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Volume 7, Number 41Space holderOctober 24, 2003
Study analyzes genetic mutations and cancer risk
Women who carry BRCA1 or BRCA2 genetic mutations have a high lifetime risk for breast and ovarian cancer, but exercise and healthy weight can delay onset of the disease, according to a study published in the Oct. 24 issue of Science. (Full Story)

Above: Regular exercise can
reduce or delay the occurence of breast cancer, even in women
who are genetically at risk.

Photo by Leila Gray

UW to begin offering Doctor of Physical Therapy degree

The UW Board of Regents last month approved the medical school Department of Rehabilitation Medicine’s request to modify and replace the existing Master of Physical Therapy degree program with the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). (Full Story)

Bile duct injury key to cholecystectomy mortality

Medicare recipients undergoing surgical removal of the gallbladder have a much higher post-operative mortality rate when they suffer a common bile duct injury during surgery, according to a study by UW and Medicare researchers. (Full Story)

Exercise, behavioral management help Alzheimer’s patients

Teaching Alzheimer’s disease patients how to exercise properly and training their caregivers in how to manage patient behavior improves physical health and decreases depression in those patients, according to a study published in Oct. 15 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association. (Full Story)

UW Medicine holds new faculty orientation Nov. 7

UW Medicine will hold an orientation seminar for new faculty members from 7:45 a.m. to noon, Friday, Nov. 7, in room RR-134 of the Health Sciences Building. (Full Story)

Alaska WWAMI Program hosts physician appreciation dinner

A group of 80 physicians, professors, students, staff, and UW School of Medicine representatives took part in the 2003 Alaska WWAMI Program Physician Appreciation Dinner on Oct. 13. (Full Story)

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