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WHSC News Releases for November

November 26, 2002 Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) Receives Five-Year Grant From National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) more than $7.3 million in a five-year grant that includes renewal of Emory’s designation as an NIH CFAR site. The award marks the culmination of a four-year planning period for the Emory CFAR that began with its original NIH designation in 1998.
November 26, 2002 Emory Researchers Seek Participants for Study Examining Effects of Fat Intake on Blood Vessel Walls
Researchers at Emory University and the Atlanta VA Medical Center are conducting a study to determine how fat intake effects blood vessel wall elasticity and inflammation. Men over the age of 40 and women over 50 are needed.
November 22, 2002 HIV Prevention Efforts Have Curbed the U.S. AIDS Epidemic: Scientific Analysis Estimates the Overall Benefit to Society
If not for HIV prevention efforts, it is likely that the number of additional individuals infected with HIV in the United States would be equivalent to the population of a moderate-sized to large city, according to research conducted by David Holtgrave, PhD, from Emory University's Center for AIDS Research.
November 21, 2002 Ponce de Leon Center Selected As a Top HIV Center by University HealthSystem

The Ponce de Leon Center, one of the largest and most comprehensive outpatient HIV treatment facilities in the country, has been recognized as one of the premier HIV care clinics in the United States,
according to the HIV Ambulatory Care Clinical Benchmarking Executive Summary published in September.
November 21, 2002 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Presentation: Emory Findings Dispute Previous Studies Linking High Volume of Percutaneous Coronary Interventions To Better Patient Outcomes
Past studies have concluded that patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) in hospitals performing a high volume of these procedures were less likely to die or to need urgent coronary bypass graft surgery (CABG). In 2001, in fact, the American College of Cardiology/
American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) Task Force increased the minimum annual volume requirement for hospitals performing percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) to 400 in response to studies demonstrating an inverse association between volume and outcomes.
November 20, 2002 American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions Presentation: Bypass Surgery And Angioplasty With Stent May Affect Women And Men Differently
Two revascularization procedures -- Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery -- are commonly performed on both women and men with coronary artery disease (CAD). But do these procedures affect symptom relief and quality of life differently, depending on gender?
November 19, 2002 Why Do Women Use Cardiac Rehab Less Than Men After Bypass Surgery? Emory Researcher Presents Explanation
Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) relieves blockages in coronary arteries - but what happens after patients' bypass surgery is also important for promoting health and the best quality of life possible. One of the most important strategies to increase functional capacity and well-being in both men and women after CABG is participation in cardiac rehabilitation. Women, however, fail to participate in these rehab programs as often as men do.
November 19, 2002 Emory Gets Federal Award to Study Effects of Terrorism on Health Care System
Emory University's Center on Health Outcomes and Quality has been funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for $270,000 to study the effects of the 9-11 terrorism and anthrax attacks of 2001 on the health care system. The findings will be used to help the health care community understand, anticipate and better prepare for the impact of possible future terrorism.
November 18, 2002 Targeted Smallpox Vaccinations Could Be Effective Intervention Against Deliberate Attack
Targeted vaccination of the close contacts of infected individuals following a smallpox outbreak could rival the effectiveness of mass vaccination, given a sufficiently high level of immunity within the population, according to a new study by biostatisticians at Emory University. The research is published in the Nov. 15 issue of Science.
November 18, 2002 American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Presentation: Emory Randomized Trial Finds Off-Pump Coronary Surgery Cuts Costs And Sends Patients Home Sooner
The results of the first U.S. randomized trial comparing off-pump bypass surgery to the traditional on-pump version of the procedure concludes off-pump surgery not only offers better results but also reduces the cost of by-pass procedures by almost $3,000 per patient.
November 14, 2002 Emory Gets $5 Million Grant for Women's Health Studies
Emory University School of Medicine has been chosen one of eleven institutions in the United States to receive a $5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the umbrella of the Specialized Centers of Research on Sex and Gender Factors Affecting Women's Health (SCOR).
November 12, 2002 Emory Healthcare Puts Its Heart Into American Heart Association Heart Walk
Emory is known all over the world as a leader in researching and treating cardiovascular disease - and Emory Healthcare employees from all departments are showing they want to help fight heart disease, too. Over 2,000 have signed up to raise money for the American Heart Association Heart Walk on Saturday, November 16th, at Turner Field. In addition, dozens of patients whose lives have been touched by Emory cardiologists are also participating in the fundraising walk.
November 6, 2002 Emory Cardiologists Using New Test To Determine If Aspirin Is Working To Prevent Heart Attack And Stroke
More than 20 million Americans take aspirin each day to prevent blood clots and reduce their risk of initial and recurrent heart attacks, strokes and other vascular events However, published data in the medical literature indicate that aspirin therapy may not work in about three out of ten people.
November 6, 2002 Emory Physicians Develop Breast Cancer Multimedia CD For Patients at Grady Hospital
Women who have problems reading and understanding complex brochures about breast cancer and mammograms now have another means of grasping the same information, thanks to an interactive CD-ROM program developed by two Emory University School of Medicine physicians at Grady Memorial Hospital.


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