Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 02, 2001
Anxiety over breast self-examination may lead to low compliance
Women who are more afraid of what they might find during a self-examination for breast lumps are less likely to perform them, possibly due to a fear of being alone when they find a lump, according to a new study.

Study at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center is first to examine behavior management as adjunctive therapy for patients with congestive heart failure
Researchers at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center are leading a group of Chicago-area hospitals in a study to examine whether behavioral self-management skills help patients with heart failure comply with physician recommendations on diet, exercise and medications.

Study: Dental sealants for children on Medicaid can reduce dental costs
Dental sealants -- the plastic coatings applied to children's teeth to reduce cavities -- cut the number of fillings and extractions children from poorer North Carolina families needed by about two-thirds, a unique new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.

Promoting physical activity runs risk of promoting unhealthy eating concerns
Although largely successful, a program designed to encourage university seniors to maintain their physical activity once they transition to the working world also produced the unanticipated effect of increasing concerns about thinness among women.

Dentists applaud new tobacco taxes
Canadian Dental Association supports new tobacco tax initiatives announced Nov.

What drives the costs of flood disasters?
Politics, more than climate, influences the federal costs of flood disasters.

Moderate drinkers healthier than abstainers and ex-drinkers
Moderate drinkers appear to be healthier than both former drinkers and lifelong abstainers, according to a new study.

Rx for a better life? Get a pet, and do it now
It might the prescription of the future: Take two aspirin and get a pet immediately.

Engineering professor wins $2 million award from Germany's Humboldt Foundation
Atac Imamoglu, professor of electrical and computer engineering and of physics at the University of California at Santa Barbara (UCSB) and a participant in the California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), has received the Wolfgang Paul Award from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Germany.

Success of HIV therapy may discourage safe sex
A recent survey reveals that some gay and bisexual men believe AIDS therapy reduces the risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners and that this belief is associated with greater likelihood of unprotected sex.

Military personnel would rather smoke than gain weight
Overweight military personnel would rather keep smoking than risk gaining weight if faced with a choice between these two health risks, according to a new study.

World's smallest self-propelled satellite nearly ready for Air Force, NASA
After three years of work, University of Washington students have nearly completed the world's smallest self-propelled satellite and are preparing to deliver it to the Air Force and NASA.

UNC to share in $34 million study of what happens to cancer patients
Cancer experts at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill schools of medicine and public health have been selected to participate in a new $34 million national study measuring the quality of care cancer patients receive across the United States and how patients do following treatment.

Nurses advise patients to quit smoking only half the time
Despite increased efforts to encourage health care professionals to counsel their patients on smoking cessation, many nurses feel ill-equipped to broach the subject, according to new research.

Those who recognize '5-A-Day' message eat the most fruits and vegetables
People who know they should eat more fruits and vegetables daily, like the taste and feel confident that they can easily include these foods in their diets, are more likely to eat the recommended five servings a day, according to a new study.

Standardizing risk-factor studies could help prevent, control noncommunicable diseases
Efforts to prevent and control heart disease and other chronic diseases could be helped by a more standardized approach to studying risk factors, according to an article recently published in the
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