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New ways to design safer & more effective topical (transdermal) drug delivery announced in the PNAS

...Es for safety and efficacy," said Mitragotri. "By enhancing our ability to deliver drugs topically, we will be able to reduce the number of drugs that must be given by injection." The skin is composed of several layers. The top layer, Stratum Corneum (SC) is made of dead cells that contain proteins and lipid...

Cornea transplants can be improved

...eye banks' assessment procedures, both in terms of enhancing image quality of the microscope image of the corneal cells and improving the accuracy of counting cells, parameters used to assess the health of a cornea." More than 35,000 corneal transplants are performed annually in the United States, most of them...

New treatment options for some difficult cancers improve survival and quality of life

...ombined with IPHC seems to be a life extending and enhancing treatment option for patients with some of the most difficult cancers," said Edward Levine, MD, professor and head of surgical oncology at Wake Forest Baptist. The positive results of these studies support the need for further evaluation of the use o...

Exercise tolerance is good screening test for chest pain patients

...note the challenge of providing optimal care while enhancing cost effectiveness and resource utilization for patients who are experiencing chest pain. The editorial writers support as "more practical and focused" the study's conclusion that the "results suggest that a community hospital that is planning to set...

Gladstone Institutes rank high in the scientist survey of best places for postdocs

...but for the past several years, Gladstone has been enhancing its postdoctoral program. Many of the improvements -- significant upgrades in compensation, length of training, mentoring, and career development -- resulted from a top-to-bottom review of the program in 1998. In 2003, a program was implemented to de...

Contrary to previous findings, smoking is detrimental to patients with Alzheimer's

...nic nicotine exposure may actually be detrimental, enhancing certain Alzheimer's disease brain pathologies," said Frank LaFerla, principal investigator of the research project, associate professor of neurobiology and behavior, and co-director of the UCI Institute for Brain Aging and Dementia. "But these previo...

Hands-on or hands-free, using a cell phone while driving is not safe, researchers find

...ction. The papers also indicate new directions for enhancing driving safety....

Hearing aid signal not clear? Then switch frequency to FM, finds UCI study

...edical College Hospital in Beijing discovered that enhancing the detection of frequency modulation may signific...our radio, music sounds better on the FM dial, and enhancing the FM reception on hearing devices can go a long way to helping people listen to and enjoy the beau...

Veterans in better health than other residents of nursing homes, new test for evaluating tinnitus

...mprove cycling performance is an important step to enhancing exercise effects and optimizing health benefits for patients with SCI. Monolimb provides same comfort and flexibility as high-end prosthetic limbs This study investigates the effect of leg design on the flexibility and structural int...

Fair decisions more important when hospitals face crisis like SARS

... priority setting decisions, providing support and enhancing accountability for decision making by staff. "During the SARS outbreak the hospital's leadership developed and implemented several sophisticated processes to help with their crisis management," according to the study. "Tailoring those processes to ...

2004's top 10 hot topics in plastic surgery

...techniques to maintain a patient's ethnicity while enhancing features. 10. Stem cells from fat? Doctors can harvest and store adult stem cells from liposuction fat and successfully grow stem cells. While this advance is exciting, treatment of medical disorders using stem cells from liposuction has yet to be ...

Iris Murdoch's last novel reveals first signs of Alzheimer's disease

...spontaneous writing, and raises the possibility of enhancing cognitive tests used to diagnose the disease, for example by comparing correspondence or diary entries collected over someone's life. "Alzheimer's is known to disrupt the brain's semantic system, but this can happen subtly before anyone has the...

Antidepressant may help people stop smoking when used with nicotine patch

...mechanisms of action for nortriptyline's effect in enhancing smoking cessation. Nortriptyline may reduce depressive symptoms and the need for 'negative affect reduction smoking.' Other antidepressant agents are also effective in smoking cessation, suggesting that the antidepressant effect may be the common mec...

University of Pennsylvania Health System launches life-saving eICU technology

... ICU care into the future, while at the same time, enhancing patient care." The Penn E-lert system is expected...urses in the hospital ICUs. "Penn is committed to enhancing care by utilizing the latest proven technology to more effectively manage a patient's stay in the IC...

Allergy cancer link

...llergic conditions protect against malignancies by enhancing the ability of the immune system to detect and eliminate malignant cells," they write. Although childhood eczema appeared to increase the risk that individuals will suffer from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma by around twofold, it is important to realise that...

Gene for diabetes found

...The other variants are apparently neutral, neither enhancing nor reducing the risk of diabetes. "There are certainly other genes that contribute to diabetes," Bowden said. "This is good evidence for one." The researchers found a "remarkably similar pattern" in Hispanics. "In Hispanic families, people who had ...

M. D. Anderson receives SPORE grant for melanoma research

...e response to melanoma in hopes of controlling and enhancing immune response; Determining which patient's tumors will resist treatment by identifying the molecular markers and creating regulators to turn these markers off; and Blocking melanoma tumor growth factors in patients by using specially designed blo...

Northwestern receives $2.1 million grant for Parkinson's disease research

... therapy, is aimed at restoring dopamine levels by enhancing release of the neurotransmitter from surviving dopaminergic neurons. Although initially effective in many patients with Parkinson's disease, the benefits of levodopa therapy are relatively short-lived and are accompanied by unwanted motor side effect...

Revolutionary HIV drug Fuzeon wins most prestigious award for innovation

...estimony to Roche's unique innovation capabilities enhancing the development of truly novel medicines; this also brings great pride and motivation to everyone at Roche", said William M. Burns, Head of Roche's Pharmaceuticals Division. "However, innovation is only one milestone of Fuzeon's success; the next cru...

Foundation to honor physicians and community health initiatives around the world

...rd work in strengthening their communities through enhancing the health of their neighbors," said Diane Stover, MD, FCCP, President of The CHEST Foundation. "We are pleased to have the help of Paul Shaffer on an evening where we celebrate our long commitment to improving the lives of people throughout the wor...

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