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2011-04-18 07:00:00

WASHINGTON, April 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Parents offered genetic testing to predict their risks of common, adult-onset health conditions say they would also test their children. That is the finding of a new national study published in the May issue of Pediatrics (published online April 18). The study authors note these and other findings should put pediatricians on alert that parents may chose predictive genetic tests for themselves and for their children, and seek guidance...

2011-04-06 15:43:59

Scientists say their study aims to understand exactly which toxic chemicals are produced within the body from smoking. Smoke from cigarettes can affect nearly every organ in the body by promoting cell damage and causing inflammation, but no one has understood which smoker is or is not susceptible to disease development. At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 102nd Annual Meeting 2011, however, researchers from Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of...

2011-04-05 21:18:16

Researchers say the discovery could offer a new screening and therapeutic strategies Most women are infected with human papillomavirus (HPV), which can cause cervical cancer - yet few develop the cancer. Now researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, believe they have found the missing link explaining why: activation of the beta-catenin oncogene. At the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) 102nd Annual Meeting...

2011-04-04 22:33:19

The findings could relate to known association between human social isolation and elevated cancer risk Stress from social isolation, combined with a high-fat diet, increases levels of a brain neurotransmitter "“ neuropeptide Y, or NPY "“ in mice that then promotes obesity, insulin resistance, and breast cancer risk, say researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). Major increases in NPY levels are seen when...

2011-04-04 13:23:06

Researchers say their mice study should provide a word of caution to people who believe that excess vitamin D prevents cancer In mice models of breast cancer, researchers at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, found that vitamin D significantly reduced development of estrogen receptor-positive (ER+) breast cancer both in lean and obese mice, but had no beneficial effect in estrogen receptor-negative (ER-) cancer. In fact, obese...

2011-03-25 11:23:24

Authors note a trend to exclude such interactions, but warn of possible harms in pharmaceutical marketing to medical students. A national survey of U.S. family medicine residency programs finds that most limit pharmaceutical and other industry interactions with residents while many exclude all interactions. The results, published in the May issue of Academic Medicine, suggest a major shift away from acceptance of food, gifts, samples, and industry-supported events. The survey was a joint...

2011-02-24 14:28:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., Feb. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) today announced a new partnership to stimulate innovation in regulatory science, ethics, education, and training. The partnership enhances the capabilities of both institutions to meet their common goal of improving public health. To view the multimedia assets associated with this release, please click...

2011-02-10 13:00:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., Feb. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ariadne, a leader in bioinformatics software and knowledge integration, announces today that Georgetown University signed a site license for the use of Pathway Studio® software. In continuing its goal of adopting and applying innovative technologies, Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center will employ Pathway Studio to aid researchers in their efforts to unravel cancer disease biology, disease progression, and...

2011-01-12 16:26:10

The irritating phantom noises that tinnitus patients hear are a result of the brain trying, but failing, to repair itself Tinnitus appears to be produced by an unfortunate confluence of structural and functional changes in the brain, say neuroscientists at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). The phantom ringing sounds heard by about 40 million people in the U.S. today are caused by brains that try, but fail to protect their human hosts against overwhelming auditory stimuli, the...

2011-01-11 09:00:00

School of Nursing & Health Studies to Offer Graduate-Level Nursing Specialties Online WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Georgetown University School of Nursing & Health Studies, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, today announced its creation of an online graduate nursing program. Graduates of the online program will receive a Georgetown University master's degree that includes the same academically rigorous, values-based curriculum as the on-campus...


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tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.