August 11, 1998
NIH'ers Bring New Technology
U.S. Department of
Health and Human Services
Vice President Gore Warns|
of Tobacco Ills
The greatest health challenge facing
the United States today is protecting
future generations of Americans from
nicotine addiction through smoking,
said Vice President Albert Gore (left)
at NIDA's July 27-28 "Addicted to
Nicotine: A National Research Forum"
in Natcher auditorium. Gore said
tobacco companies are spending
billions of dollars to promote smoking
among youth, creating a "deadly
addiction." He announced that the
Clinton Administration will increase
NCI funding for nicotine research by
$38 million over the next 2 years.
Dr. Alan I. Leshner (left), NIDA
director, said a new study funded
in part by NIDA, and published in
the July 25 issue of
Dr. Alan I. Leshner (left), NIDA director, said a new study funded in part by NIDA, and published in the July 25 issue ofNature, found some individuals carry a gene variant that may help protect them from becoming addicted to nicotine. "We are very excited about the findings from this study and its implications for understanding and treating nicotine addiction," he said.
By José Alvarado
Astronaut Richard Linnehan described Neurolab as "a high quality flight."
Like Columbus' maiden voyage that yielded the discovery of the New World,
scientists from NIH and NASA expect that collaboration between the two
agencies in the Neurolab program will open up a new frontier in space exploration