Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 14, 1997
Value Of The World's Ecosystem Services
If we had to pay for the services that nature provides, how much would it cost?

Chart Predicts Whether Surgery Will Cure Prostate Cancer
Researchers at Johns Hopkins and other institutions have refined a chart that helps physicians determine how advanced a prostate cancer may be and guides treatment decisions

AIDS Virus Risk In Women May Be Enhanced
Women may be more vulnerable than previously assumed to contracting the AIDS virus from their male sexual partners, according to findings by Dartmouth Medical School and VA Medical Center researchers.

Asthma-Related Medical Costs Reduced By More Than $13,000 Following Participation In National Jewish Pediatric Day Program, Study Shows
Children with severe asthma who receive medical care at the National Jewish Medical and Research Center Pediatric Day Program have asthma-related medical costs--such as hospital stays, emergency room and doctor visits--reduced from an average of $21,370 a year to an average of $7,740 a year, researchers found.

Great Results Reported For Less Painful Kidney Removal
(Chicago, IL)-- A new, laparoscopic technique allows people to donate a kidney with much less pain, a shorter hospital stay, and a much faster recovery.

Beset By Human Competition, Penguins Must Take Marathon Food Trips To Avoid Starvation, A Researcher Finds
In the world of advertising penguins drive BMWs and push vodka.

Jails Underserve Mentally Ill Female Detainees
About 11 percent of women in jails have severe psychiatric disorders, but less than a quarter of them receive mental health services while incarcerated, a Northwestern University Medical School study has found

Hopkins Study Recommends New Prostate Cancer Test Guidelines
A team of researchers led by Johns Hopkins finds most men between 50 and 70 don't need an annual prostate specific antigen (PSA) test for prostate cancer because their risk of having a noncurable cancer that can be detected is so small

Studies Link Glaucoma Gene Product To Non-Hereditary Glaucoma
Insite Vision Incorporated (Nasdaq:INSV) today announced that the company's collaborators at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) have demonstrated that the TIGR gene, a defect of which was recently identified as a cause of glaucoma, also has a central role in non-hereditary forms of the disease

Many Men In "Safe" PSA Range Have Cancer
A new study shows that prostate cancer is surprisingly common in men with PSA levels between 2.6 and 4 nanograms per milliliter-- long considered
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