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Tuesday, August 03, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php:
Public Release: 3-Aug-2004
In national survey, 45% of specialists report a recent medical error
Otolaryngologist Dr. David Roberson of Children's Hospital Boston has first-hand experience with medical errors. He remembers one near-miss in a patient about to receive a cochlear implant – and says it typifies the kinds of mistakes he and his colleagues have turned up in a national survey. Of those responding, 45% reported that a medical error had occurred in their practice in the past six months.
Joshua Shapiro Fund, Children's Hospital Otolaryngology Foundation Research Fund

Public Release: 3-Aug-2004
Brain, Behavior and Immunity
Social benefits of wound healing may not make any difference in animals with multiple partners
A new study suggests that wounds on mice that prefer multiple mates heal at the same rate, whether the mice are housed with a mate or live in isolation. But the same doesn't ring true for monogamous mice, said Courtney DeVries, an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience at Ohio State University.
Ohio State University Stress and Wound Healing Center

Public Release: 3-Aug-2004
Study: A little help from friends makes wounds heal faster
New research in hamsters now suggests that without companionship, wounds on the animals don't heal as fast. Researchers looked at the effect social contact had on wound healing in stressed hamsters. Results showed that skin wounds healed nearly twice as fast in the hamsters paired with a sibling. These animals also produced less of the stress hormone cortisol than unpaired hamsters.
Ohio State University Stress and Wound Healing Center

Public Release: 3-Aug-2004
Gulf of Maine marine ecosystem may have entered new phase
For most of the past 4,500 years, cod was king in the Gulf of Maine's coastal waters. Today, cod have given way to the Jonah crab with potential long-term consequences for coastal fisheries, according to a University of Maine research report published in the journal Ecosystems.
Pew Foundation for Marine Conservation, Maine Sea Grant, Maine Department of Marine Resources, National Undersea Research Program

Public Release: 3-Aug-2004
Ecological Society of America 89th Annual Meeting
Climate change could doom Alaska's tundra
In the next 100 years, Alaska will experience a massive loss of its historic tundra, as global warming allows these vast regions of cold, dry, lands to support forests and other vegetation that will dramatically alter native ecosystems.
US Department of Energy, US Forest Service
Some types of pigeons are well known for their ability to find their way home. New findings indicate that the animals can learn to follow man-made routes, making their trips less mentally taxing.
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