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Archive for December 2010
'Don't judge a book by its cover' is perhaps the most common phrase in the English language used to convey the idea that one should not judge the worth of something based on outward appearance. A wounded warrior, friend, and colleague of mine recently related an event that happened to him. It caused me to again appreciate the wisdom of this old English metaphorical phrase.
Becaplermin Use and Cancer Risk in Veterans with Diabetes
Objective: This is an observational study of VA patients with diabetes. REGRANEX® (becaplermin) is topical medication used to treat lower extremity diabetic neuropathic ulcers.
Virtual Reality in Burn Pain Management
Sponsor: United States Army Institute of Surgical Research
WASHINGTON, DC—The number of US adults with diabetes is expected to rise, according to CDC.
WASHINGTON, DC—Patients taking warfarin, a widely used blood-thinning pill that requires careful dose monitoring, have similar outcomes whether they come to a clinic or use a self-testing device at home, according to a recent VA study. The findings, published in the October 21 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine, are good news for heart patients who live far from clinics or are homebound.
BETHESDA, MD—The science into the biological mechanisms behind the psychological symptoms of PTSD is still in its infancy, but studies have linked PTSD to other serious health problems, including cardiovascular disease, chronic pain, fatigue, and metabolic disorders. Research funded by NIH is suggesting that the cause of this link might have its roots in endocrine and immune function differences in patients with PTSD and most significantly in those with co-morbid major depressive disorder.
BETHESDA, MD—While the hunt for an HIV vaccine has run into a number of roadblocks the past few years, researchers are still meticulously searching for aspects of the virus and the transmission process that could prove to be viable targets for future interventions. NIH grantee Cynthia Derdeyn, PhD, is at the forefront of HIV vaccine research. She and her colleagues at Emory University have been exploring the dynamics of HIV sexual transmission—research that has led to a number of discoveries that could prove fruitful in the creation of a vaccine.
BETHESDA, MD— “In 1981, we were not at all prepared in the attitude at the time, and in the availability of responsible, qualified basic medical virologists. I was there. I know how people got involved, and it wasn’t by responsibility, but by chance.”
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