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Do Infections Play a Role in Development of Tourette Syndrome?

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A recent study looks at whether Tourette syndrome may be triggered by an infection in children who are genetically predisposed to the disease.

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Leak in Spinal Fluid Leads to 'Sagging Brain'

American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

A case of a 51-year-old man with severe headaches and sleepiness that eventually left him unable to function puzzled doctors for months. Their solution is published in the June issue of Neurology.

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Computer-Guided Approach for Repair of Pelvic Fractures

University of Virginia Health System

A surgeon from the University of Virginia Health Sciences Center has developed a computer-guided surgical technique for pelvic and hip socket fractures that is more accurate and less invasive than traditional surgery and dramatically reduces the patient's length of stay in the hospital.

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20-Jun-1998 12:00 AM EDT
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Intestinal Bug Likely Killed Alexander the Great

University of Maryland Medical Center

Alexander the Great, who ruled much of the ancient world until his death in 323 B.C., was conquered at age 32 not by an enemy, but possibly by a tiny intestinal bug. In an analysis based on available historical records, physicians at the University of Maryland Medical Center believe that Alexander was the victim of typhoid fever.

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Excess Thiamine May Help Tumor Growth, Research Shows

Ohio State University

Vitamin B1, which is usually given in excess to many cancer patients, should be carefully regulated in people undergoing cancer therapy, new research shows. The findings reveal a long overlooked link between vitamin B1 and tumor-cell growth.

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Golfers Should Resist Quick Return to Greens after Knee Surgery

Ohio State University

Golfers recovering from knee surgery should cool their desire for a quick return to the golf course. The forces acting on a golfer's knees during the downswing of a golf club have the same impact as running in a straight line and abruptly turning 90 degrees.

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Stress Slows Healing of Dental Wounds by 40 Percent

Ohio State University

A new study of dental students found that stress can lengthen the time wounds take to heal by as much as 40 percent and reduce by two-thirds the production of one cytokine -- interleukin-1 -- that is integral for the healing process.

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Even Imperfect HIV Vaccines Could be Valuable

Stanford University School of Medicine

STANFORD -- A mathematical model devised by Stanford researchers suggests that vaccines against the AIDS-causing virus could save money, extend lives and prevent deaths even if those vaccines are only moderately effective in preventing or treating the infection.

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19-Jun-1998 12:00 AM EDT
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Kids in the Crosshairs: Registered Nurses Address the Causes and Consequences of School Violence

American Nurses Association (ANA)

Media advisory -- Kids in the Crosshairs: RNs confront the causes and consequences of violence in our schools. Leading nurse experts will be available to journalists for phone interviews beginning July 15. Advisory contains info. on how to obtain an advance press kit and experts' list. Nurse researchers and practitioners are working to better determine what places certain children at particular risk of killing. RNs are on the front lines in schools, in emergency rooms, as professionals providing care and psychotherapy to victims, and as forensic investigators.

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$4.1 Million Award to Expand Laser Biotechnology Research

University of California, Irvine

$4.1 million award to UC Irvineís Beckman Laser Institute and Medical Clinic will to expand a program that allows researchers worldwide use of the instituteís innovative optical and laser facilities.

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19-Jun-1998 12:00 AM EDT
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