Headlines @ U.Va.
Transplant director: We dont have Dukes type of problem
News that surgeons at Duke University mistakenly transplanted
a heart and lungs with the wrong blood type into a teenage girl,
eventually leading to her death, sent hospitals nationwide scrambling
to review their procedures. Dr. James Bergin, who heads the U.Va.
Medical Centers heart transplantation program, said, I
sat down with all the coordinators. We examined what we do to
make sure it was appropriate. We did not make any changes.
He noted that the Duke transplant did not follow the United Network
for Organ Sharings accepted procedure, as the patients
name had not turned up in the computer-generated list of patients
eligible to receive the organs. We have always stayed within
the UNOS system, Bergin said. Then of course, the
whole system depends on the UNOS coordinating center to have the
correct blood type. That still could be the issue.
Richmond Times-Dispatch, March 3
colleges broaden students horizons
The concept of residential colleges began at Oxford and Cambridge
universities in the Middle Ages, but is undergoing something of
a resurgence these days, according to a recent Washington Post
article. The story featured the comments of U.Va. student and
Brown College resident Rebecca Cullers, who extolled the virtues
of having greater and more personal contact with the resident
faculty members. She also suggested that the colleges mix
of first-year students and older peers is beneficial. When
you live in a first-year dorm, you are only with first-years,
she said. You become bonded with these people because you
dont know about other things going on.
Washington Post, Feb. 25
a link between frigid air, wet hair and colds
We know that viruses cause the common cold. So why do we still
fret about children who insist on going out in the cold sporting
shorts and wet hair? Because its easy to see that the cold
and flu season coincides with the onset of cold weather, an observation
that has bedeviled generations of medical researchers. Health
and the weather was a big topic in previous periods of history,
said Dr. Jack M. Gwaltney Jr., professor emeritus of medicine.
His theory: Its not the heat (or lack thereof) but the humidity.
Rhinovirus thrives in the wet, overcast days of fall and spring,
he said. Climate has both biological and behavioral consequences,
he said. There are plenty of experiments left to do.
New York Times, March 4
not protests, sway presidents
The media has stepped up its coverage of anti-war demonstrations
in recent weeks, with large rallies taking place both in the U.S.
and overseas. But do the gatherings have any effect on policy?
Politics professor Larry Sabato suggests that political leaders
rely far more on polls than protests as measures of public opinion.
The key question is whether the protests are representative
of a broader public opinion or just a narrow slice. So far, the
protests are representative of a narrower slice. But if that slice
broadens into half the pie, then [President] Bush will have no
choice but to pay attention.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Feb. 23