Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

September 16, 2001
Researchers identify gene causing rare form of cleft palate
The identification of a gene that causes a rare form of the congenital defect, cleft palate, may offer an important insight into human development and the mechanisms involved in the condition.

Small risk of sex triggering a heart attack in people at risk of heart disease
Having sex is a potential trigger for a heart attack in people with heart disease.

Statistics training that works with our innate ability to assess the likelihood of events can help doctors and patients figure the odds of illness better
Does a positive mammogram mean a woman has breast cancer?

Smoking, diabetes, and short period of fertility associated with rheumatoid arthritis
Smoking, diabetes, and in women, a short period of fertility, are associated with the development of rheumatoid arthritis, finds a study in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases.

Children who concentrate and switch attention better are more likely to cross streets safely
How can we help kids cross streets more safely? Improving their abilities to concentrate and switch their attention may be part of the answer.

Leeches reduce the pain of osteoarthritis
Leeches may yet return to favour as a treatment to relieve pain and inflammation, suggests a pilot study on osteoarthritis of the knee, reported in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases.

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