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2012-05-23 19:04:37

Women receiving care for breast cancer have significantly impaired cardio-pulmonary function that can persist for years after they have completed treatment, according to a study led by scientists at Duke University Medical Center. The findings, reported online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, also provide initial evidence that poor cardio-pulmonary function may be a strong predictor of survival among women with advanced breast cancer. "We know that exercise tolerance tests, which...

2011-07-20 16:51:20

Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have discovered a way to block the damaging actions of Chlamydia, the bacteria responsible for the largest number of sexually transmitted infections in the United States. The team, which included Duke University microbiologists and chemists, designed a molecule that takes away the bacteria's self-defense mechanisms. The therapies that could come from this discovery mark a new type of antimicrobial approach. Instead of directly killing the...

2010-11-30 15:22:00

NEWTON, Mass., Nov. 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- General Compression, Inc. ("GC"), a Massachusetts company developing an innovative compressed air energy storage system that burns no fuel when generating electricity, announced today that it has appointed Professor Adrian Bejan of Duke University, Professor Sylvie Lorente of University of Toulouse, and Dr. Monika Ivantysynova of Purdue University to General Compression's Technical Advisory Board ("GC TAB"). The GC TAB was formed in 2010 to...

2010-10-04 23:07:28

A new vaccine added to standard therapy appears to offer a survival advantage for patients suffering from glioblastoma (GBM), the most deadly form of brain cancer, according to a study from researchers at Duke University Medical Center and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The vaccine also knocks out a troublesome growth factor that characterizes the most aggressive form of the disease. "About a third of all glioblastomas are fueled by a very aggressive cancer gene, called...

2009-10-04 15:00:11

Imagine a surgical patient on a blood-thinning drug who starts bleeding more than expected, and an antidote that works immediately "“ because the blood thinner and antidote were designed to work together. Researchers at Duke University Medical Center have engineered a way to do this for an entire, versatile class of drugs called aptamers and published their findings in Nature Medicine. "With any anticoagulant, you are trying to reduce your chances of having clotting because it can lead...

2009-02-04 23:33:45

Trevor Booker scored 21 points Wednesday and No. 10 Clemson limited Duke to 30 percent shooting to crush the third-ranked Blue Devils 74-47. Clemson won its third straight in the wild Atlantic Coast Conference chase, improved to 11-1 at home and moved into position to challenge for the regular-season league title. North Carolina, Duke and Clemson have two losses each in conference play. Boston College, Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and Florida State all have three setbacks. Terrence Oglesby made...


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attercop
  • A spider.
  • Figuratively, a peevish, testy, ill-natured person.
'Attercop' comes from the Old English 'atorcoppe,' where 'atter' means 'poison, venom' and‎ 'cop' means 'spider.' 'Coppa' is a derivative of 'cop,' top, summit, round head, or 'copp,' cup, vessel, which refers to 'the supposed venomous properties of spiders,' says the OED. 'Copp' is still found in the word 'cobweb.'
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