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2009-10-18 08:23:20

Epileptic seizures are the most dramatic and prominent aspect of the "alcohol withdrawal syndrome" that occurs when a person abruptly stops a long-term or chronic drinking habit. Researchers have shown that the flow of calcium ions into brain cells via voltage-gated calcium channels plays an important role in the generation of alcohol withdrawal seizures, because blocking this flow suppresses these seizures. But do the changes in calcium currents contribute to alcohol withdrawal seizures or...

2009-10-15 12:14:58

Researchers say the findings suggest drug therapy targeted against the gene's protein may be risky Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) are voicing alarm that drugs to treat a wide variety of allergies, asthma and autoimmune diseases now in human clinical trials may errantly spur development of breast tumors. As the researchers report in the October 15 issue of PLoS ONE, the gene SYK and its protein product, Syk*, are crucial for prevention of breast cancer in the mice...

2009-10-07 09:03:00

D.C.'s First Lady Michelle Cross Fenty and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz Celebrate the Capital Breast Care Center WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Breast cancer. The District of Columbia has the second highest death rate from the disease in the nation. This grim statistic is what makes the work of the Capital Breast Care Center so vital to the community, and it's why two of Washington's most powerful women will join the CBCC for its 3rd annual "Gift of Life Breakfast."...

2009-09-29 09:25:00

Groundbreaking center will advance personalized drug development for colon, pancreatic and other gastrointestinal cancers, the most fatal of common cancers. Center established in memory of prominent Washington entrepreneur and philanthropist Otto Ruesch. WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Georgetown University Medical Center today announced the creation of a center that may help advance a cure for one of the deadliest forms of cancer. The Otto J. Ruesch Center for the Cure...

2009-09-22 13:58:41

Researchers in the Memory Disorders Program at Georgetown University Medical Center are now recruiting volunteers for a national gene therapy trial "“ the first study of its kind for the treatment of patients with dementia due to Alzheimer's disease. The phase II study examines the safety and possible benefits of CERE-110. CERE-110 contains a gene and is injected during surgery into a part of the brain affected by Alzheimer's disease. The gene will instruct brain cells to produce more...

2009-09-16 07:14:07

Small-bowel transplant patients with an ileostomy -- an opening into their small bowel -- have a very different population of bacteria living in their gut than patients whose ileostomy has been closed, researchers from UC Davis and Georgetown University Medical Center have found. The results are published online Sept. 14 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. By studying bacterial DNA, the research team found that in ileostomy patients, the gut bacteria were mostly...

2009-08-03 16:52:25

 Kefir, one of the world's oldest "health" drinks, did little to prevent diarrhea in young children being treated with antibiotics, say researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC), who tested the drink in a unique and rigorous double-blind clinical trial.While the study results, published in the August issue of Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, are negative, investigators say there are intriguing hints that the drink, which is rich in probiotics "“ live...

2009-07-13 07:05:00

They say the findings cement relationship between the two brain disordersThe destructive cellular pathways activated in Alzheimer's disease are also triggered following traumatic brain injury, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). They say this finding suggests that novel therapy might successfully target both conditions.In an oral presentation at the Alzheimer's Association 2009 International Conference on Alzheimer's Disease, the scientists will show that...

2009-06-29 16:46:29

 Some people who take the fast-acting sleep-aid zolpidem (Ambien) have been observed walking, eating, talking on the phone and even driving while not fully awake. Many often don't remember doing any of these activities the next morning. Similarly, this drug has been shown to awaken the minimally conscious into a conscious state. A new study by Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) researchers may help explain why these "awakenings" occur.The study, published online in the...

2009-06-12 14:17:04

 A protein known to be overly active in breast cancer can exist in a form that seems to change the structural composition of mammary tissue, potentially making it more conducive to tumor progression, say researchers from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).At the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Washington, DC, the scientists report that the protein, AIB1 (Amplified in Breast Cancer 1), has a shorter form known as AIB1delta3...


Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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