Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 22, 2000
New therapy uses viruses to attack bacteria
Researchers from the University of Florida College of Medicine are using a new strategy to combat bacterial infections.

'Scarlet E' still taints media, still distorts epilepsy
The age-old stigma against people with epilepsy is alive and well in the print media.

AVAX Technologies' M-Vax™ cancer vaccine extends five-year overall survival in patients with lymph node metastatic melanoma
AVAX presented data at the 36th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology on its autologous cell vaccine M-Vax ™ for metastatic melanoma.

MRI is first non-invasive test to detect re-narrowed heart arteries
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can accurately detect re- narrowed heart arteries in people who've had balloon angioplasty or other artery-clearing procedures, report researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (WFUBMC) and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in this week's Circulation

To combat poaching, Florida officials use wildlife forensics
More commonly used to catch murderers and rapists, a University of Florida lab's forensic DNA techniques have proved so successful in nabbing deer poachers that officials have recently turned to it for help in cases involving wild turkeys, turtles, alligators and other hunted species in Florida.

Introgen Therapeutics reports advances in RPR/INGN 201 clinical program for treatment of advanced cancers
Introgen Therapeutics presented data from clinical studies on the safety, transfer and expression of RPR/INGN 201 (Adenoviral p53) in three Phase I clinical studies for the treatment of bronchioalveolar cell lung carcinoma (BAC), ovarian cancer and recurrent glioblastomas at the 36th American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting in New Orleans.

New surgical technique allows sugeons to remove parathyroid with fewer complications
Patients with hyperparathyroidism may now have a new option that will allow surgeons to remove the parathyroid without long post-surgical stays in the hospital.

Cell Pathways' Aptosyn™ (exisulind) shows continuing long-term prevention of colon polyps in FAP patients
Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP) patients receiving exisulind (Aptosyn™) in a Phase III study experienced a 53% reduction in colon polyp formation at one year compared with placebo.

Warman named to Hughes Institute
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute has selected a faculty member at Case Western Reserve University's School of Medicine as a Hughes assistant investigator.

PRAECIS announces positive results for abarelix depot-M in two pivotal Phase III clinical trials
PRAECIS PHARMACEUTICALS announced results of two Phase III studies for abarelix depot-M for prostate cancer treatment.

CWRU nursing school will study cardiac patients' exercise habits
In a new study at Case Western Reserve University's nursing school, subjects will wear high-tech wristwatch heart-rate monitors that measure and record their exercise levels.

Penn researchers find cancer patients do not report use of unconventional medical therapies unless specifically asked
A new study conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center finds that 40 percent of cancer patients use unconventional medical therapies (UMTs) and do not disclose this information to their physicians unless specifically prompted by direct questions.

Cedars-Sinai pioneer in bioartificial liver technology to speak at 'Digestive Disease Week' in San Diego
Achilles A. Demetriou, M.D., Ph.D., the key developer of a system designed to extend the lives of patients suffering from liver failure, will update his colleagues on the device's success during Digestive Disease Week 2000, being held May 21 through 24 at the San Diego Convention Center.

Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may protect against cognitive decline in women 65 and older who have a certain genetic make-up
Researchers led by a UC San Francisco scientist are reporting that hormone replacement therapy (HRT) using estrogen may protect against cognitive decline in women 65 and older.

Scientists obtain cells that repair the spinal cord
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Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Web site advises Californians how to slash electricity use and receive utility bill rebate
Energy efficiency researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory today released a new web site,
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