Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 16, 1998
Nurses Can Safely Manage Half Of Out Of Hours Calls In Primary Care
Val Lattimer and colleagues from the University of Southampton report on their trial to assess the safety and effectiveness of nurse telephone consultation in out of hours primary care.

Doctors And Nurses Must Be Mindful Of Their Jargon
Dr David Hutchon, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist says that the word

Surprising gap in auroral oval surprises scientists
An opening in the nightside aurora borealis may be linked to events in space.

Newly Found Target In Brain May Lead To Novel Parkinson's Disease Therapies
Neuroscientists at Yerkes Primate Research Center of Emory University are developing a potential new approach for alleviating the debilitating motor deficits in patients with Parkinson's disease.

Penn Researchers Develop 'Smart' Intensive Care Unit System Using Advanced Computer Intelligence
Using computer intelligence, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have developed a

The Dangers Of Advertising Drugs On The Internet
Dr. Uwe Tröger and Professor Frank Meyer from University Hospital in Magdeburg in Germany write that new electronic media such as the internet are used by dubious companies to distribute drugs uncontrollably and that the only effective means of preventing such activities would be with an international initiative.

Did Fur Trappers Trigger Landscape Changes?
The 18th century trappers who collected beaver pelts in the forests of what is now Baltimore may also have made dramatic changes to the area's landscape, waterways and vegetation.

More Female Consultants Needed For Breast Surgery
Iona Reid from the University of Glasgow reports that one third of patients attending a specialist breast clinic would prefer to be treated by a woman and that currently it would be impossible to meet these preferences given that only 2.3 per cent of consultants in general surgery are women.

Ethnicity Influences Access To Health Care In Children
Helen Cooper and colleagues from the University of Surrey report that the access of health services by young people (0 - 19 years) in the UK is not so much related to socioeconomic status as ethnicity.

North America Absorbing Carbon Dioxide At Surprisingly High Rate, Team Reports
Ecosystems in North America are absorbing carbon dioxide at a higher-than-expected rate, which may mean that land-based carbon sinks could play a greater role than expected in managing greenhouse warming, according to scientists from Columbia University's Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Princeton University and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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