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American Chemical Society's Weekly PressPac -- Aug. 13, 2008
Date:8/19/2008

or John Frangioni. "If we're able to see cancer, we have a chance of curing it."

The system is called FLARE, or Fluorescence-Assisted Resection and Exploration. Under development for the past decade, the portable system consists of a near-infrared (NIR) imaging system, a video monitor, and a computer. "The system has no moving parts, uses LEDs instead of lasers for excitation, makes no contact with the patient, and is sterile," Frangioni says. MTS

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New reasons to avoid grapefruit and other juices when taking certain drugs

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Scientists and consumers have known for years that grapefruit juice can increase the absorption of certain drugs with the potential for turning normal doses into toxic overdoses. Now, the researcher who first identified this interaction is reporting new evidence that grapefruit and other common fruit juices, including orange and apple, can do the opposite effect by substantially decreasing the absorption of other drugs, potentially wiping out their beneficial effects.

The study provides a new reason to avoid drinking grapefruit juice and these other juices when taking certain drugs, including some that are prescribed for fighting life-threatening conditions such as heart disease, cancer
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