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WHSC News Releases for February

February 28, 2002 GREAT TEACHERS LECTURE "Rejection, Acceptance, and Tolerance: Progress Toward Islet Transplantation for Diabetes"
Emory Transplant Center Director Christian Larsen speaks on two of the most exciting developments in the rapidly changing field of transplantation: treatment of diabetes with islet cell transplantation, and ways to trick the immune system into tolerating transplanted organs and tissues without immunosuppressant drugs.

February 26, 2002 Winship Cancer Institute to Study Digital Mammography
Atlanta — In early March, Carl D'Orsi, MD, director of Oncologic Imaging at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute (WCI), will participate in one of the largest mammography studies ever conducted in the United States.

February 26, 2002 MBNA Gift of $7.5 Million to Fund New Emory Stroke Center and Endowed Chair
Emory University physicians and researchers, specializing in stroke, will now be able to offer a consortium of services to patients with the creation of The Emory-MBNA Stroke Center. The Center is made possible through a $7.5 million gift from MBNA America Bank, headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware.

February 26, 2002 Promising New Procedure To Prevent Strokes Performed For First Time in Georgia at Emory University Hospital
People who are at risk for stroke due to the heart rhythm disturbance known as atrial fibrillation (AF) -- and who can't take blood thinners to prevent the blood clots that cause stroke --may one day have their stroke risk virtually eliminated during a 90 minute outpatient procedure.

February 21, 2002 Emory Physicians at Grady See Growing Trend of Younger, Obese Adults With Diabetes
Traditionally, Type 2 diabetes has been thought of as an older person's disease. Yet more recently, younger adults and even some children and teens are being diagnosed and treated for Type 2 diabetes, a disease that affects 16 million Americans, and continues to grow at epidemic proportions.

February 21, 2002 New Toxicology Fellowships Focus on Poison Care and Environmental Disasters
A newly certified two-year program involving a collaboration between Grady Memorial Hospital, Emory University School of Medicine, the Georgia Poison Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will focus on teaching physicians how to prevent and prepare for environmental disasters, providing medical support for the Poison Center, and caring for poisoned patients at Grady, Emory and Crawford Long hospitals.

February 19, 2002 Emory University Creates Statewide Paul Coverdell Stroke Registry
Emory University will create a statewide stroke registry through a $1 million award from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The announcement of the registry will be made during the American Heart Association's Day at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 19. The registry is one of four such registries nationwide named the Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry, in honor of the late Georgia Senator Paul Coverdell and others who have died or been disabled from a stroke. Senator Coverdell died in July 2000 from complications of a stroke.

February 14, 2002 Emory University Co-sponsors Training With American Academy of Family Physicians
Pregnancy complications are often unpredictable. Any assessment, monitoring, and treatment decisions made by the healthcare professional must take into consideration two lives – that of the mother and the unborn child. The American Academy of Family Physicians has developed state-of-the-art training that equips medical professionals in making decisions critical to at-risk pregnancies.

February 13, 2002 Mason Trust Grants Support Transplantation Programs at Emory University
Two new grants to Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center from the Carlos and Marguerite Mason Trust will help ensure access to care for Georgia patients in need of transplantation. Wachovia Bank, trustee of the Mason Trust, has awarded the Emory Transplant Center a two-year grant of $1 million in support of the Access to Transplant Care Project, and the Emory Eye Center bridge funding for its Pediatric Cornea Transplant Program.

February 13, 2002 New Emory Clinical Trials Office and Office of Industrial Contracting and Liaison (OIC) Work to Streamline Clinical Research
The new Clinical Trials Office in the Emory University School of Medicine, along with Emory University's new Office of Industrial Contracting and Liaison, are well underway with executing plans to transform the entire clinical trials process at the university into a model of efficiency and "best practices." The ultimate goal of the two offices is to identify Emory as an "academic health center of choice" for industrial, government and foundation sponsored clinical research.

February 13, 2002 Emory's Center for Research on Health Disparities Hosts 2002 Lecture Series
Why do many diseases occur at different rates in African-American, Latino, and Caucasian communities? What can we do to even the playing field as far as access to modern healthcare is concerned? How can we improve health outcomes in areas that are badly underserved by doctors -- whether in the U.S. or overseas?

February 11, 2002 Think You Have To Skip Chocolate This Valentine's Day? Don't Be Heartbroken. Indulging (In Moderation) Can Be GOOD For You
You probably can't avoid being around chocolate on February 14th, even if you try. According to the Chocolate Manufacturers Association, more than 36 million boxes of chocolates will be sold in connection with Valentine's Day this year – so the odds are someone will offer you a piece, or a whole box. Here's good news: according to Emory HeartWise Risk Reduction Program nutritionist Nancy Anderson, R.D., M.P.H., you can indulge in chocolate and still keep your diet resolutions. In fact, chocolate may even offer some health benefits.

February 11, 2002 Emory Ophthalmology Professors Offer Undergraduate Teaching
An Emory University undergraduate course, "Biology of the Eye," is the only undergraduate offering taught by Emory University School of Medicine (SOM) professors. The offering gives the Emory Department of Ophthalmology the distinction of offering a course where students signing up for Biology 475 will actually be taught by SOM ophthalmology professors.

February 8, 2002 Emory Heart Transplant Recipients Celebrate Life at 14th Annual Heart to Heart Event
The women, men and children attending the 14th annual Emory Heart to Heart celebration this Sunday have different backgrounds and different stories – but all have something in common that has given them hope for a new, healthier future. They have either received heart transplants at Emory University Hospital (EUH) or Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA), or they are on the waiting list for a new heart.

February 4, 2002 Young Women At Greater Risk Of Dying After Bypass Surgery Than Men, Emory Researchers Find
Researchers have noted that younger women who suffer heart attacks are more likely to die in the hospital than their male counterparts. Now there's evidence that younger women are also about three times more likely than men to die in the hospital following a procedure often performed to prevent heart attacks – bypass surgery. That's the conclusion reached by a team of Emory researchers whose findings will be published in the March issue of Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. The research findings are available beginning February 5 in the Rapid Access online version of Circulation (http://circ.ahajournals.org/).
February 1, 2002 New Group at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health Receives $15 Million to Fight Tobacco Use
Three leading national health organizations have committed $15 million to establish the Tobacco Technical Assistance Consortium (TTAC) in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. The Consortium will help states and communities develop and run effective programs to prevent and reduce tobacco use in the ongoing battle against smoking-related disease and death. Funding will come from the American Cancer Society, the American Legacy Foundation, and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

February 1, 2002 Innovative Handheld Computer System Being Tested For Diabetes Control
Emory University endocrinologists at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta have become the first in the nation to apply an FDA-approved computerized decision support protocol, the Intelligent Dosing System, to the treatment and management of diabetes.

February 1, 2002 "Drug Abuse: The Drive Within" --Emory Great Teachers Lecture Series February 21, Emory Conference Center Hotel, 1615 Clinton Road
Over the past 25 years, scientists have achieved significant progress in understanding the process of drug addiction. As Emory neuroscientist Michael J. Kuhar, Ph.D., explains, it has become clear that continued use of drugs causes a changed and disordered brain. These changes are long lasting, and help us understand that drug addiction is a mental disease or disorder with a physiological basis that can be treated.

February 1, 2002 Emory Heart Researcher Concludes Depression In Older Women Ups Risk For Heart Failure
Depression is sometimes described as a feeling of "heart-breaking" sadness. According to a study published in the current issue of Psychosomatic Medicine, depression in elderly women may literally contribute to the breaking down of the heart's ability to pump normally – the condition known as heart failure.

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