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QUINOLINIC ACID is intriguing researchers as a possible cause and marker of neurological damage in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) disease.
It is a neurotoxic convulsant metabolite of tryptophan that is activated by interferon gamma. It is elevated with any infection, from a common rhinovirus...
THE PROBLEM of cocaine use during pregnancy is being ignored by too many physicians who think that drug abuse by pregnant women is a problem of minorities, urban populations, and lower-socioeconomic groups.
So says Ira J. Chasnoff, MD, associate professor of pediatrics and psychiatry at...
A STUDY by researchers at the Medical Center of Delaware, Inc, Newark, suggests that including urine drug screening with routine prenatal care may improve pregnancy outcomes among populations at high risk of drug abuse. But they say this is true only if adequate drug counseling and other...
SIX HUNDRED ninety-eight hospitals closed from 1980 through 1989, according to the American Hospital Association (AHA).
This is not a simple case of a steadily diminishing number of US hospitals. A small number of facilities open each year, and in the early part of the decade, more hospitals...
EVALUATION of a number of acellular pertussis vaccines, new and old, is under way.
More than 500 children have received one of 11 candidate vaccines or the present whole-cell product. John R. La Montagne, PhD, director, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases Division, National Institute of Allergy...
AFTER EARLIER critical reviews, the green light is burning brightly for the first clinical trial of true gene therapy.
If all goes according to a plan developed by the Human Gene Therapy Subcommittee, the study is likely to start in the fall. The main hurdles are expected to have been jumped by...
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