Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 20, 2001
Thermal heat procedure offers low back pain suffers new treatment option
Intradiscal electrothermal therapy, or SpineCATH IDET, is a new minimally invasive surgery that uses heat to treat back pain caused by cracks or fissures in the intevertebral disc.

Diet aid works best with other life changes
Results from a year-long study indicate that obese women lost an average 10.8 percent of their body weight when they used the diet medication MERIDA in combination with a lifestyle modification program that included exercise and diet changes -- compared to a loss of only 4.1 percent for women treated by the medication alone.

Three new psychological studies show how positive and negative emotions affect us now and later
This release contains news briefs of three studies published in the January 2001 issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology (Vol.
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