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Article ID: 1699

Drug Industry, Record Spending on R&D in 97

Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA)

Research-based pharmaceutical companies will invest a record $18.9 billion in research and development in 1997, and increase of 11.5 percent from 1996, a new PhRMA survey shows.

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22-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 1698

Alcohol in Bicycling Injuries And Deaths

Johns Hopkins Medicine

In a government-supported study of more than 300 fatal and non-fatal bicycle accidents, Johns Hopkins researchers found that alcohol was a factor in at least a third of the deaths.

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    21-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST

Article ID: 1057

Reducing Hospital Medication Prescribing Errors

Albany Medical Center

Physicians and pharmacists can reduce adverse drug events in hospital patients by understanding the causes of most medication prescribing errors, according to a study by Albany Medical Center (Albany, NY) researchers in the Jan. 22 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study is the first to quantify the most common causes of hospital medication prescribing errors, which occur approximately four times for every 1,000 prescriptions. Embargoed: 4 p.m. (EST) Tuesday, January, 21, 1997

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Article ID: 1058

Patient and Physician Communication

Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Hopkins School of Public Health Researchers analyzed the content of patient-physician communication and identified five communication patterns that directly impact both patient and physician satisfaction, as well as the quality of care.

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18-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 1052

Mouse Mimics Disorder Leading to Heart Disease

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center

Researchers at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center and colleagues have developed as mouse model for the most common genetic cause of a lipid disorder associated with premature heart disease.

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Article ID: 1050

Neurology News Briefs January 1997

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

News Briefs from Neurology 1) New Treatment Developed for Parkinson's Disease 2) Study Shows New Treatment for Menstrual Migraine 3) Persian Gulf War Symptoms Not Related to Exposure to Toxins

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17-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 1044

NGF Cancer Gene Therapy Strategy

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nerve growth factor (NGF) helps immature neurons survive and differentiate. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have discovered that, paradoxically, NGF can also induce massive cell suicide among childhood brain tumor cells engineered to express the receptor for NGF. The surprising findings, reported in the January 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, suggest a new cancer gene therapy approach.

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Article ID: 1043

"Liposhaving" vs. Liposuction

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Liposhaving, an improved form of liposuction, is now available at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. The procedure is more advantageous than traditional liposuction because it is far less traumatic to facial tissue and can also be done under direct visualization.

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Article ID: 1042

JAMA - Drugs Errors Costly to Health Care System

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

The substantial expense of drug errors, as well as the increased risk of morbidity and mortality, justifies investing in efforts to prevent them from happening, according to a series of articles and an editorial in this week's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). EMBARGOED: 3 p.m. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1997

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Article ID: 1041

Highlights From AHCPR'S November Research Activities

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Here are some of the findings described in the most recent issue of AHCPR's Research Activities.

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16-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST
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