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October 10, 1986

Science Writers Conference: Late Word From Many Areas of Medical Research

JAMA. 1986;256(14):1845-1848. doi:10.1001/jama.1986.03380140015003

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MEDICINE CONTINUES to be news, and this was especially true at last week's fifth annual Science Writers Conference, cosponsored in Baltimore by the American Medical Association and Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

For example, the International Agranulocytosis and Aplastic Anemia Study's report on analgesics and their relation to agranulocytosis and aplastic anemia was presented at the conference. Samuel Shapiro, MD, director of the Drug Epidemiology Unit, Boston University School of Medicine, announced that the group's multinational epidemiologic study concluded that the risks of persons developing agranulocytosis and aplastic anemia in relation to analgesic drug use are very low (JAMA 1986;256:1749-1757).

There were 15 other presentations at this year's conference for science writers. Seven papers from the October issues of AMA specialty journals were among those presentations. The following is a roundup of presentations about which JAMA had information by the deadline for this issue.

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