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NIH Record  
Vol. LVII, No. 24
December 2, 2005
Relman's Investigations Prove We Are Never Alone
R&W Celebrates 60 Years of Helping Others
Prince Charles, Duchess of Cornwall Briefed on Osteoporosis
Hardy To Give Mahoney Lecture, Dec. 15
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Tanzanian 'Children of the Moon' Bring Rare Brand Of Sunshine to NIH
  Contributing to the successful
treatment of Ally's cancer were
NIDCD research nurse practitioner
Susan Rudy, Dr. Carter VanWaes
(c) and Dr. Brian Driscoll.
Dr. Kenneth Kraemer still seems a little amazed at what some NIH staff and a few notable others were able to pull off this past summer. As the NCI scientist sits at his desk — his computer monitor displaying a thematic backdrop of sub-Saharan Africa's zebras and shorebirds — he recounts the compelling tale of how two young boys blinded with xeroderma pigmentosum, or XP, traveled from their rural village in Tanzania to NIH to receive medical testing, treatment, and, for one of them, life-saving surgery.

'Taking Our Own Best Advice'
Policy Envisions a Tobacco-Free NIH

To smoke or not to smoke? At NIH, it's quickly becoming a matter of policy.

Each year, some 440,000 people die prematurely of diseases caused by smoking. In addition, 38,000 die from secondhand smoke-related illnesses, according to recent studies. In an effort to reverse these statistics and improve the health and well being of employees, former HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced a year ago that the entire department would become tobacco-free. Because NIH has buildings both on and off campus and is unique in other ways (the Clinical Center hosts a certain percentage of patients who prefer to smoke, for example), the agency is working to overcome the many obstacles to meeting its goal of full compliance.