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WHSC News Releases for February

February 28, 2003 Dr. Sheryl Heron Receives Award For Her Work Addressing Domestic Violence
Sheryl Heron, MD, MPH, assistant professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine, was recently honored with the third annual Hearts With Hope Award for her dedication and commitment to addressing domestic violence and its devastating impact on families, the workplace and society. The award is sponsored by the Atlanta-based Partnership Against Domestic Violence, which supports women and their families in their efforts to live violence free.
February 28, 2003 Adolescents with High Exposure to Rap Music Videos Exhibit Higher Levels of Risky Health Behaviors
Risky behavior and a heightened incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) among African-American female adolescents may be linked to high exposure to rap music videos, according to a study in the March issue of the American Journal of Public Health.
February 27, 2003 Institute of Medicine President Speaks On Bioterrorism, 'Lessons from the Swine Flu Program'
Harvey V. Fineberg, MD, PhD, President of the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, will speak on "Lessons from the Swine Flu Program in an Age of Bio-terrorism" at 4 p.m. Monday, March 10, in the auditorium of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building, 1440 Clifton Road, Emory University campus.
February 26, 2003 Fifty Years of Heart Care Progress: J. Willis Hurst MD, One of The Emory Clinic's Founders, Discusses Innovations Over Half A Century
In l953, cardiologist J. Willis Hurst, MD (a member of the Emory faculty since l950) saw along with other faculty members something new and
potentially revolutionary on the medical horizon for Atlanta – an opportunity to transform how medical care was delivered by combining the best clinical care with medical education and research.
February 21, 2003 Cell Transplant Society Holds 6th International Congress in Atlanta March 2-5
Leading international scientists in stem cell research and transplantation will present their most recent discoveries at the 2003 Cell Transplant Society 6th International Congress in Atlanta, March 2-5. The meeting is sponsored by the Emory University Center for Transplantation and the Georgia Tech/Emory Center for the Engineering of Living Tissues. It will take place at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Atlanta. The scientific program is available online at http://www.celltx.org/seminar/
February 20, 2003 Can Spirituality Improve Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease Patients?
Emory Researchers Begin Study in Search of Answers

Some forms of complementary and alternative medicine are becoming more widely accepted in the fight against chronic diseases and disabilities.. But can the most intangible of complementary interventions ≠ things such as spirituality, prayer and training in holistic health -- work to improve the quality of life, brain functioning and movement in patients with a progressive illness like Parkinson's disease?
February 19, 2003 Atlanta Teenager's Book on Fragile X Syndrome is Personal Account of How Disabilities Affect Families
Carly Heyman is a 16-year-old girl who knows first-hand the tremendous challenges of a major disability –– not her own, but that of her 22-year-old brother, Scott. When Scott was four years old, he was diagnosed with fragile X syndrome, which is the leading cause of inherited mental retardation.
February 19, 2003 Emory Heart Study Concludes Young Adults With Heart Disease Have Dramatically Increased Risk of Death
Young people who smoke, are overweight and/or have diabetes are often not concerned about these risk factors for heart disease -- they assume heart attacks and stroke only happen to folks who are much older. But a new Emory study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology concludes that people under 40 who are diagnosed with coronary artery disease have a dramatically increased risk of death.
February 19, 2003 Else Named Associate Director for Animal Resources at Yerkes National Primate Research Center
February 19, 2003 – James Else, D.V.M., has been named associate director for animal resources at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center of Emory University. Dr. Else’s responsibilities include overseeing animal care and husbandry, veterinary medicine, animal records and non-human primate enrichment at the Yerkes Main Station and Field Station.
February 19, 2003 Emory Healthcare Begins Smallpox Vaccinations
A small number of doctors and nurses in Emory Healthcare will receive smallpox vaccinations as a precautionary measure in accordance with national preparedness plans developed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
February 18, 2003 Emory Center for AIDS Research Sponsors HIV/AIDS Prevention Summit to Build Community Partnerships
On Friday, February 28, 2003, the Emory Center for AID Research (CFAR) is hosting its first regional HIV/AIDS prevention summit, "Atlanta Responds to HIV: Research, Community, and Public Health Practice." The summit will be held at the downtown Decatur Holiday Inn from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m.
February 14, 2003 Women Abused as Children Show Elevated Hormonal Responses to Stress That May Add to Risk of Adult Psychiatric Disorders
Women who were sexually or physically abused as children show significantly elevated hormonal responses to stress compared to women with no history of childhood abuse, according to a study by researchers at the Emory University Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders, which is funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and led by Charles B. Nemeroff, M.D., Ph.D. Dr. Nemeroff presented his findings on Feb. 14 in a symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Denver.
February 14, 2003 Adverse Experiences in Early Childhood Cause Brain Adaptations That Can Lead to Later Psychiatric and Neurological Disorders
Adverse experiences both perinatally and during early childhood, including abuse, neglect and severe medical illness, can have both immediate and long-term consequences on the development of the central nervous system, according to accumulating research in rodents and primates. Investigators from the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University School of Medicine will present evidence detailing neural adaptations to early adverse experiences in a symposium at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) annual meeting in Denver. The symposium, entitled "Developmental Effects of Deprived Caregiving" will take place Sat., February 15 at 8:30 am.
February 14, 2003 Emory University Physician Is Editor of Office Practice of Medicine, One of the Largest Medical Textbooks of Its Kind In the Country
William T. Branch, MD, Carter Smith, Sr. Professor of Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and director of the Division of General Medicine for the Emory School of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital, is editor of the newly published Office Practice of Medicine, one of the largest, nationally recognized medical textbooks of its kind. The book, published by the W. B. Saunders Company, is now in its fourth edition and is bigger and more comprehensive and includes chapters written by several Emory School of Medicine physicians.
February 13, 2003 Emory Researchers Identify Link Between Lipid Abnormalities and AIDS Therapy
Researchers from Emory University and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center have used a lipid biomarker called apolipoprotein C-III (ApoC-III) to help establish the relationship between HIV antiretroviral therapy and the development of lipid abnormalities. The research was presented on February 13th at the 10th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, held in Boston.
February 13, 2003 Roberto Pacifici, MD, Named New Director of
Emory's Endocrinology and Metabolism Division

Roberto Pacifici, MD, professor of medicine, has been appointed the new director for the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Pacifici comes to Emory from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri, where he held joint appointments in the departments of medicine and radiology.
February 13, 2003 Endothelial Progenitor Cells Could Serve As Biological Marker for Cardiovascular Risk
The number of circulating endothelial progenitor cells in an individualís blood ≠≠ the precursor cells to those that line the insides of blood vessels ≠≠ may be an indicator of overall cardiovascular health, according to research by scientists at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and Emory University School of Medicine. The research was published in the Feb. 13 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.
February 11, 2003  Jerry Lewis Scheduled for Lecture at Emory University Hospital
Comedian Jerry Lewis will address Atlanta clinicians about the management of chronic pain. Mr. Lewis has joined a public education initiative called TAME THE PAIN that links people in chronic pain with pain specialists. Mr. Lewis has suffered for 40 years with excruciating back pain, caused by a career of comedic pratfalls, which nearly drove him to suicide.
February 11, 2003  Women's Physical Function Suffers More Than Men's From Cardiac-Related Chest Pain, Says Emory Researcher
Women with chronic chest pain associated with angina pectoris experience more detrimental effects on their quality of life than men, according to a study published in the January issue of the journal Pain.
February 11, 2003  National Heart Failure Awareness Week: Emory Heart Failure Specialist Says Cases Of Heart Failure On Rise -- But So Is Hope
According to the Heart Failure Society of America, which is sponsoring this week's National Heart Failure Awareness Week, about 555,000 new cases of heart failure are diagnosed each year in the U.S. -- and the numbers are expected to rise.
February 10, 2003 Emory University Stays on the Cutting Edge of Nutrition Science With the Development of a New Nutrition Center
Nutrition researchers at Emory University have launched the Emory Center for Clinical and Molecular Nutrition, a multi-disciplinary research unit based in the Department of Medicine, which was established in 2002 to facilitate and strengthen the presence of nutrition-oriented research on campus.
February 6, 2003 Emory and Children's Heart Transplant Recipients Celebrate Life at 15th Annual Heart To Heart Event, Sunday, Feb. 9
Kenishia Woods of Decatur is an active 22 year old. But she remembers how different her life was as a child when a congenital heart ailment prevented her from playing with friends. "I was constantly tired. And I stayed inside all summer long. I couldn't take the heat," she recalls. But in 1991, her health and her life changed dramatically when she received a heart transplant.

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