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Heart Drug is Most Effective When Used in Aggressive Treatment
04 Sep 00 | New findings from a large-scale international clinical trial show that use of the anti-platelet medication eptifibatide is most effective when combined with the treatment patterns commonly practiced in the United States.

First Potential 'Universal' Cancer Vaccine Shows Promise in Lab
29 Aug 00 | Results from preliminary laboratory studies provide the first functional evidence that developing a "universal" cancer vaccine might be possible, researchers from Duke University Medical Center and Geron Corp. reported Tuesday.

Placebo Effect could Skew Tests of New Therapies
28 Aug 00 | Clinical trials that only use a cardiac patient's quality of life as a measure of treatment success may skew results due to a prominent "placebo effect," researchers caution.

Education, Job are Significant Factors in Heart Attack Survival
27 Aug 00 | A new study indicates that competing in the world with little education and low job status can contribute to heart disease survival, but living alone doesn't appear to matter.

Multiple "Marker" Test Quickly Identifies High-Risk Heart Attack Patients
27 Aug 00 | Quick, simultaneous testing for three different chemical markers of heart damage at the bedside of patients with a suspected heart attack could potentially tailor treatment and save lives, according to researchers from Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Single Amino Acid Mutation Dramatically Alters Direction of Molecular "Motor"
23 Aug 00 | Researchers from Duke University Medical Center and Tohoku University, Japan, report finding two single amino acid mutations that disrupt the sense of direction in a molecular "motor".

Conference on End-of-Life Care to Preview PBS Series on Dying
09 Aug 00 | More than 400 chaplains, pastors, physicians, nurses and hospice care providers will gather at Duke University on Wednesday, Aug. 23, for a day-long conference on religious communities and care for the dying.

Partnership Blossoming for Radiation Oncology
08 Aug 00 | Duke's department of radiation oncology has gone global. Duke and Rambam Medical Center in Haifa, Israel, are collaborating on the use of three-dimensional treatment planning for cancer radiotherapy.

Study to Look at Ways to Find Colon Cancer
31 Jul 00 | Researchers at Duke University Medical Center believe they will be able to settle once and for all a long-running medical controversy - what is the best way of detecting polyps in the colon? Is it the standard air contrast barium enema?

Genetic Paradox: Gene Implicated in Alzheimer's Disease Appears to Protect Kidneys of Heart Surgery Patients
27 Jul 00 | While the use of bypass surgery over the past 30 years has saved millions of patients with clogged coronary arteries, physicians have noticed a disturbing trend - up to 8% of these heart patients will suffer impairment of kidney function.

Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke now Accepting Donations from UNC Hospitals
24 Jul 00 | Now in its third year, the public Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center is now accepting cord blood donations during childbirth from UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill in addition to Duke Hospital and Durham Regional Hospital.

Duke Camp Offers Patients the Chance to Just Have Fun
24 Jul 00 | It's a kid's rite of passage. Summer camp is a time to venture from home for days of swimming and sailing, making new friends and lifelong memories. That's what Camp Graham, the rustic Girl Scout haven on a lake in North Carolina, is all about.

Duke's Seewaldt Receives Grant from the V Foundation
10 Jul 00 | Dr. Victoria Seewaldt, assistant professor of medical oncology and a member of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded one of 16 grants from The V Foundation, named for the late N.C. State University men's basketball coach Jim Valvano.

Combining Weight Loss and Exercise Optimal in Reducing High Blood Pressure
09 Jul 00 | Duke University Medical Center researchers have determined that while both exercise and weight loss are important in reducing high blood pressure (hypertension), weight loss combined with exercise greatly enhances blood pressure reduction.

Duke University Health System Statement on Sale of Wellpath Community Health Plans to Coventry Health Care Inc.
07 Jul 00 | The following statement is from William J. Donelan, concerning Friday's announcement by Coventry Health Care Inc. that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire WellPath Community Health Plans.

Dr. Matthew J. Ellis to Lead Duke Breast Cancer Program
06 Jul 00 | Dr. Matthew J. Ellis has been named the new director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center's breast cancer program, effective July 1. Previously, Ellis was an assistant professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology at Georgetown.

New Heat-Sensitive Gene Therapy Shows Promise in Mice for Cancer Treatment
05 Jul 00 | While others have recently reported successful heat-dependent gene expression in cell cultures, the Duke experiment represents the first demonstration of a therapeutic benefit of heat-induced genes in an animal model, the scientists said.

Race may be a Factor in Prescription of Antidepressants to Elderly
30 Jun 00 | Racial bias appears to exist in the prescription of antidepressants to the elderly and could signal underdiagnosis or undertreatment of depression in African Americans, a Duke University Medical Center study has found.

A "Good Death" Requires more than Medical Care, Study Reveals
29 Jun 00 | Top-notch biomedical care is critical at the end of life, but Duke University Medical Center and Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center researchers say addressing dying patients' spiritual, psychological and social concerns is as important.

Tumor-Specific Antibody Eradicates Brain Tumors in Mice
20 Jun 00 | A new monoclonal antibody that targets a mutated protein found only in cancer cells can eradicate tumors in mice without the aid of additional toxic substances, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers and others reported Tuesday.

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