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COMPUTER-ASSISTED MICROSURGERY OFFERS ALTERNATIVE; PROJECT ILLUMINATES DETROIT LANDMARKS; RECYCLING PROGRAM SOLVES BATTERY DISPOSAL PROBLEM

COMPUTER-ASSISTED MICROSURGERY OFFERS ALTERNATIVE; PROJECT ILLUMINATES DETROIT LANDMARKS; RECYCLING PROGRAM SOLVES BATTERY DISPOSAL PROBLEM
 The following are news and story ideas from Detroit Unlimited, the communications program of the Detroit Strategic Plan whose mission includes relating news about metro Detroit's people and experiences:
 COMPUTER-ASSISTED MICROSURGERY IN DETROIT OFFERS ALTERNATIVE
 Patients with brain impairments who may not be candidates for traditional neurosurgery now have an alternative: computer-assisted microsurgery.
 Detroit's Harper Hospital is one of the few hospitals in the country using this new technique. Directed by Lucia Zamorano, M.D., Ph.D., Harper's computer-assisted neurosurgery produces a three-dimensional image which can pinpoint the depth, size and location of any abnormality in the brain. With advanced diagnostic equipment, a mathematical calculation from the image is entered into a treatment planning computer, which enables physicians to determine the safest treatment approach.
 The procedure has wide implications and can be used to safely take biopsies, treat abnormalities with external radiation, remove tumors, implant radioactive materials or place electrodes in the brain to treat epilepsy.
 Contact: Zoila Brown, Harper Hospital, 313-745-8303.
 AMBITIOUS PROJECT ILLUMINATES DETROIT'S LANDMARKS
 The largest public/private lighting program in the United States continues adding new life to downtown Detroit.
 "Starring Detroit," a three-phase project by the Central Business District Association with the city of Detroit, has permanently lighted 25 Detroit landmarks and six more will be added this year -- Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church, Detroit City-County Building, General Thadeusz Kosciuszko statue, Mariner's Church, Most Holy Trinity Church and Ste. Anne's Church.
 The master plan, conceived by Howard Brandston, the man who designed the lighting for the Statue of Liberty, calls for 43 separate lighting projects. New and historic buildings, churches, parks, monuments, boulevards, gateways and waterways are included in the plan to make Detroit the brightest city in the world and create a safer, more vibrant environment.
 Contact: Natalie Stocks, Central Business District Association, 313-961-1403.
 DETROIT RECYCLING PROGRAM SOLVES PROBLEM OF DEAD BATTERY DISPOSAL
 As shoppers seek special deals on radios, cellular phones and remote control cars this Christmas, many will face the dilemma of disposing of spent batteries. To help eliminate the mercury that enters the atmosphere when certain household batteries are incinerated, the city of Detroit is asking residents to turn in spent batteries to its recycling center and Neighborhood City Halls. Free collection bags are available for all standard-size batteries including D-cells, alkalines, rechargeables and button-sized batteries used in calculators, watches and hearing aids. The collection of batteries and other products requiring disposal other than incineration is part of the Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority's recycling program and includes one of the world's most advanced waste-to-energy incinerators.
 Contact: Mike Brinker, Greater Detroit Resource Recovery Authority, 313-876-0141.
 CONTACT: Jeff Schultz of PR Associates, 313-963-3396, for Detroit Renaissance.
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