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Article ID: 1774

Lung Assn. to Fight Proposed Delay in New Clean Air Standards

American Lung Association (ALA)

(Washington, D.C. February 3, 1997) -- The American Lung Association today said it would go to court to fight a polluter-inspired attempt to delay proposed new clean air standards. The Lung Association also called on President Clinton to fulfill his pledge to protect children's health from air pollution. "Millions of Americans -- including children with asthma and the elderly -- are suffering daily from dirty air," said Fran Du Melle, the Lung Association's Deputy Managing Director.

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Article ID: 1773

Parkinson's: Lewy Bodies May Play Role

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Small filamentous masses called Lewy bodies have long been observed in the neurons of people with Parkinson's disease. Many investigators consider the abnormal structures relatively unimportant in disease progression. Now, however, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center scientists have discovered that Lewy bodies may entrap life-sustaining cellular organelles in an important population of cerebellar cortex neurons called Purkinje cells, leading to their death with age.

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Article ID: 1770

ADA Report on Importance of Dental Sealant Use

American Dental Association (ADA)

1) Nearly 30 Years of Research on Dental Sealants is summarized; 2) ADA Report Underscores Importance of Dental Sealant Use; 3) Sealants Beneficial for All Ages; 4) Sealants Are Good Way To Avoid Tooth Decay; 5) Fact Sheet on Dental Sealants; 6) A video news release "Sealing Out Tooth Decay in Children" will be distributed via satellite Feb 4

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Article ID: 1768

New Vitamin D Compound May Prevent Cancer

University of Illinois at Chicago

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers have synthesized a new vitamin D-5 compound that may prevent cancer without the toxicity associated with most vitamin D-3 compounds. The UIC unit's findings will be published Feb. 5 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

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Article ID: 1767

Two Disorders Reveal New Complexities in Body's Use of Genes

Johns Hopkins Medicine

Johns Hopkins researchers studying the genetic changes underlying some cancers and genetic disorders have shown how a single gene can play a role in two very different and distinct inherited disorders, a heart rhythm disturbance and a rare growth ailment.

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Article ID: 1766

UAMS Receives $25.5 Million Grant for new Department of Geriatrics

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Thanks to a $25.5 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences will establish the new Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics and construct the Donald W. Reynolds Geriatrics Center.

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Article ID: 1764

News Briefs from Mayo Clinic

Mayo Clinic

1) Mayo gastroenterologists have begun testing a drug called urso (ursodeoxycholate) in treatment of colon cancer. 2) Sometimes women with heart disease need therapy different from men. 3) In 1990 Mayo set up a special hospital unit to help wean people on ventilators, an effort which has produced excellent results.

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Article ID: 1763

Reducing Brain Injury In Heart Surgery

Johns Hopkins Medicine

A drug that stops overproduction of nitric oxide, a chemical normally involved in many body functions, may reduce the risk of brain damage that sometimes occurs when the body is cooled during heart surgery, a Johns Hopkins animal study suggests.

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Article ID: 1762

Annals of Internal Medicine Tips February 1, 1997

American College of Physicians (ACP)

1) Combined Daily Regimen Effective for Treating Mild-to-Moderate Asthma; 2) Most Long-Term Survivors of Bone Marrow Transplantation in Good Health and Functional; 3) Recommendations for Managing Nonpalpable Nodules Discovered Through Thyroid Imaging

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Article ID: 1761

Top Ear, Nose, And Throat Societies To Convene

American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery

Ten national otolaryngological societies will convene at the Scottsdale Princess, Scottsdale, AZ, on May 10-16, 1997, for the Combined Otolaryngological Spring Meetings (COSM.) Approximately 1,700 otolaryngologist-head and neck surgeons are participating in these meetings. More than 350 physicians are presenting the newest medical and surgical findings and technologies in the treatment of disorders involving the ears, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck.

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