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Seeking Genetic Clues to Heart Disease
29 Oct 01 | It was the tragic, sudden death of Olympic skater Sergei Grinkov that triggered Pascal Goldschmidt's quest to solve the intricate genetic puzzle of heart disease. For the cardiologist, this unexpected death didn't seem to make sense.

Clue to Post-Heart Surgery Kidney Damage
16 Oct 01 | Duke researchers have uncovered an intriguing clue why one of every 12 patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery suffers serious kidney impairment, and they believe their findings provide a target for new medications to protect kidneys.

Acupuncture Reduces Nausea, Pain of Breast Surgery
15 Oct 01 | Acupuncture is just as effective as the leading medication used to reduce nausea and vomiting after major breast surgery, according to a new study conducted by Duke researchers. The 5,000-year-old Chinese practice also decreased postoperative pain.

Facts About Anthrax
04 Oct 01 | Anthrax is an infectious disease caused by the bacterium Bacillus anthracis. It most commonly occurs in animals including cattle, goats, sheep and antelopes. Humans exposed to infected animals or infected animal tissue can also develop anthrax.

Duke Researchers Target Breast Cancer Using Genomic Technology
24 Sep 01 | Analysis of the activity of genes in breast tumor samples demonstrated that researchers could discriminate the tumors' status regarding two clinically important factors -- estrogen receptor status and lymph node status.

Duke Researchers Studying Topical HIV-Killing Compounds
24 Sep 01 | Researchers at Duke University are addressing important unanswered questions about the effectiveness of proposed "topical microbicides" that when applied intravaginally would prevent sexually transmitted HIV viral infections.

Anger Management in Crisis Situations
14 Sep 01 | In the wake of the terrorist attacks, shock, sadness and anger have pervaded the lives of many Americans. As they deal with their grief and accept the aftermath of the events, it becomes more important for people to to learn about anger management.

Coping With Trauma
14 Sep 01 | Although trauma affects people differently, such events as this week's terrorist attacks can create strong emotional and physical reactions. While reactions could appear almost immediately, they tend to occur hours, a few days, and even weeks later.

Long-Term Study Finds Antidepressant Effective For Weight Loss In Women
11 Sep 01 | A drug approved for the treatment of depression and smoking cessation appears effective for long-term weight loss in obese women, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center.

New Anti-Clotting Agent Shows Promise
05 Sep 01 | An experimental agent that prevents the formation of blood clots earlier in the coagulation process than other agents has cleared its first hurdle in becoming a potential new treatment for patients with coronary artery disease.

Ten Genes Linked to the Deadliest Forms of Cancer
04 Sep 01 | Cancer researchers at Duke University Medical Center have identified 10 genes believed to have significant roles in allowing cancerous tumors to thrive under oxygen-deficient conditions. The discovery is the first step to new treatments for cancer.

Stent Clot Rate Higher than Thought
02 Sep 01 | A new analysis conducted by Duke cardiologists concludes that the incidence of potentially life-threatening clots forming inside stents -- tiny mesh girders designed to prop open newly cleared arteries -- is almost three times higher than reported.

Proteins Can Be Engineered As Widely Adaptable
30 Aug 01 | The researchers already have demonstrated that they can engineer proteins to detect glucose in blood serum and the sugar maltose in beer - showing that such proteins can pick specific molecules out of complex mixtures without interference.

Drug Under Study Appears Able to Restore Premature Lung Function
30 Aug 01 | Doctors at Duke University Medical Center have shown how to prevent severe lung injury in newborn animals without subjecting them to the potential brain-damaging side effects of steroids.

Cellular Pathway May Be a Route For Disease
23 Aug 01 | Microbiologists at Duke University Medical Center show from a review of studies that a particular depression in cells may serve as an invading pathway for pathogens such as the AIDS virus HIV and other viruses and toxins.

Religious Struggle May Indicate Greater Risk of Death Among Elderly
12 Aug 01 | A study of 595 hospital patients suggests older patients who are wrestling with religious beliefs during an illness may have an increased risk of dying, according to researchers from Bowling Green State University and Duke University Medical Center.

Depressed Heart Failure Patients Are Twice as Likely to Die or Be Re-Admitted To Hospital
12 Aug 01 | Duke University Medical Center researchers have found that congestive heart failure patients with major depression appear twice as likely than those who are not depressed to die or be re-admitted to the hospital within 12 months.

Duke Study Highlights Failure to Improve Representation of Women and Elderly in Cardiovascular Clinical Trials
07 Aug 01 | Despite efforts during the past decade to reverse the situation, women and the elderly remain significantly underrepresented in cardiovascular clinical trials, according to a new study by Duke University Medical Center researchers.

Duke Researchers Analyze Special Olympics Lifters
05 Aug 01 | When more than 7,000 Special Olympics athletes came to central North Carolina in 1999 for the World Summer Games, Duke sports medicine researchers saw a unique opportunity to perform detailed, high-tech analysis of one group -- the power lifters.

Fly Fishing Elbow, Stooper's Back, Caster's Shoulder: Anglers Suffer Same Maladies as Other Weekend Warriors
19 Jul 01 | The sport of fly fishing conjures up images of a solitary angler, wading in a cool, pristine wilderness stream, using guile to entice an unsuspecting fish to bite on his hand-crafted fly.

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