Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 02, 1998
The European Medicines Evaluation Agency: Open To Criticism
Dr. Kamran Abbasi, Assistant Editor of the BMJ and Dr.

Protocol For Sustainable Exploitation Of Non-Timber Tropical Forest Resources Is Gaining Ground
The protocol developed by Dr. M. Charles Peters, researcher at The New York Botanical Garden, is a blueprint for the only form of land-use in the tropics with the potential to combine the exploitation of species-rich tropical forests for profit with the preservation of their biological diversity and ecosystem functions.

Eating Berries Can Help Lower LDL Cholesterol
Fresh berries can significantly reduce the buildup of LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol, a culprit that contributes to heart disease, stroke and atherosclerosis, a form of arteriosclerosis, according to an international team of scientists writing in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Henney To Address Attendees At FDA Science Forum
The new FDA Commissioner, Dr. Jane Henney, will arrive at FDA in time to participate in the 1998 FDA Science Forum, co- sponsored by the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists (AAPS).

US Health Is Worse In States With Larger Income Inequalities
Dr. Bruce Kennedy et al from the Harvard School of Public Health in the United States say that social and economic policies that affect income distribution may have important consequences for the health of the population.

Doctors And Patients Should Co-Sign Prescriptions
Dr. Joe Collier and Professor Sean Hilton say that to improve the chances of treatment success and eliminate waste, patients and prescribers should discuss in detail the treatment options before the prescription is written.

Bullying In Schools: Who Are The Victims And Who Are The Perpetrators?
Bullied children tend to be the younger pupils in secondary schools and are more anxious than their peers, whilst bullies themselves tend to be more depressed than other children.

Cases Of Eye Malformations In Babies Higher In Rural Areas
Dr. Helen Dolk and colleagues from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, report that children from rural areas are twice as likely to suffer from anophthalmia or microphthalmia (eye malformations), as children born in areas with a high population density.

Virginia Tech Scientists Studying Cells From Extreme Environments
Most living cells are so traumatized by removal of water that they die within seconds. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to