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July 28, 2003 Action Cycling Atlanta Announces Bike Ride Victory Party: First Atlanta-Athens Bike Ride Nets $45,000 for Emory Vaccine Center HIV/AIDS Research
Action Cycling Atlanta (ACA) will hold a victory party on Sunday, August 10 to celebrate the results of the Action Cycling 200 ≠≠ the first ever charitable fundraising bike ride from Atlanta to Athens and back, held May 31 and June 1 of this year. The victory party will take place from 5:00 to 7:00 pm at the Park Tavern, corner of 10th and Monroe on Piedmont Park. Complimentary drinks and refreshments will be provided by Park Tavern.
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July 25, 2003 Emory Investigators Will Play Prominent Role in National HIV Prevention Conference July 27-30
The National HIV Prevention Conference holds its third annual meeting in Atlanta July 27-30 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, with strong representation from medical and public health experts in Emory University School of Medicine and Rollins School of Public Health.
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July 25, 2003 Nabil Saba, MD, Joins Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Jonathan Simons, MD, Director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, has announced the appointment of Nabil Saba, MD, as Assistant Professor of Hematology and Oncology and Director of House Staff Education Programs.
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July 24, 2003 NIH Funds New Digestive Diseases Research Center At Emory University
A multidisciplinary group of investigators in Emory University School of Medicine will study the biology of digestive diseases in a new Digestive Diseases Research Development Center
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July 24, 2003 Meditation Garden Creates Tranquil Retreat for Patients at Emory Crawford Long Hospital
Emory Crawford Long Hospital recently dedicated the Vaughn-Jordan Meditation Garden and hosted members of the Foundationís Board of Trustees at the ceremony. The garden, which is located directly in front of the new Glenn Building, was made possible by a grant of $50,000 from the Vaughn-Jordan Foundation.
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July 24, 2003 Emory University Hospital Physician Offers Healthy Tips for Staying Safe During Summerís Hottest Months
The arrival of beautiful summer days means many people are heading outdoors for fun in the sun. Outdoor summer adventures can bring lots of enjoyment and relaxation- or life threatening illness.
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July 21, 2003 Winship Cancer Institute Announces New Director of Translational Breast Cancer Research
Jonathan Simons, MD, Director of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, announced the appointment of Ruth OíRegan, MD, as Director of WCIís Translational Breast Cancer Research Program and Assistant Professor of Hematology and Onoclogy.
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July 21, 2003 Emory Study Helps Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator Patients Calm Symptom Distress and Find PEACE Of Mind
Implanted cardiac defibrillators (ICDs) can shock irregular hearts back to normal rhythms. But they can also deliver a jolt to newly implanted patients' psyches, since the lifesaving devices discharge their voltages unexpectedly, in response to irregular heartbeats. The sensation has been likened to a soft thump, or a punch in the chest. And apprehension over when the next jolt will come has led to anxiety, fear, and depression in some patients.
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July 18, 2003 New Emory Study: Mitral Valve Repair Holds No Long Term Survival Benefit Over Valve Replacement In Older Patients Or Those Also Undergoing By-Pass Surgery
Both mitral valve (MV) replacement and MV repair are fairly common surgical procedures that can help patients with faulty heart valves live healthier and longer lives. But what effects do age and coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery have on the outcomes of MV replacement versus MV repair?
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July 18, 2003 2003 Minnesota AIDS Trek Names Emory Vaccine Center as New Primary Beneficiary
The Minnesota AIDS Trek, the nation's longest-running AIDS fundraiser on bicycles, has announced that the Emory Vaccine Center will become the new primary beneficiary for this year's event. The 175-mile 2003 AIDS Trek will be held from August 1-3 in Maplewood, Minnesota.
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July 18, 2003 Discounted Rates Draw Travelers to SARS-Affected Areas; Emory Physician says Education is Key before Traveling
After months of posting travel advisories and alerts for areas affected by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted its last travel alert on Tuesday. The areas hit hardest by SARS are reporting no ongoing transmission of the disease, allowing the CDC to lift all alerts. Now, tourism officials and airlines are offering low-budget travel packages to these areas to help boost the economy and bring in travelers once again, according to an Emory University travel medicine expert.
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July 17, 2003 'U.S. News' Ranks Emory University Hospital Among Nation's Best Hospitals In Seven Specialties
U.S. News & World Report has named Emory University Hospital one of America's Best Hospitals in seven medical specialties, including cardiology, where Emory is again included in the top 10 for the 13th time since the magazine's Best Hospital rankings began in 1990. This year Emory's program in heart and heart surgery finished 7th and was the only heart program in Georgia included in the nation's top 50.
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July 17, 2003 Emory Scientists Find Anti-Tumor Compounds In Magnolia Cones
The beloved southern magnolia, state flower of Louisiana and Mississippi, could provide more to cancer patients than shade and pretty flowers. A team of scientists at Emory University School of Medicine has discovered that seed cones from magnolia trees contain substances that inhibit the growth of new blood vessels. The active ingredient in the magnolia cones inhibited the growth of blood vessel endothelial cells in the laboratory and cut tumor growth in half in experiments in mice. Researchers have been interested in this class of compounds, called angiogenesis inhibitors, for the last several years, and clinical trials are just now assessing their effectiveness against various kinds of cancer.
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July 16, 2003 Emory Researchers Discover Novel Mechanism Of How Anthrax Impairs Immunity
In the first study of its kind, researchers led by Bali Pulendran, PhD, at the Emory Vaccine Center and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have shown anthrax lethal factor (LF) impairs the function of dendritic cells and thereby compromises the immune system’s ability to fight the microbe. The findings, which appear in the July 17 issue of Nature, have implications for developing more effective anthrax therapies and guiding researchers in better controlling detrimental immune responses, such as in autoimmune diseases and organ rejection following transplant surgeries.
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July 10, 2003 Emory Physician and Health Literacy Advocate Is Lead Author of Paper Urging the Need for Health Literacy Policy
Ruth M. Parker, MD, associate professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and general internist at Grady Memorial Hospital, recalls the account of a mother whose 2-year-old was diagnosed with an ear infection and prescribed an antibiotic. The mother was instructed to administer her daughterís medication twice a day, yet after reading the label on the bottle and deciding it did not provide instruction on how to take the antibiotic, the mother filled a teaspoon and poured the medication into her daughterís ear.
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July 9, 2003 J.B. Fuqua Endows $2 Million Chair in Late-Life Depression at Emory
Businessman and philanthropist J. B. Fuqua, whose $2 million in gifts helped found and support the Fuqua Center for Late-Life Depression at Emory University's Wesley Woods Center beginning in 1999, has followed those contributions with a pledge of $2 million to endow the J.B. Fuqua Chair in Late-Life Depression in the Emory University School of Medicine.
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July 8, 2003 Bloomsmith Named Associate Research Professor and Head of Environmental Enrichment at Yerkes National Primate Research Center
Mollie Bloomsmith, PhD, has been named associate research professor and head of environmental enrichment at the Yerkes National Primate Research Center at Emory University. As head of the enrichment program, Dr. Bloomsmith’s responsibilities include overseeing the activities that enhance animal enrichment and well-being, as well as developing a program designed to assess and improve the care of nonhuman primates at both the Yerkes center and field station. She will also contribute to the regulatory processes governing animal welfare by serving as a consultant to the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) and reviewing scientific protocols that involve nonhuman primates.
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July 8, 2003 Patients and Plants Flourish Through Horticultural Therapy at Wesley Woods Center
Cuttings of fresh basil, thyme, chives, and sage are scattered across the table as laughter and memories fill the air. The pungent smell of the herbs saturate the room as Annie Rayner and Susan Van House recall fond memories from years past of their own special gardening experiences.
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July 8, 2003 Top Nursing Home Executive Named Administrator of Emory's Budd Terrace Nursing Home
Moving forward in an industry going through change can be a challenge, but Ray Hayes is up to the task. Hayes is the newly appointed administrator of the 250-bed Budd Terrace nursing home on the campus of Wesley Woods Center.
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July 7, 2003 Emory, Aetna reach agreement
Emory Healthcare (EHC) and Aetna announced this week that they have reached an agreement that will enable Aetna members to continue using Emory Healthcare services on an in-network basis.
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July 7, 2003 FDA Approves Anti-Hiv Drug Invented At Emory University
A one-capsule, once-daily medication discovered at Emory University for the treatment of HIV has been approved by the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for commercial use. The drug Emtrivaô (emtricitabine), which will be marketed and distributed by Gilead Sciences, headquartered in Foster City, California, was originally licensed from Emory in 1996 by Triangle Pharmaceuticals, which was later acquired by Gilead.
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July 3, 2003 Emory Center For Health And Aging Presents Wellness Program For Senior Citizens "Secrets For Staying Young"
The Emory Center for Health in Aging will present the Senior University from July 8 ≠ August 12. The six-session program, "Secrets for Staying Young," will bring information to the senior community from experts in the field of aging and wellness. Seniors in the community looking to living long and well are invited to learn more about the normal aging process, and about the research and data that supports the matured life.
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July 2, 2003 Emory University School of Medicine Names New Chair of Neurology; Former Chair Takes on New Neuroscience Initiative
A renowned investigator of the degenerative brain disorders that lead to Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases has been named the new chair of the Emory University School of Medicine's Department of Neurology, effective July 1.
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July 1, 2003 Putting Their Hearts Into the Peachtree Road Race : 73 Year Old Emory Heart Center Patient and His Cardiologist Among Approximately 1,000 Emory HealthCare Participants
Newt Fuller, 73, already considers himself a winner in the upcoming July 4th Peachtree Road Race.
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