Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

April 30, 2006
Whole-genome study at Johns Hopkins reveals a new gene associated with abnormal heart rhythm
Using a new genomic strategy that has the power to survey the entire human genome and identify genes with common variants that contribute to complex diseases, researchers at Johns Hopkins, together with scientists from Munich, Germany, and the Framingham Heart Study, USA, have identified a gene that may predispose some people to abnormal heart rhythms that lead to sudden cardiac death, a condition affecting more than 300 thousand Americans each year.

Internet use involves both pros and cons for children and adolescents
According to the latest research presented in a special issue of Developmental Psychology, published by the American Psychological Association (APA), spending a lot of time on the Web can have both negative and positive effects on young people, i.e., the sharing of self-injury practices by some and the improvement of academic performance and health awareness by others.

Environmental tobacco smoke linked to behavior problems in children and pre-teens
A new Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center study shows that exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, even at extremely low levels, is associated with behavior problems in children and pre-teens.

Study shows racial/ethnic disparities in medical/oral health status and care for minority children
Minority and multiracial children experience many disparities in medical and oral health status, access to care, and use of services, according to a new national study by researchers at the Center for Advancement of Underserved Children at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee and Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

Environmental triggers may promote human genetic variation
In this month's issue of the leading scientific journal Genome Research, scientists from Kyushu University report how environmentally damaged DNA may contribute to human genetic diversity.

Study finds parents rarely use baby gates, bath thermometers
A recent study by researchers in emergency medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center found parents use baby gates and bath thermometers less than 25 percent of the time and pediatricians are partially to blame.

Conference breaks down barriers in civil justice system
Leaders from across the country will be tackling how to overcome barriers facing the civil justice system at a national conference marking the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Bar Association Task Force Report on the Systems of Civil Justice.
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