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Volume 4, Number 46Space holderNovember 17, 2000

Karposi's sarcoma virus spread by kissing

Human herpes virus 8 (HHV-8), the cause of Kaposi's sarcoma, may be transmitted by kissing between men. In a report published in the Nov. 9 New England Journal of Medicine, John Pauk, clinical instructor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, found that HHV-8 was more prevalent in the mouth than in genital secretions.

The virus was detected through DNA analysis in the laboratory of Meei-Li Huang, research scientist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. Further research by Scott Brodie, research assistant professor in laboratory medicine and director of the molecular virology laboratories, showed that HHV-8 replicates in the cells lining the mouth.

PICCEP seeks instructors

The UW Department of Family Medicine's WWAMI Rural Health Research Center has received a grant from the federal Health Resources and Services Administration to develop a sustainable, appropriate continuing clinical education program for the Pacific Island jurisdictions associated with the United States. (Full story)

Patients need education on treatment rights

Health-care providers should not assume patients understand their options and basic rights regarding end-of-life care. (Full story)

Statin/niacin delivers one-two punch to heart disease

A combination treatment of statin and niacin halts or even reverses plaque buildup in the arteries of cardiovascular disease patients. (Full story)

Estrogen therapy improves memory in older men and women

Two UW studies report memory improvement in older women and men taking estrogen hormone-replacement . (Full story)
Robert H. "Rob" Muilenburg was remembered by many this week as a devoted friend and family man and a dedicated leader whose vision and values, encompassing a warm-hearted respect for people, made UW Medical Center one of the best hospitals in America. (Full story)

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