadmap Initiative.

Double-trouble: Cells with duplicate genomes can trigger tumors
The idea that a failure of proper cell division produces genomic instability and promotes the development of cancer was first proposed by German biologist Theodor Boveri in 1915.

Heredity plays big role in heart disease risk factors
Heredity plays a major role in determining the blood lipid profile and heart rate variability of blacks and whites, two major risk factors for coronary artery disease, researchers say. 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