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Protein, Myocyte, Heart, Disease, cell, Retinoblastoma, Genetics, Hypertrophy

Protein Switch May Turn on Heart Cells

Scientists are finding ways to switch on and off key proteins that may make heart cells come out of biological "dormancy" and replace the damaged cells that result from heart disease.


HIV, Women, Lancet, AIDS, Baltimore, Viral Load, Antiretroviral Therapy

HIV-Infected Women May Need to Initiate Treatment Earlier Than Do Men

Researchers from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health have shown that if an HIV- infected woman has half the viral load level (the quantity of HIV-1 virus circulating in the bloodstream) of an infected man, she will develop AIDS as quickly as he. Similarly, if an HIV- infected woman's viral load level


California, Smoker, Helpline, Services, Teens, Statewide

California Smokers' Helpline Services Teens Statewide

Teens who smoke, but want to quit can now receive help from the California Smokers' Helpline, a free, statewide, telephone-based tobacco cessation program developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Cancer Center and funded through the California Department of Health Services.


Alzheimer's Disease, Telemedicine, Orphanages, Data Mining

UCI Tipsheet, November 1998

News and features from the Univeristy of California, Irvine: 1) Old dogs and Alzheimer's: lessons from man's best friend, 2) 'Telemedicine' bridges gap between city and rural health agencies, 3) New book extols virtues of orphanages, 4) Data detectives dig for better diagnoses, new drugs


Zeneca, Accolate, Asthma, Treatment, Breathe, Urban, Magic, Philadelphia

Zeneca Pharmaceuticals Announces The "BREATHE" Program

Zeneca Pharmaceuticals today unveiled The "BREATHE" Program--Bringing Education on Asthma To Homes Everywhere--- a new national asthma education initiative focusing on families who face the task of managing asthma. In partnership with the Magic Johnson Foundation, The BREATHE Program will educate children and parents on the impact of asthma in urban environments.


stem, Cells, Tissues, Primordial, germ, Cells, PGC, Pluripotent

Long-Awaited Human Embryonic Stem Cells

A team of scientists has isolated and identified human stem cells and proved them capable of forming the fundamental tissues that give rise to distinct human cells such as muscle, bone and nerve. This feat has for decades been one of basic science's holy grails, and while scientists have found stem cells in mice and higher animals, this is believed to be the first time researchers have cultured human embryonic stem cells.


Valsalva, Amnesia, Sex, Confusion, Clinton

Amnesia after Sex: More than a Washington Phenomenon

If President Clinton had known what a pair of Johns Hopkins doctors recently learned from two patients with a temporary form of amnesia, charges that he lied about sex might be moot.


Aspirin, Heart, Disease

New Recommendations on Aspirin and Heart Disease

The American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) today released a new consensus statement on antithrombotic therapy which included a recommendation that aspirin be considered as a means of preventing heart attacks in individuals age 50 and over even if they have only one major risk factor for heart disease.


Thalamus, Brain, Rewire, Somatosensory, Cortex

Scientists Report Brain's Central Switching System Can Be Remodeled

The thalamus, the brain's central switching center for relaying sensory information to the brain's somatosensory cortex, "remodels" after sensory nerves are severed, scientists from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of California at Davis report in today's issue of Science.


International, Implementation, Research, European, Healthcare, Application, Reinhoff, Roberts

Conf at MU on Shortening Implementation for Med Research

When people visit a doctor or hospital, they usually assume that the diagnosis and treatment they receive is based on the most recent, most accurate information available. Research shows that often this isn't the case. Only a fraction of proven medical discoveries become part of accepted medical practice, and it takes 17 years for that to happen.

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