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1/16/06

HealthWise at 5 From 1.16

  • Liver Support Devices

A new clinical study may offer hope to liver patients waiting for an organ transplant. Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia is one of two sites in the us testing the sepet device. The hollow fiber cartridges are used in traditional dialysis equipment, but instead of removing kidney related impurities, the sepet removes toxins that accumulate as the liver fails. By removing the impurities, liver transplant patients may be able to wait longer for the right replacement liver.

  • Myeloma Research

Ongoing myeloma research may determine which patients benefit from bone marrow transplants. Doctors at Cedarsinai Medical Center are using superconducting magnet technology to separate proteins in single drops of blood. A bank of computers helps analyze the samples. From that data, doctors are looking for clues to understand which patients could be successfully treated with a marrow transplant. An effort to help prevent the 13% of myeloma cases that end up in a relapse.

  • Impressive Writing

As tempting as it is to use a thesaurus to beef us an essay or project with complicated sounding words, a new study offers some simple advice you will sound smarter if you do not! The Princeton University study finds that as longer and more abstract sounding words are thrown into essays, the authors actually sounded less intelligent. So in words of the Princeton scholars keep it simple and sincere.

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