Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 26, 2000
Study finds public health issues not addressed by physicians lobbying Congress
Physicians are frequent and effective lobbyists on Capitol Hill, but their lobbying efforts do not generally address public health issues, according to a new study from Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine that appears in the November 27 issue of the

New pediatric general surgery program at Cedars-Sinai makes minimally invasive surgical procedures available to children
Thanks to its new Pediatric General Surgery Program, Cedars- Sinai Medical Center now offers children the minimally invasive, laparoscopic and thoracoscopic procedures that have been available to adults for years.

FACS professors receive $6 million to develop prevention programs for adolescents
Two grants, totaling more than $6 million, will allow University of Georgia child and family development professors to draw on years of research findings in developing preventive programs for young adolescents.

One in three physicians unlikely to get routine medical care
Doctor, heal thyself? That seems the motto among a group of physicians surveyed by Johns Hopkins researchers: More than a third said they were unlikely to see a doctor on a regular basis.

Students learn mysteries of biological clocks at Howard Hughes Medical Institute's holiday lectures on December 4 and 5
High school students around the world will learn about biological clocks--the molecular timepieces that enable humans and other organisms to adapt to daily and seasonal changes in the environment--during Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Holiday Lectures on Science, broadcast by satellite and Webcast live on December 4-5.

Linear algorithm for sequence analysis
Researchers at Mineapolis-based Pillar Communications have developed a linear algorithm for DNA, RNA, and protein sequence analysis.

Can the business world teach medicine about team practice?
Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center has been awarded a $1.9 million grant to pilot a new system of primary care that will determine whether a team approach to providing health care is effective at managing the care of geriatric patients with complex, chronic diseases.

Are we breeding a culture of obesity?
Flopping on the couch with the remote in hand or remaining glued to the computer screen for hours on end are helping to create a society of obesity in Canada, a series of articles and commentaries featured in the latest issue of the Canadian Medical Association Journal indicate.

Radiation may prevent re-clogging of leg arteries
Radiation therapy significantly reduced the re-clogging of blocked leg arteries, researchers report in one of the best-designed studies on the topic to date in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Preventing radiation damage in popular medical technique
A team of medical physicists and radiologists is proposing guidelines for reducing complications during an increasingly popular type of surgical approach, known as fluoroscopy- guided intervention.

Keeping young girls interested in math and science:new kind of "book" series will help
Mitzi Vernon, assistant professor in industrial design at Virginia Tech, has developed a series of book-like modular toys/boardgames embedded with mechanical mechanisms to capture the attention of girls ages 8-11, and maintain their interest in math and science.

Researchers identify gene common to many autism cases
Researchers funded by the National Institutes of Health have identified a gene that may predispose people to developing autism.

Energy Department awards Idaho partnership $1.9 million to stimulate nation's biobased industry
Amalgamated Research, Inc. in Twin Falls, Idaho, will receive $1.9 million over the next three years from the U.S.

Researchers use unique imaging technology to study changes in the brain that lead to dementia following stroke
Thanks to innovative magnetic resonance imaging technology (MRI), researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St.
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