Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 08, 1999
Frequent Digestion Complaints May Mean Calling In Psychiatrist
Patients who repeatedly seek treatment for digestive tract symptoms but show no evidence of organic disorder should be identified early on so the psychiatric aspects of their conditions can be examined and treated, say British researchers.

Major Heart Defects Can Be Identified In Fetuses By 14 Weeks Of Gestation
In fetuses, identifying increased accumulation of fluid behind the neck by ultrasound scan at 10 - 14 weeks of gestation reveals 55 per cent of major heart and artery defects, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

UF Researchers: Gene Therapy Replaces Critical Protein In Animal Model Of Often-Fatal Lung-Liver Disease
Using an increasingly promising tool from their gene therapy arsenal, scientists have hit on an innovative way to replace a crucial protein that protects the lungs from the destructive action of an often-fatal lung-liver disease.

Nation's Most Highly Honored Young Researchers/Teachers Convene In Washington
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Awards support exceptionally promising junior faculty who are committed to the integration of research and teaching.

Diagnostic And Treatment Program For Children With Brain, Spinal Cord Tumors Opens At Cedars-Sinai
A new diagnostic and treatment program for children with brain and spinal cord tumors opens in January at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Maxine Dunitz Neurosurgical Institute.

Colorado State University Study Reveals Climate Change, Longer Growing Seasons Could Harm Grazing On Western Shortgrass Steppe
A long-term study by Colorado State University ecologists suggests that warmer nights are producing a lengthened growing season and changes in prairie vegetation on the shortgrass steppe of eastern Colorado and surrounding states.

Relief Organisations Neglect Moral Support for Workers
Relief organisations are neglecting the psychological welfare of their field workers involved in complex humanitarian emergencies, says a report published in this week's BMJ.

Gallup Survey Shows Moms Are Concerned About Ear Infection Effects
A Gallup survey reports that, of the 77 percent of American moms whose preschool children have suffered from ear infections, 67 percent worry about the long-term effects ear infections will have on their children.

First Estimate Of Lifetime Risk For Developing Coronary Heart Disease
The lifetime risk for developing coronary heart disease (CHD) has been estimated for the first time by researchers at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute's Framingham Heart Study.

Study Shows Middle Ear Inflammation Decreases Progressively As Children Age
CHAPEL HILL - An ear condition common among infants and toddlers known as otitis media with effusion decreases steadily as children approach their school years, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.

Computer Fix Saves Asteroid Images
Some 240 million miles from Earth, a spacecraft hurtled through the black void of space, off its intended course.

Mononucleosis-Depression Link Disproved
Reports that viral infections such as mononucleosis lead to depression and other disorders have been rebutted by researchers who followed 144 HMO patients and found that postviral depression is rare and that six months after mononucleosis people who are still depressed probably owe it to

Small Risk Of Pill Disappears After Ten Years
Although the short term effects of the pill are well documented, less is known about the long term effects.
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