CLEVELAND-The National Institutes of Health has awarded a $4.5 million grant to the Cleveland Clinic so researchers can study tissue injury and inflammation in multiple sclerosis patients. Researchers hope the project will eventually lead to new treatments and monitoring tools to gauge the progress of patients with the disease. The five-year grant will fund three research projects dealing with the chronic disease of the central nervous system. The disease affects 350,000 people in North America and often results in physical disability.
MADISON, Wis.-Wisconsin's 24 HMOs lost $3.7 million in the third quarter ended Sept. 30, an improvement over the $17 million in losses reported in the previous quarter, the state insurance commissioner's office reported recently. Since the beginning of the year, 14 Wisconsin HMOs lost a total of $22.3 million. Ten health plans made modest profits, with one plan making less than $24,000. Compcare Health Services Insurance Corp. lost $7 million during the period, more than any other HMO. Emphesys was second, losing $4.1 million. Primecare made more than $7.3 million during the quarter, far more than any other HMO. Security was second at $724,974.
EVANSTON, Ill.-Northwestern University and three-hospital Evanston Northwestern Healthcare have announced plans for a new $60 million medical research facility on the university's Evanston campus. Groundbreaking for the new 166,000-square-foot life sciences building is planned for the fall, and the project is expected to be completed by 2002. Research in the new facility will include molecular biology, cell biology, neurobiology and reproductive biology. The new building is part of the university's $1 billion fund-raising campaign. Evanston Northwestern Healthcare also has made a $17.5 million contribution toward construction of the building.