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Article ID: 1044

NGF Cancer Gene Therapy Strategy

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Nerve growth factor (NGF) helps immature neurons survive and differentiate. Now, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center have discovered that, paradoxically, NGF can also induce massive cell suicide among childhood brain tumor cells engineered to express the receptor for NGF. The surprising findings, reported in the January 15 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience, suggest a new cancer gene therapy approach.

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16-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 1043

"Liposhaving" vs. Liposuction

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Liposhaving, an improved form of liposuction, is now available at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center. The procedure is more advantageous than traditional liposuction because it is far less traumatic to facial tissue and can also be done under direct visualization.

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16-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 1042

JAMA - Drugs Errors Costly to Health Care System

JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association

The substantial expense of drug errors, as well as the increased risk of morbidity and mortality, justifies investing in efforts to prevent them from happening, according to a series of articles and an editorial in this week's issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). EMBARGOED: 3 p.m. (CT) TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 1997

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Article ID: 1041

Highlights From AHCPR'S November Research Activities

Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)

Here are some of the findings described in the most recent issue of AHCPR's Research Activities.

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16-Jan-1997 12:00 AM EST
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Article ID: 1038

January Tip Sheet Annals of Internal Medicine

American College of Physicians (ACP)

January 15, 1997 Annals of Internal Medicine Tip 1) Providing Quality Care for Dying Patients; Practical Issues for Physician-Assisted Suicide 2) Tuberculosis in HIV-Infected Individuals More Common in Eastern United States 3) Medical Decision Rules Should Not Be Based On Medical Necessity, Cost-Effectiveness

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Article ID: 1037

High-fat Diet Controls Pediatric Epilepsy

New York-Presbyterian Hospital

Neurologists and nutritionists at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center are using a high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet to control seizures in epileptic children who do not respond to, or cannot tolerate, medication. The "ketogenic diet" was actually devised in the 1920s, but fell out of favor with the advent of effective anti-seizure medications.

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Article ID: 1032

DHEA Analog, Fluasterone, Entering Clinical Trials

Research Corporation Technologies

While DHEA is lauded as possibly the nutritional supplement of the decade, Phase I clinical trials of a synthetic version believed to be more effective and without the side effects of the natural steroid begin late this month.

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Article ID: 1030

Doctors 'See' Innards in 3-D with Software

University of Alabama Huntsville

Image-guided software developed at The University of Alabama in Huntsville may help doctors better diagnose cancer and plan surgery by allowing the more effective use of information collected from computerized axial tomography (CAT) scanned images.

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Article ID: 1016

Geography, Mumps Linked to TB in HIV-Infected

Henry Ford Health System

DETROIT -- Men and women with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have a higher incidence of tuberculosis if they live in the eastern United States or test positive for mumps, say researchers at Henry Ford Hospital. EMBARGOED UNTIL: 5 p.m., Jan. 14, 1997

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Article ID: 1018

Tighten Epa Particulate Standard Proposal

American Lung Association (ALA)

Washington, D.C., January 13, 1997 -- An Environmental Protection Agency proposal to set new clean air standards would still leave 89 million people potentially exposed to dangerous levels of deadly particle pollution, according to a new report by the American Lung Association.

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