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Scrotal discomfort brings an estimated 12,000 American men to surgeons annually for internal spermatic vein ligation to relieve testicular varicoceles. Now Baltimore physicians say they can obtain the same result by occluding the vein with detachable silicone balloons.
This work is being done at...
In mid-December, five Wichita, Kan, patients with newly diagnosed diabetes became the first humans to be treated with a substance produced by recombinant DNA technology. The five began therapy with insulin produced by bacteria into which the human insulin gene had been introduced.
The 1980 Albert Lasker Medical Research Awards were presented toward the end of the year to nine scientists and to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, one of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md.
Four US scientists from California shared the $15,000 Basic Medical Research...
Now that an intensive surveillance and vaccination campaign has eradicated smallpox worldwide, the same dedication could well be applied to removing the last vestiges of an infectious disease that still results in tragedy here in the United States: congenital rubella syndrome (CRS).
To the Editor.—
The study by Moore et al (1980;243:2317) is the first randomized, controlled study of any selfcare approach. This study found that our book, Take Care of Yourself, was read by an unexpectedly large portion of involuntary recipients (84% read some portion of the book); readers...
I sympathize with the difficulty of a physician in private practice to conduct a controlled, doubleblind study. It surely does not follow, however, that a private physician be accorded credence merely for claiming success with a new treatment tried on however many patients. And...
To the Editor.—
In the QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS column, Alan Blum, MD (1980;244:191), made several comments concerning our nicotine neutralization treatment to stop smoking, to which we would like to respond.
While we would agree that any smoking cessation treatment program should be proven by...
We certainly concur with Dr Flach that possible cessation of β-blockade can be implicated in the occurrence of acute myocardial infarction. At the time our patient came to the emergency room, he was maintained on 20 mg of propranolol hydrochloride four times a day, although he was...
Vickery and Fries correctly observe that because of large variations in physician visits among any group of persons or families, it is difficult to show a statistically significant impact on physician visits with any intervention. The correct conclusion from our study is that the...
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