Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

June 25, 2006
New study shows the life and death importance of the doctor-patient relationship
An Australian psychiatric study has found that doctors may be inadvertently contributing to the desire of many terminally ill patients to die sooner rather than later.

Meconium: Baby's first stool may provide clues to fetal alcohol exposure
Fetal alcohol exposure is usually determined through self-reported maternal consumption.

ENDO 2006 offers breaking research on the metabolic syndrome, obesity, hormones in women and more
This year's annual meeting of The Endocrine Society, ENDO 2006, is packed with appearances from powerful medical leaders from top medical associations plus the latest scientific developments as the world's leading endocrinologists gather to unravel medical mysteries and debate some of medicine's most highly controversial topics.

Dana Farber and 454 life sciences announce breakthrough in DNA sequencing for cancer research
454 Sequencing was used to analyze mutations in five exons of the EGFR gene in 22 patients with lung cancer.

Bars and restaurants with regular staff meetings are less likely to sell alcohol to drunk patrons
Despite its illegality, alcohol establishments continue to sell alcohol to intoxicated persons.

Personality and parents' alcoholism interact to influence a person's risk of becoming an alcoholic
New findings show that interaction between a personality trait called

Production of key Alzheimer's protein monitored for first time in humans
Science is now poised to answer an important and longstanding question about the origins of Alzheimer's disease: Do Alzheimer's patients have high levels of a brain protein because they make too much of it or because they can't clear it from their brains quickly enough?

Half a million lives lost annually in Europe to preventable injuries
Half a million lives could be saved annually in the World Health Organization (WHO) European Region if existing knowledge was used to prevent injuries, state the authors of a Public Health paper published online today (Monday June 26, 2006) by The Lancet.

The greater the number of bars in a neighborhood, the higher the rates of assault
A new study analyzes the relationship between alcohol outlets and overnight hospital stays due to assaults.

Deakin University has developed a prototype tasty snack food with special health benefits
Dr. Russell Keast, a senior lecturer in the school of exercise and nutrition sciences, has developed a new snack food with a parmesan cheese cracker, organic mashed potato and special healthy additives.
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