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August 20, 2002
Vol. LIV, No. 17

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NIA/NIDA Poster Day Celebrates Decade of Student Learning

NIAMS Celebrates a Milestone in Health Disparities Research

NIDDK's Cushman
Wins Banting Medal

Lee Returns to Communications

20th Camp Fantastic
BBQ a Success

News Briefs


Study Subjects Sought

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives


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Cause Mostly Unknown
Epidemiologist Hauser Traces Roots of Epilepsy

By Rich McManus

Occurring within the cloaked realm of the human cranium, epilepsy — a firestorm in the brain that can incapacitate a victim for seconds to hours — is a neurological disease whose cause, in about two-thirds of all cases, is unknown. Because it occurs in such an inviolate sanctum, epilepsy is most easily examined from without. Therefore medicine deploys its least invasive weapon — epidemiology — to probe the phenomenon from its margins, detailing whom it hits, and when, and in association with a great number of factors including age, prior medical history, habits (including drinking and drug use) and genetic legacy.
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In-House Craftsman's Unit To Close
NIH's Last Glassblower Prepares to Exit

By Carla Garnett

NIH's last glassblower Bill Dehn

Have you ever really needed a mouse milker? Where would you go if you wanted a contraption to sort rat waste? Ever seen a mosquito feeder (besides the occasional arm or leg during picnic season)? For more than four decades, NIH has never needed to look farther than Bldg. 13 for the man who not only knows each of these devices well, but also crafts them on demand. On July 23, Bill Dehn marked 40 years of wielding blowtorches at NIH. He will retire in January, and take with him NIH's last vestige of the centuries-old tradition of glassblowing.
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