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WHSC News Releases for March

March 31, 2003 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions: Emory Researchers Find Depression Has Negative Impact On Coronary Bypass Surgery Outcome
Symptoms of depression are far more than feelings of sadness. In fact, clinical depression can have a significant impact on how people function physically in their daily lives following coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG). It might make the difference, for example, in whether someone is able to exercise or do their own housework after bypass surgery.
March 31, 2003 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Sessions: Emory Researcher Presents A New Alternative Method for Minimally Invasive Surgical Biventricular Resynchronization for Heart Failure
A study presented today at the American College of Cardiology's 52nd Annual Scientific Sessions by Emory Crawford Long Hospital cardiothoracic surgeon, Omar Lattouf, MD, offers new hope to many patients with severe congestive heart failure (CHF) who have not been able to find help through biventricular resynchronization therapy in the past, due to technical difficulties.
March 31, 2003 Social Support May Not Be Key Influence for Patients to Participate in Cardiac Rehab
Contrary to widespread belief, social support may not be a key influence in whether patients participate in rehabilitation programs following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). The study, done by Emory University School of Medicine and Yale University School of Medicine researchers, will be presented at the American College of Cardiology's 52nd Annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago.
March 28, 2003 American College of Cardiology Annual Scientific Session Meeting in Chicago
Features Emory Cardiologists and Researchers

"The ACC Annual Scientific Session is always an exciting forum for sharing information on the latest advances in cardiovascular medicine and discussing clinical decision making skills," says Douglas Morris, M.D., Director of the Emory Heart Center. "Emory cardiologists and researchers welcome the opportunity to meet with our colleagues from all over the country and the world at this meeting."
March 27, 2003 Emory Study Will Examine HIV Serodiscordant Couples, In Hopes of Encouraging Greater Condom Use
Emory University School of Medicine researchers will begin a study this fall to examine African-American serodiscordant couples in relationships, in which one partner is HIV positive and the other is HIV negative. The aim of the study is to educate and encourage couples to use condoms, in hopes of reducing their risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection. The study, scheduled to start in September, is the first intervention of its kind focusing on serodiscordant couples.
March 27, 2003 Integration of Nanotechnology with Biology and Medicine Will Result in Major Medical Advances Reports Emory/Georgia Tech Scientist
Until very recently, nanotechnologists ­­ scientists who build devices and materials one atom or molecule at a time ­­ concentrated almost entirely on electronics, computers, telecommunications, and materials manufacture. Now biomedical nanotechnology, in which bio-engineers construct tiny particles combining inorganic and biological materials ­­ is pushing to the forefront of this rapidly advancing field of science.
March 27, 2003 Biomedical Engineer Constructs Illuminating Nanoparticles for Medical Imaging and Gene Detection
A biomedical engineer at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology has developed a new class of biosensors that can recognize and detect specific DNA sequences and genetic mutations in laboratory experiments. The technology could lead to a new method of cancer detection or drug development. Dr. Shuming Nie, professor of biomedical engineering in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory and Georgia Tech, described his research at the 225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society on March 27.
March 27, 2003 Emory Physician Integral In Success of Pediatric Hispanic Clinic at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital
A Saturday pediatric clinic for Hispanic children living in Fulton and DeKalb counties is making steady progress, having served 50 patients since January and 200 in 2002, according to Flavia Mercado, MD, assistant clinical professor, in the Department of Pediatrics at the Emory University School of Medicine, who helped developed the clinic at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital. The Multicultural Pediatric Clinic, opened since April 2002, serves children ages newborn to 18 years old. The clinic averages seven patients each Saturday.
March 26, 2003 Association of Black Cardiologists
Honors Emory Cardiology for Commitment
To Diversity and Cultural Enrichment in Medical Education

In recognition of Emory's commitment to supporting the training of minority cardiologists, the Association of Black Cardiologists, Inc. (ABC), a not-for-profit volunteer national organization of more than 800 African-American cardiologists and medical professionals, is honoring the Emory University School of Medicine and David G. Harrison, M.D., Director of Emory's Division of Cardiology, at the American College of Cardiology's (ACC) 52nd Annual Scientific Session in Chicago this weekend.
March 26, 2003 Emory Offers Multi-Specialty Center to Treat Brain Aneurysms, Focusing on a Team Approach for Best Care
Brain aneurysms -- bulging blood vessels in the brain that can rupture without warning, oftentimes killing large numbers of brain cells before they can be diagnosed and treated -- claim the lives of 22,000 Americans every year and result in temporary or permanent disability for approximately 8,000 more.
March 26, 2003 Emory/Georgia Tech Biomedical Engineer Develops Improved Biosensor for Gene Detection
An improved version of a nanoscale gene-detection tool called a "molecular beacon" could eventually help scientists and physicians locate intracellular molecular markers that signal the development of cancer or other diseases. Gang Bao, PhD, an associate professor in the Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology, has developed "dual-FRET" molecular beacons that form a more sensitive and more effective probe than other gene detectors such as northern blotting developed in the past. Dr. Bao presented his research at the 225th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans on March 26.
March 25, 2003 Contact Lens Wearers Who Are Allergy-Prone Can Be Helped, Says Emory Eye Center Specialist
Contact lenses wearers who suffer from seasonal allergies can take heart. A few timely measures may enable them to wear their lenses through the spring.
March 25, 2003 DNA Conference at Emory University
Features Advances in Antiviral and Anticancer Drug Development

An international inaugural conference entitled "Developments in Nucleic Acids (DNA): Chemistry, Pharmacology and Medicine" will take place April 25­26, 2003 at the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Administration Building and the Emory University Conference Center in Atlanta. Designed to foster research on nucleic acids, including antiviral and anticancer agents, the conference is sponsored by Emory University, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute, the Emory Center for AIDS Research (CFAR), and the International Society for Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Nucleic Acids.
March 25, 2003 Two Emory Healthcare Officials Named to American Heart Association Board of Directors
Two Emory Healthcare executives have been named members of the Board of Directors of the Atlanta Division of the American Heart Association. John T. Fox, CEO, and Una Hutton Newman, senior director of marketing, will begin two-year terms on the board July 1.
March 24, 2003 Emory Physician Receives Grant To Educate Hispanic Women About Breast Health
The Department of Multicultural Affairs, under the direction of Inginia Genao, MD, assistant professor of medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine at Grady Memorial Hospital, has received a grant from the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation to educate Hispanic women about the importance of breast health. The grant will be used specifically to encourage Hispanic women to get regular mammograms and perform breast self-examinations, in hopes of decreasing breast cancer mortality rates.
March 24, 2003 Emory’s Winship Cancer Institute to Lead $10 Million Prostate Cancer "Manhattan Project"
The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University announced today that it has been awarded a $10 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Prostate Cancer Research Program.
March 24, 2003 Emory University Physicians Transplant Islets from Donor Pancreas Into Patient with
Type 1 Diabetes

Wendy Kenny, a 42-year-old pharmacist from Covington, Georgia, gave herself five injections of insulin on Wednesday –– a routine she has been following since the age of nine, when she was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. In the early hours of Thursday morning, she entered Emory University Hospital and received the first islet transplant ever performed in Georgia. Her transplanted islets began functioning normally, and Wendy has not needed any additional insulin for the first time in 33 years. Friday evening she ate dinner, checked her glucose reading, found it to be normal, and was discharged from the hospital.
March 21, 2003 Delta Air Lines Foundation Supports
Juvenile Diabetes Research at Emory

The Delta Air Lines Foundation is donating $100,000 to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Center for Islet Transplantation at Emory University as part of the Foundation’s Youth Wellness initiative. Of the more than 1 million Americans who have Type 1 diabetes, most are diagnosed in childhood.
March 21, 2003 Emory Eye Center Recipient of Knights Templar Awards
The Emory Eye Center was recently awarded $39,000 by the Georgia Knights Templar Educational Foundation, Inc. The awards will be used to continue important educational and research opportunities that impact the entire state of Georgia. Over the past several years, the Georgia Knights Templar have awarded some $351,000 to the Emory Eye Center.
March 20, 2003 Emory Patient Raises Money to Support the Emory Ataxia Center and Ataxia Research
The Emory Ataxia Center and George "Chip" Wilmot, MD, assistant professor of neurology at Emory and director of the center, will receive a significant donation from an Emory patient, following a fundraiser in an effort to find a cure for ataxia. The check will be presented by the patient on Thursday, March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel Atlanta, 75 14th Street NE, Atlanta.
March 19, 2003 Emory University Gathers Global Experts to Address Legal, Medical, and Economic Challenges of Fight Against HIV/AIDS
A multinational cast of industry leaders, policy makers and leading scholars will gather at the Emory University School of Law April 3-4 for a public symposium addressing the legal, medical, public health and development challenges of fighting the global HIV/AIDS epidemic.
March 19, 2003 'Hall of Champions' Wing at Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital Will Allow Teams To Focus On Children With Sickle Cell Disease and Asthma
In a dual medical school effort being spearheaded by Lewis Hsu, MD, assistant professor of pediatric hematology/oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine, and pediatric hematologist Beatrice Gee, MD, of the Morehouse School of Medicine, children suffering from sickle cell disease and asthma will soon have a place to call their own upon being admitted to Hughes Spalding Children’s Hospital. The program, known as the Hall of Champions, will group sickle cell and asthma patients in one wing for the purpose of emphasizing team medical care.
March 12, 2003 John D. Henry Sr. FACHE Announces Retirement as Hospitals CEO
John D. Henry, Sr., FACHE, Chief Executive Officer of Emory Hospitals and Wesley Woods Center, has announced his plans to retire effective August 31, 2003. He will become CEO Emeritus. During the academic year 2003-2004, he also will serve as special advisor to Michael M. E. Johns, MD, Executive Vice President for Health Affairs, Emory University, and Director of The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center.
March 6, 2003 Emory Finishes First Phase of Data Entry Integration in Project to Implement Electronic Medical Record
Emory Healthcare has reached the first important milestone in a multi-year, multi-million-dollar project to achieve a system-wide, paper-free electronic medical record. The adoption of electronic medical records is a key goal for many of the country's largest hospitals and health systems in the quest to increase quality of care, lower the incidence of medical errors, improve patient and provider satisfaction, and adopt standardized decision support and treatment pathways based on the medical literature.
March 6, 2003 Emory Psychologist Heads SAFETY Project For Abused Women and their Children
In order to better understand the relationship between an African-American mother and her child as it relates to intimate partner violence (IPV), Nadine J. Kaslow, PhD, Emory University School of Medicine professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and chief psychologist at Grady Memorial Hospital, and her colleagues have developed the SAFETY project, an acronym for Supporting African-American Families, Empowering Their Youth.
March 5, 2003 Former Congressmen To Share Insights on Legislative Processes With Emory University Students and Community
Former Congressmen Andy Jacobs (D-IN) and Steve Kuykendall (R-CA) will visit the Emory University campus on March 18-19 to teach classes, hold colloquia and meet with community groups. The bipartisan team was chosen as part of the national Congress to Campus program to provide insight into how Congress and the government really works and spread the message about the importance of bipartisan cooperation and public service.
March 4, 2003 Daytime Sleepiness in Dialysis Patients May be a Significant Medical Problem
Clinicians have long noted that hemodialysis patients sleep during treatment, a phenomenon that has often been attributed to fatigue. But during her clinical work as a nurse practitioner, Emory nurse researcher, Kathy Parker, PhD, RN, FAAN, began to suspect that this problem might really be excessive daytime sleepiness ­ the inability to maintain an alert, awake state.

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