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May 27, 2003
Vol. LV, No. 11

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NIMH Launches 'Real Men. Real Depression.' Campaign

Varmus Invites
'Grand Challenge' Ideas, Stimulates New Thinking

NIAAA Hosts Baseball Star's Student Group

NIH Celebrates
Huge Turnout for
First E-Cycling Event

Bikers Revel in
Commutes to NIH

News Briefs



Study Subjects Sought

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Better Analgesia Ahead?
Pain, Though Ubiquitous, Still Poorly Understood, Say Panelists

By Rich McManus

Michael Price tells personal story of addiction pain.

It might pain people to know that most of what today's physicians have to offer in the way of pain relief has been around for thousands of years. But a panel of four leading pain research scientists told a STEP Forum on "Pain" Apr. 22 that help is on the way as modern molecular biology teases out, on a cellular level, how pain is sensed, transmitted and experienced within the central nervous system and the brain. All four expressed cautious optimism that the future, in terms of pain management, will be more tolerable than the past — mainly due to advances in basic benchwork and in clinical research that, as one scientist said, will "finally explore what it is exactly that our patients are suffering from."
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NHGRI Researchers Become Ambassadors for National DNA Day

By Geoff Spencer

April 2003 will be remembered in the annals of history as the month when the National Human Genome Research Institute, the U.S. Department of Energy and their international partners announced the successful completion of the Human Genome Project, the effort to sequence the 3 billion DNA letters in the human genetic instruction book.
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