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New Pilot Study Suggests Flaxseed And Low-Fat Diet Can Be Protective Against Prostate Cancer
11 Jul 01 | The researchers said dietary fat and fiber can affect hormone levels and may influence cancer progression. Flaxseed is high in fiber and is the richest source of plant-based, omega-3 fatty acids.

$2 Million Gift Supports Parkinson's Research at Duke
29 Jun 01 | Charles C. Roberts of DeKalb, Ill., and family are giving $2 million to support Parkinson's disease research at Duke University Medical Center, Duke President Nannerl O. Keohane announced today.

Transplanted Pig Islet Cells Keep Diabetic Baboon Off Insulin
15 Jun 01 | Duke University Medical Center researchers reported Friday that specially encapsulated insulin-producing pancreas cells from pigs have kept a diabetic baboon from needing insulin for more than nine months.

Placebo is Safe, Ethical for Patients in Short-term Studies of Hypertension Drugs
13 Jun 01 | The controversial practice of studying new drugs for hypertension by comparing them against an inactive "placebo" is ethical and safe in short-term studies, even if it means withholding effective treatment for a short time, according to a Duke study.

Robot and Radiation Offer New Alternative for Some Duke Cancer Patients
07 Jun 01 | A robot is lending a "hand" to doctors at the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center to deliver high-dose radiation therapy to patients during the middle of their surgeries. The small boxlike device has been used for the past year.

New Antibodies Surpass Angiostatin's Ability to Block Blood Vessel Growth in the Laboratory
04 Jun 01 | In findings that may enhance efforts to starve tumors, Duke researchers say they have generated antibodies in rabbits that inhibit the same cellular target as angiostatin and actually surpass the natural protein's ability to prevent cell growth.

Strengthening the Body -- Not Just the Game -- Important for Women Golfers
30 May 01 | While elbow, wrist and lower back injuries are common problems for all golfers, women golfers have more potential to develop elbow and wrist injuries in part because of their greater relative joint laxity and lower muscle mass in the upper body.

Researchers to Test Skeletal Muscle as Replacement for Damaged Human Heart Muscle in Humans
30 May 01 | After demonstrating in 1998 that muscle cells taken from a rabbit's leg could replace severely damaged heart muscle cells in the animals, Duke researchers plan to see whether their novel approach will work in humans with damaged hearts.

New Smoking Cessation Tool Being Studied
29 May 01 | Smokers may eventually have another available tool an oral nicotine solution that can be added to their favorite beverage to help them kick the habit, according to Dr. Eric C. Westman, assistant professor in the department of medicine at Duke.

Duke Researchers Narrow Genetic Roots of Devastating Inherited Lung Disease
18 May 01 | By studying the genetics of the rarer familial form of pulmonary fibrosis, Duke researchers hope to gain broader insights into the more common forms of this devastating lung disease, which claims the lives of half its sufferers within five years.

Duke Study Finds Link Between Patients with Autistic Disorder and Patients with Rett Syndrome Mutations
18 May 01 | A new genetic study, conducted by Duke University Medical Center researchers, has shown that two similar neurodevelopmental disorders Rett disorder and autism once considered to be clinically distinct, may not be as different as believed.

New Trial to Study Ability of Cold to Improve Outcomes of Resuscitated Cardiac Arrest Patients
11 May 01 | Duke University Medical Center researchers are testing the ability of cold, or hypothermia, to protect the delicate brain tissue of resuscitated cardiac arrest patients and hope to improve the often dismal outcomes for these patients.

Novel Agent Called "Immunotoxin" Being Tested in Patients With Cancerous Brain Tumors
07 May 01 | The first few patients with cancerous brain tumors have been treated with an intriguing new class of drugs called "immunotoxins" - part tumor-recognizing protein, part bacterial toxin - in an early-phase clinical trial at Duke's Brain Tumor Center.

Alzheimer's Disease Gene Appears to Reduce Risk of Developing Age-Related Macular Degeneration
01 May 01 | After combining the data from three independent studies, an international group of researchers has shown that a genetic variant implicated in Alzheimer's disease appears to reduce by half the risk of developing agerelated macular degeneration.

Higher Chicken Pox Vaccination Rates Decrease Disease Even in the Unvaccinated
30 Apr 01 | Substantial increases in the rate of varicella (chicken pox) vaccination during the past five years has dramatically reduced the number of cases of the disease, including among those who were not immunized, a new study by Duke researchers has shown.

Common Changes in Body Composition in Breast Cancer Patients May Be Preventable With Exercise
30 Apr 01 | Increasing or maintaining activity levels may help premenopausal patients avoid the weight gain common with chemotherapy for breast cancer, researchers from Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and elsewhere reported.

Medication Effective in Treating Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents
25 Apr 01 | Researchers at Duke University Medical Center and four other U.S. institutions have determined that fluvoxamine (trade name Luvox) is more than twice as effective as a placebo in the treatment of anxiety disorders in children and adolescents.

Caution Urged in Basing Neck Surgery Decision Solely on Non-Invasive Imaging Techniques
23 Apr 01 | After comparing two commonly used non-invasive techniques to the more invasive "gold standard" for detecting potentially stroke-causing blockages in arteries in the neck, a Duke neurologist cautions against relying solely on non-invasive tests.

Duke Orthopedic Surgeon Bucks Conventional Wisdom: Develops Surgical Approach for Broken Collarbones
17 Apr 01 | When Dan Lemire broke his collarbone 24 years ago during a sandlot football game, doctors told him they could only offer a sling and hope for the best. Surprisingly, that was the long-standing medical treatment -- do nothing.

Screening Program Identifies Newborns with Hearing Impairments
16 Apr 01 | Ryan Yager was born on Sept. 17, 2000, a full-term, nine-pound second son of Oxford residents MaryEllen and Dan Yager. The pregnancy was uneventful and progressed normally. He was a cute, chubby and happy baby.

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