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Released: 3-Nov-1998 12:00 AM EST
Found Malignancy Gene in Tumor Cells

A scientist at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center has discovered a gene in malignant brain, liver, breast, colon, kidney, and reproductive organ tumors, but not in healthy adults, stirring hopes that a vital key to cancer development and progression may have been unmasked.

Released: 3-Nov-1998 12:00 AM EST
New Cochlear Implant Technology
Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic cochlear implant team provides advanced technology to hearing-impaired patients.

Released: 3-Nov-1998 12:00 AM EST
Ovarian Hormone Could Make Birth Easier, Safer
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The ovarian hormone relaxin, already in final clinical testing for the treatment of an often fatal connective-tissue disease, may have another important therapeutic role -- enabling easier and safer childbirth when labor is induced, says a UI researcher who reports a series of significant findings on relaxin's effects on the cervix in humans and rats.

Released: 2-Nov-1998 12:00 AM EST
"White-coat" hypertension not serious health threat, study says
American Heart Association (AHA)

Seeing a doctor or a nurse with a blood pressure monitor raises some people's blood pressure, but researchers say this "white-coat" hypertension is temporary and does not pose as high a risk for heart disease as sustained high blood pressure.

Released: 3-Nov-1998 12:00 AM EST
Earlier Evidence of Fetal Birth Defects
Northwestern University

First-trimester tests for two proteins in the blood of pregnant women, combined with ultrasonography measurements of fetal neck skin, may provide the earliest diagnosis yet of fetal birth defects in at-risk women. The combined-risk assessment method has an estimated detection rate of Down syndrome of about 90 percent and is completely non-invasive.

Released: 1-Nov-1998 12:00 AM EST
American Psychiatric Assn. November 1998 Tipsheet
American Psychiatric Association (APA)

1) Patients can be Informed Participants in Research, 2) Overprescribing Myth: Depression Still Undertreated, 3) Higher Rate of Mental Disorders in Alaskan Eskimos

Released: 31-Oct-1998 12:00 AM EST
New Hypothesis for Cause Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Ohio State University

Researchers at Ohio State have proposed a new theory for the cause of chronic fatigue syndrome -- one that blames the illness both on a low-level viral infection and on the body's own immune response to that virus.

Released: 31-Oct-1998 12:00 AM EST
Modified Radical Vulvar Surgery: Fewer Complications
Society of Gynecologic Oncology

Due to the psychosexual consequences and significant morbidity associated with the standard radical vulvectomy procedure, there has been a trend toward vulvar conservation in the management of women with vulvar cancer.

Released: 31-Oct-1998 12:00 AM EST
Frequent Users of ER and Systematic Immunization
American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP)

Patients who go to the emergency department more frequently than the general population often have chronic complaints and are more likely to be admitted to the hospital, according to a new study in the November issue of Annals of Emergency Medicine.

Released: 31-Oct-1998 12:00 AM EST
Human Brain Transplantation Protocol Approved

Scientists at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center are ready to start a human treatment protocol that can reverse nerve and brain damage caused by stroke, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and spinal cord injuries. The treatment involves removal and regeneration of targeted brain cells.