Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 26, 1998
Israeli Ban On Ethiopian Blood Was Flawed Policy, Yale Researcher Concludes
Israel's 1996 decision to discard blood donated by Ethiopian immigrants was unjustified based on the infinitesimally small danger of HIV infection, concludes Yale management scientist Dr.

Fungus Suspect In Frog Deaths
A new fungal disease appears to be responsible for mass deaths in frog populations in Australia and Panama.

League Tables Are Inaccurate In Ranking Hospital Death Rates
Annual league tables are not a reliable indicator of performance or best practice, say Gareth Parry et al, based on their study of nine neonatal intensive care units in the UK.

From Sunscreen To Semiconductors: New Chemistry For Building Better Polymers
Bullet-proof cashmere? Well, maybe not. But Michigan Tech's Gerard Caneba's new polymer process has investors looking at building all kinds of new substances that tie together all kinds of contradictory properties.

UD Prof Documents Masking Among African Women, Raising Important Cultural Questions
A University of Delaware anthropologist's research on masking among African women raises important questions about the women's access to political and spiritual powers, and may cause scholars to re-examine theories about gender in African societies.

Social Work, Institute Of Government Receive $1.5 Million Welfare Reform Grant
ATHENS, Ga. -- A $1.5 million grant to the School of Social Work and Carl Vinson Institute of Government at the University of Georgia will fund an in-depth view of those who are continuing to receive welfare assistance and the changes that have taken place in the Division of Family and Children Services since welfare reform began in the state five years ago.

Simple Polymer Moves With Electricity
A material originally developed for clear plastic bags may some day be used for artificial muscles, skin and organs that move like the real thing, according to a team of Penn State materials scientists.

Poor Knowledge Of The Pill Could Be Improved With Education
Dr Paul Little et al from primary care facilities in Hampshire believe that women attending surgeries for check- ups for repeat prescriptions of the contraceptive pill should be provided with education leaflets on contraception and asked questions to help improve their knowledge.

Changes In The Prevalence Of Asthma In Boys And Girls During Puberty May Be Due To Hormones
In early childhood wheezing and asthma are more common in boys than girls.

UK Should Learn Lessons From US When Dealing With Racism In Healthcare
Racism in healthcare institutions needs to be driven out, says Professor Raj Bhopal from the University of Newcastle and he suggests that lessons from the experience in the US, particularly difficulties in pinpointing racism and in narrowing inequalities, may guide actions in the UK.

Daily Or Near-Daily Headache Is Surprisingly Common In The General Population
More than four percent of the U.S. population suffers from

Moderate Drinking May Protect Heart By Improving Insulin Resistance, Study Suggests
A partial answer to the question of how moderate drinking helps to protect against coronary heart disease may be found in a new University at Buffalo study linking alcohol consumption with improved insulin sensitivity.

What Does The General Medical Council Case Mean For The Future?
Dr Richard Smith, editor of the BMJ, discusses the issues raised by the GMC inquiry, with the future of the doctor- patient relationship at the core of his discussion.
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