Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 05, 1999
Despite Progress, More Action Needed To Protect Medical Students From Exposure To Disease Through Accidental Needlesticks, UCSF Study Finds
While health workers' risk of exposure to infectious disease through accidental needlesticks has been greatly reduced through comprehensive training programs and the introduction of new safety devices, a new study by researchers at UC San Francisco finds that medical students remain at high risk of exposure.

UPMC Study Shows What May Be The Most Effective Treatment For Depressed Elderly
In the first-ever study to compare different therapies for the treatment and prevention of recurrent major depression in the elderly, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) have found that a combination of medication and psychotherapy is significantly more effective than medication or psychotherapy alone.

Tracking Program Boosts Rate Of Child Immunization 20 Percent
By simply tracking children's immunizations and calling on those families whose children fall behind on their shots, doctors can dramatically increase the number of children who are vaccinated as well as increase the likelihood of those children returning for preventative checkups, according to a University of Rochester study being published in Pediatrics.

Gap Widening Between Genetic And Behavioral Research
A chasm is developing between genetic and behavioral health research, warns the National Institutes of Health's leading voice for behavioral and social science research.

University Of Georgia Awarded $2.5 Million Grant For Drug Discovery And Biodiversity Among The Maya Of Mexico
Only a small number of plants have been tested for medicinal value by scientists, despite the fact that indigenous peoples have used them for centuries.

Writing Tickets For Science: The Public Makes Blood Pressure Rise
Parking ticket writers in New York City are wearing blood pressure cuffs on the job to help scientists understand how heart rate and blood pressure respond to verbal conflict.

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center And Targeted Genetics Corp. Publish Data On Adoptive Immunotherapy For HIV
Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the University of Washington and Targeted Genetics Corp. announce the publication of data from a Phase I study evaluating a new concept in the therapy of HIV-1 infection.

Driver Education Courses May Confer No Safety Benefit
High-school-age persons who enroll in driver education courses do not have fewer motor-vehicle-related violations, crashes, or deaths than those who do not, according to researchers at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.
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