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American, lung, Association, American, Thoracic, Society, lung, Volume, Reduction, Surgery, LVRS

Lung Volume Reduction Surgery Patients Still Doing Well After Three Years

Even after three years, 25 patients who underwent Lung Volume Reduction Surgery (LVRS) still showed improvements in lung functioning, according to researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.



WINE, Breathe, Breathing, American, lung, Association, American, Thoracic, Society

Do Wines Breathe?

A lighter look at breathing can be found in one of the scientific papers being presented at the 1998 American Lung Association/American Thoracic Society International Conference which is entitled: "Do Wines Breathe?"


Estrogen, Progetin, Endometrial, Cancer, Gynecologic, Menopausal, Women

Estrogen / A Progestin Combination Decreases Risk of Endometrial Cancer

Menopausal women who combine estrogen with progestin decrease their risk of developppping endometrial cancer. This is the the conclusion reached by researchers conducting a 22-year retrospective study of women 45 years of age and older.


Estrogen, Dementia, Parkinson's, Disease

Estrogen May Reduce Dementia in Women with Parkinson's Disease

Using estrogen could reduce the risk of dementia for women with Parkinson's disease, according to a new study.


Stroke, tPA, Tissue, Plasminogen, Activator

New Stroke Drug Saves Money While Reducing Disability

Stroke patients treated with the new stroke drug tissue plasminogen activator (t-PA) generally have better outcomes and therefore are less costly to the health care system than those not treated, according to an article published in the April issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology.


Parkinson's, Disease, Transplantation, Fetal, PIG, Cells, Neurosurgery, AANS

Fetal Pig Cells Transplanted Into the Brain to Treat Parkinson's Disease

For the first time in medical history, researchers have transplanted fetal brain cells from pigs into humans to treat a degenerative disease of the brain. Fetal pig cells have been transplanted into several patients who suffer from Parkinson's Disease. Results of this research will be presented at the Annual Meeting of The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) on Monday, April 27, 1998 in Philadelphia.


Stroke, Prevention, Carotid, Endarterectomy, Neurosurgery, Nascet

Procedure Reduces the Risk of Stroke

A surgical procedure performed to remove the fatty build-up in the carotid arteries leading to the brain has proven to reduce the risk of stroke. Stenosis, or blockage, in the carotid artery narrows the pathway for blood to travel to the brain. This build up can break off and block the flow of blood to the brain completely, causing a stroke and the ensuing brain damage.


Neurosurgery, Meeting, Research, AANS

Meeting: American Association of Neurological Surgeons

The American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) will hold its 66th Annual Meeting April 25 - 30, 1998 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The meeting will bring together more than 5,000 neurosurgeons, neurological residents, neuroscience nurses, clinical specialists, physician assistants and allied health professionals.


Nutrition, Cardiovascular, Manganese, Health

Manganese Link to Liver and Cardiovascular Disorders Shown in Umaine Nutrition Studies

A team of University of Maine nutritionists has found new evidence which underscores the importance of manganese in the diet. As suggested by their studies with rats over the past several years, lack of this trace element may pave the way for damage to arteries and the liver.


Dying, HIV, Medical, care, Blood, Clots, Fraud, Abuse

April 15, 1998 Annals of Internal Medicine TipSheet from the American College of Physicians

1) 66 percent of families correctly predict the ultimate wishes of dying patients, 2) Early HIV infection varies widely; early virus-host interactions predict disease, 3) The Plan-Do-Study-Act (PDSA) cycle, which conducts small scale tests in ongoing medical practices, is an effective way to improve the way medical care is administered, 4) Non-invasive testing usually successfully manages suspected deep vein blood clots, 5) New ACP position paper examines fraud and abuse in medicine.

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