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Health care expert to discuss Tuskegee study

A renowned scholar will highlight the struggle to achieve health care equality in the 21st century July 25 at Roswell Park Cancer Institute.

Dr. Vanessa Gamble, director of the National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University, will discuss the infamous Tuskegee study and how it has shaped disparities in race and health care today. The study, which began in 1932, was a 40-year experiment on the effects of syphilis on poor black sharecroppers. Doctors withheld information and potentially life-saving treatments from subjects in order to study how the disease killed.

Gamble has studied the Tuskegee experiment extensively and headed the committee that led to a public apology to the patients by former President Bill Clinton in 1997.

Her talk will be at 6 p.m. in the David C. Hohn Lecture Hall. For more information, call (877) 275-7724.

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Panel approves funding for area projects

WASHINGTON -- A key Senate committee has approved a spending bill that includes $1.5 million for the Spaulding Fibre Remediation and Demolition project in Buffalo and $200,000 to build the city's Urban Arts Center.

The Senate Appropriations Committee has also approved a financial services spending bill that includes $500,000 for the City of Buffalo for the Micro and Small Business Loan Program. Sens. Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton, both Democrats, fought to have the funding items included in the bills.

The demolition of the Spaulding Fibre industrial site aims to curb environmental risks and create new space for development, while the Urban Arts Center, to be located in the Michigan Avenue Corridor, will house the African American Cultural Center, the Langston Hughes Institute, Ujima Theater Company and Buffalo Inner City Ballet.
The micro-loan program will be targeted toward small businesses across the city.

The bills still must be approved by the full Senate. Once that happens, the bills will be merged with House versions of the legislation and then sent on to the president for his signature.

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D'Youville receives two nursing grants

D'Youville College has received two grants totaling $311,731 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Both grants will support nursing students and programs at the Porter Avenue college.

One for $292,361 will go toward the college's Nursing Workforce Diversity Program, which supports projects targeting minority and disadvantaged students at nursing schools.

The other grant, $19,370, has been allocated through the Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship program, which awards grants to colleges to help meet the costs of projects and traineeships that support the preparation of registered nurses for specialties requiring advanced degrees.

A study by the Department of Health and Human Services estimated that by 2020 New York State will be short 44,611 nurses. Nationwide that figure is expected to reach 808,416.

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