Brightsurf Science News & Current Events

May 16, 2004
Interventional procedures significantly improve quality of life for obese patients
As the prevalence of obesity in the United States continues to rise, so does the need for safe, effective services and surgical procedures to treat sufferers.

New compound may act to keep thyroid activity in check
Researchers have isolated a naturally occurring, thyroid hormone-derived compound that produces an inactive, torpid-like state in rodents and could someday help doctors stabilize surgical and trauma patients.

Gene discovered for Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a disabling genetic disease
An international team of researchers has discovered the gene for Cornelia de Lange syndrome, a disabling, multisystem genetic disease that affects an estimated one in 10,000 children.

New screening method turns up potential compound for treating anthrax
University of Chicago scientists have identified a compound that halts the activity of a deadly toxin called anthrax lethal factor in laboratory tests.

New guidelines show significant benefits of FUZEON for wide range of pre-treated HIV/AIDS patients
New international consensus guidelines for FUZEON (enfuvirtide) are published today in AIDS, the official journal of the International AIDS Society.

Research targets biologic profile of obesity
Obesity has reached epidemic proportions in America due to a number of factors including increased technology and the rise in consumption of prepared and preserved foods.

Data show investigational antibiotic safe, effective in preventing travelers diarrhea
New data suggest the investigational drug rifaximin, a non-absorbed (less than 5%) antibiotic with few side effects and low potential for resistance, is effective in preventing travelers' diarrhea, an illness that affects up to 60 percent of international travelers.

University of Pittsburgh approach has lung recipients taking far fewer drugs
Lung transplant patients takes nine pills a day, a regimen intended to safeguard the donor organ from immune attack.
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