Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 09, 1996
High-Risk GI Surgery Patients Do Better At Major Medical Centers
Patients undergoing high-risk, complex gastrointestinal surgeries are far less likely to die if they are in hospitals that do a lot of them, according to a Johns Hopkins study.

New Blood Pressure Guidelines For Children Released
With the release of a new report, doctors can more accurately assess blood pressure levels in all children, regardless of differences in growth rates.

UMass Astronomers Report Comets May Have Interstellar Chemicals To Earth
The brightest comet of 1996 -- Comet Hyakutake -- may have shed some light on a question that astronomers have asked for centuries,

Iron Weighs Heavily In Ocean Plankton Growth, CO2 Absorption
Tiny ocean plants called phytoplankton are crucial to the world's climate control, and iron is crucial to their ability to absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

End Of World Population Growth Projected For 21st Century
The world's population, which has quadrupled over the past 80 years, may never double again, according to new population forecasts by the Population Project at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Brain Damage May Be Reduced In Heart Surgery
Brain damage that occurs during certain heart surgeries may be reduced by stopping a natural chemical from overstimulating brain nerve cells to the point of self-destruction, a Johns Hopkins animal study suggests
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