Epidemiology: April 2004 Archives

Genetic Link Seen in Cancer Drug

April 30, 2004

Two groups of scientists say people with a genetic mutation
in their lung cancer tumors improve sharply when given a
drug called Iressa.

To access: go to http://www.lib.umn.edu/page.phtml?page_id=823 or
New York Times (Access via ProQuest Newsstand)

China Reports World's First SARS Death in Nine Months (Update2)

April 30 (Bloomberg) -- China today reported the first SARS death worldwide since the World Health Organization declared the disease under control globally nine months ago.

The Health Ministry said the death of a woman in the southern province of Anhui on April 19 was caused by SARS, according to a statement. She had cared for her daughter, who spread the disease after catching it while working in a virology laboratory in Beijing. The daughter is recovering.

Article: http://quote.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000087&sid=agt0sw0.Fmwo&refer=top_world_news

CDC: Change gonorrhea treatment for gay men

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- The government recommended Thursday that doctors switch to a different drug to treat gonorrhea among gay and bisexual men.

The drug Cipro and the rest of the class of fluoroquinolone antibiotics -- long the standard treatment for the sexually transmitted disease -- no longer should be used as a first-line drug for men who have sex with men, federal health officials said. That's because of the rise of drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea among homosexuals....

Article: http://www.cnn.com/2004/HEALTH/04/29/resistant.gonorrhea.ap/index.html

DNA computer could fight cancer

NEW YORK, April 29 (UPI) -- New computers made of biological molecules that react to DNA hold the promise to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer by operating like doctors inside the body, Israeli scientists said.

The devices, used in test-tube experiments, already have demonstrated the ability to identify and then destroy prostate and lung cancer cells, but their creators cautioned it could be decades before such biological computers find their way into medicine.

"The hope is that someday this direction will help lead to a new concept of 'smart drugs,'" said researcher Ehud Shapiro, a computer scientist at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovat, Israel.

Article: http://www.upi.com/view.cfm?StoryID=20040428-125426-1817r

China confirms two more SARS cases

Apr 29, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – Chinese officials today upgraded two cases of suspected SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) to confirmed status, bringing the number of confirmed cases in the current outbreak to four, according to news service reports.

A total of nine cases have been reported in China since Apr 22, the World Health organization (WHO) said yesterday. One of the patients died Apr 19, and the other eight were hospitalized, the agency said.

The Associated Press (AP) reported today that the latest confirmed cases involved the mother and an aunt of a 20-year-old nurse, surnamed Li, who has a confirmed case. One of the two was in critical condition, but it was not clear which, the AP said.

All the cases are thought to be linked to a laboratory at China's National Institute of Virology in Beijing. The first patient, a 26-year-old medical student surnamed Song, became ill after working in the lab in March, and a 31-year-old man who worked in the lab fell ill later. Li, the nurse, got sick after caring for Song in a Beijing hospital....

Article: http://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/hot/sars/news/apr2904sars.html

imagesMD: Update

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Advanced Molecular Biology Course

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) invites participation in an advanced training course designed specifically for information specialists who provide support to users of NCBI's molecular biology services. This five-day course is scheduled for August 2-6, 2004, at the National Library of Medicine, and is approved for 40 MLA continuing education contact hours. The course is restricted to those who have knowledge of molecular biology or genetics and basic experience with NCBI resources such as Entrez, LocusLink, BLAST, Cn3D, and Map Viewer.

General Information and application

Current Protocols

Two of the renowned Current Protocols series are now available online to U of M patrons through a University Libraries license:

Current Protocols in Molecular Biology
Current Protocols in Cell Biology

These manuals contain detailed descriptions of standard laboratory methods used by researchers in molecular and cellular biology. Examples of these protocols include:

Molecular Biology:
In situ hybridization
Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
Protein expression
YAC libraries

Cell Biology:
Cell cycle analysis
Digital electrophoresis analysis
Immunoblotting and immunodetection
Protein phosphorylation

To access either Current Protocols in Molecular Biology or Current Protocols in Cell Biology, search by their title in MNCAT, the Libraries online catalog (http://mncat.lib.umn.edu), or go to:


If you have questions or comments about Current Protocols, or any other electronic resource, please contact our Reference desk staff either in person (Level 2 Diehl Hall), by phone (612-626-3260), or email (medref@umn.edu).

2004 Masonic/Dietz Family Award for Educational Travel

Applications are being solicited for the Masonic/Dietz Family Award for Educational Travel. Recognizing that educational travel and sharing of knowledge is essential to successful cancer research the Charlton Dietz Family through the Masonic Cancer Center Fund has established this award for educational travel.

Award: Awards may be up to $1000 for educational travel. Up to four awards will be made. Educational opportunities may include but are not limited to conferences, courses and site visits.

Applicants: Graduate students, fellows, research-related staff and faculty within a cancer/cancer-related educational program or research area.

Application: No more than a one-page request will be accepted. The following information must be included:
· Applicant’s name
· Applicant’s research interest or educational focus
· Name, date and location of educational opportunity
· Budget for travel, may include transportation, accommodations, food and registration.
· Rationale for how attendance will contribute to applicant’s cancer/cancer-related education or research.

Applications should be received no later than April 12, 2004. The awards will cover travel from July 1, 2004 through December 31, 2004.

Applications should be forwarded to:
Mary Sumpmann RN, MS
Associate Director for Administration
Cancer Center
MMC 806 or

Review Process: The Executive Committee of the Center will identify a subcommittee to review requests. Awardees will be identified and notified by May 15, 2004.

Follow Up: Awardees will be asked to submit 1/3-1/2 page summary of the value of the educational opportunity.

Jean A. Jacoby
Executive Assistant
University of Minnesota Cancer Center

(612) 626-5475 - Phone
(612) 626-3069 - Fax

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