Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

December 03, 2006
Underweight women at greater risk of miscarriage
Women who have a low body mass index before they become pregnant are 72 percent more likely to suffer a miscarriage in the first three months of pregnancy, but can reduce their risk significantly by taking supplements and eating fresh fruit and vegetables, according to study findings published online today.

New recommendations for the diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism
Diagnosis of Pulmonary Embolism (PE) is a challenging process. Because PE is only present in about one-third of those in whom it is suspected, the diagnosis must be confirmed or excluded by further testing.

New info on eating disorders in two Stanford/Packard children's studies
One study, to be published in the December issue of Pediatrics, is the first to confirm that pro-eating disorder Web sites may promote dangerous behaviors in adolescents with eating disorders.

Beyond the bonds that bind: UCSB researchers discover hydrogen can form multicenter bonds
Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara have shown that, under the right circumstances, hydrogen can form multicenter bonds, where one hydrogen atom simultaneously bonds to as many as four or six other atoms.

Molecule linked to autoimmune disease relapses identified at Stanford
The ebb and flow of such autoimmune diseases as multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis has long been a perplexing mystery to scientists.

Catching the wave -- Researchers measure very short laser pulses
Scientists have perfected a technique for very accurately measuring and controlling the electromagnetic waves within some of the shortest laser pulses ever made, says new research published today.

Smashing the time it takes to repair our bones
New research by Queensland University of Technology is helping scientists better understand how bone cells work and may one day lead to the development of technology that can speed up the time it takes to heal fractured and broken bones.
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