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40--CAPE GAZETTE, Friday Aig. '-'Aug. 21'1"997 Heart association announces top Cardiac Arrest fundraisers Several former prisoners of the American Heart Association (AHA) received certificates of appreciation for good behavior during their recent incarceration. These prisoners were actually local volunteers who raised bails of $100 to $1,300 to donate to the AHA. The "Cardiac Arrest" event took place on June 6 in a makeshift jail on the deck of the Rusty Rudder Restaurant in Dewey Beach. Over $10,000 was raised to sup- port the AHA's community and education programs in Sussex County. The "jailbirds" who raised the largest bails by contacting friends, co-workers and fellow citizens were Jim Kiernan of Coldwell Banker Realty, Martin Donovan of Delaware National Bank in Georgetown, Phil Taylor of Delaware National Bank and Ronnie Moore of A.J. Moore & Sons. Martin Dana- van was award- DONOVAN ed a week at an oceanfront condo- minium in Nag's Head, N.C., donated by Jim and Ronnie Kier- nan. Kathy Kiernan, event chairper- son, declared Cardiac Arrest a great success. "The time our volunteers spent raising their bails and stay- ing in our jail is priceless," she said.. "Their time and effort - as well as the time, effort and money donated by others - will TAYLOR help the AHA fight heart disease and stroke, the number one killer in Sussex County. It's a fun event to help improve life for all Ameri- cans." Kieman also extended thanks to the Rusty Rudder for sponsoring Cardiac Arrest and to their staff for their support on June 6.  OAO OA Are you a victim of pnotosensmv00ty. Without even knowing it, you to light, especially sunlight or Normal responses like a sun tan may have photosensitivity. Every year, thousarlds of people seek out recreation in outdoor sports, the beach and summer sun. However, as we enjoy these activities, Beebe Medical Center cautions individuals to be aware of the neg- ative effects the sun can have. One example is photosensitivity. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, photo- sensitivity is the condition in which the skin reacts abnormally ultraviolet rays, due to the pres- ence of a special trigger. Sensitiv- ity to the skin may be genetic and related to skin and color type. For instance, people with skin type I, which is very fair, are naturally more apt to burn, and can never tan, whereas people with very dark skin types, such as types V or VI, almost never burn. Photosensitivity may also be related to a skin or internal dis- ease, as in a metabolic disorder. may occur with ultraviolet light exposure, but a few people may display what is known as a photo- sensitive reaction Such people are usually at higher risk of get- ting sunburns, skin aging, reduced immunity to infections and skin cancers. Photosensitivity is com- mon when people taking oral or topical medications are exposed to too much sunlight Many reactions can occur due Continued on page 41 DuPont researchers make breakthrough with protein linked to obesity: pediatric connection Pediatric researchers from the duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, the close affiliate of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, have identified the presence of leptin, a protein linked with obesity, in placental tissues and cells and at elevated levels in the blood of newborns, suggesting that leptin aids in intrauterine and neonatal growth and development. These findings appear in the July issue of "Pediatrics". The study, led by Sandra Has- sink, M.D., director of the Weight Management Program at duPont and clinical instructor of pediatrics at Jefferson Med- ical College, builds upon previous stud- ies conducted HASSINCK at Jefferson. Hassink and her research team extended this research which explained how the human coun- terpart of the mouse obesity gene, or 'ob' gene, can be cloned and sequenced to investigate the body's system of energy regula- tion. These earlier studies also showed tha! increased hlo,d lep- till t )i.Cv' t3 n" |.( ,3. C'i"t..'lLIlC.; .';*,' ,: '.':; ..... ;L {t.'!i/ h}i3'j|}:, ",. :" '.-ntin b, " ..... i:; to the storing of fat in children and adults, it may play a vital role in the dynamic energy needs for growth and development in the fetus and neonate," explained Hassink. The researchers enrolled 100 mother/newborns pairs in the study, taking blood samples from the mothers and cord blood speci- mens from the newborns immedi- ately after birth. The team obtained placental tissue from five mothers and studied two human placental cell lines. "The newborns had higher lep- tin concentrations than those com- mon among children at puberty, who typically have elevated levels that precede their rapid growth. Further, we found 13 percent of the newborns had higher leptin concentrations than their moth- ers," Hassink said. "Leptin was also present in large amounts in each placenta and cell line stud- ied." These findings suggest that lep- tin has a role in intrauterine and neonatal development and that the placenta provides a source of lep- tin for the growing fetus. "To my knowledge, ours is the first study that suggests that the placenta is a significant source of leptin, pro- viding a new twist to leptin and obesity research," Hassink said. "This study highlights the impor- tance of pediatrics in this area of research, broadening the under- standing of the functions leptin plays during each stage of life." Alan R. Spitzer, M.D., chair- man of pediatrics at duPont and Jefferson and a member of the research team, echoes Hassink's thoughts of the significance of the study findings, adding, "Discover- ing that leptin may play an impor- tant part in placental function has the potential for a greater under- standing of fetal growth and development in giving us the opportunity to better assess and ultimately improve birth out- comes." ASSOCIATES IN MEDICINE, P.A. is pleased to announce the association of KEVIN P. S. WALLACE, M.D. Dr. Wallace is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and received his Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He received his training in Scotland and England, and most recently at St. Vincent's Medical Center, Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he was Chief Medical Resident. Dr. Wallace will be seeing patients in conjunction with Nancy Union, M.D. and Sue Issacs, PA-C. 645-6644 119 W. 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