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For Release: August 18, 2011
David Corriveau 603-653-1978

Dartmouth Community Medical School asks: 'Is Modern Society Killing Us?'

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 at two venues in southern New Hampshire during the fall edition of its 14th annual series, "Is Modern Society Killing Us?"

The first three sessions -- on September 13, 20 and 27 -- will take place in Manchester, and the series will conclude with three sessions in Nashua on October 11, 18 and 25. Open to the public, DCMS explores the explosion of medical knowledge and technology that is transforming our lives. All course offerings are aimed specifically at a lay audience, and the presenters are selected from among Dartmouth's most accomplished faculty.

"Here at Dartmouth, we not only treat these conditions, but we study them as well," says William R. Green, PhD, the chair and a professor of Microbiology and Immunology at Dartmouth Medical School (DMS) 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:

  • "Invasion of the Superbugs: On the Front Line of Infectious Diseases" - September 13
  • "The Choke Hold of Addiction: Causes, Effects, and Treatments" - September 20
  • "Pillow Talk: The Personal and Societal Implications of Sleep Disorders" - September 27
  • "Through the Wringer: From Everyday Stress to Brain Injuries" - October 11
  • "A War of Attrition?: Research and Surgical Technology vs. Cancer - October 18
  • "What's Eating You?: The Epidemic of Obesity and Diabetes - October 25

All sessions will run from 7 to 9 p.m. The September sessions will take place at the Derryfield School on 2108 River Road in Manchester, and the October sessions will be at Nashua High School South on 36 Riverside Street.

The $30 registration fee covers all six sessions.

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 all, 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 readings, as well as a certificate of completion for the series.

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


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