From the Board (Avenues 27/28 – Autumn/Winter 2009)

Welcome to the last Avenues of 2009! In this issue, we turn our focus to H1N1, commonly referred to as “Swine Flu.”

There are few public health issues in the news right now that are more prominent than H1N1, the so-called “Swine Flu.” In a comprehensive review, we discuss how this flu is different from seasonal flu, whether or not it’s really a major concern, the differ- ent approaches to preventing and treating it, and how to decide if getting vaccinated is right for you. Click here for answers to these important questions and more.

Is there meaningful information contained within the breath? Could this information lead to the early detection of ovarian cancer? The Pine Street Foundation’s ground-breaking study on the early detection of ovarian cancer using one of the most sensitive and sophisticated scent detection devices on the planet, a dog’s nose, has been going incredibly well. As of publication, we have recruited the following women for our study:

Control Group: 60 out of 60 People (Recruitment Complete!)
Disease Control Group: 18 out of 30 people
Ovarian Cancer (New and Recurring): 16 out of 30 people

One of the most challenging aspects of any clinical trial is recruiting participants. Through our large network and strong personal relationships with local hospitals and oncologists, we are thankful we’ve been able to be so successful finding eligible participants for our study. Click here to learn more about this project.

On behalf of the entire board, we would like to thank you for your generosity and support. Your donations make all of the Pine Street Foundation’s educational programs, clinical trials, and research initiatives possible and we hope you will continue to follow our progress and support our work in the coming year. If you’d like to learn more about how to help support our mission or join our team, please visit: