Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 28, 2002
Negative stereotypes about aging may shorten your life by affecting will to live
Even if we are not aware of them, negative thoughts about aging that we pick up from society may be cutting years off our lives, according to a study that found older people with more positive self-perceptions of aging lived 7.5 years longer.

Secondary factors, such as early disease stage, alter laboratory findings for the elderly
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Researchers seek genetic clues to identify addicts and patients who will benefit from treatment
Toxicology experts have long known that individuals can exhibit a wide range of physiological responses when exposed to identical doses of opiate- or morphine-based drugs.

Leader of Florida's screening program for type 1 diabetes supports program's effectiveness
From a public health point of view, it would seem that screening for type 1 diabetes is the right thing to do, but some in the medical community have pointed out that screening tests have a low positive predictive value and that predicting the disease without a primary prevention capability raises ethical considerations because of induced stress, lifestyle changes, cost and potential effects on insurability.
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