Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 19, 2002
Pain-relief drug may prevent lung problems, blindness in premature infants
A popular pain-relief drug may prevent lung and eye disorders common in premature infants, a UC Irvine College of Medicine study has found.

Clinical services must catch up
Despite the immense potential impact of the Human Genome Project on clinical care, there are almost no clinical services available to cope with the demand.

Predicting who is most likely to quit smoking
Strategies to help patients quit smoking should start as soon as possible after diagnosis of cancer, when patients are most responsive, concluded the results of a study of 384 people into the effectiveness of self-motivation techniques to encourage people to give up smoking, compared to simply telling them to stop.

A patient's view on clinical trials
Informed Consent - This paper should only be signed if three conditions are met,

Better care and better communication urgently needed
Europe's leading oncologists will call for clinical services to be improved and standardised throughout Europe, in order that all patients with cancer receive the best possible treatment.

Oncologists evaluate Chinese herbal medicine
For people with cancer, it is a common belief that Chinese herbal medicine could reduce the toxicity of chemotherapy.

Chips that analyse cancer genes
Chip technology that exploits genetic information promises to be one of the most important instruments for the prognosis of cancer on the horizon.
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