WHSC News and 

WHSC News Releases for April 2000


April 30, '00

EMORY STUDY SHOWS NEW TYPE OF KIDNEY FUNCTION TEST IS FASTER, easier and more precise than traditional method - Determining how well a patient's kidneys are functioning is a key part of evaluating various urological conditions. But this can be a cumbersome task, since the traditional method of measuring kidney function requires patients to collect their own urine over a 24-hour period. FULL STORY
April 17, '00

ORAL EXPOSURE TO ANTI-OXIDANT GLUTATHIONE COULD HELP PREVENT FLU INFECTIONS - Emory University scientists reported today at the Experimental Biology 2000 meeting in San Francisco that glutathione, a naturally occurring anti-oxidant compound, could help prevent infection by the influenza virus if administered directly to the tissues lining the mouth and upper airway. The scientists suggested that glutathione concentrated in a lozenge or spray might be the most effective way to use the compound as a flu preventive. FULL STORY

April 14, '00

CUTTING-EDGE BRAIN SURGERY WITHOUT THE SCAPEL:Emory neurosurgeons can contour radiation beams to target irregularly shaped brain lesions while protecting healthy tissue - Neurosurgeons at the Emory Clinic can attack brain tumors more effectively and safely than ever, due to a new device that allows them to precisely contour high-energy radiation beams.

April 13, '00

Emory's HeartWise 2000: April 29 event aims to teach public about heart health - The Emory Heart Center and Emory Healthcare are sponsoring an event aimed at giving the public a broad view of heart health, from the latest treatment advances to preventive measures such as eating right, exercising and eliminating stress.
April 13, '00

PHOTODYNAMIC THERAPY SHOWS PROMISE IN HALTING PROGRESSION OF AGE-RELATED MACULAR DEGENERATION - Photodynamic therapy (PDT), a treatment for age-related macular degeneration under study at Emory University and other sites, received Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval today.
April 6, '00

THE "BROTHERS" HEALTH SERIES:Emory conference aimed at boosting blood, organ and tissue donation among Arican-Americans, especially men - African-Americans are especially prone to certain health conditions, such as cardio- vascular disease, diabetes and some cancers, that may eventually require organ or tissue transplants. FULL STORY
April 5 '00

MONKEYS PAY ONE ANOTHER FOR WORK - Primatologists at the Yerkes Primate Center of Emory University have found new evidence that capuchin monkeys (a small but large-brained South American primate) cooperate to obtain food and share the rewards of their efforts. The study, conducted by Frans de Waal, Ph.D., director of Yerkes' Living Links Center, and Michelle Berger, senior laboratory assistant, has implications fo understanding the evolutionary basis of reciprocity, a fundamental feature ofhuman society. Dr. de Waal's research appears in the April 6 issue of Nature. FULL STORY


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