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NIH Record  
Vol. LXIII, No. 19
  September 16, 2011
NIAMS Celebrates 25th Anniversary
NINR, Clinical Center Hold Conference on Symptom Management
NIH Women Scientists Host Students in Leadership Program
RML Hosts Native American Youth Academy
New Thinking on Herpes Is Subject of Straus Lecture
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Culture, Events Influence Demarcation
Professor Traces Nation’s ‘Drinking Age Debates’

Dr. Joy Getnick
Dr. Joy Getnick
Anyone hoping to make sense of the nation’s wrangling over the establishment of a sensible legal age for drinking alcoholic beverages had better be prepared to follow a stumbling, lurching course, not unlike the route traced by—a tippler.

As part of NLM’s “Summer of Seminars,” Dr. Joy Getnick of the State University of New York at Geneseo presented “The Drinking Age Debates” on Aug. 11. While no one was carded upon entry to the NLM Visitor Center, where the talk took place, dizziness upon exit might not have been inappropriate as Getnick reviewed the weaving, careering 80-year (80 proof?) history of the topic, which grew out of Prohibition.

As early as 1912, Massachusetts established a law prohibiting teenagers from using fake ID cards to get alcohol, Getnick reported. Her own interest in the field emerged during college, when she worked for her school’s health promotion office, teaching a course on “how to host a party without killing your friends.”

Peer-to-Peer Health Care
Fox Shows How Internet Is Changing Health Care

Dr. Susannah Fox
Dr. Susannah Fox
People are using the Internet to share information with each other at lightning speed. Combined with mobile technology, it is transforming the way the world works. This influence extends to health care and the way people are connecting to one another to improve their health.

“Just like peer-to-peer file sharing transformed the music business by allowing people to share songs, peer-to-peer health care has the potential to transform the pursuit of health by allowing people to share advice and to share what they know about themselves,” said Dr. Susannah Fox, who spoke Aug. 2 at the Office of Disease Prevention’s “Mind the Gap” seminar series. Associate director of the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, she spoke on “Peer-to-Peer Health Care” and shared findings from Pew’s recent studies on the social impact of the Internet.