January 23, 2001
National Conference Explores the Placebo Effect
Children's Mental Health Explored
By Rich McManus
If you are a parent, you felt fortunate to hear the four experts on
childhood and human development who spoke at Dec. 5's Science
for All session "Just Growing Pains? The Mental Health of Our
Children," sponsored by the staff training in extramural programs
committee. Speaking before a primarily female Wilson Hall
audience, the panelists offered reassuring evidence that emotional
peaks and valleys are the norm in family life; no one has an easy
time of it and there are a plethora of competing biological and
cultural pressures governing the route to maturity. While the great
majority of humans complete the rollercoaster ride intact, a few
stumble; those too were accounted for in the sweeping talks.
Can Research Help?
By Linda Cook
A well-attended symposium, "The End of Our Lives: Guiding the
Research Agenda," was held recently on the NIH campus.
Sponsored by the newly formed NIH End-of-Life Research Interest
Group, the symposium addressed many of the complex issues
involved in this area. For example, there are those who argue for a
"good death" versus those who believe in aggressive life-prolonging
measures. And there are those who advocate euthanasia and assisted
suicide, stimulating a national debate on these controversial ways to
end one's existence. Addressing these and other quandaries,
symposium participants identified areas of research to improve the
way people die in the United States.