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WHSC News Releases for December 1998

Dec 17 '98 EMORY OFFERS INNOVATIVE NEW SLEEP APNEA THERAPY RECENTLY CLEARED BY THE FDA Using a simple new outpatient procedure, Emory University physicians soon will be able to eliminate airway obstructions in patients suffering from sleep apnea, a debilitating sleep and breathing disorder affecting more than 20 million Americans. FULL STORY
Dec 16 '98 DON'T LET THE FLU GET YOU: Emory Expert Gives Advice on Fighting the Flu "The flu is caused by the influenza virus," explains Christine Choat, M.D., internal medicine specialist for EMORY HEALTHCARE. "But, not all wintertime infections are caused by influenza." Symptoms of the influenza infection include the sudden onset of fever, chills, fatigue, severe muscle aches, dry cough and stuffy nose. FULL STORY 
Dec 9 '98 EMORY PHSYCIANS PERFORM THE FIRST, UNRELATED UMBILICAL CORD BLOOD TRANSPLANT FOR HIGH-RISK SICKLE CELL ANEMIA In hopes of curing the blood disease that causes 12-year-old Keone Penn chronic pain and has already led to a stroke, Emory physicians performed the first, unrelated umbilical cord blood transplant for high-risk sickle cell anemia Dec. 11 in the AFLAC Cancer Center of Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University. FULL STORY
Dec 9 '98 NURSING RESEARCHER JOYCE KING INTEGRATES THE BASIC AND CLINICAL SCIENCES Assistant Professor of Nursing Joyce King has spent a 20-year career integrating deep, lifelong interests into her work. FULL STORY
Dec 9 '98 AUTHOR AND EDITOR OF THE DEFINITIVE CARDIOLOGY TEXT 'THE HEART' CO-AUTHORS A KIDS' VERSION WITH 10-YEAR-OLD GRANDSON When Stuart D. Hurst was 10, he asked his grandfather, an Emory cardiologist, so many questions about the heart for his science project that his grandfather exclaimed, "The answers would fill a book!" "OK," Stuart said, "let's write a book." FULL STORY 
Dec 9 '98 EMORY PHYSICIANS USE DEEP BRAIN STIMULATION FOR PARKINSON'S TREATMENT About 1 million Americans suffer from Parkinson's disease, a degenerative neurological disorder for which there is no cure. While at first medication can usually control symptoms of the disease, over time, the disease becomes progressively worse and the medications can cause significant side effects. FULL STORY
Dec 4 '98 THE HEART OF THE MATTER Did your parents have heart problems? Do you have high blood pressure or elevated cholesterol? Have you undergone angioplasty or even suffered a heart attack? The Emory HeartWise Risk Reducation program is designed to help you reduce whatever risks you have for cardiovascular disease and put you on the road to your optimum heart health. FULL STORY
Dec 3 '98 DOCTORS AS SANTAS; EMORY UNDERGRADS AS ELVES Instead of having its annual, glitzy holiday party, the department of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine (the largest department at Emory), is using the money to host a Gift-Giving Party for hundreds of inner city children from Slaton Elementary School. FULL STORY
Dec 2 '98 ADDRESSING ORGAN, TISSUE & BLOOD DONATION IN AFRICAN AMERICANS Georgia Leadership Commission on Organ, Tissue, Blood and Marrow Donation Among African Americans is launching a series of public hearings across the state to address the shortage of organ, tissue, blood and marrow donations among African Americans in Georgia and to seek remedies to the situation. FULL STORY

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