Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 04, 2013
90 percent of pediatric specialists not following clinical guidelines when treating preschoolers with ADHD
A recent study by pediatricians from the Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York examined to what extent pediatric physicians adhere to American Academy of Pediatrics clinical guidelines regarding pharmacotherapy in treating young patients with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

Cancer treatment could target inflammation in CVD
Peptide receptor radionuclide therapy with radiolabeled somatostatin analogs, an established treatment for cancer patients, could offer a novel therapeutic approach to decrease levels of inflammation in the atherosclerotic plaques of patients with cardiovascular disease, reported an abstract study at the International Conference on Nuclear Cardiology and Cardiac CT, May 5 to 8 in Berlin, Germany.

Vitamin C may head off lung problems in babies born to pregnant smokers
Pregnant women are advised not to smoke during pregnancy because it can harm the baby's lungs and lead to wheezing and asthma, among other problems.

When less is more: New protocol limits use of SPECT MPI
A new stress test protocol that investigates reducing the use of perfusion imaging in low risk patients undergoing SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging for possible angina symptoms was found to be diagnostically safe, revealed a US retrospective analysis.

Experts to focus on the science of gun safety
Pediatric leaders and researchers will tackle the complex and often politically charged subject of gun violence during a special symposium on Saturday, May 4, at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Washington, DC.

Diagnosis, treatment of common outpatient disorder adds $238 million a year in ER costs
A relatively common urinary tract disorder that can usually be managed in an outpatient setting is adding an estimated $238 million a year to the cost of emergency room visits in the US, according to two new studies from Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit.

Don't be quick to toss your toothbrush after a sore throat
Word on the street has it you should replace your toothbrush after suffering from a cold, the flu or a bout of strep throat.

Toxic waste sites cause healthy years of life lost
Toxic waste sites with elevated levels of lead and chromium cause a high number of

Don't txt n drive: Teens not getting msg
Teens can get hundreds of text messages a day, but one message they aren't getting is that they shouldn't text and drive.

Poverty threatens health of US children
Pediatricians, economists, social scientists and policy experts will come together on Saturday, May 4, to address one of the greatest threats to child health -- poverty.

Childhood obesity starts at home
As parents, physicians and policymakers look for ways to curb childhood obesity, they may need to look no further than a child's own backyard.

Risk of death has decreased for children initially treated with dialysis for ESKD
In a study that included more than 20,000 patients, there was a significant decrease in the United States in mortality rates over time among children and adolescents initiating end-stage kidney disease treatment with dialysis between 1990 and 2010, according to a study in the May 8 issue of JAMA.

Researchers calculate the global highways of invasive marine species
New research, by scientists from the Universities of Bristol, UK, and Oldenburg, Germany, has mapped the most detailed forecast to date for importing potentially harmful invasive species with the ballast water of cargo ships.
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