Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 15, 1998
Are Changes In Gender Roles Causing More Men To Suffer From Depression?
A rising number of men are committing suicide, but is this because more of them are suffering from depression?

Are Doctors Ever Off Duty - Even When They've Had A Few To Drink?
Dr David Cressey, an anaesthetist from the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield recounts his dilemma when confronted with a medical emergency at a sporting event, at which he had been drinking.

Researchers Identify A Gene That Causes Juvenile Polyposis
A gene causing familial juvenile polyposis (FJP), a disorder that causes the growth of polyps in the colon or upper gastrointestinal tract, has been identified.

Design Fraud: A Global Problem
Latest research has found that design fraud in the global textile industry is a massive issue which is set to get worse as the use of new technologies such as CAD, digital cameras and scanners make it easier to send stolen designs around the world in a matter of minutes.

Increasing Threat Of Extinction For Amphibians? Scientists To Seek Answers At NSF Workshop
Where have all the frogs, toads and salamanders gone? The world's leading researchers on amphibian declines will debate that question, and seek explanations for continuing downward trends of some amphibian populations, at a workshop sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Are Women Discriminated Against When Given Pacemakers?
Dr Reinhart Schüppel et al from Germany find that depite professional guidelines, women receive less sophisticated pacemakers.

Oceans Of Health And Discovery At New Lisbon Expo
The oceans' benefits to human health will be revealed to visitors to the 14,000-square-foot U.S.

American Psychological Association (APA) 106th Annual Convention To Be Held In San Francisco August 14-18
Psychology's movement away from an exclusive focus on assessing and repairing illness and toward an emphasis on prevention will be an overarching theme of the 106th Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, August 14-18 in San Francisco.

Press Events At Spring Meeting
A dozen press conferences and related events for the media are scheduled for the 1998 Spring Meeting of the American Geophysical Union in Boston, May 26-29.

If You Think Your Commute Is Bad...
This June, scientists on the Aquarius, the world's only underwater laboratory, will resume their work studying North America's largest living coral reef system.

DFG To Fund Six New Research Units
The Grants Committee of the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has decided to fund six new research units in various scientific fields.

For Patients With Advanced Prostate Cancer, Newly Evaluated Drug May Offer Pain Relief And Mild Delay In Disease Progression
Results of a large-scale clinical trial, reported today by a UC San Francisco researcher, suggest that a compound called suramin offers substantial pain reduction and moderate delay in progression of prostate cancer for some patients who have become resistant to standard hormone treatment.

Scientists Unearth Remains Of A Predatory Dinosaur In Madagascar
Majungatholus atopus had a face so ugly, it was worthy only of a mother's love -- and that of the team of scientists who have recovered an unusually well-preserved specimen of the large predatory dinosaur in Madagascar.

Danish Reform To Out Of Hours Service Seems Successful
Five years after the introduction of the reformed out of hours GP service in Denmark, Dr Bondo Christensen and Frede Olesen have found that home visits have largely been replaced by telephone consultations and despite an initial decrease in patient satisfaction the system is increasing in popularity.

DFG To Set Up 32 New Postgraduate Research Groups - First "Virtual Research Group"
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) has decided to set up 32 new postgraduate research groups from a total of 90 applications.
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