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The Voice of Federal Medicine - 2009
WASHINGTON, DC—The Department of Veterans Affairs health care system provides both benefits and obstacles for anyone looking to conduct pharmaceutical trials in their patient population. Full Article
WASHINGTON, DC—To screen or not to screen? That is the question that many male patients must ask themselves when it comes to prostate cancer. Full Article
WASHINGTON, DC—While active duty servicemembers have lower rates of some cancers compared to civilians, they have double the rate of prostate cancer and higher rates of breast cancer, according to a new study. Full Article
WASHINGTON, DC—Lawmakers were working to find consensus last month on draft legislation reauthorizing the Ryan White Program. Full Article
WASHINGTON, DC—There are significant weaknesses in the global health community’s ability to prevent and implement early detection of species-crossing microbes, such as the 2009 H1N1 virus, according to a report released last month by the Institute of Medicine. The report provides a detailed plan for establishing and funding a comprehensive, globally coordinated system to identify novel zoonotic disease threats as early as possible to help mitigate loss of human and animal life. Full Article
The 2009 Nobel Prize in chemistry is shared by two grantees of the NIH Thomas A. Steitz, PhD, of Yale University, and Ada E. Yonath, PhD, of the Weizmann Institute of Science, Rehovot, Israel. The two researchers share the award with a former NIH grantee, Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, PhD, of the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom. The three researchers are honored for studies of the structure and function of the ribosome. Ribosomes produce proteins, which in turn control the chemistry in all living organisms. Full Article
United States, Latin America Partner on Cancer Research
The National Cancer Institute formalized bilateral partnerships last month with the governments of Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, and Uruguay, to accelerate progress against cancer in Hispanic populations in the United States and Latin America, and improve cancer research. Dr John Niederhuber, NCI director, representing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, signed formal letters of intent to collaborate in cancer research efforts. Full Article
WASHINGTON, DC—Preventing MRSA in healthcare settings is a job for everyone. At Wilford Hall Medical Center (WHMC), hospital officials are working to educate all hospital personnel more...
BETHESDA, MD—New National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins, MD, PhD announced plans more...
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