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NIH Record  
Vol. LVIII, No. 6
March 24, 2006
Black History Month Lectures Target Gaps in Health, Care
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NIH Joins Sorority in Mississippi Health Outreach
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WHI Lauded Despite Its Contrariness
  NHLBI director Dr.
Elizabeth Nabel
Science is just as valuable to society when it throws convention under the bus as when it confirms received wisdom said a number of health officials at NIH's recent 2-day celebration of the Women's Health Initiative.

The WHI, initiated in the early 1990's by then NIH director Dr. Bernadine Healy, followed 161,808 women over 8 to 12 years in a multicenter effort to learn more about how postmenopausal women age, and is not over yet. But it has overturned established tenets on the usefulness of hormone replacement therapy, the benefits of low-fat diet in preventing cancer and the effect of calcium and vitamin D on avoidance of bone ailments.

Brent Shares Research on Adolescent Suicide
  Dr. David A. Brent
An NIMH report published in 2000 estimated that 8 million American children and adolescents suffer from serious behavioral, emotional and cognitive disorders. Suicide is currently the third leading cause of death among 15-to-24-year olds.

To find successful interventions, NIH supports nationwide programs in universities and research hospitals, among them the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh. That's where Dr. David A. Brent, professor of psychiatry, pediatrics and epidemiology, has been continuously funded by NIMH since 1985. He spoke on "Suicidal Risk in Adolescents: Assessment and Treatment," at the Great Teachers lecture series Feb. 8 in Lipsett Amphitheater.