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For Release: March 2, 2011
Rick Adams (603) 653-1913
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14th annual Dartmouth Community Medical School asks: "Is Modern Society Killing Us?"

Lebanon, NH—Stress. Substance abuse and addiction. Obesity and diabetes. Cancer. Sleep disorders and deprivation. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs. The modern world is full of health issues and risks.

The Dartmouth Community Medical School (DCMS) will address these current and topical health challenges in its 14th annual series, "Is Modern Society Killing Us?" March 29-May 24.

DCMS, a seven-week lecture series open to the public, explores the explosion of medical knowledge and technology that is transforming our lives. All course offerings are targeted specifically for a public audience and are taught by some of Dartmouth's most accomplished faculty.

"Here at Dartmouth we not only treat these conditions, but we study them as well," said William R. Green, PhD, chair and professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth Medical School and the faculty director of DCMS. "The DCMS presenters offer insights into some of today's most pressing health issues from their perspectives as clinicians and as scientists."

The 2011 lineup includes:

  • "The Choke Hold of Addiction: Causes, Effects, and Treatments - March 29
  • "What's Eating You?: The Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes" - April 5
  • "A War of Attrition?: Research and Surgical Technology vs. Cancer" - April 26
  • "Pillow Talk: The Personal and Societal Implications of Sleep Disorders" - May 3
  • "Invasion of the Superbugs: On the Front Line of Infectious Diseases" - May 10
  • "Many Happy Returns: What Cell Death Has to Do With a Long Life" - May 17
  • "Through the Wringer: From Everyday Stress to Brain Injuries" - May 24

All sessions are held in Kellogg Auditorium at Dartmouth Medical School at 7 p.m. The $30 registration fee covers all seven sessions.

A reprise of "Is Modern Society Killing Us?" is planned for the fall in southern New Hampshire; details of that series will be announced in a few months.

Since its launch in 1998, DCMS has continued to draw capacity audiences for its programs on contemporary health and medical issues.

DCMS courses are open to anyone and everyone, regardless of background or experience, from high school students to senior citizens. All participants receive a comprehensive syllabus with lecture notes, supplemental materials and suggested reading as well as a certificate of completion for the series.

For more information about the 2011 Dartmouth Community Medical School, visit the DCMS Website, call 603-653-0771 or email


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