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WHSC News Releases for June

June 30, 2003 Emory Physician Tackles Issue of Black Men Who Have Sex With Men in Journal Editorial
Why do black men who have sex with other men suffer a burden of HIV/AIDS that is up four times as great as those of whites and Hispanics? David J. Malebranche, MD, MPH, clinical instructor of medicine in the Division of General Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and internist at Grady Memorial Hospital, suggests there are four possible answers, but they all drive home the need for more research and heightened action by the public health establishment.
June 30, 2003 Emory Healthcare Begins Wireless Email Project
Emory Healthcare is going wireless, beginning with a pilot email program. The health system plans to enroll 100 doctors, nurses and allied health professionals to receive their email on their cell phones or personal digital assistants (PDA’s).
June 30, 2003 Emory Cardiologist Randolph P. Martin Named President of the American Society of Echocardiography
Emory Heart Center cardiologist Randolph P. Martin, MD has been named President of the American Society of Echocardiography. The American Society of Echocardiography, the second-largest cardiovascular sub-specialty organization in the country, is an organization of nearly 8,000 cardiovascular professionals committed to excellence in cardiovascular ultrasound and its application to patient care, education, advocacy, research, innovation and service to its members and the public. Dr. Martin becomes the Society's 14th President.
June 25, 2003 Emory Study Finds That A Simple Meal Plan Emphasizing Healthy Food Choices Is As Effective as an Exchange-Based Meal Plan for African-Americans With Type 2 Diabetes
Choosing healthy, low-fat foods is as effective for helping urban African-Americans with Type 2 diabetes maintain proper glucose control as the traditional "exchange-based" meal plan approach, according to published findings of a study conducted at the Grady Health System Diabetes Clinic.
June 22, 2003 Wesley Woods Geriatric Hospital Director of Nursing Selected 2003 GREAT Ambassador
Becky Provine did not choose to be a nurse, nursing chose her. She says it was her destiny.
June 20, 2003 The Emory Center for Heart Failure Therapy Marks A Decade of Innovations and New Hope for Heart Failure Patients
The Emory Center for Heart Failure Therapy celebrates ten years at Emory University Hospital (EUH) this month -- and it is an anniversary that marks a decade of remarkable progress in treating one of America's top causes of death and disability. Nearly 5 million Americans are currently living with congestive heart failure (CHF) and approximately 550,000 new cases are diagnosed in the U.S. each year.
June 20, 2003 Emory Research Presented At International Conference Today Shows for First Time Off-Pump By-Pass Surgery Offers Dramatic Benefits for Diabetics
Coronary artery by-pass graft surgery (CABG) without the use of the heart lung machine allows cardiothoracic surgeons to provide artery grafts without stopping the heart, a strategy that research conducted at Emory University School of Medicine has shown may offer numerous benefits to patients and improve recovery. Now there's new data from Emory researchers showing that the off-pump approach offers substantial benefits for diabetic patients undergoing CABG.
June 19, 2003 Emory Physician Leads Research Study Examining Cardiovascular Disease and Hospitalizations Among Georgians With Diabetes
Endocrinologist Curtiss B. Cook, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the Emory University School of Medicine, is leading a study examining statewide cardiovascular disease-related hospitalizations among persons with diabetes. The $260,000 study will also include an analysis of Grady Memorial Hospital diabetes patients.
June 19, 2003 Emory Embarks on Research Study to Compare Early Surgical Intervention to Drug Therapy for Common Form of Epilepsy
Epilepsy - a neurological condition that produces brief disturbances in the normal electrical functions of the brain, often causing seizures - affects about one percent of the population, approximately 2 million Americans. The most common form of epilepsy is called temporal lobe epilepsy, and it causes seizures that often cannot be controlled with medication.
June 17, 2003 Brain Imaging Study Increases Awareness of Depression Circuitry
A new study presented at a Journal of the American Medical Association media briefing at the National Press Club on June 17 has given neuroscientists one more link in the chain to more fully understand, and effectively target, the changes in the brain that are responsible for vulnerability to depression.
June 13, 2003 Center for Behavioral Neuroscience Researchers from Emory and Georgia State Universities Develop MRI Technique for Identifying Neural Pathways
A Center for Behavioral Neuroscience research team led by Emory University’s Xiaoping Hu, PhD and Georgia State University’s Don Edwards, PhD, has developed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) technique using manganese for identifying anatomical structures and neural pathways in the crayfish brain. The technique, which was adapted from an imaging technique used on rodents, employs the paramagnetic element manganese to image neural activity in living crayfish whose brains measure only 3 mm. wide. Initial tests of the technique have yielded detailed anatomical images of the crayfish brain that have never before been seen. Dr. Hu is professor of biomedical engineering and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Imaging at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Edwards is Professor of Biology at Georgia State University.
June 12, 2003 "How to Run the Peachtree Road Race Injury Free" – a free discussion
"How to Run the Peachtree Road Race Injury Free" ­ a free discussion and clinic with two Emory orthopaedic surgeons. The physicians will talk about preparations and techniques to take before and during the run help prevent injuries.
June 12, 2003 Emory Physician Addresses Growing Hispanic Patient Population With Plans To Establish a New Community Clinic in Roswell
Plans are underway to address the growing Hispanic patient population at the Community Health Center of North Fulton, which has more than quadrupled in the past nine years. Leading the effort is Rachel Schonberger, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and Director, Division of Community Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital.
June 10, 2003 Teamwork, Timing And Flexibility At Emory Crawford Long Hospital Save Mother And Baby
Imagine the joy a woman feels when she learns she is expecting a baby. Now imagine that same woman being told she has a 75 percent chance of dying during childbirth.
June 6, 2003 Emory University Invites Georgia Scientists to Attend Regenerative Medicine Workshop
A workshop at Emory University on "Regenerative Medicine" will highlight the research of area scientists and clinical investigators developing cell-based technologies for understanding and treating human disease. The day-long workshop, sponsored by the Department of Medicine in Emory University School of Medicine, will be held June 21 at the Emory Conference Center.
June 5, 2003 Emory Studies Minimally Invasive Procedure to Reduce Pain and Size of Herniated Discs
A minimally invasive procedure to alleviate the low back and severe leg pain often resulting from herniated disks is being studied at Emory University in a multi-center clinical trial. Called electrothermal disc decompression, or EDD, the procedure involves inserting a catheter into the disc and applying heat to shrink the disc and reduce the pain. The outpatient procedure takes 30 to 45 minutes, and patients can return to work within a few days.
June 5, 2003 Failed HIV Prevention Goals Could Cause $18 Billion In Economic Consequences
For United States

Failure to reduce new HIV infections in the United States by 50 percent in the next two years not only will have substantial human consequences, but could cost the nation more than $18 billion. A study by Emory University Rollins School of Public Health professor David Holtgrave, PhD, analyzed the fiscal implications of the failure to meet this national goal set by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in January 2001. The results are published in the June issue of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome.
June 4, 2003 Hope Clinic at Emory Vaccine Center Seeks Volunteers for New AIDS Vaccine Clinical Trial
Researchers at the Emory Vaccine Center’s Hope Clinic are seeking healthy volunteers for a study of a new investigational vaccine being developed by Merck & Co., Inc. for the prevention of HIV. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the safety of the vaccine and to assess the vaccine’s ability to stimulate immune responses against HIV in immunized volunteers.
June 3, 2003 Emory Crawford Long Hospital Auxiliary Donates World’s Largest Tuned Wind Chime
One step inside the new Emory Crawford Long Hospital (ECLH) and patients and visitors notice something unusual - this is not an ordinary hospital. With a waterwall leading to the medical office tower, an aviary teeming with various kinds of birds, and luscious gardens and fishponds, Crawford Long feels more like a luxury hotel than the stereotypical hospital.
June 3, 2003 Atlanta Science Teachers Will Study Animal Behavior at ZooAtlanta Brain Workshop
This workshop features an overview of behavioral neuroscience, talks on specific animal behaviors seen at the Zoo, and behind-the-scenes tours. Teachers will participate in hands-on neuroscience learning activities, including building an imaginative brain from Play-Doh. At the end of the week, the teachers will demonstrate their command of the material through "Teach-Backs" to their colleagues. The ultimate goal of the program is to encourage the teachers to integrate the instructional material into their own lesson plans when they return to their classrooms.

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