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One Down, How Many To Go?

     Are there 50 primaries? I don’t think I can bear to hear about the candidates that much…and I surely don’t want to hear 6 more debates from either party before we even finish the primary season. That may make me a bad citizen but I sure would like to limit the campaigning to the last 4 months and I’d like to offer all the candidates a certain amount of free tv and radio time on the airwaves that are supposed to be owned by all of us. That’s my soapbox for today for anyone who is interested…and I do understand after last week that a few of you aren’t!

     Watch our Medical Headline Videos:

  •      Dr David Pegues, MD, Medical Director of Healthcare Epidemiology at the University of Pennsylvania Health System, talks about a special high-tech system that is reducing the risk of contracting C.diff and other life-threatening infections in hospitals by as much as 25 percent. That is worth reading!
  •      Dr Daniel Truong, MD, Neurologist at Orange Coast Memorial Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California says there is a better way to give Parkinson’s patients their drugs that offers consistent delivery and absorption. It’s called DUOPA and has recently received FDA approval.
  •      Dr Dung Le, MD, Oncologist at Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in Baltimore says they have found an accurate way to screen for patients who may respond well to a certain treatment. It is for people with advanced cancer with a certain DNA defect called a mismatched repair gene and this immunotherapy is working.

     Cardiologists are now turning to robotic technology to treat AFib patients. Dr Usman Siddiqui, MD, at the Florida Hospital Cardiovascular Institute is using an ultrasound catheter in a system called a Stereotaxis V-Drive Duo.

     Dr Swathy Kolli, MD, Cardiologist at the Orlando Heart Center, is helping patients figure out how low blood pressure should go after the most important blood pressure study in 40 years was published recently. It’s called SPRINT.

     Dr Mauricio Cohen, MD, Interventional Cardiologist at the University of Miami Health System, explains the new dissolving stent that has been used in Europe for years.

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     February is not only Valentine’s day but also heart month so that is a good reason for us to talk to so many cardiologists this month!

And there's more where that came from...


Marjorie Bekaert Thomas

President, Ivanhoe Broadcast News


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