Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

October 20, 2002
World-first gene therapy for cystic fibrosis targets lung stem cells?
The genetically - inherited disease cystic fibrosis causes severe, unrelenting lung disease in children and adults worldwide.

Finding the right way to tell the family about cancer
For the first time, a programme has been developed to help cancer patients discuss their condition with family, friends, and colleagues, based on the strategy that is currently used to train doctors in communicating effectively with their patients.

Doctors surprised that older women patients can tolerate powerful treatment
Oncologists may be anxious about treating older women with breast cancer in the same way that they would treat younger patients, but research has shown that older patients can tolerate powerful medication too.

Memory training may help some Alzheimer's patients in the early stages of the disease
Simple, systematic memory training can help some people with early-stage Alzheimer's diease, according to new research.

Extra care needed for dying patients
In a survey on the attitudes and practices of nearly 900 oncologists towards palliative care for dying patients and patients with advanced cancer, almost all (92%) agreed that they should receive end-of-life support as well as anti-tumour therapy.

Finding a 'Holy Grail': simulated and experimental protein folding compares nicely
For years, the comparison of simulated and experimental protein folding kinetics has been a

Children in deprived areas three times more likely to be hit by a car
Children in the ten per cent most deprived wards in England are more than three times as likely to be pedestrian casualties as those in the ten per cent least deprived wards, according to new research published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (ippr) and Imperial College Centre for Transport Studies today (Monday).

New information scheme reassures patients
Oncologists in Italy have demonstrated that a structured approach to providing health information to cancer patients really does make a difference to their psychological and physical well-being and recommend that should be implemented in every oncology unit, according to a study involving 3300 patients.

UCSF-led team reports new test improves detection of prions in animals
UCSF-led researchers have developed a highly sensitive, automated test for detecting prions (PREE-on) that they report significantly improves the accuracy and speed of detecting the various forms of the infectious agent, which causes a set of neurodegenerative diseases, in cattle, sheep, deer and elk.

Elderly patients denied best treatment for fear of side effects
Most elderly women with advanced ovarian cancer are not given optimal treatment for fear of an adverse reaction, although there is little evidence to show that they are at greater risk than younger patients, say oncologists in France.
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