Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 07, 1999
Relaxation And Music Significantly Reduce Patients' Postoperative Pain
New research has found that relaxation and music, separately or together, significantly reduce patients' pain following major abdominal surgery.

Breakthrough On Microbial Disease Published In Science
In a major breakthrough in the treatment and prevention of infectious disease, researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have found a way to disarm microbial pathogens with the discovery of a

Mental Health Services Should Aim To Improve Safety To Prevent Suicide And Homicide
In England and Wales, about 1000 people who commit suicide each year (nearly a quarter of all suicides) and about 40 of those who commit homicide (about eight per cent of all UK homicides) have had some contact with the mental health services in the year before death, suggest researchers from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, at the University of Manchester.

Compound That Mimics Insulin Might Lead To Pill For Diabetes, As Reported In The 7 May Issue Of Science
Diabetics may someday pop a pill to control their disease, now that scientists have discovered a new compound that mimics the effects of insulin in mice.

Further Evidence On The Effect Of The UK Cervical Screening Programme
Dr. Peter Sasieni and Joanna Adams from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund support recent findings of a beneficial effect of the UK's national cervical screening programme.

Genetics Open Day
Monday, May 17 1999 La Nunziata Centre - Sestri Levante (Genova - Italy) EGF and EMBO have called a Genetics Open Day to discuss the media coverage of social, ethical and legal issues raised by the patenting of human DNA sequences.

Deep-Sea Disposal Of Fossil-Fuel Carbon Dioxide--First Ocean Observations
Ocean chemists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Stanford University report unexpected results from deep-sea experiments on the behavior of carbon dioxide in the May 7 issue of Science.

Mobile Doppler Radar Instruments Edge Closer To Swirling Funnel Clouds
NSF supports two complementary projects with the goal of understanding how tornadoes form and

K-State Researchers Study Pest Resistance Management
Examining if and how corn borer resistance to Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) toxins develop so farmer-friendly resistance management plans can be identified is the focus of a genetic study done by a team of entomology researchers at Kansas State University.

Understanding Earth's Underwater Forests: Kelp Demography Off The Coast Of California
A new study, published in the May edition of Ecological Monographs, investigates the demography of earth's underwater kelp forests.

Better Emergency Medical Assistance Should Be Provided At Marathons
Legally binding medical rules should be introduced for marathons run in the UK, say the parents of Anna Loyley, who collapsed and died as she crossed the finishing line of a half marathon.

Areca (Betel) Nuts Could Damage Your Health
Not all nuts are good for your health, write a team from King's College Hospital in London.

The Human Capacity For Mathematics
A team of French and U.S. researchers has obtained the first hard evidence that two different modes of brain activity underlie our inborn capacity for mathematics.
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