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August 27, 2002 Emory Cardiothoracic Surgeons Use Innovative Procedure During Open Heart Surgery To Eliminate Atrial Fibrillation
Cardiothoracic surgeons at Emory University Hospital (EUH) and Emory Crawford Long Hospital (ECLH) are offering this innovative procedure using new technology, the Medtronic CardioblateTM Surgical Ablation System, that can potentially cure a-fib in selected open-heart surgery patients, like Mr. Bailey, who have experienced a-fib for a year or more.
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August 27, 2002 What Happens In Blood Vessels BEFORE Heart Disease Is Evident? Emory Researchers Search For Early Changes
High cholesterol, hypertension, stress, excess weight, smoking and lack of exercise --- scientists know these are all risk factors that play important roles in the development of heart disease. But what actually happens inside blood vessels at the very beginning of atherosclerosis ( the buildup of fatty plaques within arteries that can partially or completely block blood flow, leading to heart attack and stroke) ?
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August 26, 2002 Emory University to Receive More than $6.5 Million to Study Environmental Risk Factors for Parkinson's Diseases
Emory University will receive one of three 5-year grants totaling $20 million from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), a division of the National Institutes of Health, to study the relationship between exposures to environmental agents and Parkinson's disease (PD). Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the central nervous system affecting over one million people in the United States.
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August 22, 2002 Emory Physician Co-Authors New Book Encouraging Patients To Become Partners With Their Doctors
You've just returned from a trip to Mexico with a case of 'traveler's diarrhea' and other questionable symptoms. How did this happen? You were careful to microwave the water you drank and even the water you used to brush your teeth. Feeling nauseous, you try and make a same-day appointment with your doctor, but you can't be seen until next Thursday. You've never liked that office anyway. They can't seem to decide if you really have high blood pressure and your physician never fully explains any diagnosis or treatment. You take your frustration to the bookstore to look for a consumer health guide to find some answers.
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August 21, 2002 Years of Research Come Together in a Book Explaining How Stress Affects the Brain
Emory University psychiatrist J. Douglas Bremner, M.D., has compiled more than ten years of research, reflection, and observations as a clinical psychiatrist in a book that explains how stress-induced changes in the brain may account for some psychiatric disorders, including Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), dissociative disorders, borderline personality disorder, adjustment disorder, depression, and anxiety.
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August 20, 2002 Emory University's Great Teacher Lecture Series "Observations in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention"
Otis Brawley, MD, one of the country's leading experts in cancer prevention and a preeminent scholar in research in health disparities, will give the next Emory University Great Teachers Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 12. Held in Emory's Miller Ward Alumni House at 815 Houston Mill Road, the lecture is free and open to the public.
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August 20, 2002 Emory, Winship Cancer Institute Researchers Study Cellular Responses to Environmental Stress
Five Emory and Winship Cancer Institute (WCI) investigators will collaborate on a series of studies that could have direct relevance to our understanding of how cancer develops in humans.
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August 20, 2002 Emory Physicians Establish Hepatitis C Clinic at Grady Memorial Hospital
Three Emory University School of Medicine physicians at Grady Memorial Hospital have established a Hepatitis C Clinic to treat and combat a virus that leads to chronic liver disease in the estimated 3.9 million Americans who have been infected. The Grady-based clinic was developed by Drs. Natalie Levy, Nomi Traub, and Christopher Iverson, and is designed to educate and treat those diagnosed with the disease about its signs, symptoms, and long-term effects.
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August 14, 2002 Emory Researcher Receives Emory/Georgia Institute of Technology Grant Funding to Study Retinal Gene Defects
Jeffrey H. Boatright, PhD, assistant professor, Emory Eye Center, has been awarded an Emory/Georgia Institute of Technology Seed Grant for one year in the amount of $40,000. His collaborator at Georgia Tech is Roger Wartell, PhD, chairman of the School of Biology.
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August 14, 2002 Emory Ophthalmologist Receives Inaugural Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Award
Emory Eye Center ophthalmologist Enrique Garcia-Valenzuela, MD, has been selected as one of ten inaugural Jahnigen Career Development Scholars. The Jahnigen Career Development Scholars Awards were created to encourage young physicians and surgeons to become interested in the geriatrics aspect of their discipline as a career focus through the funding of highly competitive two-year awards in the amount of $200,000.
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August 14, 2002 MEDIA ADVISORY: Emory University's Great Teacher Lecture Series "Observations in Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention"
Otis Brawley, MD, one of the country's leading experts in cancer prevention and a preeminent scholar in research in health disparities, will give the next Emory University Great Teachers Lecture at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 12. Held in Emory's Miller Ward Alumni House at 815 Houston Mill Road, the lecture is free and open to the public.
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August 8, 2002 MEDIA ADVISORY: Silent Art Auction to Benefit AIDS Vaccine Research
Downtown Decatur's Birdi's restaurant is hosting a silent art auction to benefit the Emory Vaccine Center and the UCLA AIDS Foundation. Local artists, such as Jody McFerren, Dan Dubois, Dewayne Mullis, and others, are donating their work for the auction.
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August 8, 2002 Emory School of Medicine Teams with deCODE Genetics to Study Links Between Genes and Disease
The Emory University School of Medicine has formed a strategic alliance with deCODE genetics, an Icelandic genomics company that is using its uniquely comprehensive population data to identify the genetic factors underlying common diseases. DeCODE has created an extensive database that anonymously cross-references genealogical information about the Icelandic population with genetic and disease data from volunteer patients and their relatives in more than 50 disease projects. The approach has enabled deCODE to locate key genetic factors involved in the predisposition to and development of more than 20 common diseases.
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August 8, 2002 Emory Physicians Urge Handgun Dealers to Inform Purchasers About Safe Storage
Unintentional firearm injuries and deaths involving children are potentially preventable through a combination of personal and public measures, say two Emory University emergency medicine physicians. The editorial, published in the August issue of the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, addresses the issue of the responsibility of handgun dealers to inform purchasers of the risk of guns around children and the need for safe storage of all guns.
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August 1, 2002 Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT) Links Region's Research Universities and Public Health Programs
Leading research institutions and public health programs throughout the Southeast are joining forces in a new Southeastern Center for Emerging Biologic Threats (SECEBT).
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