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Going Green in the Operating Room
Johns Hopkins researchers say they have identified practical strategies to implement environmentally friendly practices in operating rooms and other hospital facilities that could result in vastly reduced health care costs and pose no risk to patient safety. (Embargoed until 21-Feb-2011, 16:00 ET)
Archives of Surgery
—Johns Hopkins Medicine

New Hope for Baby Boomers with Leukemia and Lymphoma
As the first baby boomers turn 65, Loyola University Hospital has begun offering stem cell transplants to leukemia and lymphoma patients who previously were too old to qualify.
Bone Marrow Transplantation
—Loyola University Health System

An Estimated 709,000 Youths Age 12 to 14 Currently Drink Alcohol in the U.S. – Many Get Alcohol from Family Or Home
A new study by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) indicates that 5.9 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 14 drank alcohol in the past month and that the vast majority of them (93.4 percent) received their alcohol for free the last time they drank. About 317,000 (44.8 percent) 12 to14 year olds who drank in the past month received their alcohol for free from their family or at home. This includes 15.7 percent (or an estimated 111,000) who were provided alcohol for free by their parents or guardians.
—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA)

What Your Legs Could be Telling You about Your Heart Health
Approximately nine million Americans over the age of 50 are living with a disease that affects their legs and raises their risk of having a heart attack. The P.A.D. Coalition is urging Americans to listen to their legs and be alert to the signs of peripheral arterial disease, or P.A.D.
—Vascular Disease Foundation


Smoking During Radiation Treatments Reduces Chance of Overall Survival
Smokers who continue to smoke while undergoing radiation treatments for head and neck cancer fare significantly worse than those who quit smoking before therapy, according to a study in the February issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology•Biology•Physics, an official journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).
—American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Brain Insulin Plays Critical Role in the Development of Diabetes and Obesity
Researchers from Mount Sinai School of Medicine have discovered a novel function of brain insulin, indicating that impaired brain insulin action may be the cause of the unrestrained lipolysis that initiates and worsens type 2 diabetes in humans.
Cell Metabolism
—Mount Sinai Medical Center

Research Presented at 2011 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium Highlights Advances in Management, Treatment of Prostate Cancer
1) Screening study shows reduced risk of prostate cancer death for men with low initial PSAs; 2) Proficiency in robotic-assisted prostate surgery requires experienced specialists; 3) Dutasteride helps slow early-stage prostate cancer growth.
—American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)


Researchers Stumble Onto Hair Regrowth
Researchers who were investigating how stress affects gastrointestinal function may have found a chemical compound that induces hair growth by blocking a stress-related hormone associated with hair loss — entirely by accident Media embedded: Image(s) (Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2011 at 17:00 ET)
—University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Health Sciences

Checklist Cuts Lethal Ventilator-Associated Lung Infections
Cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia — the most lethal and among the most common of all hospital-associated infections — dropped by more than 70 percent in Michigan hospitals where medical staff used a simple checklist designed by Johns Hopkins researchers. Such pneumonias kill an estimated 36,000 Americans each year. (Embargoed until 17-Feb-2011, 12:05 ET)
Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
—Johns Hopkins Medicine

Inhaled Epinephrine Confirmed Quick, Effective for Croup
For more than 30 years, pediatricians have treated children who have croup with inhaled epinephrine to relieve their symptoms quickly. Now, a new review confirms the value of this approach. (Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2011 at 19:00 ET)
Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2011, February 2011
—Health Behavior News Service

Key Culprit Identified in Breast Cancer Metastasis
New research at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine suggests that regulatory T cells, whose job is to help mediate the body’s immune response, produce a protein that appears to hasten and intensify the spread of breast cancer to distant organs and, in doing so, dramatically increase the risk of death. Media embedded: Image(s) (Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2011 at 13:00 ET)
—University of California, San Diego Health Sciences

Broader Psychological Impact of 2010 BP Oil Spill
BP oil spill caused significant psychological impact even to nearby communities not directly touched by oil, Univ. of Maryland School of Medicine and Univ. of Florida researchers report. (Embargo expired on 17-Feb-2011 at 00:05 ET)
Environmental Health Perspectives, Online, 2/17/11
—University of Maryland Medical Center

Who Can Drive After a Stroke? Tests Can Help Decide
Many people want to keep driving after having a stroke, and many can do so safely. Simple tests in the office can help doctors determine who is more likely to be a safe driver after a stroke, according to research published in the February 22, 2011, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. (Embargoed until 21-Feb-2011, 16:00 ET)
—American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Am Jrl of Public Health: April 2011 Highlights
1) Behavioral interventions modestly increased physical activity among healthy adults; 2) Racial minorities more likely than non-Hispanic Whites to be light, intermittent smokers; 3) A shift in approach of substance abuse treatment may be beneficial. (Embargoed until 17-Feb-2011, 16:00 ET)
American Journal of Public Health
—American Public Health Association (APHA)

Ear Infections Develop in 1 Out of 5 Kids with Respiratory Viruses
More than 20 percent of young children with colds or other respiratory viral infections will develop middle ear infections of varying severity—including some mild infections that don't require antibiotics, according to a study in the February issue of The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
—Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Spinal Fusion Surgery Provides Worse Outcomes in Workers' Compensation Patients
For workers' compensation patients with chronic low back pain, spinal fusion surgery leads to worse long-term outcomes—including a lower rate of return to work—compared to nonsurgical treatment, suggests a study in the February 15th issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.
—Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Shifting a Paradigm: a Molecular Approach to Staging Colorectal Cancer
A molecular analysis of lymph nodes in patients deemed colorectal cancer-free was found to be an effective predictor of recurrence.
Clinical Cancer Research
—Thomas Jefferson University

New Psoriasis Guidelines Stress Importance of Individualized Treatment Plans
Building on the evidence-based findings of five previously published guidelines of care that examine the use of a variety of medical therapies for the management and treatment of psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, the Academy has released its sixth and final guidelines of care for psoriasis.
Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, Feb 9, 2011
—American Academy of Dermatology (AAD)

Parents Continue to Give Cough and Cold Meds to Young Kids, Despite FDA Warnings
Despite formal recommendations by the FDA to not give children ages 2 and under cough and cold medication due to safety and efficacy issues, a poll by the C.S. Mott Children's Hospital National Poll on Children's Health shows parents aren't heeding those warnings.
—University of Michigan Health System

‘Healthy’ Patients at High Risk of Cardiac Death Identified
The way the heart responds to an early beat is predictive of cardiac death, especially for people with no conventional markers of cardiovascular disease, according to new research from Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology, Feb. 15, 2011
—Washington University in St. Louis

Common Bone Drugs May Reduce Colon Cancer Risk
An international team of researchers has found that the use of bisphosphonates - drugs already taken by millions of healthy women to prevent bone-loss - for more than one year was associated with a 50 percent reduction in the risk of postmenopausal colorectal cancer.
Journal of Clinical Oncology, February 14, 2011
—American Technion Society

Mental Health of Obese Children is Primary Concern, Nursing Researcher Says
“It’s more than lack of sleep.” Growing issue of childhood obesity is complicated by co-morbidities, such as depression, diabetes, higher risk of chronic disease.
—University of Maryland Baltimore

Whitepaper Highlights Policy Considerations Surrounding Data Segmentation of Health Information
A new whitepaper recently released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, authored by faculty and researchers at The George Washington University’s Department of Health Policy and researchers at AcademyHealth, explores key components of data segmentation, circumstances for its use, associated benefits and challenges, various applied approaches, and the current legal environment surrounding data segmentation in the area of health information exchange.
—George Washington University

Peer Support Offers Promise for Reducing Depression Symptoms
Peer support programs were found to reduce depression symptoms better than traditional care alone and were about as effective as cognitive behavioral therapy, study finds.
General Hospital Psychiatry
—University of Michigan Health System

New Report Analyzes the Impact of Health Reform on U.S. Vaccine Policy and Practice
A new report issued by the George Washington University School of Public Health and Health Services and funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services analyzes the impact of Affordable Care Act on national immunization policy. The report examines a wide range of reforms that are aimed at strengthening immunization policy and practice.
—George Washington University

Overabundance of Protein Expands Breast Cancer Stem Cells
An essential protein for normal stem cell renewal also promotes the growth of breast cancer stem cells when it's overproduced in those cells, researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center reported in Cancer Cell. Media embedded: Image(s)
Cancer Cell
—University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center

Common Tool for IDing Teen Problem Drinking Effective at Predicting Adult Alcoholism
A common index for assessing adolescent drinking-related problems has been found to be effective at predicting adult alcoholism. An Indiana U. study also found the association to be stronger for adolescent female drinkers.
Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research
—Indiana University

Physicians Tackle Pulmonary Hypertension: A Complex Disease that Affects the Heart and Lungs
Cardiologists and pulmonologists at Rush University Medical Center have teamed up to provide a new and better approach to treating patients with pulmonary hypertension, a disease affecting the heart and lungs. The new Rush Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic brings together a multidisciplinary team of clinicians with specialized training to care for patients with this very complex disease.
—Rush University Medical Center

Dance Your Way to Cancer Prevention
MD Anderson encourages everyone to get 30 minutes of daily exercise.
—University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


Hip, Thigh Implants Can Raise Bone Fracture Risk in Children
Children with hip and thigh implants designed to help heal a broken bone or correct other bone conditions are at risk for subsequent fractures of the very bones that the implants were intended to treat, according to new research from Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. (Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2011 at 00:05 ET)
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
—Johns Hopkins Medicine

Hand Movements in Children with ADHD Hold Clues to Understanding and Predicting Symptom Severity
Two new research studies find involuntary movements in the hands and fingers are measurable markers offering insights into the neurobiology of ADHD. (Embargo expired on 14-Feb-2011 at 16:00 ET)
—Kennedy Krieger Institute

Researchers Reveal First Autism Candidate Gene that Demonstrates Sensitivity to Sex Hormones
George Washington University researcher, Dr. Valerie Hu, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and her team at the School of Medicine and Health Sciences, have found that male and female sex hormones regulate expression of an important gene in neuronal cell culture through a mechanism that could explain not only higher levels of testosterone observed in some individuals with autism, but also why males have a higher incidence of autism than females. (Embargo expired on 16-Feb-2011 at 17:00 ET)
—George Washington University

For Back Pain, Spinal Manipulation Holds Its Own
If you’re suffering from chronic lower back pain, a new review finds that spinal manipulation − the kind of hands-on regimen that a chiropractor might perform − is as helpful as other common treatments like painkillers. (Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2011 at 19:00 ET)
Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2011, February 2011
—Health Behavior News Service

Combined Interventions Ease Job Re-Entry for Cancer Survivors
For cancer survivors who wish to return to work after treatment, a new evidence review suggests that therapies focusing on a wide range of health interventions might best enable them to do so. (Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2011 at 19:00 ET)
Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2011, February 2011
—Health Behavior News Service

Skeleton Regulates Male Fertility
Researchers at Columbia University Medical Center have discovered that the skeleton acts as a regulator of fertility in male mice through a hormone released by bone, known as osteocalcin. Until now, interactions between bone and the reproductive system have focused only on the influence of gonads on the build-up of bone mass. (Embargoed until 17-Feb-2011, 12:00 ET)
Cell, March 4, March 4, 2011
—Columbia University Medical Center

Radiation Helps Cure Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, but Future Cancer Risk a Concern
A systematic review comparing treatments for Hodgkin’s lymphoma found a clear advantage to combined chemotherapy and radiation. However, the review did not address long-term side effects associated with radiation. (Embargo expired on 15-Feb-2011 at 19:00 ET)
Cochrane Library, Issue 2, 2011, February 2011
—Health Behavior News Service

Publication in Nature Medicine Reveals New Diagnostic Tool to Identify Active Tuberculosis Quickly and Effectively
A new diagnostic tool allowing quick and reliable identification of patients with active tuberculosis has been developed by a the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) –based research team led by Prof. Giuseppe Pantaleo. Published today in the prestigious journal Nature Medicine, this discovery, based on specific profiles of the immune system, will offer clinical benefit to patients and should contribute to the development of effective vaccines against tuberculosis. (Embargoed until 20-Feb-2011, 13:00 ET)
Nature Medicine, 20 February 2011
—Genevensis Healthcare Communications

Algorithm Helps Manage ALCL Worries after Breast Augmentation
In the wake of a recent FDA statement linking breast implants to a rare cancer called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), a newly updated algorithm provides plastic surgeons with guidance in managing women with breast lumps or swelling after breast augmentation. The algorithm appears in an article published on the website of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The article will be published in the June 2011 print issue of the journal.
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
—Wolters Kluwer Health: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

NIH Study Finds Two Pesticides Associated with Parkinson’s Disease
New research shows a link between use of two pesticides, rotenone and paraquat, and Parkinson’s disease. People who used either pesticide developed Parkinson’s disease approximately 2.5 times more often than non-users.
Environmental Health Perspectives, doi: 10.1289/ehp.1002839
—National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

Monitoring Killer Mice from Space
The risk of deadly hantavirus outbreaks can be predicted using satellite images to monitor surges in vegetation that boost mouse populations, a University of Utah study says. The method also might forecast outbreaks of other rodent-borne illnesses. Media embedded: Image(s)
Global Ecology and Biogeography, Feb. 16, 2011 online
—University of Utah

Less Is More When Prescribing Acid Suppressive Drugs for Non-ICU Hospital Patients
A study led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) finds that, outside of the intensive care unit (ICU), GI bleeding is rare, regardless of whether or not patients receive medication, suggesting that the risks of acid suppressive agents may outweigh the benefits.
—Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Physicians Using Social Media Need More Oversight
New research, conducted by Katherine Chretien., M.D., F.A.C.P., associate professor of Medicine at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, reveals that while social media has the potential to have a positive social impact, there is need for greater accountability and guidelines, as some physicians who are regular users of Twitter are disseminating unethical and unprofessional content. A Research Letter titled, “Physicians on Twitter,” was included in the Feb. 9 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.
Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)
—George Washington University

Autoimmune Genes Linked to Preeclampsia
Researchers at North Carolina State University have discovered that the placentas of women who suffer preeclampsia during pregnancy have an overabundance of a gene associated with the regulation of the body’s immune system.
—North Carolina State University

Few Women Seek Help for Sexual Issues After Cancer Treatment, but Many Want It
Many women who survive breast and gynecologic cancers want medical help for their sexual issues, but most do not get it.
Cancer, 23 Dec 2010
—University of Chicago Medical Center

Heart Patients Should be Referred to Cardiac Rehabilitation Before Leaving Hospital
Healthcare practitioners can increase the number of patients with heart disease referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program by 40 per cent, helping them to reduce their risk of dying and improve their quality of life, say researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre.
Archives of Internal Medicine, Feb. 14, 2011
—University Health Network (UHN)

Loyola Physicians Warn February Is Peak Month for Cases of the Flu
Cases of the Flu, Contagious Lung Infections that Strikes Kids the Hardest on the Rise in the Chicago Area
—Loyola University Health System

Nationally Recognized Aphasia/Stroke Expert Available for Interviews
Patrick Lyden, M.D., a natoinally recognized stroke expert and chairman of the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Department of Neurology, is available to discuss Aphasia, stroke and related neurological conditions.
Expert(s) available
—Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

MedWire Policy and Public Affairs

ASN Opposes Proposed Cuts to Medical Research
The American Society of Nephrology (ASN) strongly opposes the proposed $1.6 billion reduction to the NIH budget included in the continuing resolution (fiscal year 2011) being debated in the House of Representatives. The nation’s longstanding commitment to better health has established the United States as a world leader in medical research and innovation. This leading position will be endangered should the 5.2 percent decrease in the NIH budget be implemented.
—American Society of Nephrology (ASN)

Scientists Warn Against Stifling Effect of Widespread Patenting in Stem Cell Field
In an opinion piece published Feb. 10 in the journal Science, a team of scholars led by a Johns Hopkins bioethicist urges the scientific community to act collectively to stem the negative effects of the patenting and privatizing of stem cell lines, data and pioneering technologies. This means grappling with the ambiguity of several fundamental distinctions typically made in ethics, law and common practice, the experts insist.
—Johns Hopkins Medicine

MedWire Announcements

News Media Registration Opens for ENDO 2011: The 93rd Annual Meeting & EXPO in Boston, MA
Media registration opens today for The Endocrine Society's 93rd Annual Meeting & EXPO taking place in Boston, MA on June 4-7, 2011. ENDO 2011 promises to be an engaging and informative opportunity for journalists to learn about the latest research in obesity, endocrine disrupters, diabetes, growth hormones, sex hormones, thyroid cancer and much more.
—Endocrine Society

Pennsylvania Neurologist Receives AAN Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is awarding the 2011 Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize to Steven Messé, MD, FAAN, with the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine for his research in stroke treatment. Messé will receive the award during the AAN’s 63rdAnnual Meeting in Honolulu, held April 9 through 16, 2011. Messé is a Fellow of the American Academy of Neurology.
—American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Society for Vascular Surgery Forms Patient Safety Organization
The Society for Vascular Surgery® (SVS) is now listed as a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), on behalf of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
—Society for Vascular Surgery

Hollywood Executive Receives AAN’s Public Leadership in Neurology Award
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) and the American Academy of Neurology Foundation (AAN Foundation) have announced that Thomas Sherak, Hollywood executive and current president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, is the recipient of the 2011 Public Leadership in Neurology Award. He is being recognized for his strong commitment to raising awareness of multiple sclerosis, a disabling disorder that attacks the brain, spinal cord and nerves.
—American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Physician and Former Astronaut Joins the Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Physician and former NASA Astronaut Scott Parazynski has been named Chief Medical Officer and Chief Technology Officer of The Methodist Hospital Research Institute. Media embedded: Video / Image(s)
—Methodist Hospital, Houston

Anesthesia & Analgesia Announces Use of Crosscheck on All Article Submissions
The leading journal in the field of anesthesiology and perioperative medicine, Anesthesia & Analgesia, is now using CrossCheck to scan all article submissions for plagiarism. CrossCheck, launched in June 2008 by CrossRef, uses iThenticate plagiarism software and scans submissions against a database of full-text articles. CrossRef is viewed as being best suited to filtering academic content because of its extensive database of relevant literature.
—International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS)

NYU Langone Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Chosen To Participate in Joint Replacement Data Registry Pilot
NYU Langone one of only 16 U.S. locations selected, patient data will improve technology and long-term outcomes of joint replacement surgery.
American Joint Replacement Registry
American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
—New York University Langone Medical Center

Physician-Entrepreneur, Fred Moll, Joins FUS Foundation Board
The Board of Directors of the Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation has announced the election of Frederic H. Moll, M.D., a serial entrepreneur whose start-up ventures have included Intuitive Surgical, Inc., manufacturer of one of today’s most successful and innovative medical devices, the da Vinci Surgical System.  Media embedded: Image(s)
—Focused Ultrasound Surgery Foundation

AAN Announces 2011 Award Winners in Neurologic Research
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) will recognize the outstanding achievements of researchers in neurology during the AAN’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu, April 9 through 16, 2011, the world’s largest gathering of neurologists with more than 2,500 presentations on the latest advances in neurologic research.
—American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

Modell Chair in Pediatric Immunology Established
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia today announced the establishment of the Jeffrey Modell Endowed Chair in Pediatric Immunology Research, held by pediatric immunologist Jordan S. Orange, M.D., Ph.D. Media embedded: Image(s)
—Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

NYU Langone Medical Center Awarded Official Baby Friendly USA Designation
NYU Langone Medical Center is pleased to announce that it was recently designated an official Baby-Friendly™ Hospital. It is the only academic medical center in New York City to receive this designation and the second hospital in New York City. The Baby-Friendly™ designation has only been awarded to 105 hospitals and birth centers nationally.
—New York University Langone Medical Center

Nurse-Midwifery Program of Baylor University’s Nursing School Receives Initial Accreditation
The new nurse-midwifery program of Baylor University Louise Herrington School of Nursing has been given initial accreditation by the Accreditation Commission for Midwifery Education’s Board of Review.
—Baylor University

Dr. David P. Hajjar Named to Fulbright Scholars Program
The Fulbright Commission, with approval of the U.S. State Department, announced that Dr. David P. Hajjar, the Frank H.T. Rhodes Distinguished Professor of Cardiovascular Biology and Genetics, professor of biochemistry, professor of pathology and laboratory medicine and dean of the Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences, has been named to one of its premier senior scholarship programs -- the Fulbright Specialist Program. Dr. Hajjar is the second Weill Cornell faculty member to receive this honor.
—NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center/Weill Cornell Medical College

Netherlands Researcher Receives AAN’s Sheila Essey Award for ALS Research
The American Academy of Neurology (AAN) is awarding the 2011 Sheila Essey Award–An Award for ALS Research to Leonard H. van den Berg, MD, PhD, with the Utrecht University Medical Center in the Netherlands. Van den Berg will receive the Essey Award during the AAN’s 63rd Annual Meeting in Honolulu, held April 9 through April 16, 2011.
—American Academy of Neurology (AAN)

American College of Cardiology Names John Gordon Harold, MD, Vice President
John Gordon Harold, M.D., MACC, MACP, FCCP, FAHA, a past Chief of Staff of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, has been named vice president of the American College of Cardiology. Harold’s term as one of the top officers of the 39,000-member group begins in April 2011 and his elevation to this post puts him on track to become president of the organization at the College’s 2013 annual meeting in San Francisco.
—Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

MedWire Marketplace

U-M Performs 500th Lung Transplant; One Donor Saves Two Lives
The University of Michigan Transplant Center celebrated a milestone recently, performing its 500th lung transplant. But there’s much more to this story than a number. Media embedded: Video
—University of Michigan Health System

UT Southwestern Launches Clinical Trial for Treatment of Breast Cancer Using Robotic Cyberknife Technology
Breast-cancer patient Kristin Wiginton is the first to be treated at UT Southwestern Medical Center with high-beam radiation using the Accuray CyberKnife System, which offers improved cosmetic results, less radiation exposure to surrounding tissue and a shorter treatment period.
—UT Southwestern Medical Center

First FDA-Approved Cancer Treatment Vaccine Available at Roswell Park
Provenge, the nation’s first FDA-approved cancer treatment vaccine, is now available at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI). RPCI is the first institution in Western New York to offer this vaccine, which is a treatment for advanced prostate cancer available to men who meet eligibility requirements.
—Roswell Park Cancer Institute


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