Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 09, 2000
Wet combing is far more effective in detecting head lice than traditional scalp inspection
A study in this week's BMJ suggests that despite the extra effort involved, wet combing is the gold standard for detecting head lice.

Polycystic ovary syndrome may lead to early onset of atherosclerosis, even among thin women, according to University of Pittsburgh study
Young women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) have metabolic abnormalities, including higher levels of lipids and insulin, that may result in premature atherosclerosis by middle age, according to a University of Pittsburgh study published in the November issue of Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Maret Pharmaceuticals presents promising Phase I/II clinical MARstem™ results at international symposium on new drugs in cancer therapy
Maret Pharmaceuticals has completed early stage human clinical trials using MARstem™, a small peptide utilized to stimulate blood cells following chemotherapy in breast cancer patients.

Patient-friendly summaries of Fox Chase Cancer Center clinical trials added to web site; patients avoid complicated language designed for physicians
Fox Chase Cancer Center has placed easy-to-understand summaries of clinical trials on its web site at www.fccc.edu.

Aspirin, even at low dose, carries risk of gastrointestinal bleeding
Long term use of aspirin to prevent heart problems carries an increased risk of gastrointestinal bleeding, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

New study re-opens the debate on third generation pills and venous clotting
A study in this week's BMJ finds that the third generation oral contraceptive pills are associated with around a two- fold increased risk of clots in the veins.

Syracuse University study identifies bias in Internet domain name dispute resolution
The international method of resolving disputes over Internet domain names favors trademark holders over those seeking to register an Internet site, according to a study by researchers at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies.

UF surgeons modify bladder removal technique
University of Florida surgeons have improved the technique for removing the bladder, an advance that is likely to help patients who often are too ill to undergo the standard surgical approach.

Media images may deter women from breast feeding
Breast and bottle feeding are portrayed very differently in UK mass media and may have a negative impact on women's decisions about breast feeding, according to a study from Brunel University in this week's BMJ.

New studies report trial results of thalidomide in a variety of cancers and metabolic disorders
New studies presented at the Chemotherapy Foundation meeting report trial results of thalidomide in a variety of cancers and metabolic disorders.

Changes in North American land use have had major impact on global environment
The reforestation of former farmland over the last century has played an important role in reducing the accumulation of greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere, according to Princeton scientists.

Hopkins researcher finds bone disease and growth defect may have common genetic basis
An examination of two rare, very different and hereditary bone disorders has revealed clues about the common genetic switches controlling normal bone development, according to new research guided by Johns Hopkins Children's Center endocrinologist Michael Levine, M.D.

New treatment at UCLA provides hope for children afflicted with severe heart failure
Using an immunosuppresive drug to treat children suffering from acute myocarditis - a severe infection of the heart - may help children fight off the baffling infection and avoid the need for heart transplants, according to a study by researchers at UCLA's Mattel Children's Hospital.

Korean Americans at risk for high blood pressure
A Johns Hopkins study of Korean Americans found that they have hypertension at rates much higher than other Americans or their counterparts in Korea.

Genetics likely to be a major factor in osteoarthritis of the hip
Siblings have a five fold increased risk of developing osteoarthritis of the hip compared with unrelated individuals, which suggests a strong genetic influence on susceptibility to the disease, according to research from Nottingham in this week's BMJ.

GMC revalidation proposals are inappropriate
The General Medical Council's proposal for a five-year assessment to identify potentially inadequate doctors would be unfair, inaccurate and very expensive, according to a letter in this week's BMJ.

Instant replay: study finds potential mechanism for building long-term memory
Princeton scientists have discovered a key mechanism the brain uses to transfer short-term memories into permanent storage, a finding that could have broad implications for understanding how the brain maintains long-term stability.
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