Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 18, 2001
Suppressing entire immune system unlikely to be best way to treat autoimmune diseases, new findings show
Suppressing the immune system is one way to treat autoimmune diseases, frustrating conditions in which the body's tissues are attacked by

Study shows alcohol boosts death risk for boat passengers as well as operators
Recreational boat passengers are just as likely as operators to die as a result of drinking alcohol, according to a new study of boating deaths in North Carolina and Maryland.

Stanford spine expert offers relief from common back pain
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, the holiday season - and the over-eating, traveling and gift lugging that come with it - leads to a substantial jump in the number of people with back and neck pain.

Researchers call for summer clothing to be given UV protection factor ratings as many fabrics offer inadequate protection
A new study published in BMC Dermatology reveals that, contrary to popular belief, many articles of clothing offer little protection against ultraviolet light, exposure to which is linked to the development of skin cancer.

Vagus nerve stimulation therapy continues to show long-term benefits for chronic or recurrent depression
New long-term findings demonstrate that patients with difficult to treat chronic or recurrent depression continue to respond to vagus nerve stimulation (VNS) therapy for up to two years.

Univ. of Fla. robots: Perfect for golfer who has everything
Christmas is coming to golfers with a lazy streak. University of Florida engineering students have designed a pair of robots that take some of the sweat out of America's favorite outdoor game.

Protein study suggests ways to help humans thwart viruses
Scientists have unraveled a genetic anomaly that protects some mice from a common cancer-causing virus.

Study finds most commonly prescribed antidepressants similar in effectiveness
An Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute for Healthcare study published in the Dec.19 issue of JAMA has found that three of the most commonly prescribed antidepressants are similar in effectiveness for depressive symptoms.

Boating safety: don't drink and ride
Hopkins study finds that recreational boaters, including passengers and operators, increase their risk of death when they drink while on a boat, whether is it moving or stationary.
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