Here are some of the latest health and medical news
developments, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:
Ceremonies Mark 9/11 Anniversary
The reading of victims' names and moments of silence will take
place Wednesday in New York City and other locations as people
gather to commemorate the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
At the ceremony in New York City, relatives will recite the
names of the nearly 3,000 people who died when hijacked passenger
jets crashed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and into a
field near Shanksville, Pa., the
The names of the victims of the 1993 World Trade Center bombings
will also be read at the ceremony on the city's 2-year-old memorial
plaza. Prior to the ceremony, there will be a tribute motorcycle
ride from a Manhattan firehouse to Ground Zero.
Wreath-laying, name-reading and other tributes will also take
place at the Pentagon and at the Flight 93 National Memorial in
Worldwide, thousands of volunteers have pledged to do good deeds
Wednesday to honor an anniversary that was designated a National
Day of Service and Remembrance in 2009.
Extending a decision made last year, no politicians will speak
at the New York City ceremony. Victim's loved ones will continue to
be the focus of the ceremony in coming years.
"As things evolve in the future, the focus on the remembrance is going to stay sacrosanct," Joe Daniels, president of the National Sept. 11 Memorial & Museum, told the AP.
The museum, which is expected to be open beneath the memorial
plaza by next year's ceremony, will present a wide-ranging overview
of 9/11, including the experiences of first responders and
Bill and Melinda Gates, 5 Scientists Share Lasker Awards
This year's recipients of the prestigious Lasker Awards for
medical research and contributions to public health include Bill
and Melinda Gates, three researchers who developed implants that
enable deaf people to hear, and two scientists who revealed how
brain cells communicate.
The winners of the $250,000 prizes in the different categories
were announced Monday by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation. The
awards will be presented Sept. 20 in New York City, the
The clinical medical research award will be shared by Australian
researcher Graeme Clark, Austrian Ingeborg Hochmair, and Blake
Wilson of Duke University in North Carolina for their roles in
developing the modern cochlear implant, which benefits more than
320,000 people around the world with severe hearing loss.
The award for basic medical research will be shared by Richard
Scheller of the biotech company Genentech and Dr. Thomas Sudhof of
Stanford University. They discovered how brain cells release
chemical messengers to communicate with each other, the
Their research is helping scientists learn more about serious
brain conditions such as Parkinson's disease, the foundation
Bill and Melinda Gates won the public service award "for leading
a historic transformation in the way we view the globe's most
pressing health concerns and improving the lives of millions of the
world's most vulnerable," according to the foundation, the
The Gateses have donated more than $26 billion to their
philanthropic foundation and often team up with agencies that can
provide diverse expertise, the foundation said.
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