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Predicting Risk of Lung Damage from Radiation Should Lead to Improved Treatment
23 Oct 00 | By using a simple blood test, Duke University Medical Center researchers report they are able to stratify patients into groups with low, medium or high risk of lung damage from radiation, which offers the opportunity of tailoring treatment.

Improving Quality of Life for Brain Cancer Patients is Reasonable Goal, Study Shows
23 Oct 00 | In the first study of its kind, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have used standardized methods to identify neurologic and psychiatric problems in adult brain tumor patients shortly after diagnosis.

Study of Childhood Brain Tumor Reveals Intriguing Correlation to Such Factors as Birth Date and Gender
22 Oct 00 | A review of 15 years of patient records by researchers at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center indicates that children who develop medulloblastoma, a common childhood brain cancer, were more likely to have been born in late summer or fall.

Physicians Need to Counsel Patients about Online Health Information
17 Oct 00 | More people are using the Internet to find health information on their own and physicians and other medical professionals need to take a more active role in helping patients evaluate such online data.

Duke Eye Researchers Describe Cascade of Events that may Lead to Retinal Degeneration
16 Oct 00 | Duke University Medical Center researchers have shed new light on the process of hereditary retinal degeneration by demonstrating for the first time how the death of rod cells in the retina ultimately leads to the demise of cone cells.

Community-Based Infertility Program to Offer New Opportunities to Couples Trying to Conceive
13 Oct 00 | A new clinic opened this week at the Center for Women of Durham Regional Hospital to provide men and women with a community-based infertility service. The clinic is staffed by physicians from Duke and will provide consultation and treatment services.

Price Announces that Duke, UNC Rural Clinics Receive Federal Funding to Expand Services for North Carolinians With HIV
13 Oct 00 | Almost $3 million in funding from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration will allow rural clinics run by Duke University Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to provide services for more patients with HIV.

New Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technique Allows Researchers to Visualize Early-Stage Emphysema
09 Oct 00 | Since 90 percent of the lungs' volume is air, using the latest non-invasive techniques to detect subtle pulmonary damage presents formidable challenges to doctors.

webEBM, Inc. Launches EBMpact to Optimize Efficiency and Clinical Effectiveness
09 Oct 00 | webEBM, inc. announced today the launch of its product, EBMpact, a private intranet suite of evidence-based guidelines and interactive tools for use by health plans and hospitals to optimize care and clinical effectiveness.

Duke Genomics Buildings Construction, Planning Approved by Trustees
07 Oct 00 | Duke University Board of Trustees Saturday gave go-ahead to build a $41 million Center for Human Disease Models building and to start planning for a $35 million Center for Human Genetics building as part of a new effort to enhance genomics research.

In Autism, it Depends on Which Parent Passes on the Genetic Abnormality
06 Oct 00 | While it has been known that genetic abnormalities are implicated in susceptibility to autism, new research has added another variable - the particular parent who contributes the defective gene can determine whether or not the child acquires autism.

Noted Duke Researchers to Speak at Symposium
06 Oct 00 | Joseph Nevins, James B. Duke professor and chairman of the department of genetics at Duke University Medical Center, and Dr. Randy Bollinger, will speak at the "Controversies in Science" symposium for journalists on Oct. 26.

Duke Researchers Find Specific Genetic Link to Broad Spectrum of Parkinson's Disease Cases
05 Oct 00 | Parkinson's disease researchers at Duke University Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time that alteration of a specific gene on chromosome 6 appears to contribute to both the common late-onset and rarer, early-onset form of the disease.

Gene Found for Rare Eye Disease Afflicting Small North Carolina Tribe of American Indians
05 Oct 00 | Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have discovered that a gene on chromosome 4 is responsible for hereditary benign intraepithelial dyskeratosis (HBID), a rare eye disease found predominantly in Native Americans in North Carolina.

Pig Cells Lead the Way of Artificial Blood Vessel Engineering
02 Oct 00 | Once only a dream, artificial blood vessels are on the way to becoming reality. But it is going to take possibly 10 to 20 years, and several hurdles must be overcome before patients reap the benefits, according to Laura Niklason, M.D., Ph.D.

Duke Radiologist to Study Breast Imaging
26 Sep 00 | Martin Tornai has been awarded a biomedical engineering research grant from the Whitaker Foundation, providing almost $210,000 over three years to investigate developing a novel nuclear medicine imaging system to detect breast cancer.

New Trial Should Lead to Better Understanding of Why Exercise is an Effective Treatment for Depression
21 Sep 00 | The Duke University Medical Center researchers who found evidence that exercise can be an effective treatment for major depression are embarking on a larger trial they believe will answer some remaining questions posed by their earlier results.

Effect of Exercise on Reducing Major Depression Appears to be Long-Lasting
21 Sep 00 | After showing that 30 minutes of brisk exercise three times a week is just as effective as drug therapy in relieving the symptoms of major depression in the short term, researchers have now shown that continued exercise greatly reduces recurrence.

New Antibiotic may Help Patients for Whom Existing Antibiotics are No Longer Effective
19 Sep 00 | Researchers from Duke University Medical Center believe a new class of antibiotics may prove effective against life-threatening infections that fail to respond to vancomycin, the antibiotic of last resort for a growing number of bacterial infections.

Discovery Channel Injects Real Life into New Hospital Series
15 Sep 00 | A young woman comes to the hospital with a problem pregnancy; her unborn baby must undergo heart surgery immediately following its birth. A man who has been told he has less than two years to live must have a second surgery to remove a brain tumor.

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