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as stem cell transplantation, as stem cells can be obtained from several other sources other than the bone marrow, including the peripheral blood and umbilical cord blood. Stem cell transplantation is commonly used for a variety of malignant disorders such as leukemias and lymphomas. However, it is also used for a number of other diseases such as immune deficiency states and non-malignant blood disorders. Dr. Bishop will discuss current research efforts that focus on increasing the application of stem cell transplantation to a broader patient population by increasing the potential stem cell donor pool, decreasing transplant-related toxicities and investigating its use in diseases not commonly treated with stem cell transplantation.

October 21, 2003
When Too Much Iron Is Bad: Hemochromatosis, the Silent Blood Disease
Susan Leitman, M.D., Acting Chief, Transfusion Medicine, NIH Clinical Center

Too little iron in the blood results in a disorder called anemia. Yet too much iron in the blood can also cause health problems. Less well known, but carrying potentially serious effects, is a blood disorder called hemochromatosis. Hemochromatosis affects 1 in 200 Caucasians in the United States. It can cause liver damage and premature arthritis. This easily detectable and treatable disorder, often called the silent blood disease, is the focus of Dr. Leitman's presentation. She will also cover current hemochromatosis research.

October 28, 2003
Complementary and Alternative Medicine: From Promises to Proof
Stephen Straus, M.D., Director, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Arthritis, depression, menopause, cancer--for millions of Americans, these and other health concerns are not being adequately addressed through conventional medicine. Many are turning outside the medical mainstream to approaches that embrace the whole person--mind, body and spirit. In fact, Americans spend more money for com
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Contact: Dianne Needham
301-496-2563
NIH/National Institutes of Health
26-Aug-2003


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