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Article ID: 10421

CU-Health Sciences Center Compliant With PATH Audit

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General announced this week that it would close the Physicians at Teaching Hospitals (PATH) audit of University Physicians, Inc. with no findings of Medicare fraud, abuse or billing misrepresentation.

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Article ID: 10386

New Therapy for Autoimmune Disorders

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center used high doses of the chemotherapy drug cyclophosphamide alone to control previously untreatable forms of autoimmune disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and hemolytic anemia.

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Article ID: 10339

Gene Therapy Keeps Muscles Strong in Old Age

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

A new gene therapy treatment could reverse the feebleness associated with old age, fully restoring the muscular strength of youth, or counter the muscle-wasting effects of some muscular dystrophies, according to University of Pennsylvania Medical Center researchers.

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Article ID: 10361

How Maspin Gene Suppresses Breast Cancer

University of Iowa

A University of Iowa study is providing new insight into how the tumor suppressor gene maspin (mammary serine protease inhibitor) works.

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Article ID: 10385

U.Va. Biomedical Department Receives Whitaker Grants

University of Virginia

The University of Virginia's Department of Biomedical Engineering has received two grants totalling $10.5 million from the Whitaker Foundation -- the largest gift of its kind the University has ever received. The funding will help support the department's research and development of new treatments for cardiovascular disease.

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Article ID: 10377

'Tis the Season to Sneeze, Sniffle and Itch - Allergists Can Help Holiday Allergy Sufferers

Public Communications (PCI)

Are you allergic to Christmas? Thousands of Americans are allergic to the oil or sap of Christmas trees, and evergreen wreaths and garlands. For relief, the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology recommend allergy vaccinations. A "Rush" vaccination can work in time for the holidays.

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Article ID: 10348

Gulf of Maine Data Suggest Trawling Impacts

University of Maine

Evidence pointing to potential geochemical impacts of sea floor trawling in the Gulf of Maine has been reported by scientists from the University of Maine and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in a paper published in the December issue of the Journal of Conservation Biology.

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Article ID: 351

Spacecraft to study Mars, birth of stars

Cornell University

Two NASA launches this week carried Cornell Astronomers' projects. The Mars Climate Orbiter 's Mars Color Imager (MARCI) will send high-resolution color images of the planet. The Submillimeter Wave Astronomy Satellite (SWAS) will study the conditions that lead to the birth of stars, a process now hidden deep within obscuring clouds of interstellar dust and gas.

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Receptor May Increase Risk of Urinary Tract Infections

American Chemical Society (ACS)

A newly discovered chemical compound on the surface of some women's kidney cells may explain susceptibility to urinary tract infections, according to current research in the journal Biochemistry. The structure, a specific type of compound known as a glycosphingolipid, is suspected to be on urogenital tract cells in about 30% of all men and women and binds strongly to E. coli bacteria.

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Scientists Study 100-Million-Year-Old Volcanism in the Indian Ocean

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Clues to Earth's internal dynamics may lie in the remote southern Indian Ocean, in a submarine plateau one-third the size of the United States. For the next two months, geologists with the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP), funded in large part by the National Science Foundation (NSF), will unearth the secrets of the Kerguelen Plateau, an example of a unique type of Earth feature, a large igneous province (LIP).

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