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December 06, 1999
Antibody-targeted chemotherapy with CMA-676 uses breakthrough technology to treat leukemia
At the 41st Annual Meeting and Exposition of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), scientists presented the latest data on the use of a pioneering drug technology known as

Chemistry leaders expect longer lives, less pollution in the future
Optimism and excitement are front and center in the minds of leaders from all segments of the international chemical enterprise - academia, industry and government - when reflecting on the role they expect chemistry to have in the progress of society during the coming millennium.

Zinc reduces pneumonia by 41%, and diarrhea by up to 25%
Pneumonia and diarrhea claim the lives of millions of children each year.

Threatened Galapagos plants are focus of biologist's field guide
A James Madison University biologist has published the only book on the flora of the Galapagos Islands, a full-color field guide that may provide a last look at many threatened species of plants found only on the Pacific islands that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution.

Scientists cause human cancer cell death by inhibiting telomerase
Scientists at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas caused the death of human cancer cells by inhibiting telomerase - the enzyme capable of immortalizing human cells.

Annals of Internal Medicine, tip sheet for December 7, 1999
1 - Sensitive Test Found Micrometastases; May Help Stage Colorectal Cancer; 2 - ACP-ASIM Cautions Physicians About Selling Products From Their Offices; 3 -Fibromyalgia: Update on Diagnosis and Treatment but Still No Cure; 4 - Article on Buying Drugs on the Internet.

Sexual relations improve after hysterectomy says University of Maryland School of Medicine study
In the largest study of its kind ever conducted, researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine have concluded that contrary to popular belief, the sex life of most women improves dramatically following hysterectomy.

Cranfield professor receives top safety award
Professor Helen Muir from Cranfield University's College of Aeronautics has been awarded the Whittle Safety Award by the International Federation of Airworthiness.

High percentage of Hepatitis C patients take herbs and vitamins, according to Rush survey
A survey conducted by Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center found that 87 percent of Hepatitis C patients are currently taking vitamins, herbal preparations or both.

Products must be essential to patient care
The American College of Physicians-American Society of Internal Medicine (ACP-ASIM) today issued ethical guidelines for physicians who sell products from their offices.

Jefferson and Burnham Institute scientists find a novel protein may predict long-term survival for women with early-stage breast cancer
Researchers at Jefferson Medical College believe they've found a novel protein

UF study: female knee injuries more likely because of bone structure
Men and women have significantly different skeletal structures in their legs, making women much more likely than men to experience sports-related knee injuries, according to a new University of Florida study that looked specifically at injuries to the anterior cruciate ligament, better known as the ACL.

New study shows gender differences among adolescents participating in date violence
Both females and males participate in date violence, according to a new study published in the December issue of Pediatrics.

MGH research shows gene therapy may be able to reverse heart failure
Researchers from the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston University Medical Center and Imperial College in London have for the first time shown that gene therapy may be able to reverse heart failure.

Air pollution from Asia could violate new federal ozone standard
A plume of pollution that crossed the Pacific Ocean from Asia earlier this year contained ozone at levels high enough to violate a new federal ozone standard, a researcher from the University of Washington, Bothell, has found.

New publisher announced for Journal Of Pharmaceutical Sciences
The American Chemical Society will discontinue its joint publishing arrangement for the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences, effective on December 31, 1999, it was announced today.

Refrigeration In China: energy efficiency with global impact
Attempting to mitigate the global climate impact of the growing use of refrigerators in China, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists are developing new energy- efficient models that are expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from China by a total of over 100 million tons of carbon dioxide over 15 years

UroGenesys researchers discover new target antigen for prostate cancers
Researchers at UroGenesys, Inc. report the discovery of STEAP, a novel gene that provides a promising route for developing new therapies to treat prostate cancer.

Post-traumatic stress disorder may follow traffic crashes, according to doctors at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Post-traumatic stress disorder is a common, but overlooked result of childhood traffic injury in both children and their parents, say authors of the first study of its kind in the U.S. to examine PTSD in children and parents after traffic crashes.

Abgenix initiates phase III clinical trial of graft versus host disease therapy
Abgenix, Inc. is initiating a Phase III clinical trial comparing its antibody, ABX-CBL, with standard therapy for patients with steroid-resistant graft-versus-host disease, a serious, life-threatening disorder.

Key progress by Weizmann scientists in the race to unravel ribosomal structure
NEW YORK - December 7, 1999 -- A team of Weizmann Institute and Max-Planck Society scientists has determined the structure of the small ribosomal subunit at the highest resolution ever achieved, including the site where protein biosynthesis begins.

DFG to set up 21 new collaborative research centres in 2000
The Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft will set up 21 new collaborative research centres for 1 January 2000; in the year 2000 the DFG will be funding 285 such centres with DM 631 Million.

Chemistry to play major role in solving 21st century challenges
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'Frozen pictures' allow far-reaching glimpse into the cell's protein factory
The structure of the small ribosomal subunit has been determinded at the highest resolution ever achieved by a team of Weizmann Institute and Max Planck Society scientists.

EPA, INEEL, and Utah State University pursue watershed management
To foster collaboration about water management, the Department of Energy's Idaho National Engineering and Environmental Laboratory and Utah State University have formalized a partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency Office of Science and Technology.

Peter H. Raven voted president-elect of AAAS
Peter H. Raven, Ph.D., was voted president-elect of AAAS. Raven, the director of the Missouri Botanical Garden, is known for his work in understanding plants, conserving natural resources and protecting ecosystems around the world.
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