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Dartmouth Medicine Winter 2003

Dear Reporter, Editor, or News Director:

In the Winter 2003 issue of Dartmouth Medicine (to request a printed copy, call 603-653-0772 or e-mail dartmed@Dartmouth.edu), read about:

Immunology insight: A discovery by a Dartmouth immunologist may revolutionize the strategy for suppressing the rejection of transplanted organs, as well as prove useful against a whole host of autoimmune diseases. See page 4.

An icon for women in medicine: A Dartmouth Medical School faculty member--the nation's first Navajo woman surgeon--is featured on the poster for a major new exhibition at the National Library of Medicine. See page 6.

Another application for aspirin: Aspirin has been shown to be one powerful little pill. The latest news is that an aspirin by-product can knock back infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus. See page 6.

Lending a helping hand: A Dartmouth medical student spent two years putting together a health guide for low-income patients. Thanks to lots of input from its intended users, the booklet is flying off the shelves. See page 10.

A top editorial post: When she was an undergraduate at UCLA, Julie Suzumi Young thought she wanted to go into journalism. Today, she's a fourth-year medical student at Dartmouth . . . and the deputy editor of the student section of the Journal of the American Medical Association. See page 12.

The cellular "garbage disposal": The molecular mechanisms of proteasomes--known as the "garbage disposal" of the cell--were recently elucidated by a Dartmouth cardiologist. It's knowledge that may have implications for the treatment of both heart disease and cancer. See page 12. vA new way to assess aneurysms: If an aneurysm bursts, it's bad news. But the surgical repair of an aneurysm that's not likely to burst can also be a risky proposition. So how do doctors decide which to repair and which to simply observe? Researchers at Dartmouth have come up with a new technique, which proved in a trial to be much more accurate than the 40-year-old method. See page 13.

Health information, on your desktop: Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is now making medical conferences, grand rounds presentations, and even patient health-information lectures available via the Web--and thus accessible on any computer, anywhere. See page 19.

A pair of life-sized paintings: A Dartmouth medical student and an artist friend have produced two life-sized paintings of scenes from Dartmouth Medical School's past. The works will be hung in a student lecture hall, reinforcing the lessons of the past for current and future students. See page 11.

Ballet for beginners--and pros: A Dartmouth medical student who was a professional dancer before she came to medical school is teaching a ballet class for graduate students. Dance provides them with more than just exercise, she believes. See page 17.

To pursue any of these stories, contact:

Deborah Kimbell, media relations manager, at 603/653-1913.

Dana Cook Grossman


Geisel School of Medicine at DartmouthDartmouth-Hitchcock Medical CenterWhite River Junction VAMCNorris Cotton Cancer CenterDartmouth College