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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...

2009-06-12 14:14:18

 A protein known to play a role in growth of some types of leukemia appears to have a mixed function in breast cancer development, say researchers from the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC).The findings, presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society in Washington, DC, indicate that the function of this protein, known as Stat5a, may be different in developing breast cancer cells that are estrogen receptor-positive as compared to...

2009-06-08 17:04:00

Students, faculty and families pay tribute at anatomical Donor Mass WASHINGTON, June 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Georgetown University's School of Medicine held a special interfaith ceremony to honor the 54 men and women who donated their bodies to medical science during the last two years. The yearly Donor Mass celebrated on Georgetown's campus, was attended by nearly 150 family members and friends of loved ones who chose to make this unique gift in order to further medical education and...

2009-05-28 11:24:10

GUMC researchers identify simple test to help survivors start exercise routine based on current cardiovascular fitness level The cardiovascular fitness level of cancer survivors is not affected by many standard cancer therapies, say researchers from Georgetown University Medical Cancer. That is the finding of a new observational study to be presented today at the American College of Sports Medicine in Seattle. "We know physical activity is a critical component of cancer survivorship, both...