Creighton University Magazine Fall 2001
Shanley, Mary Kay
Schlesinger, Allen B.
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PHARMACY, ALLIED HEALTH PROGRAM ASSISTS NATIVE AMERICANS / EXTENDING CARE Creighton’s School of Pharmacy and Allied Health Professions, in partnership with the Omaha and Winnebago tribes, provides physical therapy, occupational therapy and pharmaceutical care to Native Americans in northeast Nebraska. Page 10.BRIGHT SMILES, BRIGHT FUTURES / BRIGHT SMILES Creighton’s School of Dentistry serves children in need through the Bright Smiles, Bright Futures program. Page 13.INSIDE THE COST OF PRESCRIPTION DRUGS Prescription drugs are the fastest-growing component of America’s $1.1 trillion health care bill. The amount Americans spend on prescription drugs has more than doubled in the last five years — from $61.1 billion in 1995 to nearly $132 billion in 2000. What’s driving this increase? Creighton’s Michael Makoid, Ph.D., and Robert Garis, Ph.D., expose the costs behind our prescription drug bill. Page 16.CREIGHTON’S STROKE TEAM “It used to be that you couldn’t do anything for a stroke,” says John M. Bertoni, M.D., Ph.D., professor and chair of neurology (pictured above). But new clotbusting drugs and a new type of brain scan, which allows for earlier detection, are making a difference. The key to successful treatment is rapid response. That’s why Creighton University and Saint Joseph Hospital created a special Stroke Team. Free-lance writer Mary Kay Shanley, BA’65, examines this lifesaving initiative. Page 26.NANCY I had my picture taken today and it tickled. It was probably the ultrasound bouncing off my insides and my skin. ... Creighton biologist Allen Schlesinger, Ph.D., investigates the beginnings of life from the perspective of an embryo named Nancy. Page 32.JACOB & JOSEPH “Now I can die, having seen for myself that you are still alive.” In the Torah, these were Jacob’s first words to his long-lost son Joseph upon their reunion. But why would Jacob mention dying at a time of great rejoicing? Interpretations abound. Creighton law professor Lawrence Raful finds meaning to this verse in a childhood trip to Budapest and the words of an old rabbi. Page 34.LIBRARIAN AND ARCHIVIST MARJORIE WANNARKA CREATES A LASTING LEGACY / PRESERVING THE PAST Marjorie Wannarka preserves the University’s past as Creighton’s archivist and through a generous gift designated for the preservation of endangered archival material. Page 38.LUKE SOCIETY Creighton alumnus Wrede Vogel, BS’79, MD’83, reaches out to the poor around the world as executive director of the Luke Society. Article Not Included.THE LONG GOODBYE / THE LAST WORD Creighton alumna Mary Kay Shanley, BA’65, relives a flood of memories as she leaves her daughter off at college. Page 55.