Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

November 11, 2002
New statement proposes ways to stop deadly drug errors among heart, stroke patients
Better educating physicians, using computers to order drugs and improving the system for policing inappropriate medication use can help reduce potentially deadly errors among cardiovascular patients.

Flexibility key to sports for Muslim women: Study
Adopting a more flexible dress code in school sports programs could encourage more young Muslim women to participate in recreational activities, suggests a new study.

INEEL competes successfully for DOE EMSP funding
INEEL researchers won funding for seven U.S. Department of Energy Environmental Management Science Program (EMSP) projects, winning $6.2 million for the next three years.

Medicare beneficiaries with multiple chronic conditions 99 times more likely to be hospitalized
A study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health finds Medicare beneficiaries with four or more chronic conditions such as asthma, arthritis, diabetes, or hypertension are 99 times more likely to experience one or more potentially preventable hospitalizations than those without a chronic condition.

In prison, any sentence can be a death sentence
Peter Ford and colleagues report in this issue of CMAJ that male prison inmates in either provincial or federal prisons in Ontario have a

Northwestern receives $5 million to study polycystic ovary syndrome
Northwestern University has been awarded over $5 million by the National Institutes of Health Office of Research on Women's Health to establish a Specialized Center of Research (SCOR) to study polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), a disorder associated with irregular menstrual periods, infertility, excessive body hair and increased risk for diabetes.

Flip chips are altering the face of electronic packaging
Flip chip packaging delivers enhanced electrical performance, saves space, and provides high conduction speed, making it an ideal technology for use in handheld devices and medical electronics, among other applications.

Physicians offer new solution for blood transfusions
The successful transfusion of a cell-free blood product on a 14-year-old Jehovah's Witness may offer a solution for patients opposed to blood transfusions due to religious or personal beliefs.

Why trends in stroke death in 20th century appeared different to death from heart disease
Authors of a UK study published on The Lancet's website-
New statement proposes ways to stop deadly drug errors among heart, stroke patients
Better educating physicians, using computers to order drugs and improving the system for policing inappropriate medication use can help reduce potentially deadly errors among cardiovascular patients, according to a new American Heart Association scientific statement published in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Drinking wine may lower risk of dementia
People who drink wine occasionally may have a lower risk of developing dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, according to a study published in the November 12 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Polluted beach closures influenced by full moons and sunlight, surfer-engineer discovers
A recent study in the journal Environmental Science & Technology (ES&T) is raising questions about the reliability of water monitoring programs now in use at most U.S. beaches.

COX-2 inhibitors and the elderly
In their study of drug claims data, Muhammad Mamdani and colleagues report most of the patients among initial users of COX-2 inhibitors did not have a prescription claim for another NSAID in the 4 months preceding their first COX-2 prescription, even though COX-2 inhibitors are only to be covered by Ontario's Drug Benefit formulary if previous NSAID therapy had failed or was not tolerated.

UIC research suggests new way to stop growth of cancer cells
A new study from the UIC College of Pharmacy may lead to the development of a drug to stop the growth of cancer cells.

University of Toronto researcher examines effects of power
When faced with decisions, authority figures openly express their opinions while subordinates tend to withhold theirs, says a University of Toronto business professor.

Self-management program proves beneficial for macular degeneration patients
Individuals with vision loss caused by age-related macular degeneration (AMD),especially those who suffer from depression associated with their condition, benefit significantly from a relatively simple six week self-management program according to a team of physicians and researchers from UCSD Shiley Eye Center and School of Medicine.

Quick, cheap blood test predicts chance of surviving heart attack
A rapid and inexpensive blood test that measures levels of a hormone predicted the long-term health of patients with heart attack and chest pain, according to a study published in today's rapid access issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association.

Tips from the Journals of the American Society for Microbiology
Highlights include: Household disinfectant potential cause of antibiotic resistance, Bacterial infection possible cause of liver disease, and Existing antiviral potential treatment for smallpox.

Organization's reputation wields hefty influence: Scientist
The reputation of an organization can convince scientists of the value of the research it produces even when there is no supporting data, says a University of Toronto geologist.

Targeted radiation to liver tumors spares tissue, improves quality of life
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is offering the latest advancement for treating inoperable liver tumors.

Health care rationing in Germany
The rising number of elderly people in Germany will not necessarily increase the cost of health care.

Flaxseed-rich diet blocks prostate cancer growth and development in mice
A diet rich in flaxseed seems to reduce the size, aggressiveness and severity of tumors in mice that have been genetically engineered to develop prostate cancer, according to new research from Duke University Medical Center.

Thanksgiving menu stuffed with healthy choices
There's more than just a bountiful feast to be thankful for at Thanksgiving.

Drug averts Parkinson's disease in fruit flies, suggesting new approach for humans
Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have averted the onset of neurodegenerative disease in fruit flies by administering medication to flies genetically predisposed to a disorder akin to Parkinson's disease.
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