Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 19, 2001
Time for a check-up on high blood pressure management
DALLAS, April 20 - Doctors need to re-think their approach to dealing with high blood pressure, a prominent hypertension specialist asserts in an editorial in the April issue of Hypertension: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Simultaneous reports by scientists at the Scripps Research Institute show how they made bacteria do what nature doesn't
Scientists at The Skaggs Institute for Chemical Biology at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), have published two separate papers in the current issue of the journal Science in which they describe two different ways of engineering bacterial cells to encode

Chronic periodontal disease could lead to diabetes
Chronic periodontal disease may contribute to diabetes, according to a review of recent research presented today.

Johan Skytte Prize to Professor Brian Barry
The Skytte Foundation at Uppsala University, Sweden, has awarded Professor Brian Barry at Columbia University, New York, the Johan Skytte Prize, approximately 50,000 US dollars, in Political Science 2001 for

Vital health topics overlooked during pregnancy counseling, researchers find
Most women receive counseling on various health topics while they are pregnant, but many facing special risks are not receiving the advice they need, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study.

For whales and seals the ocean is not blue
These marine mammals only have green cones and hence are colour-blind, because colour discrimination is impossible with only one type of cone.

Health risk pattern among lesbians and bisexual women increase rates of cancer and other chronic diseases
Health risk patterns among lesbians and bisexual women leave them at greater risk of cancer and other chronic diseases linked to smoking and obesity than heterosexual women, according to a new UCLA School of Public Health study published in the April edition of the peer-reviewed American Journal of Public Health.

ACE scores high in diabetic hypertension
Controlling blood pressure may be the key factor in preventing cardiovascular disease in people who have diabetes, and ACE inhibitors appear the best means to that end.

Anaemia still common among south Asian and Chinese women in the UK
Lack of awareness of the link between anaemia and diet may partly explain why anaemia remains more common among women of South Asian and Chinese ethnic origin in the United Kingdom than in women of European ethnic origin, suggests a study in this week's BMJ.

NEAR team studies small-scale features on Eros
NEAR mission science team members have concluded that the majority of the small features that make up the surface of asteroid Eros more likely came from an unrelenting bombardment from space debris than internal processes

Origin of mid-ocean ridge basalts
An unexpected correlation/Calibration of a thermometer for the Earth's mantle

Early growth influences risk of heart disease in later life
A study in this week's BMJ reports a strong association between infant and childhood growth and the development of coronary heart disease in later life.

Patient care will suffer under government's private funding schemes
The introduction of public-private partnerships is changing the way in which primary care in the United Kingdom is financed.

Study shows racial bias in pain management
Researchers at Saint Louis University found that even though Caucasians and African-Americans had similar work-related back injuries and reported comparable pain, they were treated less than equally by the Workers' Compensation system.

Hospital wards for adolescents should be considered
Enough 12 to 19 year-olds are admitted to British hospitals to justify separate hospital facilities specifically for adolescents, argues Russell Viner, Consultant in Adolescent Medicine at University College London, in this week's BMJ.

Science study explores social memory in elephants
Older elephant matriarchs quickly identify allies, thereby ensuring breeding success for younger females in their group, a seven-year study by UK- and Kenya-based researchers shows.

New Zealand aircraft to fly mission to USA McMurdo Station
A Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) cargo plane will fly to McMurdo Station, Antarctica to transport several USA citizens to New Zealand, some of whom require medical attention that cannot be provided in Antarctica.
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