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Preparing for a tidal wave

With an epidemic in the making, Russian scientists come to Yale for training in HIV prevention.

For decades the Iron Curtain limited personal freedoms within the Soviet Union and the Eastern Bloc, as well as social exchanges between East and West. Until it fell in the early 1990s, it also kept at bay the HIV/AIDS epidemic sweeping Western Europe. The number of new HIV infections in Russia hovered at only 200 a year. By 1996, however, largely due to injection-drug use, the number of cases rose to 1,546. Last year 18,140 new cases were reported in Russia, where health authorities expect that total HIV infections will reach a million by the year 2002.

“Russia is confronting what is a very early, but likely to be very massive HIV epidemic,” said Robert W. Ryder, M.D., John Rodman Paul Professor of Epidemiology and Medicine. He is also director of Training and Research in HIV Prevention in Russia, a training project for Russian physicians and scientists. Ryder and his Russian colleagues...

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Never a cross word. Always a crossword.

After a lifetime of tending first to children, then to young adults, Alan C. Mermann, M.D., M.Div., is about to embark on a third career, ministering to the elderly and the sick. Mermann, 76, retired in June as the medical school’s second chaplain, a post he assumed “temporarily” 17 years ago.With its pots of coffee and stacks of newspapers, magazines and crossword puzzles, Mermann’s basement office has offered...

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CAB construction gets under way

With an occupancy date of March 2003, construction of the Congress Avenue Building (CAB) continued on schedule in late...

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With $17 million in grants awarded this year, Yale investigators are furthering their efforts to slow the spread of...

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Faculty, students react to proposals for curriculum

Faculty and students have welcomed proposals to revise the medical school curriculum even as they raise questions about...

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Web site offers a wealth of data about the heart

A tour through the heart and chest, with side trips into a wide range of diseases and diagnostic and therapeutic tools,...

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Office provides new support for telemedicine

For many, the notion of telemedicine evokes the image of a doctor in the wilds, armed with only a cell phone, a...

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