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The American Cancer Society and the American Lung Association have awarded the Department of Preventive Medicine and Public Health $1.2 million over three years for a collaborative Native American smoking cessation program. The project involves recruiting 250 Native American smokers in the region and examining the feasibility and efficacy of a culturally targeted smoking cessation program compared to a standard non-targeted American Cancer Society program.

For more information about the study or to enroll, call (913) 588-2767.


KUSM-W faculty members were involved in a groundbreaking study on clinical depression, featured on the "Today Show" on Nov. 2. The study indicates many doctors are not prescribing enough medication to treat depression, an illness that affects 20 million Americans.

KUSM-W was among 14 sites selected across the United States to conduct the study. Wichita was chosen because of the nationally known expertise of Sheldon H. Preskorn, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, and Ahsan Yaqoob Khan, associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, in the treatment of psychiatric illnesses such as major depression.

Preskorn said the landmark study, "Sequenced Treatment Alternatives to Relieve Depression," provides critically needed information to guide health care professionals in the treatment of their patients suffering from the illness. He added that in addition to providing this new information, the study provided state-of-the-art care for more than 250 citizens of central Kansas and cared for those who would otherwise have limited access to such services.

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