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Wistar Scientist Awarded American Cancer Society Grant For Study Of Tumor Suppressor Proteins

...sed to support his research into the structure and function of proteinsinvolved in the development of a variety of human cancers. Lung, breast, brain, bone, skin, bladder, kidney and ovarian cancers all share acommon characteristic -- the gene regulating the activity of P16INK4, whichfastens itself to the CDK...

Mice Free Of Anxiety By A Deficient Stress Hormone Receptor--A Hint For A NewTherapeutic Regimen In The Treatment Of Depression And Anxiety

... the assumption that new drugs which suppressCRHR1 function might be able to reduce symptoms of depression and anxiety inpatients. The clinical use of CRH-antagonists could therefore lead to a fasterand more effective therapeutic response than classical antidepressants, andrepresents a completely new mode of ...

Health Risk To "Cigarette Babies" Is Neglected, Duke Scientist Charges

...versible changes in the development, structure and function ofspecific nerve pathways. "Such effects might explain why nicotine is often more viciouslyaddictive in adolescents than it is in adults, and why the adolescent smokerbecomes the lifelong smoker." Slotkin also asserted that the worldw...

New Study Designed To Improve Outcomes In Women With Metastatic Breast Cancer

...lood cells. Stem cellswill regenerate bone marrow function in the patient after high-dosechemotherapy. Because high-dose chemotherapy will destroy the patient's bone marrow, stemcells are collected after a small dose of chemotherapy and growth factors. Thepurified cells are frozen in liquid nitrogen for lat...

Forum Urges Medicare Reform To Emphasize Health Promotion

...and monitoring facilities for maintaining physical function and preventing major illness and disability, we could reduce the need for Medicare to pay for more expensive medical procedures for beneficiaries who become sick." Dr. Stone, who presently serves as Executive Director of the International Lon...

Modafinil Improves The Quality Of Life Of Narcolepsy Patients

...g. Many patients are never fully alert and cannot function normally. Thedisorder can take an emotional toll on its victims who are often mistaken forbeing lazy, bored or having psychological problems. The symptoms are oftenrecognized to be as debilitating as those symptoms from epilepsy, migraineheadaches ...

Black Teen-Agers With Severe Asthma Are Three Times More Likely Than White Teens To Be Steroid Resistant

...ren with less than a 15 percentimprovement in lung function following a "burst" of inhaled steroids--high dosesover seven days--were considered steroid resistant. "Twenty-five percent of the kids admitted to National Jewish havesteroid-resistant asthma, which is much greater than anyone thought," Dr. Spahns...

A Concentration Killer: Study Shows Brain Chemistry Defect Is Key To Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder In Adults

...th ADHD. For example, drugs that enhance dopamine function appear to quellthe disorder's symptoms. "Our finding, however, is the first direct evidence ofa targeted dopamine deficit in adults with ADHD," says the study's lead author,Monique Ernst, MD, PhD, Senior Staff Fellow at the National Institutes ofHea...

Controlling Collagen Levels May Be Key To Fighting Organ Failure Caused By High Blood Pressure

...ssels become stiffer, and theircells no longer can function properly. "Picture giant mastodons, large, perfectly healthy animals. They arelike the enlarged heart muscle cells caused by high blood pressure, who aretrapped in tar, not unlike fibrous tissue," says Karl T. Weber, M.D., of theUniversit...

Researchers Begin Drug Trial In Hope Of Finding New Ways To Treat Acute Kidney Failure

...ours. "This new procedure measures kidney function in 45 minutes and allowsthe patient to receive results within one or two hours," Star said. Researchers collaborating with Star on the alpha-MSH trial from UTSouthwestern include: Dr. Khashayar Sakhaee, professor of internal medicine an...

Medicine Becomes Monetized

... all caught up within thisnew logic of medicine to function as providers and consumers of care, assub-systems in a medico-economic system," says Dirsmith of Penn State EDITORS: Dr. Dirsmith is at (814) 865-3904 or eu3@psu.edu by email; Dr. Samuelis at (814) 867-1638 or sxs26@psu.edu by email....

Novel Imaging Agent Developed By Penn Researchers Provides Insight Into Brain's Message Delivery System

...in tracer, or imaging agent, used to evaluatebrain function in normal and disease states. Commonly known as T...naptic(forepart) of dopamine nerve terminals which function to deliver messages toreceptors in the brain. A significant reduction in the density of thesetransp...

UCSF AIDS Expert Warns Against Early Treatment For HIV Infection

...at the onsetof therapy. This finding suggests the function of the immune system against HIVhas been compromised. He suggests that the most valuable treatment in the future might be one thatincludes antiviral drugs, immune restorative treatment, and appropriateimmunizations. This approach could induce an ef...

National Science Foundation Awards Knowledge And Distributed Intelligence Grants

...velop a model of human (primate) cerebellar system function that is physiologically, neuroanatomically and quantitatively accurate, and also fully comprehensible in engineering terms. Anticipated applications include more precise and specific interpretation of functional neuroimaging data, improved rational ...

UCSF Study Finds DHEA Benefits Cardiovascular Function

...es in fact have abeneficial effect on the vascular function of the heart, a new University ofCalifornia San Fr...anginal drugs like nitroglycerin and increases the function of theendothelial cells, which create the inner lining of the arteries and offerprotection against a...

Beta Blocker Significantly Improves Heart Failure Survival

...e dose, the long termeffect is to increase cardiac function and improve survival," he adds. Beta-blockers are routinely prescribed for several medical conditions,including hypertension. They also are recommended for patients following a heartattack. The study, called Metoprolol CR/XL Randomiz...

Researchers Splice Severed Spinal Cords

...tightly together, they'renot going to reconnect or function as a hose. But if we add this specialmolecule, PEG, the 'rubber' melts a tiny bit on each side and literally fusesthe 'hose' back together." Borgens says the technique also can repair crushed nerve cells that developholes in their membranes. ...

Differences In Brain Function Found For Attention Deficit Disorder

... prescription drug whoselong-term effects on brain function are not known, parents and pediatriciansmost likel...dy points to new directions for research intobrain function that could improve individuals' performance. "This is one of the few studies to examine brain functi...

Now Is Time To Design Brain-Saving Drugs Specifically For Children, UCSF Neurologist Says

... to make sure those neuronscontinue to develop and function properly." Other labs are working on a range of childhood brain disorders. Ferriero'sCurrent Opinion editorial serves as an introduction to the following: -Yasmin Khakoo and Myrna Rosenfeld of Sloan-Kettering Memorial Hospital, NewYork, report on me...

A Trip To The Dentist Could Cause Symptoms In Asthmatic Kids

...r reading showed a significant decrease in lung function in about 15 percent of the patients,” Casamas...simo said. A 10 to 20 percent decrease in lung function -- depending on the spirometer test used -- is considered significant. Most of the asthma-rel...

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