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In the past ten years, ultrasound has developed from a research instrument into a valuable and widely used diagnostic tool in the practice of obstetrics. Its ability to "see" inside the womb, its noninvasiveness, and its apparent safety have led a growing number of obstetricians to advocate its...
Visualization of platelet aggregates in aneurysms and atherosclerotic arteries is now possible using autologous platelets labeled with the radioactive isotope indium 111. These thrombi can throw off emboli that cause severe vascular damage in the lungs, brain, or limbs and that are "one of the...
Desensitization therapy for ragweed hay fever may become more effective and safer with newer forms of reagents, according to results presented at this year's meeting of the American Academy of Allergy and Immunology in Montreal.
Furthermore, since effective desensitization is achieved with a...
An electronic hearing system has enabled more than 50 people who were classified as totally deaf to understand some speech, according to its inventor, French surgeon Claude-Henri Chouard, MD, a professor at the University of Paris medical school.
The method involves implantation of 12 electrodes...
To the Editor.—
The editorial by William R. Barclay, MD, on an apparent increase in diphyllobothriasis (fish tapeworm disease) in the United States (1981;246:2448) is based on a report from the National Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (MMWR, July 27, 1981), which is difficult to construe...
To the Editor.—
The COMMENTARY by Dr Meyer demands comment. It is interesting that of the nine scientists who addressed the Senate Subcommittee on Separation of Powers chaired by Senator East, only the one who said it is not "a scientific fact that human life begins at conception" is...
To the Editor.—
The eclectic views of Harriet S. Meyer, MD, in her COMMENTARY "Science and the 'Human Life Bill'," (1981;246:837) clarify the muddy waters surrounding Congressional Bill S 158 and reinforce the observation that earnest scientific "testimony" can be choreographed to pursue direct...
Most investigators believe that persons with abnormal thyroid function test results during episodes of nonthyroidal illness are clinically euthyroid.1 However, the "true" thyroid status during illness is not known because independent assessment is not available (ie, basal metabolic...
Since 1968, the PDDS of the CDC has provided niclosamide to physicians in the United States requesting it to treat patients with Diphyllobothrium and other cestode infections. In 1981 the PDDS filled 4,916 such requests, of which 212 were for reported fish tapeworm infections; 28 of...
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