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Proceed To Article Postmenopausal Hormone Therapy Not Beneficial In The Prevention Of Atherosclerosis In Coronary Arteries
Postmenopausal hormone therapy is not beneficial in the short term to either prevent the progression of or induce the regression of atherosclerosis in coronary arteries in women with established coronary heart disease (CHD). This is the key finding reported in "Effects of Estrogen Replacement on the Progression of Coronary-Artery Atherosclerosis," (ERA) trial in the August 24, 2000 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). The results extend the debate on the role of hormone-replacement therapy (HRT) in preventing CHD. More...

Proceed To Article Final Guidelines For Stem Cell Research Published
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has put on display at the Federal Register its final Guidelines for research involving human pluripotent stem cells. The Guidelines detail the procedures to help ensure that NIH-funded human pluripotent stem cell research is conducted in an ethical and legal manner. More...

Proceed To Article NIH Fact Sheet On Human Pluripotent Stem Cell Research Guidelines
Human pluripotent stem cells are a unique scientific and medical resource. They can develop into most of the specialized cells and tissues of the body, such as muscle cells, nerve cells, liver cells, and blood cells and they can divide for indefinite periods in the laboratory, making them readily available for research, and potentially, treatment purposes. Scientists derived these unique cells from human embryos and from non-living fetuses. More...

Proceed To Article The NIH Guidelines For Research Using Human Pluripotent Stem Cells
The NIH received approximately 50,000 comments from members of Congress, patient advocacy groups, scientific societies, religious organizations, and private citizens. This Notice presents the final Guidelines together with NIH's response to the substantive public comments that addressed provisions of the Guidelines. More...

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Researchers Identify Potential Medication For Early-Onset Alcoholism
Investigators report in The Journal of the American Medical Association (Volume 284, Number 8) that the medication ondansetron may be an effective therapy for patients with early-onset alcohol dependence (alcoholism). Ondansetron appears to work by acting on serotonin, one of the brainís many neurotransmitters More...


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