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WHSC News Releases for November 1997

Nov 24 '97

THOUSANDS OF ATLANTA WOMEN PARTICIPATING IN THE WOMEN'S HEALTH INITIATIVE; MORE OLDER VOLUNTEERS NEEDED "Some 2,700 Atlanta area women have joined the 124,000 nationwide participating in the Women's Health Initiative (WHI) -- the largest study of women's health ever undertaken." More

Nov 24 '97

EMORY FRAGILE X RESEARCH GROUP RECEIVES NIH GRANT "Researchers from seven interrelated and collaborative projects all focusing on fragile X syndrome, the most frequent cause of inherited mental retardation in humans, have received a program project grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) totaling approximately $3.7 million." More

Nov 24 '97

EMORY NEPHROLOGIST RECEIVES AMERICAN SOCIETY FOR CLINICAL NUTRITION AWARD "The American Society for Clinical Nutrition recently presented its Robert H. Herman Memorial Award to William E. Mitch, M.D., Garland Herndon Professor of Medicine and director of the Division of Renal Diseases in the Emory University School of Medicine. The award was given "in recognition of Dr. Mitch's fundamental contributions to our understanding of chronic renal failure." More

Nov 23 '97 previously embargoed

LIKELY MEANS BY WHICH SMOKING CONTRIBUTES TO CLOGGED ARTERIES DISCOVERED BY EMORY RESEARCHERS "The first study to propose a biochemical means by which cigarette smoke likely contributes to the development of deadly, artery-clogging plaque is being presented today by Emory University researcher Sampath Parthasarathy, Ph.D., at the annual meeting of The Oxygen Society." More

Nov 22 '97 previously embargoed

EMORY INVESTIGATORS DEVELOP IMPROVED TOLERANCE STRATEGIES FOR ORGAN TRANSPLANTATION "Two Emory University investigators studying the mechanisms of immunosuppression in organ transplantation are growing closer to achieving true "immune tolerance" - the ability of patients to accept donor organs and tolerate them over the long term without the need to depend on immunosuppresive medicines." More

Nov 12 '97 previously embargoed

MITRAL VALVE REPAIR OFFERS POTENTIAL FOR "EXCELLENT" LONG-TERM RESULTS, ACCORDING TO EMORY'S 16-YEAR DATA "Results of mitral valve repair are gratifying, offering the potential for long-term excellent results," reports Emory University cardiothoracic surgeon Joseph M. Craver, M.D., at the American Heart Association 70th Scientific Sessions.More

Nov 11 '97 previously embargoed

COST $$$ OF CARE: STUDIES OF MORE THAN 25,000 EMORY ANGIOPLASTY AND CORONARY BYPASS PATIENTS REVEAL IMPROVEMENT IN PATIENT OUTCOMES; DECREASE IN COST Sicker heart patients are more likely to survive coronary intervention, are spending less time in the hospital recovering and are doing better once at home -- all this at about one-third the cost of similar care in the 1980s, according to cost benefit analyses presented by Emory University's William S. Weintraub, M.D., at this week's American Heart Association 70th Scientific Sessions. More

Nov 10 '97 previously embargoed

ZAPPED ARTERIES REMAIN LARGELY CLEAN AND CLEAR SIX MONTHS POST ANGIOPLASTY, PER BERT-1 RESULTS Coronary arteries remain open six months after mild irradiation in 90 percent of postangioplasty patients evaluated in the Beta Radiation for Restenosis Trial (BERT-1), reports Emory University's Spencer B. King III, M.D., principal investigator of BERT-1, today at the 70th American Heart Association Scientific Sessions.More

Nov 7 '97

EMORY PSYCHIATRIC RESEARCHERS ARE RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS FOR SEVERAL STUDIES Researchers in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine are seeking volunteers for a number of studies testing experimental treatments for depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic disorder, trichotillomania (an irresistible urge to pull hair out, resulting in noticeable hair loss) and the sexual side effects associated with antidepressants known as selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs). The researchers are also evaluating possible associations between major depression and heart disease or heart attack.More

Nov 7 '97

MILITARY VETERANS NEEDED FOR STUDY OF HEART ATTACK AND STROKE PREVENTION Military veterans are being recruited at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Decatur to participate in a study of high blood pressure and high blood cholesterol. The purpose of the study is to evaluate the use of frequently prescribed blood pressure- and cholesterol-lowering medications in preventing heart attack and stroke. More

Nov 6 '97

A PREGNANT PAUSE BEFORE PARENTHOOD Taking time to visit an obstetrician/gynecologist before conceiving is a vital part of preparing for one of the most important events in a woman's life -- giving birth to a healthy baby. Today, more than ever before, medical advances and technology safeguard that miracle.More

Nov 6 '97

ATHLETE'S FOOT AND ECZEMA STUDIES ENROLLING VOLUNTEERS AT EMORY Dermatology researchers at Emory University School of Medicine are recruiting volunteers for the following two experimental drug studies. Persons with the burning and itching between toes associated with athlete's foot are being recruited for a study of an investigational topical medication. They will be asked to visit Emory four times over a four-month period. More

Nov 3 '97

EMORY PSYCHIATRIST RECEIVES HIGHEST HONOR OF ACADEMY OF PSYCHOSOMATIC MEDICINE Alan Stoudemire, M.D., professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Emory University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Thomas P. Hackett Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine. More

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