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Article ID: 3164

ATS Journal News Tips, September

American Thoracic Society (ATS)

The following stories appear in the American Thoracic Society (ATS) September journals: 1) Hospitalization claims more than half of the health care dollar spent on asthmatics; 2) Deaths from lung diseases growing faster in females; 3) Researchers find marker to identify patients with acute lung injury in early stages of disease progression

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16-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3162

Antirejection Antibody Could End Lifelong Use of Immunosuppressants

Research Corporation Technologies

Ongoing preclinical studies of an antirejection antibody have established its ability to prevent and reverse organ rejection while leaving the immune system intact.

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Article ID: 3161

Hard Times Ahead For Potato Leafhopper

Purdue University

Uncommon numbers of potato leaf hoppers have caused widespread damage to alfalfa and other crops in New England, but for alfalfa growers, at least, thereπs a chance to duck the diminutive insect next year.

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Article ID: 3160

Health, Labor Groups Applaud 'Careful' Clinton Review of Tobacco Deal, Urge 'Full Document Disclosure'

American Lung Association (ALA)

More than 290 public health, labor and other grassroots groups from around the nation today urged President Clinton to require "full document disclosure" from the tobacco industry before endorsing any deal with the cigarette companies.

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16-Sep-1997 12:00 AM EDT
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Article ID: 3159

National Science Board To Meet in Houston

National Science Foundation (NSF)

The National Science Board (NSB) will convene its first off-site meeting of the year in Houston next month. (The board normally meets at the National Science Foundation headquarters in Arlington, Va.) The off-site meeting demonstrates the board's desire to reserve at least one such meeting each year for two purposes: (1) to focus on an important national science policy topic, and (2) to solicit input from communities outside of Washington D.C.

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Article ID: 3158

Immigrant Study Provides New Insights

National Science Foundation (NSF)

Legal immigrants are more educated as a group than native-born U.S citizens, according to a just-released survey of new immigrants. This news is among many valuable findings about an increasingly important group in American society. The findings come from a new comprehensive survey funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development with support from the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

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Article ID: 3157

Excessive Antibiotic Prescribing for Viral Respiratory Illnesses Could Explain Some Drug Resistance

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Physicians frequently prescribe antibiotics for common viral respiratory illnesses that typically do not benefit from antibiotic therapy, according to an article in tomorrow's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association. The study, co-authored by Ralph Gonzales, MD, MSPH, assistant professor of medicine, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, could offer insight into the rapidly rising prevalence of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

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Article ID: 3156

DOE's ORNL, Phone Home new partners for the future

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

A minority-owned small business in New York and the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory are uniting to harness the power of knowledge through the innovative Community of the Future Initiative.

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Article ID: 3154

Study shows for the first time the major predictor of resistence to AIDS drugs

Albany Medical Center

Albany Medical College researchers have for the first time provided data that shows that the major predictor of resistance to AIDS drugs is whether the amount of virus in a patient's body has been reduced to nondetectable limits. The analysis showed that among the patients who received just Indinavir, those who were able to reduce the amount of virus in them to less than detectable levels had "significantly lower risks of emergence of resistance" to the drug. When combination therapy was used, such as a combined treatment of Indinavir, AZT, and 3TC, patients had significantly longer times to resistance compared to monotherapy patients even after adjusting statistically for the increased antiviral effect of the additional drugs.

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Article ID: 3146

Sythetic Steroid Dramatically Reduces Stroke Damage; Heralds New Class Of Drugs

Boston University

A research team at Boston University School of Medicine has discovered that a synthetic compound significantly limits brain damage when administered after a stroke. Their finding, published September 16 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could lead to the development of drugs to treat stroke and traumatic brain or spinal cord injury. These new drugs could also slow the progression of Parkinsonís disease and ALS, more commonly known as ìLou Gehrigís disease.î

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