Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

July 18, 1996
Duke Team Validates Placental Blood As Viable Source For Bone Marrow Transplantation
Doctors at Duke University Medical Center and the New York Blood Center have reported the first scientific validation that placental blood from unrelated, newborn donors can be used in place of adult bone marrow for pediatric bone marrow transplants.

Federal Guidelines Needed to Ensure Safety in Animal
The potential benefits of animal-to-human transplants of organs, tissues, and cells outweigh the risks involved, but human clinical trials should move forward only after carefully coordinated federal guidelines and other safeguards have been put in place, a committee of the Institute of Medicine concluded in a new report

New Drug Tested at UIC Effectively Treats Narcolepsy
University of Illinois at Chicago researchers and those at 20 other sites have found that a new drug helps narcolepsy patients stay awake without being a stimulant.

UMass Study Points To Possible Heat Problems at Olympics
When University of Massachusetts exercise scientist Patty Freedson conducted a study of Olympians at pre-game trials in Atlanta last April, she was interested in seeing how the heat and humidity would affect the players at the summer games

Underuse Of Hospice Care Hurts Patients, Wastes Money
Hospice care is woefully underused in this country, resulting in needless suffering and wasted money.

Florida Researchers Discover Gene For Fatal Childhood Disease
GAINESVILLE, Fla.---University of Florida researchers have identified the gene that causes a rare, fatal childhood disease, according to a report published in Thursday's issue (7/18) of the journal Nature.
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