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WHSC News Releases for September

September 30, 2002 Current or Former Smokers Needed for Lung Cancer Screening Study at Emory University
Emory University is recruiting current or former smokers to participate in a research study to determine the best way to detect lung cancer, with an end goal of saving more lives following diagnosis of the disease. The study, called the National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), will compare two methods of detecting lung cancer in healthy older individuals: computed tomography (CT), a form of diagnostic imaging, and standard chest X-ray. Participants will be randomly selected to receive either CT scans or X-rays to screen for lung cancer. Screening will take place once a year for three years.

September 30, 2002 New Emory Nutrition Facility Serves Metabolic Disorder Patients and Families
Patients with metabolic disorders and their families have a new place to gather for support groups and education sessions, as well as a site where they may purchase special foods for their dietary needs. The Emory Genetics Nutrition Section (EGNS) will open its doors on Tuesday, October 1. The EGNS will serve as a center for formula distribution and a retail store for the low protein foods needed by metabolic patients.

September 30, 2002 Emory Physicians Contribute to New Book on Sickle Cell Disease
Sickle cell disease is one of the most common genetic disorders in the United States, affecting more than 70,000 people, including one out of 400 African Americans, with symptoms that include periodic pain episodes, stroke, increased infections, yellowing of the skin and eyes, and other complications requiring emergency medical intervention. And while few treatments are available for individuals with sickle cell, many with the disease who receive good health care lead productive lives and live into their mid-forties and beyond.

September 26, 2002 Sterk To Deliver Fourth Annual Mary Lynn Morgan Lecture
Emory University behavioral scientist Claire Sterk, Ph.D., will present "Empowering Women: The Health Challenges that Lie Ahead" at the Mary Lynn Morgan Annual Lectureship on Women in the Health Professions. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael C. Carlos Museum Reception Hall.

September 25, 2002 Vagus Nerve Stimulation for Epilepsy Treatment – A Five-Year Review Following FDA Approval
Vagus nerve stimulation (VNS), an electrical stimulation therapy currently used to treat epilepsy, can help reduce seizures in patients while increasing activity and alertness in the brain. Since its approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in July 1997, a number of animal and human studies have been conducted to determine the various uses and outcomes of VNS.

September 23, 2002 Emory Microbiologists Will Study Hemorrhagic Fever Vaccines Using NIH Bioterrorism Grant
Scientists at Emory University School of Medicine will study vaccines for viral hemorrhagic fevers, using a grant of more than $450,000 from the National Institutes of Health's Rapid Response Grants program for bioterrorism-related research. Richard Compans, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Assistant Professor Chinglai Yang, Ph.D., will focus on developing vaccines for Lassa virus and Ebola virus, both of which cause hemorrhagic fever.

September 18, 2002 Emory University Named Site for National Lung Screening Trial to Determine the Best Method to Detect Lung Cancer
Emory University has been awarded a $5 million grant to participate in a multi-institutional investigation to study the best way to detect lung cancer in smokers, with an end goal of saving more lives following diagnosis of the disease. The National Lung Screening Trial (NLST) will compare two methods of detecting lung cancer in healthy older individuals: computed tomography (CT) and standard chest X-ray.

September 16, 2002 Emory Eye Center to Offer Public Symposium on Macular Degeneration, Leading Cause of Blindness and Visual Impairment in Those Over 65
A growing concern of the burgeoning aging population, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is an eye disease that poses many questions for those afflicted and their loved ones.

September 11, 2002 Emory and Georgia Tech Offer Minimedical School Courses in Biomedical Engineering
This fall's Emory MiniMedical School 103 course will feature scientists from the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, a joint program of Emory University School of Medicine and the Georgia Institute of Technology College of Engineering. Biomedical scientists will explain the latest medical advances made possible through the union of medical research and engineering technology. Learn about new products available through tissue engineering, creating brain activity with computer chips, new ways to diagnose and treat heart disease and cancer, and brain imaging of thoughts and feelings. This course is designed for the general public but also will be of interest and value to health care professionals, business persons, entrepreneurs, and anyone interested in the latest advances in science. No science background is necessary.

September 11, 2002 National Cholesterol Month Reminder: Emory Cardiologist Says Know Your Numbers And Also Learn Which Fats Can Raise Or Lower Them
September is National Cholesterol Month, time to make sure you know your cholesterol level. It's also an opportunity to learn how what you eat can impact cholesterol and your heart's health.

September 10, 2002 Emory Plays Major Role In Atlanta Becoming One of 13 Cities To Receive Grant For Improving Long-Term Care and Supportive Services for Older Adults
Jonathan M. Flacker, M.D., assistant professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and chief of geriatrics at Grady Memorial Hospital, has helped initiate and organize the Aging Atlanta partnership, which was recently awarded one of 13 Robert Wood Johnson Community Partnerships for Older Adults grants. The partnership members include a broad range of academic, community, business, and governmental groups including representatives from the Rollins School of Public Health, the Grady Geriatrics Center, Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services, United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and Reaching Out to Senior Adults (ROSA). The Atlanta Regional Commission is leading the partnership.

September 9, 2002 NIH-Funded Trial Allows Emory Researchers to Study Treatment Options for Diabetics with Coronary Artery Disease
Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major complication and the leading cause of premature death among people with diabetes, according to both the American Diabetes Association and the American College of Cardiology. So why is there such a strong association between the two conditions? And are medical therapies now being provided for people who suffer from both conditions adequate? Emory University researchers have recently begun a new study to address these questions.

September 5, 2002 Unintended Pregnancies Not Just a Problem for the Disadvantaged, Study Shows
Researchers currently affiliated with Emory University have gathered more evidence confirming that unintended pregnancies are a cross-cutting problem in our society and are not limited to the socially or economically disadvantaged. In a study population where the majority of women were married, educated and had incomes over $40,000, the researchers concluded that almost one-third of the births in the study period were the result of an unintended pregnancy. The findings will be released in the September 6 issue of the Maternal and Child Health Journal.

September 3, 2002 Study Finds Condom Use Errors Are Common Among College Age Men
A study conducted by researchers at Emory and Indiana Universities and published in the September issue of Sexually Transmitted Diseases found that various condom use errors were frequent among a small sample of sexually active heterosexual college men. The purpose of the study was to evaluate errors and problems in the use of male latex condoms. Although the findings cannot be generalized to a broader population and assume all of the limitations that come with self-reported data, researchers believe that the findings are significant because they point to a clear need for better condom education and instruction.

September 3, 2002 New Autism Clinic at Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital To Benefit Children and Their Families
Leslie Rubin, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics with the Emory University School of Medicine and developmental pediatrician at Grady Health System's Hughes Spalding Children's Hospital, in collaboration with the leadership of Grady Memorial Hospital and its rehabilitation department, has developed an autism clinic at Hughes Spalding for Atlanta youngsters who have features of autism. The clinic will serve six to 12 toddlers, preschoolers and elementary-age children per month.

September 3, 2002 Emory Psychiatrists Develop Outreach Program For Metro Atlanta Homeless
In the first collaboration of its kind in metro Atlanta, Emory University School of Medicine and Grady Health System are working together through Central Fulton Community Mental Health Center to provide integrated psychiatric outreach services to the city's homeless who are severely mentally ill and in need of comprehensive mental health and medical services. The collaboration is made possible through a special appropriation of state funds from the Fulton Regional Board.

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