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Stuart Dryer Honored As 2009 Fellow By American Association For The Advancement Of Science

Stuart Dryer, the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Biology and Biochemistry and biology department chair at the University of Houston, has been awarded the distinction of fellow from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and each year honors those who have made distinguished contributions to the advancement of science. A candidate must be nominated by three current AAAS fellows and then reviewed by an AAAS committee in their respective fields. This prestigious career distinction has been achieved by only a handful of other UH faculty, and Dryer will be recognized Feb.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Launch Groundbreaking Videourology Journal

Videourology ™ is the first and only videojournal for urologists, publishing fully peer-reviewed surgical and micro-invasive video demonstrations of the latest techniques and technologies used to optimize surgical patient care. Videourology ™ is Part B of the respected Flagship publication Journal of Endourology published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., and is available free online (, to browse and search, through March 1, 2010 to encourage worldwide participation. With the launch of this unique and dynamic new videojournal, videos of important urologic surgical procedures will now be organized and accessible.

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Strong New Evidence Links Retail Meat To Urinary Tract Infections

Chicken sold in supermarkets, restaurants and other outlets may place young women at risk of urinary tract infections (UTI), McGill researcher Amee Manges has discovered. Samples taken in the Montreal area between 2005 and 2007, in collaboration with the Public Health Agency of Canada and the University of Guelph, provide strong new evidence that E. coli ( Escherichia coli ) bacteria originating from these food sources can cause common urinary tract infections. Eating contaminated meat or food does not directly lead to a UTI. While some E. coli such as O157:H7 can cause serious intestinal disease, these E. coli bacteria can live in the intestine without causing problems.

Loyola Surgeon Uses Novel Technique To Perform Complicated Colon Surgery

Janet Bunch of Chicago had just experienced another "excruciating" bout of diverticulitis, an inflammation of the pockets in the lining of the colon. "It was the second time in 19 months and the pain was worse than you could imagine, " said Bunch, 64, a resident of Chicago. Mild cases of diverticulitis can be treated with changes in diet, rest and antibiotics. However, Bunch's condition was more serious and the chances of recurrences were high. Her doctors at Loyola University Health System said her best option would be surgery to remove the inflamed section of colon. Upon learning that her surgeon was going to perform her procedure laparoscopically, involving a camera and small incisions, she went online to learn as much as she could about the technology.

Pervasis Therapeutics Receives FDA Clearance For Pivotal Phase 3 Trial Of Vascugel R

Pervasis Therapeutics, Inc. announced that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the design of a pivotal Phase 3 clinical trial for Vascugel® , an investigational new drug for the prevention of hemodialysis access graft failure. The agreement was made under the FDA's Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) procedure. Pervasis expects to initiate the study in 2010. "We are pleased that the FDA approved the SPA agreement and are confident that we now have a clearly defined path to submission of a Biologics License Application for Vascugel, " said Fred Chereau, president and chief executive officer at Pervasis.

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Effect Of Low Dose Radiation Computerized Tomography Protocols On Distal Ureteral Calculus Detection - Stone cancer! While chronic inflammation due to a renal pelvis stone may on very rare occasion be associated with the development of a squamous cell cancer of the collecting system, what is far more common and more worrisome is that our method of diagnosing a ureteral calculus could lead to the later development of a malignancy in 0.1% for each conventional noncontrast CT scan done; overall, CT scanning may be the underlying cause of up to 1.5-2% of all cancers.1, 2 While the average KUB exposure is up to 1.0 mSV, a standard 140 mA abdominal/pelvic CT scan creates up to 20mSV of exposure. It is sobering when one realizes that up to 20% of patients, during an acute stone episode may receive multiple CT scans thereby exceeding the 50 mSV annual limit of exposure as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration.

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