Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 27, 1998
Informed Consent: Edging Forward And Backwards
Smith says that informed consent within practice, research and publication is coming increasingly to the fore, as the balance of power in the doctor patient partnership tips towards patients.

'Mean Gene' Found In Africanized Honey Bees
The gene for aggressive stinging behavior in Africanized honey bees - or

Scientists Studying Boat Mishaps Find Less Alcohol Than Expected
By asking for and testing breath samples this spring and summer, University of North Carolina researchers will determine how much alcohol boaters consume on state inland waters.

Psychiatric Genetics From Nazi Germany: What To Do With The Data?
In a guest editorial in Molecular Psychiatry Dr. Miron Baron, Columbia University, discusses the history and the tragic consequences of Nazi-funded psychiatric genetic research.

How Technology Can Help With Remote Diagnosis
Johnson et al describe the method by which they transmitted medical images to a non-resident senior doctor in order to obtain advice in an emergency situation.

American Museum Of Natural History Holds Symposium On Biodiversity And Human Health Issues
The American Museum of Natural History's Center for Biodiversity and Conservation will co-sponsor a symposium,

Leptin Production And Action: Relevance To Energy Balance In Humans
This editorial emphasizes that elevation in plasma leptin in obese people is consistent with resistance to this hormone¹s effect on regulating eating behavior, as well as new evidence that leptin concentrations may be linked to changes in blood glucose level.

Warming Could Flood New York Metro Area In Next Century, Columbia Scientist Reports
Subways, airports and low-lying coastal areas in the New York metropolitan area could experience flooding if global warming produces more violent storms and higher sea levels, as expected, according to a new analysis of global warming scenarios by a Columbia climate scientist.

Reversal Of Low Bone Density With Gluten-Free Diet In Children And Adolescents With Celiac Disease
Celiac disease may effect as many as 1 in 300 individual of Caucasian decent.

Clemson Engineer Recognized As Best New Faculty In Nation
One of the nation's leading engineering organizations (ASEE) has recognized a Clemson engineer as one of the best new faculty members in the country.

Nutritional Status In Newly Diagnosed Celiac Disease Patients Before And After The Institution Of A Celiac Disease Diet
Celiac disease, a common disorder of Caucasians, is caused by allergic damage to the intestine from toxic substance in certain grains.

Lessons From Chernobyl Hampered By Fears Of Litigation
Baverstock suggests that those who benefit from the production of nuclear electricity should finance an independent international foundation to co-ordinate research and provide humanitarian aid to victims such as those affected by the Chernobyl accident.

Thrombolytic Treatment For Acute Ischaemic Stroke: Consent Can Be Ethical
Lindley asks if it is ethical to condemn millions of

Leptin And Body Composition Of Nigerians, Jamaicans, And US Blacks
Leptin is a hormone secreted by fat cells that regulates appetite and food intake.

Videos, Photographs And Patient Consent
The internet and electronic publishing are powerful tools for the dissemination of medical information, say Hood et al, but with the advent of digital imaging even more complicated questions about informed consent are raised.

Biotech Firms Develop Where Star Scientists Worked, Study Shows
The study identified the top researchers in the biotechnology field in 1980 and the location of leading biotech firms in 1990.

Informed Consent Debate
A cluster of articles debate the issue of obtaining informed consent from patients who participate in medical research.

Informed Consent And Research
Benatar and Benatar argue that the exceptions to the requirement for informed consent in research that Len Doyal deems acceptable might involve invasions of privacy that could be avoided altogether.

Yale Announces New Biotech Firm
Yale has announced an agreement to help launch Molecular Staging Inc.

Personal Approach Works To Increase Breast Cancer Screening Rates
Women are more likely to start getting regular mammograms if health information is tailored to their personal concerns, according to a Brown University study of nearly 1,400 women in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Researchers Hope To Help A Billion Smokers
While policymakers debate tobacco legislation, hundreds of scientists are discussing how to help the world's 1.1 billion smokers.
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