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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 15
  July 22, 2011
‘Arab Spring’ Offers New Opportunities For NIH-Egypt Collaboration
Ferrucci Named NIA Scientific Director
NIAID’s Paul Celebrates 40th Anniversary as Lab Chief
Fox Discusses Peer-To-Peer Health Care, Aug. 2 in Natcher
Glycans Take Stage at Glycosciences Research Day
NIH Announces Five New Clinical and Translational Science Awards
Leadership Group Helps Families at Children’s Inn
‘Hiring Event’ Benefits Job Candidates, NIH
‘Adventures in Biology’ To Begin Second Year
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‘Can’t Buy a Better Death’
Study Finds End of Life Can Be Peaceful, Less Expensive

Dr. Holly Prigerson speaks with Clinical Center chaplain Fr. Henry Heffernan prior to her talk on June 1.
Dr. Holly Prigerson speaks with Clinical Center chaplain Fr. Henry Heffernan prior to her talk on June 1.
As the campus lecture season wound down for the summer, it was hard to pass up the chance to hear about “Dying Better: Lessons from the Coping with Cancer Study,” given on June 1 by Dr. Holly Prigerson, director of the Center for Psycho-Oncology and Palliative Care Research, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

After all, everyone checks out, and some of us may have to walk a tough road before we do. Thus it was good to be among attendees at the NIH end-of-life palliative care special interest group’s last meeting of the season. Mostly women, the audience was informed, seasoned and simpatico. You got to thinking, if I got the bad news, these are the kinds of people I’d want in my corner. Most of the Clinical Center’s spiritual ministry department was there, too.

Funded by NCI and NIMH, the Coping with Cancer Study followed about 700 patients with advanced metastatic cancer diagnoses at seven medical centers around the U.S., examining factors determining quality of care and quality of life. Taken into account were the effects of race/ethnicity, religious coping, end-of-life (EOL) discussions, cognitive and emotional acceptance of death and family caregivers’ anxiety on EOL decision-making.

Bradford Explores Health of LGBT Population

Dr. Judith Bradford
Dr. Judith Bradford
Rainbow-colored banners were seen flying throughout Washington, D.C., in June for Capital Pride, an annual event celebrating lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in D.C. and nationwide. In commemoration of LGBT pride month, NIH focused on health issues in that community as part of its Health Disparities Seminar Series.

Dr. John Ruffin, director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, welcomed Dr. Judith Bradford to address the health care challenges faced by the LGBT community. Today, around 4 million individuals identify themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Bradford emphasized that the LGBT community is unique in the amount and types of diversity it contains and that this diversity equates to different health needs for a less-understood population. Research related to the LGBT community has simply scratched