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  • Science & the Public

    Averting Medical Mistakes

    When workers get tired, they make mistakes. When the exhausted laborers are physicians, those errors can prove deadly. A new paper in today’s Journal of the American Medical Association finds that first-year doctors, or interns, tend to experience notable sleep deprivation during their on-call hospital shifts. Moreover, these new doctors tend to be so busy that they often can’t find time to...

    09/10/2008 - 15:23 Biomedicine, Humans & Society
  • Letters to the Editor

    Letters from the October 14, 2006, issue of Science News

    Name game

    "Named medical trials garner extra attention" (SN: 8/5/06, p. 93), I think, has it backwards. It's not that labeled trials are more likely to be funded. Rather, well-funded, large trials are more likely to be named. We research chemists label only the important projects. The name makes the project easier to track and reference.

    Charles D. ShusterColumbus, Ohio

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    10/10/2006 - 02:23 Humans & Society
  • Feature

    Science News of the Year 2003

    Fighting off the viruses

    A couple of decades ago, if someone had asked whether you'd heard about "that new virus," you'd have know that they were concerned about a health threat. This year, you'd have needed to ask, "Medical or computer?" On both viral fronts, 2003 was eventful. A new viral disease emerged in China, and...

    12/16/2003 - 12:27 Humans & Society
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    Science News of the Year 2003

    Fighting off the viruses

    A couple of decades ago, if someone had asked whether you'd heard about "that new virus," you'd have know that they were concerned about a health threat. This year, you'd have needed to ask, "Medical or computer?" On both viral fronts, 2003 was eventful. A new viral disease emerged in China, and...

    12/16/2003 - 12:27 Humans & Society
  • Feature

    Science News of the Year 2002

    A year of twists and turns

    What the world needs, say some people, is more one-handed scientists. That way, reports would have fewer sentences starting, "On the other hand. . . ."

    Actually, scientists need all the hands they can muster. Most of the phenomena they investigate are so complex that even carefully designed...

    12/17/2002 - 10:06
  • Feature

    Science News of the Year 2002

    A year of twists and turns

    What the world needs, say some people, is more one-handed scientists. That way, reports would have fewer sentences starting, "On the other hand. . . ."

    Actually, scientists need all the hands they can muster. Most of the phenomena they investigate are so complex that even carefully designed...

    12/17/2002 - 10:06
  • Feature

    Science News of the Year 2001

    The year 2001 will be remembered sadly for a single date: Sept. 11. The horrific loss of lives to terrorism on that day overshadows all earlier events of the year. The fear instilled on Sept. 11 was soon exacerbated by bioterrorism, as anthrax spores sent through the mail caused additional deaths and provided a threat that seemed it might reach into any home or workplace. People immediately...

    12/19/2001 - 11:55
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    Physical Sciences Notes

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    Life Sciences Notes

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    Medical Sciences Notes

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