Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

February 21, 2003
Preliminary results: Investigational rapid-release nicotine gum effective in relieving cravings
An investigational rapid-release nicotine gum may provide more effective craving relief for smokers than Nicorette.

Cell Transplant Society holds 6th International Congress in Atlanta March 2-5
Leading international scientists in stem cell research and transplantation will present their most recent discoveries at the 2003 Cell Transplant Society 6th International Congress in Atlanta, March 2-5.

Don't ask, don't tell: Medical students' shifting attitudes about permission to examine
In a study published in today's American Journal of OB/GYN, researchers tracked a negative change in attitude by medical students relating to pelvic exams of unconscious patients.

American Academy of Neurology 55th Annual Meeting
The American Academy of Neurology's 55th annual meeting -- the largest international neurology meeting in the world -- will take place on Saturday, March 29 through Saturday, April 5, 2003.

Significant decline in mortality rates shown for Los Angeles County
Using the California Statistical Master Death File for the years 1990 to 2000, investigators announced significant declines in mortality rates had taken place in the leading causes of death in Los Angeles County (LAC), California, over the 10-year period.

American Academy of Neurology Foundation to honor Jerry Lewis at annual meeting
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Foundation has named Jerry Lewis the recipient of its 2003 Public Leadership in Neurology Award.

Schools culture of testing and targets squeezes support for 'at risk' youngsters
The current competitive culture of standards, targets and formal curriculum makes it hard for schools to be inclusive and support children with the greatest social and learning needs, according to new research funded by the ESRC.

Overweight is 20 percent among Los Angeles County public school children
After analyzing body mass index (BMI) data from 280,630 students in the 5th, 7th, and 9th grades in Los Angeles County (LAC), California, public school system, researchers reported an overall prevalence of overweight of slightly more than 20 percent, according to a study presented at the national meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine in San Diego.

Potential for ultrafast detonations revealed by new computer simulation
Explosive detonations at speeds faster than current theories predict have been shown to be possible in a powerful new computer simulation.

Researchers receive patent for discovering way to reach brain cells with drugs
Mayo Clinic researchers have received a U.S. patent for their invention of a new way to use a synthetic molecule that specifically targets the genetic material of a cell.

New Jersey hospital adds 'fifth protocol' to ensure organ donation safety
The heart transplant team at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick has added a new step in a safety checklist to guard against the possible organ mismatch that occurred in North Carolina.

Study may help explain sunlight's role in melanoma development, have screening implications
A strong link exists between lifetime exposure to ultraviolet light, particularly lifetime sunburns, and the development of melanoma - the most lethal form of skin cancer.

American Academy of Neurology journal launches new section for non-scientists
The journal Neurology, the American Academy of Neurology's twice-monthly scientific journal for neurologists and neuroscientists, has recently launched a new feature tailored for the layperson called the Patient Page.

Greater height associated with increased risk of prostate cancer over age 50
Greater height appeared to be positively associated with subsequent risk of prostate cancer in men over age 50, according to a study presented at the national meeting of the American College of Preventive Medicine in San Diego.

Changes in secondary education improve program by providing more classroom experience early on
Recent changes in the secondary education curriculum have led to a better program overall.

Eating eggs may protect against breast cancer
Women who used to eat more eggs during their high school years may be less likely to develop breast cancer.

Proposed treatment for diabetes could have devastating side effects
New research, published in open access journal BMC Immunology, reveals that a prospective treatment for autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and multiple sclerosis can result in serious side effects in mice.
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