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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center celebrated the contributions of more than 225 active volunteers during a recent luncheon in Antonio's Banquet & Conference Center. Volunteers donated 40,000 hours of service in more than 45 departments at Memorial, the Summit Healthplex and Schoellkopf Health Center last year. Among the most active were David Kenyon, who topped the list with more than 1,000 volunteer hours, and Diane Glynn and Patricia Lenhart, who each contributed more than 800 hours of service.

*Three students from Niagara County Community College have works on display at the New York State Museum as part of the 2007 Best of SUNY Student Art Exhibition.

Jason Hill, of Lewiston, and Amber Marchant and Ruby Merritt, both of North Tonawanda, had work selected for the exhibit.

The exhibition is a juried event containing 75 works of art from 28 State University campuses. A wide range of media was used by students, including drawing, ceramics, painting, printmaking, photography, digital imaging and mixed media installations.

The exhibition represents the best artwork from the fall and spring exhibits that were held over the past academic year at State University Plaza in Albany.

*Linda Conlin, a Lockport resident and a home economics teacher at Orleans/Niagara BOCES, was named Educator of the Year by the New York State Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Educators.

"Since I am retiring this year, it is such a great note to go out on," Conlin said in a news release.

Conlin has been working with special-education classes at BOCES for the last 12 years.

*A paper based on research done at the Heart Center of Niagara has been accepted for publication later this year by the Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

A team led by Dr. Michael E. Merhige, a cardiologist who serves as medical director of the Heart Center, conducted the study to test the hypothesis that using non-invasive cardiac PT scanning and aggressive medical management of heart disease lowers costs associated with coronary disease management when compared with using invasive coronary arteriography, bypass surgery and stent placement.

Clinical outcomes, procedures and costs were evaluated in more than 2,000 patients imaged with cardiac PT and compared with two control groups of patients who were imaged with traditional nuclear stress testing, also known as a Cardiolite stress test.

Cardiac PT imaging resulted in a 50 percent reduction in the use of coronary arteriography (angiography) and cardiac bypass surgery, a 22 percent reduction in coronary disease management costs and resulted in excellent short-term patient outcomes when compared with conventional practice.

"This study supports the idea that the future of cardiology lies in non-invasive imaging combined with the aggressive use of cholesterol-lowering drugs and lifestyle changes, including better nutrition, regular exercise and smoking cessation," Merhige said in a news release.

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