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WHSC News Releases for June

June 28, 2002 Emory Scientist Awarded American Heart Association Grant To Study Depression/Heart Disease Link
Viola Vaccarino, M.D., Ph.D., of the Emory Department of Medicine's Division of Cardiology, has received the American Heart Association's Established Investigator Award. The $300,000 grant will support new Emory Heart Center research into the mechanism by which depression may cause or contribute to the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD).

June 28, 2002 National Trauma Awareness Month Reminder: Trauma Can Be Prevented If Proper Precautions Are Taken
According to the American Trauma Society, trauma is the leading cause of death for all individuals under the age of 40 in the United States. With June as National Trauma Awareness Month, these statistics serve as a reminder that trauma may be deadly, but it also can be prevented with proper precautions such as mandated safety belt use and the lowering of speed limits. Trauma Awareness Month is designed to raise national attention to trauma and what must be done to reduce the devastating impact of traumatic injuries.

June 28, 2002 'Metabolic Camp' Offers Fun, Education and Fellowship to Girls with Genetic Disorders
Children living with rare inherited metabolic disorders known as PKU (phenylketonuria) and MSUD (maple syrup urine disease) often live lives of isolation. Their conditions must be controlled by lifelong adherence to strict special low-protein diets — especially for female patients before and during pregnancy to prevent mental retardation of their child.

June 28, 2002 Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Creates International Fellowships to Honor Dr. William Foege
Seattle - The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced the establishment of the William H. Foege Fellowships in Global Health to honor the career and achievements of one of the world's leading figures in public health. Supported by a $5 million endowment, the new fellowship program will be housed in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University, where Dr. Foege holds an appointment as Presidential Distinguished Professor.

June 28, 2002 Putting Their Hearts Into Running The Peachtree: Emory Heart Center Doctors Run For Fun - and Heart Health
The Peachtree Road Race attracts thousands of participants each year - including several Emory Heart Center cardiologists who believe in practicing what they preach to patients about living a healthy and active lifestyle.

June 17, 2002 Yerkes to Open New Lab to Study Cognitive Function in Chimpanzees
The Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University soon will open one of the few laboratories in the world dedicated to studying chimpanzee cognitive function.

June 17, 2002 Out-Patient Procedure for GERD Uses Radio Frequency Energy to Produce Dramatic Results
Emory gastrointestinal surgeons are offering patients a new and minimally invasive option for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). The endoscopic procedure, called the Stretta System, uses a specially designed catheter to deliver precisely controlled radio frequency to the affected area.

June 17, 2002 Bravo System to Diagnose Heartburn is Kinder, Gentler
Emory University gastrointestinal surgeons are using a kinder, gentler method to detect Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), the familiar problem of "heartburn" caused when acids reflux, or flow backwards, from the stomach into the esophagus causing inflammation.

June 14, 2002 Donna Carson Receives Community Hero Award From A & E Network For Her Work With My House Program
Donna Carson, a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine and Director of Project Prevent, Family Links, and My House, recently received the 2002 Biography Community Hero award, as part of The Biography Community Heroes Exhibit. The award recognizes the achievements and contributions to the community by 10 individuals from the Atlanta area who exemplify inspirational leadership.

June 13, 2002 National Study Findings That State Eye Drops Delay Onset of Glaucoma in People at Higher Risk
Researchers have discovered that eye drops used to treat elevated pressure inside the eye can be effective in delaying the onset of glaucoma. These results mean that treating people at higher risk for developing glaucoma may delay -- and possibly prevent -- the disease. These findings are reported in the June 2002 issue of Archives of Ophthalmology.

June 10, 2002 Researchers Find Lower-Cost, Community-based Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Program Comparable To Formal, Cardiac Rehabilitation Programs
Research published in the June issue of the American Journal of Cardiology concludes that INTERxVENT, an innovative community-based risk reduction program offered in the Atlanta area through an affiliation with Emory HealthCare, can substantially reduce the cost of rehabilitation care for heart attack patients while achieving similar health benefits as costlier, formal cardiac rehab programs.

June 10, 2002 National Aphasia Awareness Month Reminder: Pay Attention to Warning Signs of Stroke
June is National Aphasia Awareness Month, a perfect time to recognize the dangers of stroke. According to Michael Frankel, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine and chief of neurology at Grady Memorial Hospital, as many as 25 percent of stroke victims suffer from a serious loss of speech and language comprehension. Commonly known as aphasia, it is frustrating for patients and caregivers alike. It is estimated that more than 1 million Americans suffer from some form of aphasia, which can result from a stroke, brain tumor, seizure, Alzheimer's disease, or head trauma.

June 10, 2002 Neurologist Michael Frankel Appointed Vice President of American Heart Association's Southeastern Affiliate
Michael R. Frankel, M.D., associate professor of neurology at the Emory University School of Medicine and chief of neurology at Grady Memorial Hospital, has been appointed vice president of the southeastern affiliate of the American Heart Association. As part of his three-year term, Frankel will serve as vice president, president-elect, and finally as president in 2004. The southeastern affiliate consists of Georgia, Tennessee, Louisiana, Alabama, and Louisiana.

June 6, 2002 GlaxoSmithKline, Shire, Emory University Announce Agreement on Patent Rights
GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE: GSK), Shire Pharmaceuticals Group plc (LSE: SHP, NASDAQ: SHPGY, TSE: SHQ) and Emory University announce they have signed the final agreement in settlement of global disputes over certain patent rights relating to lamivudine and emtricitabine. The agreement includes settlement of related U.S. litigation.

June 6, 2002 James R. Roberson, M.D., Named New Chairman of Emory's Department of Orthopaedics
James R. Roberson, M.D., professor of orthopaedics at Emory University School of Medicine, has been appointed chairman of Emory's Department of Orthopaedics. Dr. Roberson was chosen to lead the department following a national search. Already well acquainted with the orthopaedics department, Dr. Roberson has held the position of associate chairman since 1990.

June 6, 2002 Emory Eye Center Physician Newman Appointed Leodelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology
Emory Eye Center physician and neuro-ophthalmologist Nancy J. Newman has been appointed the LeoDelle Jolley Chair of Ophthalmology, effective Feb. 14. In a special ceremony on Friday, May 17, she was formally honored with that appointment by Emory University School of Medicine Dean Thomas M. Lawley.

June 5, 2002 Emory Professor's Project Teaches South African Inmates Awaiting Release About HIV and Substance Abuse Prevention Project Models Parent Program in Four Georgia Institutions
In a country with one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the world, groups of South African inmates are being taught methods of HIV prevention and substance abuse prevention. The H.I.S. Project (Health Initiative Study), a three-year, $1 million project funded by the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Drug Abuse, is being led by Emory public health professor Ronald Braithwaite, Ph.D., Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health.

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