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NIH Record  
Vol. LX, No. 12
  June 13, 2008
 Features
NIH Marks First Annual Yoga Week
Undiagnosed Diseases Program Offers Patients Hope
Weissman To Give Florence Mahoney Lecture, June 18
Former Diplomat Calls for Greater Response to AIDS Crisis
NEI, FDA Host Glaucoma Symposium at NIH
NIBIB Network Shares First-Year Progress, Plans
Association Launches Children’s Inn Endowment
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Era of Personalized Prevention Comes with Challenges
  Dr. Alice Whittemore
  Dr. Alice Whittemore

Although the era of personalized cancer prevention is already under way, the decisions people will have to make regarding their own risk of disease are likely to get no easier.

Epidemiologists are getting better at predicting who will come down with which ailment when—which is an undoubted benefit. But their studies, while offering a clearer picture of what is likely to occur, will require patients to exhibit the wisdom of Solomon in making health care choices.

That was the take-home message of Stanford epidemiologist Dr. Alice Whittemore’s recent Wednesday Afternoon Lecture. Her talk, “Personalized Cancer Prevention,” was the 14th Robert S. Gordon, Jr. Lecture, held annually to commemorate the late Dr. Gordon, an esteemed NIH scientist.
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NIH Bike to Work Day Succeeds, Despite Rain
  Margarita Valencia (NIMH), commuted for the first time from Mt. Pleasant with the help of friend and colleague Jerry Overman (CC).
  Margarita Valencia (NIMH), commuted for the first time from Mt. Pleasant with the help of friend and colleague Jerry Overman (CC).

The NIH Bicycle Commuter Club drew 465 registered riders—the strongest showing yet—to its pit stop for the Washington Area Bicyclists Association’s 2008 Bike to Work Day. NIH had 324 registered participants in the 2007 event and won the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments award for the area employer with the highest registered BTWD participation in 2006 and 2007. Confirmation of NIH’s third win in a row will come in mid-June.

Regionally, 7,000 people registered for the 2008 event, making it one of the largest BTWD celebrations in the country, according to WABA. Douglas Franklin, marketing specialist for COG, said overall registration at all pit stops increased only slightly. NIH experienced an increase of about 35 percent.
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