Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 29, 1999
Isolation, Anger Roads To Illness Go Through The Heart
One way that social isolation and suppressed anger can get

This Week's Gamma-Ray Blast Is The Latest In A 30-Year Tale Of Cosmic Discovery
Gamma Ray Bursts have puzzled scientists for over 30 years, since their discovery in 1967.

Staffing Crisis To Be Caused By Retiring Asian GPs: Statistical Evidence
There has been a lot of anecdotal evidence about the potential workforce problems which may be caused by the retirement of South Asian general practitioners who came to the UK to practice in the 1960s and 70s.

Depression With Physical Illness Doubles Psychiatric Hospital Stays
Psychiatric patients hospitalized for depression stay twice as long in the hospital if they have a physical illness as well, researchers report after examining the diagnostic records of 2,323 psychiatric patients admitted to a psychiatric hospital in Cleveland between 1987 and 1992.

Combination Nicotine Replacement Therapies Are The Most Effective Means To Quit Smoking
Combined methods of nicotine replacement therapy are more effective than using just one, says a study in this week's BMJ.

Scientists To Kick Off Major Field Experiment On Role Of Aerosols In Climate Change
Pollutants known as aerosols play a role in cooling the planet and mitigating the effects of global warming.

Depression Kills In More Ways Than Suicide
People who suffer from depression are at increased risk for early death, but suicide is not as large a reason for that risk as is commonly thought, a research team has concluded from a review of scientific evidence.

World's Smallest Pen May Help Draw Tiny Circuits
Researchers at Northwestern University have transformed a workhorse laboratory instrument into the world's smallest and sharpest pen, able to draw lines just a few dozen molecules wide and one molecule thick.

Study Confirms Multiple Illnesses Cause Ill Health In Gulf Veterans
In this week's BMJ, physicians working in the Ministry of Defence's Medical Assessment Programme describe their findings on Gulf War veterans coming forward for assessment.

Statistician Keeps Health Researchers Ahead Of The Curve
A Johns Hopkins mathematician has developed a new statistical tool called curve estimation, which helps public health researchers untangle complicated data sets on such issues as the rate of declining immune cell counts in HIV patients.

Viagra Prescribing Will Be Based On Financial Rather Than Clinical Reasoning
The secretary of state's proposals for the introduction of sildenafil (Viagra) may be rationing but they are not rational, says Dr.

Tuberculosis Spreads Through Crowded City Buses
The crowded metropolitan bus system in Buenos Aires could be responsible for 30 percent of new cases of tuberculosis in the city, a new study shows.

Depression After Heart Attack Raises Risk For Both Women, Men
Women are twice as likely as men to be depressed in the hospital after having an acute heart attack, but this does not translate into a higher death rate for women, new research shows.

UI Researcher's Study On Termite Bacteria May Aid In Greenhouse Gas Understanding
Wood-eating termites' digestive processes, which prove so maddening to homeowners, may provide insight into why some animals produce more greenhouse gasses than others, said a University of Iowa researchers whose work appears in the Jan.
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