Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 06, 2001
Costs of family caregiving for elderly with cancer are significant, often forgotten
Elderly people who have recently undergone treatment for cancer need more care from family members, which translates nationally into an often-overlooked cost of nearly $1 billion a year, a new study finds.

Resuscitation training not compulsory in some UK medical schools
Researchers in this week's BMJ find that some UK medical schools do not provide compulsory resuscitation training and that the extent of training in other schools is variable, even though newly qualified doctors are expected to take part in resuscitation from their first day.

Cannabinoids give no more pain relief than codeine tablets
Cannabinoids (the active substances in cannabis) are no more effective than conventional analgesics in controlling pain and have undesirable side effects, concludes a study in this week's BMJ.

Patients with advanced cancer willing to accept riskier chemotherapy
People with advanced cancer are more willing than healthy people or doctors to consider a toxic chemotherapy regimen even if it offers only a minimal chance of slowing their cancer, according to a new study.

Third Wave scientists publish advance in gene expression monitoring with revolutionary RNA InvaderĀ® Assay
Third Wave's Invader technology is capable of identifying and quantitating low levels of unique RNAs directly from total RNA or crude cell samples.

More senior doctors needed to improve UK emergency care
A study in this week's BMJ finds that most care in accident and emergency departments in the United Kingdom is delivered by junior medical staff, often in their first post-registration job.

NMR shakes off its coil: A new technique for high-resolution NMR spectroscopy outside the magnet
Berkeley researchers have recovered high-resolution nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy data from experimental samples in a grossly nonuniform field.

Scientists, students explore virtual worlds
Applying virtual reality to help scientists to see and handle their data is the aim of the Center for Image Processing and Integrated Computing (CIPIC) at the University of California, Davis.

Study discovers a way to keep infants safe from second-hand smoke
Using a form of counseling aimed at motivating rather than preaching, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute helped smokers reduce by nearly one-third the amount of dangerous second-hand smoke their young children were exposed to, according to a new study.

Cannabinoids may prevent chemotherapy related sickness
Cannabinoids (the active substances in cannabis) are more effective than conventional drugs at preventing nausea and vomiting in patients undergoing chemotherapy, and patients prefer them, finds a study in this week's BMJ.

New spinoff company uses novel method to target drugs
Buoyed by continued successes of a novel method for targeting drugs inside the body, Louis S.

Stressing risks is best way to motivate women to get screened for breast cancer
Emphasizing the risks of avoiding breast cancer screening may be the best way to motivate women to get screened--at least for some ethnic groups, suggest the results of a study

Treatment for menstrual problems may be misdirected
Many women who seek help for menstrual problems are referred to gynaecology clinics for treatment of menorrhagia (excessive blood loss during menstruation) when actually they have pain or broader problems with their period.

Support groups reduce anxiety among siblings of young cancer patients
The brothers and sisters of children with cancer may benefit from support groups that help them cope with the anxiety created by their sibling's disease, according to a new study.

All fault lines are not equal
While most scientists assume that both sides of a geologic fault move equal distances during an earthquake, Penn State researchers have discovered that not all strike slip faults act that way.

Subsurface differences across fault lines may cause unequal ground movement during earthquakes
Scientists have determined that during an earthquake, both sides of a fault line may not shift equally, as had been assumed. 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