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NIH Record  
Vol. LIX, No. 7
  April 6, 2007
 Features
Fighting Germs, One Cartoon at a Time
Raichle To Give WALS Lecture, Apr. 11
Baseball Star’s Protégés Make NIH Road Trip
Surgeon General Issues ‘Call to Action’ on Underage Drinking
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‘Have an Hour, Give an Hour’
Leave-Sharing Program Crucial to Employees in Crisis
  VLTP recipient Karen Adams with photo of son Richard Worsley III—“We call him RJ.”
  VLTP recipient Karen Adams with photo of son Richard Worsley III—“We call him RJ.”
When Karen Adams woke up, she had no idea where she was.

“I was surrounded by doctors asking me if I knew my name,” she says. “I peeped down my hospital gown and saw staples. It was so overwhelming.”

Adams was with-it enough to realize that staples meant surgery—major surgery. And while she didn’t know the doctors, she remembered the accident: “I was on my way to work, on 395 at the 14th Street Bridge. I got hit, and hit the car in front of me. My car got all smashed up.” She was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital and did okay, but 2 weeks post-discharge she had a setback: “I got real sick,” she says. “I couldn’t keep anything down.”
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The Addiction Connection
NIDA Conference Looks at Pain, Opioid Use
  NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow at pain conference
  NIDA director Dr. Nora Volkow at pain conference
Debating the necessity of opioids and their risk of addiction is nothing new. People decried the problems of opioid addiction as early as 300 B.C., according to Dr. Nathaniel Katz, director of the Program in Opioid Risk Management at Tufts Health Care Institute. Throughout history, he said, societal views of opioids have fluctuated dramatically between two “dogmas”: they are panaceas, and the opposite—the addiction risk is too great to prescribe them.“What will be the next dogma?” Katz asked, suggesting that we should instead replace dogma with science, “so we can anchor the pendulum of opinion firmly in the middle and avoid these swings in opinion that harm so many patients.”
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