Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 23, 1998
Prenatal Cocaine Exposure Leads To Lower Child IQ Scores, Language Skills
Prenatal cocaine exposure lowers IQ and language performance scores and results in thousands of children each year who enter school needing special education services, according to a new study by three Brown University researchers.

Fully Endoscopic Brain Surgery At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
A new type of minimally invasive, fully endoscopic skull base brain surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center gives surgeons a panoramic view of pituitary tumor sites and results in reduced operating time, fewer complications, no scarring, less discomfort for the patient and a dramatically shorter length-of-stay.

Same Parts Of Brain Move Eyes And Shift Attention
If you've ever tried to sneak a peak at someone without them knowing, you may be surprised to learn that the parts of the brain that control eye movements are the same as those that shift attention.

DOE Joint Human Genome Effort Exceeds Sequencing Goal
The U.S. Department of Energy today announced that its Joint Genome Institute surpassed its ambitious goal of sequencing 20 million base pairs for fiscal year 1998.

Police And Lawyers Should Learn From Transparency Of Selection In Medical Schools
Dr. Kamran Abbasi commends the Council of Heads of Medical Schools for making data available on the selection procedure into the UK's medical schools which reveals that ethnic minorities and men are disadvantaged in the selection process.

El Nino And Climate More Predictable Than Previously Thought
Fluctuations in the earth's climate from year to year, such as those that are associated with El Nino, are considerably more predictable than had been previously believed, according to a paper appearing in this week's issue of Science.

Preventing AIDS In Women Crack Users
University of Kentucky researchers have published a study in

Monkeys Have Numerical Abilities, Two Columbia Psychologists Report
Columbia University psychologists have taught monkeys to discriminate computer-generated images containing as many as nine objects and to respond to them in ascending order, with a success rate well above what would be predicted by chance.

Fish Are Better Than Some Drug Treatments For Heart Attack Victims
Deaths of heart attack survivors were reduced by one third among those who ate oil-rich fish on a regular basis says Roger Harrison from Wigan and Bolton Health Authority.

House Dust Mite Busters No Good For Asthma Sufferers
Dr Peter G√łtzsche from the Nordic Cochrane Centre in Denmark, along with colleagues from Sweden and Cardiff, report that current chemical and physical methods aimed at reducing exposure to allergens from dust mites seem to be ineffective.
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