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Communication skills and malpractice risk

There are specific communication behaviors that decrease or increase a primary care physician's risk of a malpractice lawsuit, according to an article in this week's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).



Education, Psychology, Grades, Personality, men, Dependency

Dependent Personality Linked to Higher GPA

Men with dependent personalities are more likely to have a significantly higher grade-point average than men with non-dependent personalities. That's according to research on the topic by Robert F. Bornstein, professor of psychology at Gettysburg College, PA.


Coronary, Coronary Heart Disease, CHD, Heart Attack, Myocardial Infarction, MI

Treatment and Prevention Reducing Coronary Deaths in U.S.

Despite constant messages that diet and exercise can help to prevent coronary heart disease (CHD), advancements in the management of those who have already developed CHD are credited with most of the striking decline in coronary mortality from 1980 to 1990, according to an article in this week's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).


pain, Control, Modulation, baby, Spinal, Injury, Inflammation, Analgesia

Sugar, Suckling Trigger Natural Pain Control

Neuroscientists at the University of Maryland at Baltimore have found that sugar and suckling activate natural pain-modulating systems in babies. They also learned that the pain of inflammation and injury is controlled at least in part in the spinal cord. EMBARGOED for release February 17, 1997, 5 p.m. EST



Viral, Particles, Deformed, Deleting, Portion, Tails

How Influenza Virus Is Formed

The influenza virus reproduces itself by pushing out a portion of a cell's outer membrane and pinching it off --- creating a new viral paricle than can go on to infect another cell. Just how the virus succeeds in pushing out the membrane has been clsarified by researchers at Northwestern University


Disease, Control, Twins, Cigarettes, Children, Virus, Viral, Spumavirus

Briefs from Feb. 14 CDC Journal, MMWR

Articles synopsized below will appear in the Feb. 14 Edition of "Morbidity And Mortality Weekly Report," published by the U.S Centers For Disease Control And Prevention (CDC). 1) State-Specific Variation in Rates of Twin Births--United States, 1992-1994; 2) Ingestion of Cigarettes and Cigarette Butts by Children--Rhode Island, Jan 1994-Jul 1996; 3) Nonhuman Primate Spumavirus Infections Among Persons with Occupational Exposure--U.S., 1996


Genetics, Taste, Marker, Bitter, Cancer, risk, Taste, Sensitivity

Super-tasters and cancer

Super-tasters---people with a genetically inherited sensitivity to bitter or sharp tastes---may avoid tart vegetables and fruits that contain cancer preventive coupounds, says University of Michigan researcher. Prof. Adam Drewnowski presented his study Sunday (Feb.16) at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.


Antioxidant, Oxidants, Supplements, free, Radicals, Vitamin, Alpha, Lipoic, Acid

Conference to highlight newest antioxidant research

Top researchers to present new evidence showing antioxidant supplements prevent disease and may slow aging. Conference featuring more than 50 scientists to be held in Santa Barbara, CA, Feb. 26-March 1.


Child, Adolescent, Health, Pediatrics, Family, Violence, Injuries

Children No Strangers to Family Violence

A study of family violence found that children are often injured during fights between parents, extended family members and even family friends.


Child, Adolescent, Health, Pediatrics, Religion

Religious Objections To Medical Care

A new policy from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that no child should be denied access to medical care based on a parents religious beliefs.

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