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Aspirin Wins Out Over Its Super Aspirin Challenger
14 Mar 00 | Good old aspirin stood firm against its would-be rival, sibrafiban, in a clot-prevention trial that may spell the end of the oral glycoprotein IIb/IIIa "super aspirin" challenge.

Aggressive Treatment Recommended for In-Hospital Heart Attacks
14 Mar 00 | One out of three patients worldwide who suffer a second heart attack shortly after being hospitalized for a first heart attack are not receiving the best care available, according to a new analysis by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

Duke Study Finds Evidence-Based Medicine had Little Influence on Patient Care
13 Mar 00 | Researchers wanted to see if findings from an important trial on the best way to treat heart disease in diabetic patients actually changed the course of medicine. It didn't, due to physicians believing they knew the best way to treat their patients.

NIMH Laboratory Chief will Deliver Final Mind, Brain and Behavior Lecture at Duke
13 Mar 00 | Leslie Ungerleider, chief of the Laboratory of Brain and Cognition at the National Institute of Mental Health, will discuss the "Cortical Circuits for Cognition and Awareness" in a lecture on Wednesday, March 23.

Studies Propose That Depression Increases Risk of Dying for Heart Failure Patients
12 Mar 00 | The link between depression and the development of heart disease is growing stronger, Duke University Medical Center cardiologists say.

Simple Scale Could Help Emergency Room Physicians Identify Sickest Heart Attack Patients
12 Mar 00 | Duke University Medical Center cardiologists have developed a simple numerical scale that could help emergency room physicians quickly determine which suspected heart attack patients truly have severe coronary artery disease (CAD) and which don't.

Molecular Handbrake Could be Released to Send Cancer Cells to Their Death
10 Mar 00 | Pharmacologists from Duke University Medical Center have discovered the first evidence that an enzyme called Pin1 acts as a sort of molecular emergency handbrake on cell division, protectively arresting cells from dividing until damaged DNA is fixed.

The Hair's the Thing
10 Mar 00 | Male pattern baldness, coronary heart disease and prostate cancer are all linked to high levels of testosterone. Which exact pathways might connect baldness to either of these diseases, though, is not known.

Maddox Lecturer to Discuss End of Life Issues
08 Mar 00 | Dr. Christine K. Cassel will discuss shortcomings in the care of patients at the end of life and ways to improve that care when she presents the fourth annual George L. Maddox Lecture on Thursday, March 23, at Duke University.

Combination of Stress, Low Serotonin may Promote Heart Disease
04 Mar 00 | The same brain chemical that influences moods and personality traits like depression and hostility also may influence a person's risk of heart disease, according to a Duke University Medical Center researcher.

Duke Hospital Trims Positions; Expects to Find Jobs for All Affected
01 Mar 00 | Duke Hospital officials Wednesday notified 94 employees who do not provide direct patient care that their positions are being eliminated and that they will be offered comparable open positions or training for different jobs.

Heat-Triggered Liposomes Carry Drugs to Eradicate Tumors in Mice
29 Feb 00 | Human tumors implanted into mice regressed completely within about 12 days when treated with heat-triggered, sub-microscopic drug carriers called "liposomes," and most of those tumors didn't regrow during 60-day trials.

Second Chance: Duke Marks Transplant Anniversary
26 Feb 00 | James Souther is fortunate that he came from a large family. Thirty-five years ago, on Feb. 26 to be exact, he received a kidney from one of his six brothers to replace his failing organ.

Transplant Patients Begin Difficult Work With Lawrence's Aid
26 Feb 00 | Her mother would claim she was a bit of a problem child, but Cindy Lawrence's childhood craving for constant action may have steered her to a perfect-fit career. A 15-year veteran coordinator with Duke's organ transplant programs, the work suits her.

New Study Identifies Brain Centers for Attention Control
21 Feb 00 | By asking subjects to direct their attention to particular areas in space while their brains were being scanned by MRI, researchers have mapped brain regions active in the high-level neural control of attention.

Exercise, Even Without Weight Loss, is Good for the Heart
15 Feb 00 | A preliminary study by Duke University Medical Center researchers indicates that moderate exercise alone can improve cholesterol levels and reduce the percentage of body fat in moderately obese people, even if it does not lead to weight loss.

14th Annual Alzheimer's Conference, Feb. 17 and 18
15 Feb 00 | A two-day conference, open to the public, will examine new approaches to Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, including research into potential cures, treatments and the development of the controversial Alzheimer's vaccine.

Access to Care at the End of Life March 2
14 Feb 00 | "Opening Doors: Access to Care at the End of Life," a half-day symposium on Thursday, March 2, celebrates the founding of the Duke Institute on Care at the End of Life. The event will examine key issues related to care of people at the end of life.

Primary Care Physicians Need More Education About Stroke Diagnosis and Treatment
10 Feb 00 | The closest emergency room, and not a primary care practice, may be the best place to go for patients experiencing the possible symptoms of a stroke, according to the results of a Duke University Medical Center study.

Gene Mutation Differences Help Explain Racial Disparities in Uterine Cancer Survival
06 Feb 00 | The kind of acquired genetic mutations found in tumors, rather than cultural attitudes, treatment choices or access to health care, appears to explain why black women with uterine cancer have much poorer survival than their white counterparts.

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