May 11, 2004
Vol. LVI, No. 10
Database Promotes Sharing, Cost-Saving at NIH
NIAID Explores the Many Faces of Transplantation
Day for Kids Brings Out Teacher in NIH'ers
Klein Wins Mathilde Solowey Award, To Lecture May 20 in Lipsett
NIGMS's Charland Finds Fulfillment on the Farm
NIH Observes Earth Day, Apr. 21
NIH Parenting Festival Set, May 26
Asian/Pacific Islander Heritage Programs
Letters to the Editor
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
Dilemmas of Dearly Departing
'Great Teacher' Payne Examines End-Of-Life Issues at Grand Rounds
By Carla Garnett
It's not something most people want to think about, even though it's one of the two sure things in life. Not taxes...the other one. It's not surprising then that even seriously ill people, their family and loved ones and perhaps especially their doctors and nurses may all be reluctant to consider that the end may be near. Nevertheless, in recent times the medical community has increasingly focused on finding the best way to come to terms with terminal illness, grappling with what guest speaker Dr. Richard Payne calls the "the big questions or emerging problems" in palliative medicine.
Dr. Richard Payne
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MRC's Weissmann Discusses Prion Transmission
By Rich McManus
The name of the mysterious pathogen that causes the brain-rotting transmissable
spongiform encephalopathies such as scrapie, "mad cow" disease and Creutzfeldt-Jakob
disease sounds like it came from a bad 1950's sci-fi film prions.
And according to Dr. Charles Weissmann, professor and senior research
scientist at the Medical Research Council prion unit at University College,
London who lectured here Apr. 7 prions have devilish characteristics
that wouldn't put them beyond the pale of an old Outer Limits rerun:
though mercifully rare striking only one person in a million yearly
the buggers are wildly infectious, capable of surviving withering
attempts at cleansing and able to stick stubbornly to such surfaces as
plastic and stainless steel.
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