Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 04, 2001
Substantial increase in childhood obesity since 1984
The prevalence of obesity in children is low, but it has increased substantially since 1984, according to a study in this week's BMJ.

Energy density: a new way to look at food
Just in time for New Year's resolutions, a new book from Mayo Clinic is available to help potential dieters stay on track.

NSF grant extends support for interconnecting national research networks
The National Science Foundation has awarded $2.5 million dollars to the National Laboratory for Applied Network Research (NLANR) to continue technical, engineering and traffic analysis support to the high-performance networking and applications communities.

Study questions value of genetic advice on breast cancer in primary care
The value of giving genetic advice on breast cancer in primary care is questionable, according to research from the Netherlands published in this week's BMJ.

Major review reveals that osteoarthritis is a complex disease with new solutions
A multidisciplinary group of scientists has declared that osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis, is

Another reason to stay active -- youthful blood vessels
Staying active or beginning a regular exercise program can maintain and even restore blood vessel function, according to the January issue of Mayo Clinic Health Letter.

Antenatal units are unaware of genetic screening guidelines
Antenatal units are generally unaware of screening guidelines for women at increased risk of having a baby with genetic defects, finds research in this week's BMJ.

Women still rarely raise the issue of family history of breast cancer with general practitioners or practice nurses
In consultation with their general practitioners and practice nurses, women raise the issue of a family history of breast cancer relatively infrequently, report the Women's Concerns Study Group in this week's BMJ.

Blood glucose level can predict cardiovascular risk
A study in this week's BMJ shows that the concentration of glucose in the blood resembles blood pressure and blood cholesterol in terms of predicting cardiovascular risk.

Cigar and pipe smoking are as dangerous as cigarettes to periodontal health
According to a study published in the newly released Journal of Periodontology, cigar and pipe smoking may have nearly the same adverse effects on periodontal health and tooth loss as cigarette smoking.

Periodontal disease isn't always your parents' disease
Based on results of a new study published in the Journal of Periodontology, about one in seven 26-year-olds already has well-established periodontal disease.

Calcium and Lead: should you worry?
ROCHESTER, MINN. -- For years, women have been urged to take calcium supplements to prevent osteoporosis.

Lisinopril can prevent migraine attacks
The drug Lisinopril - widely prescribed for various cardiovascular conditions - is an effective, preventive treatment for frequent migraine attacks, finds research in this week's BMJ.

Atrophic vaginitis -- a common and treatable condition for women past menopause
About 40 percent of women past menopause have atrophic vaginitis, an inflammation of or an irritation of the vaginal tissues and a decrease in lubrication. 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