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MRI-Guided Cancer Surgery

...ens," he said. "We can also guard against damaging vital structures." The procedure relies on a Siemens open MRI machine coupled with a high-resolution, shielded LCD monitor. Duerks group has rewritten the software that drives the machine so it can make images more rapidly. As a result, the image a...

"Super Aspirin" Holds Long-Term Benefits For Some Patients Who Undergo Balloon Angioplasty

.... Fischman. "The issue of cost-effectiveness is vital to understanding whether or not ReoPro™ should be used in lower risk patient populations." Dr. Fischman suggests that further investigation is necessary to address this issue. "Future development of oral agents similar to ...

Common Drug-Capsule Coating Not As Inert As Previously Thought

...nses." PEG's changing configuration may provide a vital clue, Leckband said. "We are now in a position to investigate at the molecular level themechanism behind the biocompatibility properties of this material. Andin learning about that we can go a step further and use that to guide thefabrication and de...

Extreme Fatigue Increases Risk Of Blood Clot Formation

...d clots (fibrinolysis). "The relationship between vital exhaustion and risk of myocardial infarction may i...psychological selection of the subjects. Although vital exhaustion is similar to depression in some ways, it does not include the feelings of intense sadnes...

Dying To Quit: Why We Smoke And How We Stop

...event, as the author notes. DYING TO QUIT provides vital information that does away with simplistic notions about the lure of smoking and the problems involved in quitting and gives us an enlarged picture of tobacco's power....

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

...the failure of theseorgans. Collagen is a vital "building block" that contributes to the shape andfunction of the skin, heart, blood vessels and other organs. When synthesisexceeds degradation, there is a net accumulation of collagen that can eventuallybecome fibrosis. When blood vessels...

Better Survival For Women With Breast Cancer -New Evidence On Chemotherapy

...ber to raising awareness of, and further fundsfor, vital research into the disease. Imperial Cancer Resear...most totally on voluntary funding to carry out its vital work. Web site: www.icnet.uk Further Information: Stacey Adams tel: +44-171-269-3141, e-mail...

University Of Texas Southwestern One-Of-A-Kind Video-Laparoscopic Lab May Change The Way Surgery Is Taught

...her than thetraditional three-dimensional plane; a vital skill in laparoscopic surgery.As laparoscopic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure, the surgeon onlysees a small part of the body's interior; instead the video screen becomesthe viewing surface. "You lose your natural binocular depth perception ...

Steroids May Reverse Loss Of Substance Tied To Nervous-System Diseases

...h around the axon of nerve fibers. The sheath isa vital component of the body's efficient and rapid nerve-communication system. When myelin fails to form, nerve signalingbreaks down, jeopardizing nerve communications and leading to altered sensationsand a multitude of other problems. What causes a los...

AIDS Prevention: Does It Work? Paper Suggests New Way To Assess Prevention Programs

...types ofintervention. This economic information is vital to policymakers who must maketactical choices and plan budgets to slow the spread of the AIDS virus. The Challenge The study addresses a conundrum facing researchers: Since it is impossible toknow how many cases of HIV would have occurred in the ab...

Microwaves May Provide Early Detection Of Breast Cancer

.... October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is vital that women not put off starting or continuing their regularscreening mammograms while new technologies are in long-term development.Taflove, Bridges and Hagness all stressed this point. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, of the 80 m...

Ovarian Hormone Could Play Key Role In Easier, Safer Childbirth

...the human, it may be that relaxin doesn't play the vital role in remodelingthe cervix that it has in rats and pigs," hesaid. "This possibility does not preclude relaxin's being important in aclinical perspective. As long as it has the capacityto promote growth and/or softening of the human cervix, relaxin ...

Hospital Stays Longer Than Three Days For 'Simple' Heart Attacks May Not Be Cost Effective

...n such a short stay would only bemaintained if all vital procedures, such as diagnostic catheterizations,angioplasties and functional studies are done within those three days. "Ourassumption is that hospitals would offer optimal care in those three days. Theycan't just shift part of the patient's treatment...

Setbacks To Health Progress In Central America

...as the lackof communication that has always been a vital input for the management ofdisasters. Before communications by satellite it was practically an impossiblechallenge to reestablish communications with the countries. We have advanced,"she said. PAHO, based in 1902, provides technical collaboration in ...

Promising New Drug Uses Antibody Targeted Chemotherapy To Fight Leukemia

... blast cells. This approach may spare primary and vital bonemarrow cells that are responsible for regenerating normal blood cells once theleukemia cells are destroyed. A Phase I study of patients with advanced AML demonstrated early efficacy anddefined the appropriate dosing regimen for Phase II studies. ...

Magnetic Surgery System Tested Successfully On First Patient

...get location, possibly passingthrough and damaging vital brain tissue. "This new system is a fundamentally new approach to guiding surgical instrumentsduring brain surgery," explained Dr. Ralph G. Dacey, professor and chairman ofthe Department of Neurological Surgery at Washington University School ofMed...

Ultrasonography Predicts Heart Attack/Stroke Risk

...walls of two arteriesin the neck. The result gave vital information beyond that available from anassessment of the standard cardiovascular disease risk factors, such as highblood pressure and high blood cholesterol. The NHLBI is part of the National Institutes of Health. The findingappears in t...

Duke Doctors Can Now Cure Most Babies Born With Fatal Immune Disease

...alf-matched bone marrow won't attack the patient's vital organs." Called "half-matched" donors because each parent contributes half of hisor her genetic material to the infant, this type of transplant has now becomethe standard for treating children with SCID who do not have a matched sibling,said ...

Morning Coffee Boosts Blood Pressure, Stress Hormones All Day

...th days they abstained. The twostress hormones are vital to helping the body react quickly in times of dangeror stress, but they can damage the heart over a lifetime of heightenedproduction, said James Lane, associate research professor of psychiatry at Duke. Lane prepared results of his study, fun...

Space Research May Accelerate Development Of Flu-Fighting Drug

...ell ordered as researchers desire, obscuring these vital pathways to a betterunderstanding of disease. As the "frequent flyers" of the space program,protein crystal growth experiments are aboard nearly every Space Shuttlemission, helping researchers unlock the secrets of how to stop infection anddisease o...

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