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Article ID: 19286

Gene Identified, Role in Psychological Disorders

Ohio State University

A gene that may contribute to psychological disorders such as clinical anxiety has been identified by researchers. The study found that people with a variation in the serotonin transporter gene (5-HTT) showed a greater fear response during a laboratory experiment (Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 6-14-00).

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Article ID: 19269

Drinking Dramatically Increases Risk of Gene Mutation

Medical College of Wisconsin

Drinking alcohol dramatically boosts the risk of a common gene mutation in smokers developing lung cancer, according to researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin and The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine (Cancer Research, 6-15-00).

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Article ID: 19325

Minimally Invasive Living Donor Kidney Donations

Cedars-Sinai

A new, minimally invasive procedure that allows a living kidney donor to have his or her kidney removed through small abdominal ports instead of a long, open incision is expected to lead to a significant increase in people who are willing to donate a kidney to a friend or family member.

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Article ID: 19324

Anthropologist Documents Schism, Conflict in Psychiatry

University of California San Diego

At a time when mood-altering drugs like Prozac have revolutionized the treatment of the mentally ill and HMOs are forcing caregivers to take the cheaper and quicker pharmacological route, the psychiatric profession, says a UCSD anthropologist, may be as tormented as the patient it seeks to treat.

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Article ID: 19304

Ophthalmic Illustrator's Book, Experience with AMD

University of Iowa

Lee Allen, a former ophthalmic illustrator and an associate in the University of Iowa Department of Ophthalmology for more than 60 years, has put his drawing skills and first-hand experience with age-related macular degeneration to use to help people better understand the disease.

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Article ID: 19301

Breakthrough Technologies, Prospects for Gene Therapy

University of Iowa

Three breakthroughs in the development of gene therapies for cystic fibrosis and other genetic diseases have been reported by University of Iowa researchers.

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Article ID: 19300

Drug Reverses Effects of Fabry Disease in Mice

University of Michigan

A new experimental drug is shown to reverse the effects in mice of a hereditary, incurable disorder called Fabry disease. This genetic mutation prevents cells from removing waste products that accumulate within the kidneys, heart and blood vessels (Journal of Clinical Investigation, 6-00).

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Article ID: 19268

Sputum Color May Determine Antibiotic Therapy Needed

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)

Classifying patients with acute exacerbations of lung disease by sputum color may help physicians avoid over-prescription of antibiotics, according to a new study appearing in the June issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.

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Article ID: 19267

Early Lung Cancer Detection, No Impact on Survival

American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP)

A study of 510 consecutive lung cancer patients showed that detecting the disease at a very early stage when the lesion was small had no effect on survival, according to an article published in the June issue of CHEST.

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Article ID: 19256

Women with HIV Who Suffer from Physical and Sexual Abuse

Boston University

Physical and sexual abuse are common and associated with increased medical disease and health care utilization among HIV-infected women according to a study in the June 12 Archives of Internal Medicine. The multi-center study examined whether victimization experience is associated with increases in documented medical disease and health care.

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