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WHSC News Releases for February 2000

February 14 '00 EMORY VACCINE CENTER WILL SEND 15 BICYCLISTS TO ALASKA FOR SIX-DAY AIDS VACCINE RIDE Fifteen scientists, students and staff members in the Emory University Vaccine Research Center will venture far afield from their laboratories this summer as they join the 510 mile Alaska AIDS Vaccine Ride to raise money for HIV vaccine research. FULL STORY
February 14 '00 Replacing Hips and Regaining Quality of Life Arthritis of the hip can alter the quality of a person's life dramatically. "It can prevent you from doing things you once enjoyed --- from participating in sports to simply walking comfortably to the mailbox. People can be in so much pain that they can't even get a good night's sleep," says Emory orthopedic surgeon Robin DeAndrade, M.D. FULL STORY
February 14 '00 Promoting Health Behaviors Among Adolescents Prominent Behavioral Scientist Ralph DiClemente Will Discuss Adolescent Health Risks, Disease Prevention and Interventions For adolescents, the risk of acquiring a sexually transmitted infection, including the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is one of the most significant threats to health, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Emory behavioral scientist Ralph DiClemente, Ph.D., is a leader in the field of health promotion and disease prevention and has conducted extensive research on adolescent health risksFULL STORY
February 14 '00 Finding Relief From Fibroids Fibroids are tumors that arise from a single cell in the smooth muscle layer of the uterus. Although they are almost never cancerous and may pose no health problems at all, fibroids do cause a host of symptoms in many women, according to Emory obstetrician/gynecologist Sujatha Reddy, M.D. FULL STORY
February 14 '00 Does Your Child Have Asthma? A Winter Warning Winter is the season for colds and flu --- and that's one reason it's a particularly difficult time for kids with asthma. According to Emory pediatric pulmonologist W. Gerald Teague, MD, director of Emory's Section of Pediatric Respiratory Medicine and the Asthma Center, recent studies suggest that over 85% of children who are treated in emergency rooms for asthma care are infected with some type of respiratory virus. FULL STORY
February 7 '00 HEART TO HEART: Bypassing the Side Effects of Bypasses  Almost everyone knows someone who’s had -- or is facing -- coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). In this frequently performed procedure, surgeons increase blood flow to the heart muscle by taking a vein from the leg or an artery from the chest to create a new route around clogged arteries. During part of this operation, the patient’s heart is stopped and a cardiopulmonary bypass machine temporarily takes over the work of the heart and lungs. FULL STORY
February 7 '00 NEW, STRONGER FORM OF GANCICLOVIR OFFERS SIMPLER TREATMENT FOR CMV RETINITIS IN IMMUNE-COMPROMISED PATIENTS  Researchers have successfully demonstrated the effectiveness of a new experimental oral form of the drug ganciclovir to treat cytomegalovirus (CMV) retinitis, a blinding disorder that is the most common ocular manifestation of AIDS. Daniel F. Martin, M.D., who is an associate professor at the Emory Eye Center and lead investigator for the multicenter valganciclovir trial, presented the findings at the 7th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in San Francisco on Jan. 31. FULL STORY
February 7 '00 New LASER Technology Relieves Angina Pain – Without Open Heart Surgery  Emory University and Crawford Long hospitals are among the first in the Georgia to provide a new less-invasive laser treatment for patients with advanced cardiovascular disease and angina.  FULL STORY
February 2 '00 Atlanta Men Take Part in Largest Study on Prostate Cancer and Sexuality  Over 200 Atlanta area men took part in what researchers are calling the largest study of its kind looking at the effects of prostate cancer surgery on sexual function. FULL STORY
February 2 '00 WOMEN AND POWER: SYMPOSIUM AT EMORY TO CONSIDER HOW GENDER SHAPES INFLUENCE AND SUCCESS  What makes a woman successful? Does she have to be a perfect wife, mother and career professional? And how does the way society treats a successful woman affect the way she presents or conceals – or even destroys – her own power? FULL STORY
February 2 '00 EMORY FACIAL CENTER TREATS SUN-DAMAGED SKIN WITH NEW COMBINATION THERAPY  An Emory University physician is reducing the damaging effects suffered by the skin through sunlight and aging by combining a new technology with a more traditional therapy. The combination therapy, which treats skin damage from both above and below, is effective in improving unwanted fine to moderate-depth facial lines and wrinkles, large pores, hyperpigmentation, rosacea and skin textural changes. FULL STORY
February 2 '00 RENEWED LIFE FROM MATURE TECHNOLOGY: Emory doctors use a new type of pacemaker to dramatically improve the health of the seriously ill  A new type of pacemaker that stimulates both sides of the heart has greatly improved the quality of life of its recipients, and, in some cases, has eliminated the need for a heart transplant. FULL STORY
February 2 '00 EMORY TREATS BLADDER PROBLEMS USING NEW NERVE STIMULATION PROCEDURE Physicians in the Emory Continence Center are offering patients new hope for solving severe problems of urinary control that have not responded favorably to more traditional therapy options, including pelvic muscle exercises and medications. The new therapy, called InterStim, sends mild electrical impulses to the sacral nerves in the lower back that control bladder function. A stopwatch-sized neurostimulator, surgically placed under the skin of the abdomen, generates the mild impulses that are carried via a thin implanted lead to the sacral nerves. FULL STORY

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