Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 16, 2000
A mystery of Earth's wobble solved: it's the ocean
For over a century, scientists have been trying to determine the cause of a wobbling motion Earth makes as it rotates.

Smokers more likely to be disabled in later life
Smokers are not only likely to die earlier than non-smokers, but they are more likely to spend more of their life with a disability than non-smokers, finds research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

New laser treatment may replace lumpectomy in patients
A new procedure being tested at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago holds much promise for eliminating the need for surgery in women with small breast cancers.

War on bacteria could leave drug-resistant strains unchecked
Efforts to keep our bodies and everything we touch bacteria- free could instead promote the growth of drug-resistant strains, says a Tufts University physician who urges people to abandon their irrational fears and make peace with the beneficial bacteria surrounding us.

Protracted cooling could camouflage effects of global warming
The human contribution to global warming is clearly present and must be controlled, say researchers at the University of Illinois.

Insured minorities continue to face obstacles to health care, UCSF study reports
Minorities, particularly Hispanics and Asian Americans, are more likely than non-Hispanic whites to report obstacles in access to health care, according to a University of California, San Francisco study.

Gender bias in salaries among Pennsylvania M.D.'s, find University of Pittsburgh researchers
Male physicians in Pennsylvania earn 14 percent more money than their female counterparts, report investigators from the University of Pittsburgh's Graduate School of Public Health in the July 18 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

ECG may not be enough to find heart problems in athletes
The use of electrocardiograms (ECGs) to detect heart disease in competitive athletes has definite limitations and its results should be confirmed with other tests, according to a recent study of Italian Olympians published in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

UW team to examine effects of change in southern Africa on air pollution
Using satellite imaging and measurements from research aircraft, scientists this summer hope to gain a clearer understanding of significant changes in ecosystems and air quality taking place in central and southern Africa following major social, economic and political shifts in recent years.
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