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Vision and Aging
Genetics of Lung Disease
Hormones and Heart Disease after Menopause
Bone Marrow Transplants
for the Public
These topics will be covered in the
1997 Medicine for the Public lecture series, sponsored by the
NIH Clinical Center.
The lectures, which are free and open to the public, are held
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clinical Center's Masur Auditorium,
National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville Pike, Building
10, Bethesda, Maryland
Medicine for the Public
The Medicine for the Public lecture series, now in its 21st
year, features physician-scientists working at the forefront
of medical research at the National Institutes of Health. The
series helps people understand the latest developments in medicine--new
therapies, diagnostic procedures, and research. The emphasis
is on current topics and speakers who can relate to the lay public.
Beginning this fall, the National Heart Lung and Blood Institute
(NHLBI) will celebrate its 50th anniversary and give thanks
to the American people for 50 years of support in cardiovascular
research. To help commemorate this milestone and the research
progress achieved, three of this year's MFP lectures will focus
on NHLBI-related research advances.
For additional information on specific topics or speakers,
please call (301) 496-2563.
Directions to the lectures
||Multiple Sclerosis: A New Understanding.
|| Dr. Henry F. McFarland, chief
of the Neuroimmunology Branch of the National Institute of Neurological
Disorders and Stroke, will go over factors influencing multiple
sclerosis and the signs and symptoms of the disease. He'll lay
out the diagnostic tests available, who is most vulnerable, treatment,
and recent research findings.
Vision and Aging
Today, there are more than 32
million Americans age 65 or older, and this number is growing.
With aging, however, comes an increased risk of eye problems
that can seriously affect the lifestyle and independence of the
older individual. Dr. Robert Nussenblatt, scientific director
of the National Eye Institute, will focus on the four major eye
disorders that can affect vision later in life-- glaucoma, cataracts,
age-related macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy.
Genetics of Lung Disease: Insights
into Asthma, Cystic Fibrosis and Emphysema
About 12 million Americans have
asthma. Nearly 2 million suffer from emphysema. About 1,000 new
cases of cystic fibrosis--the most common fatal genetic disease
in the U.S.--are diagnosed each year. By identifying the genes
associated with these serious lung diseases, researchers can
pinpoint susceptibility and, ultimately, develop new treatments
and cures. Dr. Joel Moss, chief of the Pulmonary-Critical Care
Medicine Branch at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
(NHLBI) will present.
Hormomes and Heart Disease After
Heart disease is a leading killer
of women over 60, yet until recently, it was considered a man's
disease. Dr. Richard Cannon, deputy chief for clinical services
in the Cardiology Branch of NHLBI, will discuss Hormones and
Heart Disease After Menopause. He will address the roles hormones
play in heart disease and what lifestyle factors are involved
in maintaining a healthy heart. He will also discuss the dark
side of hormone replacement therapy as well as current research
New Perspectives for Bone Marrow
Dr. John Barrett, chief of the
Bone Marrow Transplant Unit of NHLBI, will explain what bone
marrow transplants are, how they cure diseases, and what lies
on the horizon for this life-saving treatment.
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