Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

March 19, 2001
While noting improvements, two Duke studies find doctors still not using drugs shown to be beneficial in clinical trials
Two different analyses by Duke University Medical Center cardiologists have shown that while multi-center clinical trials involving thousands of patients have clearly demonstrated that certain drugs can improve the outcomes for heart patients and save lives, the message is not being uniformly heard by physicians.

U-M patients take their medicine
For patients with heart conditions, medication can mean the difference between running a mile and racing to the emergency room.

Researchers find novel way to kill streptococci bacteria
Researchers at The Rockefeller University have discovered a powerful new way to destroy on contact the bacteria that cause strep throat, flesh-eating disease and a variety of other infections.

Remote monitoring of ICU patients lowers mortality rates, complications
American hospitals with a shortage of

NIMH hosts Pittsburgh forum on depression/physical illness connection
Patients living with cancer, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, HIV/AIDS, Parkinson's disease and other major illnesses may not recognize symptoms of depression.

$900,000 Telstra research contract to get the best from the net
Telstra, Australia's chief telecommunications corporation, has awarded a $900,000 contract to researchers at Adelaide University to optimise the corporation's data communications, especially those relating to the internet.

Sports & race - is it in your genes?
One of the most important and least understood findings of the recent Human Genome report is what it tells us about race.

University of Pittsburgh researchers find frequency of chlamydia screening in sexually active teenage women inadequate
Two-thirds of doctors do not perform recommended chlamydia screenings on sexually active young women, according to a study by the University of Pittsburgh Center for Research on Health Care, published in the March issue of the Journal of Adolescent Health.

In Helium 3 nanoclusters, researchers find a curiosity
Helium 3 has, for at least three decades, been scientists' preferred medium for probing magnetic forces because of its extremely low freezing temperature under pressure.

Men, women and HIV
Injection drug use has been recognized as one of the major routes of HIV transmission.

Canadian health care system wary of incursion of for-profit enterprise
For the last 40 years the Canada has maintained a a national, publicly administered, health insurance scheme for all citizens.

UW astrobiology research gets huge boost from $4.9 million NASA award
The University of Washington's research into understanding and finding life in the universe received a major boost today with a multimillion-dollar grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and membership in NASA's Astrobiology Institute.

Researchers determine that MS and diabetes are closely linked diseases
A team of researchers led by Hospital for Sick Children (HSC)senior scientist Michael Dosch has determined that multiplesclerosis and type I (juvenile) diabetes mellitus are far more closely linked than previously thought, including the role cow milk protein plays as a risk factor in the development of both diseases for people who are genetically susceptible.

Vitamin B-6 and folate supplementation provides optimal homocysteine-lowering
Even mild elevations of homocysteine are associated with increased risk of cerebrovascular and cardiovascular disease (CVD), especially in elderly persons.

Soy isoflavones have a modest cholesterol-lowering effect in postmenopausal women
In a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Gardner et al. studied soy protein with or without soy isoflavones to determine if the lipid-lowering effect of soy could be specifically attributed to the isoflavone-containing fraction.

ACP-ASIM issues four new guidelines
The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) today released new guidelines saying that antibiotics are not needed for most respiratory tract infections.

Alcohol, sucrose and genetics influence cardiovascular risk
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is determined in part by individual variations in diet and polymorphisms of the apolipoprotein-E (APOE) gene that regulate lipid metabolism.

Regional variations in the use of heart drugs
While the use of different therapies to treat or prevent heart attacks varies widely across the United States and Canada, Duke researchers found that regions with the highest use of percutaneous coronary interventions had the lowest rates of evidence-based medications.

Hopkins Study suggests families benefit from raising children with chronic illnesses
A new Johns Hopkins Children's Center study reveals that caring for a chronically ill child can be a positive experience for many mothers and families.

Men with chronic schizophrenia lose brain volume faster
Men with chronic schizophrenia lose brain volume at a faster rate than the normal aging changes seen in men without the mental illness, a study by a researcher at Yale shows.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, March 20, 2001

Scientists, ships, aircraft to profile Asian pollution and dust
During a nine-nation study of Asian pollution this spring, the National Center for Atmospheric Research will guide aircraft, enhance climate models, and untangle the mysteries of highly toxic atmospheric mercury. 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