Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 02, 2000
INEEL researchers create mighty magnets with minuscule structure
Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory researchers have discovered a way to make magnets used in computer hard drives and motors more powerful and durable, while also slashing their manufacturing costs

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, October 3, 2000
1) - Cancer Doctors' Attitudes and Practices Regarding Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide Influenced by Training, Time, and Health Care Resources; 2) Common

UNC-CH study offers new evidence that garlic protects against cancers
Garlic might not make breath smell like springtime in the Alps, but it can help protect against stomach and colorectal cancer, according to a new study.

Children born prematurely remain at risk for educational underachievement at age 10
Children born extremely prematurely are 3 to 4 times more likely to be educational underachievers than children born at or near full term, a study by University at Buffalo researchers has shown.

Treating TB from beyond Canada's border
Many immigrants arriving in Canada from developing countries are known to be at risk for tuberculosis.

Mutations identified in gene causing skin disease, blindness, and early heart attacks
Molecular geneticists have for the first time characterized gene mutations in families affected by a rare, inherited, connective tissue disorder that can lead to blindness and early heart attacks.

Beware the frozen vegetable ice pack to ease pain
Reaching for that bag of frozen vegetables to ease bruising and inflammation could end up giving you frostbite, if left on for longer than 30 minutes.

Fox Chase Cancer Center sponsors first NCI-supported conference on psychosocial approaches to cancer prevention
Fox Chase Cancer Center will sponsor the first professional conference, supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), on the behavioral and psychosocial aspects of cancer prevention and control.

Homebrew supercomputer crunches data at bargain-basement prices
In mid-April, a group of 20 Vanderbilt University physicists, biologists and computer technicians held a two-and-a-half day pizza party.

A new tool to reduce antibiotic prescriptions?
In this issue of the Canadian Medical Asociation Journal, Dr.

Lifestyle and behavior changes may help reduce health care costs
Changes in lifestyle and behavior involving exercise, stress, and tobacco use could save employers and managed care organizations money, according to a study of more than 46,000 individuals.

Star Wars laser used in eye surgery for first time
A successful ophthalmic surgery performed with a special kind of laser is a major step toward giving doctors access to one of the last

Injuries among rugby union players almost doubled since sport turned professional
Injuries among rugby union players have almost doubled since the sport turned professional, finds a study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Researchers work to reduce lead poisoning of children in Chicago's West Town
Armed with various plants, researchers at Northwestern University and Children's Memorial Hospital are working to determine the best way to reduce lead poisoning from contaminated soil.

Flu vaccine still needed
Flu vaccine deliveries are late this year. And yes, in most years the vaccine isn't cost effective for working adults, but the vaccine still has positive health effects and should be administered when available.

Playing professional football can be bad for health
Professional footballers are prone to ill health and disability in later life, finds research in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.Joint disease was particularly common, the study showed.

Osteoporosis: catching a time bomb among the elderly
In this study, Dr. Ernest Hajcsar and colleagues surveyed patients who had presented to Ontario fracture clinics with fractures associated with bone fragility.

Elderly who "eat and run" may risk fainting
Columbia-Presbyterian researchers have found that for the elderly, eating meals and standing each can cause a drop in blood pressure that, especially when combined, may cause falls or even fainting.

Psychological well-being of infertile men
Infertile men trying alternative ways of achieving pregnancy with their wives are less stressed than men whose wives were already pregnant, a new study based out of the University of Alberta reports.
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