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WHSC News Releases for December

December 20, 2001 Jane Jordan Named Deputy General Counsel and Chief Health Counsel for Emory University
Jane E. Jordan has been promoted to the post of deputy general counsel and chief health counsel for Emory University, representing the Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Emory Healthcare.

December 18, 2001 Nia Project Gives Women Sense of Purpose, Will to Say 'No' To Intimate Partner Violence
Violent abuse by an intimate partner, combined with psychological distress, hopelessness and substance abuse all greatly increase African-American women's risk of attempting suicide, which is about six times that of Caucasian women.

December 18, 2001 New Class of Antibiotics Proves Effective Against Resistant Anthrax Strains
CHICAGO--Drugs within a new class of antibiotics called ketolides are effective in the laboratory against some strains of anthrax that are naturally resistant to erythromycin and other antibiotics, according to research by Emory University scientist Keith P. Klugman, M.D. Dr. Klugman presented the results of his research on Tuesday in Chicago at the 41st Interscience Congress of Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (ICAAC).

December 18, 2001 Georgia Folic Acid Campaign Targets Birth Defects
Every year in Georgia, more than 100 children are born with birth defects in their brain and spinal cord — conditions such as spina bifida and anencephaly that could be prevented if more women of reproductive age would supplement their diets with folic acid. Many authorities recommend women consume 400 micrograms of synthetic folic acid (Vitamin B-9) daily.

December 17, 2001 Wellstar Kennestone Hospital Receives CON Approval for New Cardiac Surgery Program in Conjunction with Emory Healthcare
MARIETTA, Ga (December 14, 2001) --WellStar Kennestone Hospital received certificate-of-need (CON) approval today to establish a community, not-for-profit open-heart surgery program and related clinical education and research at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, in collaboration with Emory Healthcare.

December 17, 2001 Leader in Mammography to Join Winship Cancer Institute and Emory Faculty
ATLANTA--Jonathan Simons, MD, Director of The Winship Cancer Institute (WCI) at Emory University, has announced the appointment of Carl J. D'Orsi, MD, as Program Director for Oncologic Imaging at WCI and Director of the Division of Breast Imaging. He will be a professor of Hematology/Oncology and Radiology.

December 14, 2001 Emory Researchers Study Inflammation's Role in Atherosclerosis
Does a common hormone known as angiotensin II play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis, the build up of cholesterol and scar tissue inside arteries? AIMS, the Atherosclerosis and Inflammatory Markers Study based at Emory University, is designed to help answer that question.

December 12, 2001 General Medical Clinics at Grady Gear Up For 10th Annual Christmas Canned Food Drive
The season of giving is here, and several Emory physicians in the General Medical Clinics at Grady Memorial Hospital are preparing to give to patients in a big way. With the help of Clyde Watkins, M.D., assistant professor of medicine with the Emory University School of Medicine, and director for Medical Clinics 1 and 2, the general medical clinics are gearing up for their Tenth Annual Christmas Canned Food Drive.

December 12, 2001 Emory's Department of Medicine Adopts and Gives to Local High School This Holiday Season
Emory University's Department of Medicine plans to give, teach and learn a lot this holiday season. The Department scaled back its annual faculty party this year so it could give money and holiday spirit to Clarkston High School in DeKalb County. A holiday celebration will take place this Thursday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. at Clarkston High School. A reception will get underway at 6 p.m.

December 7, 2001 Emory Researchers Report Elderly Kidney Disease Patients Who Undergo Dialysis in the Morning Live Longer Than Those Treated in Afternoon
Elderly patients with renal failure, who undergo dialysis treatment in the morning, live more than a year longer than patients who receive treatment in the afternoon, according to a group of Emory University researchers. The findings were published in the December 5 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

December 5, 2001 Emory Researchers Seek African-American Sarcoidosis Patients for Genetic Analysis Study
Researchers at the Emory University Sarcoidosis Genetic Analysis (SAGA) Center and the Atlanta Sarcoidosis Center at the Atlanta VA Medical Center are conducting a study to determine the relative contributions of genes and the environment to the development of sarcoidosis, an inflammatory disease that affects the lungs but can appear in almost any body organ.

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