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ACS News Service Weekly PressPac -- Nov. 22, 2006

Here is the latest American Chemical Society (ACS) News Service Weekly press package (PressPac) with reports selected from 35 major peer-reviewed journals and Chemical & Engineering News.


ACS NEWS SERVICE Weekly PressPac − ALL CONTENT IS FOR IMMEDIATE USE EXCEPT ARTICLE #5 (EMBARGOED FOR 9 A.M., EASTERN TIME, NOV. 27, 2006)


In This Edition:

  • Toward improved medications for iron-overload diseases

  • Fostering a new medical life for a forgotten antibiotic

  • Engineering the "Super Enzyme" -- a potential new weapon against heart disease

  • The semantics on the next revolution in online scientific publishing

  • A continued erosion in United States' share of global R&D publications

  • Journalists' Resources: Landmarks, news sources and more

  • Mark Your Calendars: Chemistry's growing role in cancer research


ARTICLE #1 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toward new medications for iron-overload diseases
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry

Scientists report progress in developing much-needed new medications for hemochromatosis and other iron-overload diseases. In these conditions, excess amounts of iron accumulate in the liver, heart, pancreas and other organs and eventually cause serious damage.

Raymond J. Bergeron and colleagues at the University of Florida explain that existing treatments remove only small amounts of iron from sensitive organs like the heart. Treatment sometimes must continue for years to remove enough iron to prevent organ damage, they note in a report scheduled for the current (Nov. 16) issue of the ACS Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, a biweekly publication.

The researchers report the synthesis and early testing in laboratory animals of a possible new generation of iron chelating drugs, compounds that remove excess iron from the body. In addition to working more ef
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Contact: Michael Woods
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American Chemical Society
27-Nov-2006


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