The NIH Record

April 22, 1997
Vol. XLIX, No. 8

Seminar Reports on
Aches & Pains of
Middle, Later Years

Women's History Program Draws Crowd

Preparations Afoot for
Next Fall's Research Festival

Science in the News

News Briefs




Study Subjects Sought

Final Photo

U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services

National Institutes of Health

NIH Record Archives

The Dead Do Tell Tales
Colonial-Era Burial Project Provides
Current Research Cohort

By Carla Garnett

Of necessity, the approach is modern, clinical and, arguably, cold. Numbers -- not even names like John and Jane Doe -- are assigned. That would be too impractical, for there are 427 skeletons of unknown corpses being examined and analyzed in the African Burial Ground Project at Howard University. Frequently, however, in the course of the 9-year project begun in 1992, the evidence itself introduces emotional and spiritual elements that undermine any effort to keep a purely scientific face on the proceedings.
M O R E . . .

Taste and Smell Loss:
Risk for Disease?

By Sophia Glezos

A reduced, distorted, or lost sense of taste or smell signifies much more than a weakened zest for food -- one of humankind's greatest sources of pleasure and comfort. These deficits represent serious risk factors for heart disease, diabetes, stroke, and other illnesses that require adherence to specific dietary regimens. Changes in these senses can also lower immunity to disease, contribute to digestive disorders, cause food poisoning, or produce toxic effects of environmentally hazardous chemicals that are otherwise detectable.
M O R E . . .