Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 14, 2002
Not enough telling in telemedicine
Telemedicine - the delivery of health related services via remote telecommunications - is valuable for delivering health-related services to remote areas, but the dynamics of the interactions associated with it can increase the likelihood of uncertainty, frustration and unmet expectations for all involved, says Richard L.

Seeing stars after LASIK? Study suggests certain pre-surgery factors may be to blame
Nearly a quarter to a third of patients that underwent LASIK surgery reported problems seeing at night, a new study suggests.

UW researcher plans project to pin down moon's distance from Earth
Tom Murphy plans to spend much of the next five years using the Apache Point telescope in New Mexico, a laser beam and reflectors left by several lunar missions to provide the most exacting measure of Earth's distance from the moon.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet, January 15, 2002
Issue highlights include: new recommendations on using aspirin to prevent heart disease, and studies indicating that accurate profiling of physician care depends on study design, and that colonoscopy may be cost effective for young people with rectal bleeding.

Munching microbes aid environment, oil industry
A University of Houston researcher is working with the oil industry and the Environmental Protection Agency to ensure that synthetic-based fluids used to lubricate oil-drilling equipment are environmentally safe.

Validity of JCAHO hospital accreditation
A new study by two University of Michigan School of Public Health researchers shows no relationship between Medicare-based measures of mortality and complications and the scores assigned to hospitals by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAHO).

UNC-RTI study supports aspirin to cut heart attacks, federal task force urges doctors to discuss with patients
A new study by North Carolina researchers has led the U.S.

Rensselaer researchers seeing farther and faster with terahertz (Thz) imaging
Xi-Cheng Zhang, the J. Erik Jonsson '22 Distinguished Professor of Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a team of researchers are the first to image biological tissue using single pulses of terahertz (THz or T-ray) radiation.

Health care providers' approach to patient care linked to successful physician-patient relationships, study finds
The way in which a health care provider organizes patient care has been linked to successful patient-physician relationships in a study published in the current issue of the Journal of General Internal Medicine.

2002 Ocean Sciences Meeting - Media Advisory 1
The world's largest gathering of ocean scientists takes place this year February 11 to 15 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

USPSTF urges patients and doctors to discuss aspirin therapy
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) today strongly recommended that doctors discuss the benefits and harms of aspirin therapy with adult patients who are at increased risk of coronary heart disease (CHD).

Researchers seek ways to reduce children's injury risk
Pediatricians can provide enhanced safety counseling to parents of young children, but parents, especially low income urban families, need additional services to help them follow the advice.

Seawinds casts a closer eye on tropical cyclones
In a new NASA-funded study, researchers have dramatically improved the warning time for tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane basins using satellite data to access a combination of the spin of the atmosphere and wind speed data.

New cholesterol guidelines not 'one size fits all'
A new study advises physicians to fully understand the expanded benefits of the new cholesterol guidelines, citing that the new recommendations are likely to significantly raise the number of people under 45 and older than 65 who are prescribed cholesterol-lowering medications, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

UCLA and Finnish scientists identify genetic mutation that causes lactose intolerance
UCLA and Finnish researchers have identified a genetic mutation for lactose intolerance, a painful digestive condition that afflicts some 30 million to 50 million North Americans, 75 percent of African Americans and 90 percent of Asian Americans.

Greenhouse emissions growth slowed over past decade
A new NASA-funded study shows that the rate of growth of greenhouse gas emissions has slowed since its peak in 1980, due in part to international cooperation that led to reduced chlorofluorocarbon use, slower growth of methane, and a steady rate of carbon dioxide emissions.

Smithsonian researchers show Amazonian deforestation accelerating
U.S. and Brazilian scientists led by William Laurance of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute find that deforestation rates in the Brazilian Amazon have accelerated over the last decade.

Scanning carotid artery with MRI may help predict stroke risk
A simple imaging test identified people with dangerous clogging in their carotid (neck) arteries according to researchers who say the test may someday help identify individuals who need immediate surgery to prevent stroke.

Promising Indiana University lung cancer trial enters new phase
A promising Indiana University School of Medicine extracranial stereotactic radioablation lung cancer trial is recruiting patients for its second phase.
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