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Exercise for the
Elderly: Have We Discovered the Fountain of Youth?
By the year 2030, the
fastest growing segment of our population will be those over 85 years
of age. Seventy million Americans will be over the age of 65. The aging
process itself is a complex series of events that are affected by a variety
of factors, including lifestyle, chronic illness, and genetics. Dr. Lynn Gerber, chief of the Rehabilitation Medicine Department
at the Warren G. Magnuson Clinical Center, will explain how research is
showing that exercise holds an important key to staying healthy and active
as we age.
Medicine for the Public
1999 lecture series
New therapies. Innovations in
diagnostic procedures. How today's research will affect tomorrow's
working at the forefront of medical research at the National
Institutes of Health will examine these issues during October's
Medicine for the Public lecture series sponsored by the NIH Clinical
The lectures, which
are free and open to the public, will be presented
at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays in the Clinical Center's Masur
Auditorium, National Institutes of Health, 9000 Rockville
Pike, Building 10, Bethesda, Maryland.
For details on specific
topics or speakers slated for the 23rd annual Medicine for the
Public lecture series, please call (301) 496-2563.
The Clinical Center
has a new front door now that construction has begun for the
new Clinical Research Center. Maps
New Directions for
Organ and Tissue Transplantation
D. Kirk, chief
of the Transplantation Section of the National Institute of Diabetes and
Digestive and Kidney Diseases, will explain how diabetes, renal failure,
and other end-stage organ diseases can be treated more successfully by
immunologic strategies that make the body believe that the transplanted
tissues are its own. A surgeon and authority on organ transplantation,
Dr. Kirk will explore new methods to prevent the rejection of transplanted
organs and tissues, and the development of new drugs or techniques that
may improve the success of organ and tissue transplants.
at the Millennium
has changed dramatically during the last quarter of a century.
Many of the early risks--hepatitis, incompatibility, and limited
storage and supply--have been all but eliminated in industrial
societies. This is not the case in much of the developing world.
chief of the Clinical Center's Department of Transfusion Medicine, will
discuss new and interesting challenges that now involve inactivation of
infectious agents in blood, production of substitutes for human blood,
and collection of novel blood components for the immunotherapy of cancer
and infectious agents, and for such promising new approaches as gene therapy.
Heart Attack: Rapid
Diagnosis Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging
When a heart
attack is suspected, quick and accurate diagnosis is essential
so that treatment can begin immediately. Innovations in imaging
technology can significantly speed that process in hard-to-confirm
chief of the Laboratory of Cardiac Energetics, in the National Heart,
Lung, and Blood Institute, will discuss how scientists are using sophisticated
magnetic resonance imaging to detect heart attack and heart disease in
emergency-room patients. Dr. Balaban will explore this current research
dedicated to rapidly pinpointing heart problems and, ultimately, saving
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