Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 08, 2000
Breast and ovarian cancer genetic testing may affect marital satisfaction
A new study examining the effects of cancer genetic testing on spouses shows that both husbands and wives can affect each other's emotional well-being and marital satisfaction during the testing process.

Male circumcision protects against HIV infection
Uncircumcised men are at a much greater risk of becoming infected with HIV than circumcised men, according to new evidence in this week's BMJ.

Brain-wiring receptor shows extraordinary diversity
HHMI researchers have identified a new axon guidance receptor found in the tips of growing neurons that can exist in more than 38,000 slightly different forms.

UCSD scientists awarded major environmental health grant
Exactly how toxic substances in the environment adversely affect human health will be the focus of a new UCSD Superfund Basic Research Program, established with a five-year federal grant of approximately $20 million to the School of Medicine.

Reported costs of medical negligence in NHS hospitals are misleading
Although the cost of legal action against the NHS more than doubled during the 1990s, it remains far lower than amounts reported in the media, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

Modernising the NHS
In the fifth of seven BMJ articles on the modernising of the NHS, Healthcare Consultant Mark Murray looks at delays in access to care and argues that improving access involves determining the demand and applying resources to match it or reduce it.

Beating heart surgery can reduce intensive care unit stays and costs
By performing coronary bypass surgery on a beating heart, instead of on a still heart, Duke University Medical Center physicians have shown that they can reduce intensive care unit stays and costs.

Water-bearing salt crystals come from dawn of solar system, UK researchers report in Science
Brine-pocketed salt crystals within the

Computer model to predict toxic algal outbreaks
Blooms of blue-green algae, often associated with toxicity to humans and animals, could be predicted up to four weeks before they occur thanks to a new computer model being developed at Adelaide University in South Australia.

UCSF finding could lead to long-sought alternative to morphine
UCSF researchers have discovered a pain relief strategy that could provide a long-sought alternative to morphine, without the drug's addictive quality.

Technology first aimed at heavens now makes 'super' human vision possible
Adapting technology originally developed by astronomers to obtain better images of the heavens, a University of Rochester scientist has developed an optical system that has given research subjects an unprecedented quality of eyesight.

Eating disorders more common among girls with diabetes
Eating disorders are almost twice as common in girls with type 1 diabetes as in non-diabetic girls of the same age, putting them at increased risk of complications, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

Anti-angiogenic drug much more effective when immune system primed against cancer
University of Pittsburgh scientists have shown that triggering an anti-tumor immune response significantly potentiates the effects of the anti-angiogenic drug endostatin in animal models leading to permanent and complete regression in half of treated animals. is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to