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Discovery of Brain Disorder Gene Paves Way for Genetic Test
15 Dec 03 | Duke researchers have identified the second of three genes that can each independently cause the disorder known as cerebral cavernous malformations, which is characterized by mulberry-like clusters of blood vessels in the brain.

Duke Cancer Patient is a 'Light of Hope' and is Honored for Her Dedication
08 Dec 03 | Each year during the holiday season, visitors to Duke Clinics are greeted by hundreds of glimmering lights just outside the Morris Cancer Clinic. Purchased by family members and friends, these lights honor loved ones who have been touched by cancer.

Early Treatment of Blinding Eye Disease in Infants Can Prevent Severe Vision Loss
08 Dec 03 | In a new study, eye researchers at locations throughout the U.S. have demonstrated that premature infants at highest risk for severe vision loss caused by retinopathy of prematurity retain better vision when treatment is started at an earlier stage.

Duke Trustees OK New Research Building
05 Dec 03 | The Duke University Board of Trustees gave the go-ahead to a construction project that woud create a second Medical Science Research Building. The 165,000-square-foot medical science building will support the growing need for research space.

Willett Named Chair of Radiation Oncology at Duke
05 Dec 03 | Christopher G. Willett, M.D., a specialist in gastrointestinal cancers, has been named chair of the department of radiation oncology at Duke University Medical Center. He will assume his new duties March 1, 2004.

Protein That Predicts Tamoxifen Resistance is Identified
04 Dec 03 | Researchers have identified a protein that breast cancer tumors over-produce when they become resistant to the drug tamoxifen. This could help them predict which tumors will benefit from tamoxifen, the drug used to treat operable breast cancer.

New Breast Scanner Can Detect Early Signs of Cancer
04 Dec 03 | Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have developed a new breast scanner that is designed to detect subtle changes in breast cells before a lump can be felt by hand or seen with X-ray mammography.

Researchers Use Crippled Poliovirus to Attack Brain Cancer
04 Dec 03 | In a daring yet successful experiment to cure deadly brain tumors, researchers have combined the cancer-killing properties of poliovirus together with a harmless genetic coding element from the common cold.

New Study to Improve Understanding of Osteoarthritis
03 Dec 03 | Using a three-pronged approach, basic scientists and clinicians at Duke University Medical Center hope not only to better understand the underlying mechanisms of osteoarthritis, but to develop strategies to help sufferers cope with this disorder.

Nicotine Patch May Alleviate "Senior Moments"
03 Dec 03 | The nicotine patches that help smokers quit might also boost the recall of seniors with the mildest form of memory loss, according to results of a preliminary clinical trial on 11 people conducted at Duke University Medical Center.

Brain Area Identified That Weighs Rewards
03 Dec 03 | By studying how monkeys choose to look at lighted targets for juice rewards, neurobiologists have identified a still-mysterious region of the cerebral cortex as an area that judges the value of rewards, and adjusts that value as circumstances change.

Baby Fat a Serious Problem
02 Dec 03 | It's hard to believe that french fries and soft drinks are routinely given to children as young as 2 years of age. However, the fact is that many toddlers are consuming foods high in fat, sugar and salt instead of eating a balanced diet.

Obesity Risks Add to Complications of Gastric Bypass
01 Dec 03 | The same health risks that make morbidly obese patients eligible for gastric bypass surgery also leave them susceptible to complications during and after the procedure, according to a five-year imaging study led by a Duke radiologist.

Teddy Bear Ball Benefits Duke Children's Hospital
01 Dec 03 | The 14th annual Duke Children's Teddy Bear Ball will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at the Durham Marriott at the Civic Center. All proceeds from the event benefit the Duke Children's Hospital & Health Center.

Duke Cardiologists Offer New View Of Link Between Aging, Atherosclerosis
01 Dec 03 | The exceptions have always fascinated Duke University Medical Center cardiologist Pascal Goldschmidt, M.D. In the case of atherosclerosis, they might hold a key to a new way of looking at the link between aging and the disease process in general.

Elderly Women Over-Screened for Cancers with Little Measurable Benefit
25 Nov 03 | Elderly women are receiving a large number of mammograms and Pap smears with limited scientific evidence of advantage, researchers from Duke University Medical Center have reported. It is a misdirected use of health-care funds, they said.

After Bypass Surgery, Women Have Worse Quality Of Life Than Men
24 Nov 03 | A study by Duke University Medical Center researchers has found that women do not derive the same long-term quality-of-life benefits as men following coronary artery bypass surgery.

Duke Researchers Link Nitric Oxide, Vessel Health
22 Nov 03 | Duke University Medical Center researchers have shown an association between changes in nitrate, a biochemical marker of nitric oxide production, and physiological changes in arteries' reaction to stress.

Joseph Nevins Named Director of IGSP Center for Genome Technology at Duke
21 Nov 03 | Joseph Nevins, Ph.D., a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and James B. Duke professor of genetics at Duke has been named director of the Center for Genome Technology, a center of the Duke Institute for Genome Sciences and Policy (IGSP).

Understanding How Lymph Nodes Respond to Infection May Redefine How Immune System Functions
20 Nov 03 | Duke University Medical Center researchers may have solved the mystery of why lymph nodes swell when the body fights infection. Their findings may redefine how the immune system functions, they said.

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