Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

January 01, 2004
Combination drug therapy offers hope for malaria treatment
Two articles and a Commentary in this week's issue highlight how combination therapy offers the best hope for tackling drug resistance for the millions of people worldwide affected by malaria.

Economic impact of back pain substantial
In one of the largest analyses of its kind, a team of Duke University Medical Center researchers has found that patients suffering from back pain consume more that $90 billion annually in health-care expenses, with approximately $26 billion of that amount directly attributable to treating the back pain.

Urgent action required to prevent 500k deaths/yr worldwide from pregnancy-related causes
Maternal reproductive health-one of the most neglected global public-health catastrophes-is the theme for the first issue of The Lancet in 2004.

A big surprise: Young nerve cells can rewind their developmental clocks
Scientists have identified a gene in the cerebral cortex that apparently controls the developmental clock of embryonic nerve cells, a finding that could open another door to tissue replacement therapy in the central nervous system.

New act will restrict patient choice
Chronically sick and older people may not be able to choose where they are treated when new community care regulations come into force in January 2004, warn researchers in this week's BMJ.

Study suggests widespread environmental presence of Enterobacter sakazakii
A bacterium that can be dangerous to premature babies and young infants could be more widespread in the environment than previously thought, suggest authors of a research letter in this week's issue of The Lancet.

Results of pivotal study for GlaxoSmithKline's Valtrex published in New England Journal of Medicine
GlaxoSmithKline today announced the publication of results from a clinical trial evaluating Valtrex® (valacyclovir HCl), an oral antiviral, in the reduction of transmission of genital herpes, in the Jan.

Low dose radiation in infancy may affect intellect
Exposure to low doses of ionising radiation in infancy affects intellectual capacity in later life, conclude researchers from Sweden in this week's BMJ.

Having a stable partner delays AIDS in HIV patients
For people with HIV, having a stable partner is associated with slower rate of progression to AIDS or death, finds a study in this week's BMJ.
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