The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio on October 9, 1991 · Page 5
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The Cincinnati Enquirer from Cincinnati, Ohio · Page 5

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Wednesday, October 9, 1991 I I IF. CINCINNATI ENQUIRFR A-5 TC Health, science Digest Mother's blood tests show fetal disorders Procedure could eliminate risk to fetus Tape measure homers help the hometown. needle in the haystack," said Dr. Mitchell Golbus of the University of California, San Francisco. The researchers emphasized that the technique requires much more testing before it can be made widely available. The technique could ultimately be a substitute for amniocentesis, in which fetal cells are obtained by inserting a needle into the womb to remove some of the fluid that bathes the fetus. Amniocentesis has a very small chance of causing a spontaneous abortion, and researchers say the new technique would eliminate that risk. The testing will probably be THE ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON For the first time, researchers have diagnosed fetal genetic disorders such as Down's syndrome by simply taking blood samples from pregnant women, eliminating possible risk to the fetus. "This is important," said Dr. Sherman Elias of the University of Tennessee in Memphis. "It opens up prenatal diagnosis to the whole population because there is no risk to the fetus." Elias was one of several researchers who described sophisticated new techniques for sifting fetal blood cells from mothers' blood. The results were described Tuesday at the Eighth International Congress of Human Genetics. "What we're looking for is the Fetus may trigger Immunization cure for cancer tried WASHINGTON Doctors at the National Institutes of Health are attempting for the first time to immunize a patient against his own cancer. Tuesday morning, 200 million live, genetically-altered tumor cells were injected into the thigh of a 46-year-old man who is terminally ill with widespread melanoma cancer. Dr. Steven Rosenberg said that it is hoped that the man's immune system will become sensitized to the cancer. This will cause his body to generate a type of immune system cells, called lymphocytes, that are attuned to attack the patient's particular type of cancer. Study: Cocaine can damage sperm CHICAGO Men who use cocaine may increase the risk their offspring will be abnormal, say researchers who found that the drug binds tightly to sperm in test tubes. The study raises the possibility that cocaine may piggyback onto sperm as they enter and fertilize eggs, or that the drug may damage male genes before fertilization, said the head of the team at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Environmental poisons, which reach far more men than cocaine, used initially only as a screening tool, to identify women whose fetuses might have disorders. labor, study says then when a certain level of maturation is reached, the system is told, 'Go,' " study co-author Thomas McDonald said. Further research on fetal signaling might lead to earlier diagnosis of premature labor and better drugs to block some causes of premature birth, co-author Dr. Peter Nathanielsz said. The scientists believe this pat ENQUIRER NEWS SERVICES NEW YORK Fetuses may trigger their own births by sending a "go" order to the mother from their brains, suggests a study that might help lead to better prevention of premature births. Researchers studying sheep identified a pair of cell centers that apparently set off a hormonal chain reaction to begin labor. "You would expect the fetus to be monitoring the development of those systems it needs to survive, could endanger fetuses by latching onto sperm the same way, said the authors and an independent re tern, or similar fetus-controlled systems, spans the realm of mammals, including humans. searcher. WEEK SPECIAL! 1 TWO Each time a Red stepped up to the plate this season and connected for a home run, IBM's "Tale of the Tape" told fans how far it traveled. And now IBM will be donating $10,000 to the Hamilton County Special Olympics in the name of the three Reds with the longest homers: Glenn Braggs (447 feet), Paul O'Neill (137 feet) and Barry Larkin (431 feet). That's sure to be a big hit with the hometown. A nd goes a long way to show that, when IBM teams up with the Reds, it's good for Cincinnati. y Wo 1 AJ; Ozone depletion called severe WASHINGTON The ozone hole over the Antarctic covers nearly 8 million square miles this year and is nearly as severe as 1987 record levels, NASA said Tuesday. It is the third consecutive year of severe ozone depletion over the Antarctic. Ozone in the upper atmosphere acts as a shield against ultraviolet radiation from the sun, which can cause skin cancer and harm some - plants. 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