CATEGORY: In the media, News

In the media: Week of Dec. 18

A sampling of news media stories involving UC Health:

The Think Tank: How can California make the most of telehealth law?, California Healthline

For the second half of the 20th century, California was a leader on several fronts of health care’s evolution. California innovations and maturations in integrated delivery, managed care, stem cell research and electronic health records often set the agenda for national trends. Now California is poised to do it again with a 21st century innovation — telehealth. New state legislation (AB 415) passed this fall has the potential to move two-way audio-visual technology out of the realm of wonky oddity and into the mainstream, according to some industry experts. Expert commentary includes responses from Thomas Nesbitt of UC Davis, Catherine Dower of UC San Franciso and Molly Coye of UCLA.

30 Under 30: Science & Innovation, Forbes

Forbes’ list of 30 scientists under 30 includes postdoctoral candidate Rizia Bardhan of Berkeley Lab, graduate student Mozziyar Etemadi and QB3 fellow James Fraser of UC San Francisco,  graduate student Albert Mach of UCLA, and Ryan Tewhey of UC San Diego. Read more on UC Research.

50 People to Watch in 2012, San Diego Magazine

Santiago Horgan, UC San Diego Center for the Future of Surgery: Spotted on campus: A chief of minimally invasive surgery wearing a Hermès tie. At just 43, the Argentina native was the U.S.’s first doc to take out a patient’s diseased appendix through his mouth. Why go that route? It reduces pain and scars. After Horgan appeared on a top 10 list in TIME magazine, ER did a show on the appendix removal, and named the character “Dr. Horta.” Grey’s Anatomy did a show about his similar gall bladder trick. At UCSD, he just opened the world’s largest training site for minimally invasive surgical techniques.

The 50 best Mayo Clinic doctors. Ever, MinnPost

John Stobo, senior vice president at University of California Office of the President and a Distinguished Mayo Alumnus, is named to the top 50 list for his contribution to the field of academic health centers.

Two leaders in pain treatment have long ties to drug industry, ProPublica

UC Davis pain medicine physician is mentioned in this article about pain treatment and ties with the pharmaceutical industry. Read a response from UC Davis Health System here and a response from Fishman here.

Rob Summers willing to walk again (video), ESPN

The paralyzed former Oregon State pitcher is determined to stand, walk again, with help from UCLA researchers.

Takeda acquires San Diego’s Intellikine for $190M upfront, Xconomy

Japan-based Takeda Pharmaceuticals, which has its cancer drug development operations in Cambridge, Mass., said it is acquiring San Diego-based Intellikine to get ahold of the startup’s portfolio of cancer drugs. Intellikine, founded in September 2007 with a $12.5 million venture financing, grew out of science from the lab of Kevan Shokat at the University of California, San Francisco.

Top 5 San Diego science stories of 2011, San Diego Union-Tribune

You expect scientific achievement in San Diego; it’s one of the largest research centers in the country. But 2011 was an especially fruitful year. Here’s a snap shot of five particularly newsworthy achievements and events. UC San Diego is mentioned.

Inspectors find safety concerns with drug pumps at UCI hospital, Los Angeles Times

Officials at UC Irvine Medical Center have promised to correct problems found with the operation of drug-infusion pumps after an inspection by state and federal health regulators.

Class-action lawsuit filed over UCLA Health System data breach, California Healthline/Modern Healthcare

Attorneys have filed a class-action lawsuit seeking as much as $16 million in damages over a data breach that exposed the personal information of more than 16,000 patients at the UCLA Health System.

Little boy is a big giver (video), CBS 2

This story is about an 8-year-old Moorpark boy who led his second annual toy drive to benefit the pediatric patients at Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. The boy, who has a chronic condition requiring frequent hospitalizations, collected more than 400 presents and delivered them to the hospital with his family. Amy Bullock, director of the hospital’s Chase Child Life Program, is featured.

Some toys may hurt child’s hearing, UPI

Some of the most popular Christmas toys, including Road Rippers Lightning Rods and the I Am T-Pain musical microphone, may hurt hearing, U.S. researchers say. Dr. Hamid Djalilian of the University of California, Irvine, and colleagues measured the noise levels of two dozen popular toys in stores and purchased the 10 loudest. Using a soundproof booth at UC Irvine Medical Center, the researchers found all exceeded 90 decibels and several reached 100 or more — equivalent to the noise of a chainsaw, subway train or power mower.

UCSD director appointed to Medical Board, San Diego Union-Tribune

Michael Bishop, director of anesthesia for same-day surgery at the UC San Diego Medical Center, has been appointed to the Medical Board of California.

Hand transplant woman to ride Rose Parade float, The Associated Press

The West Coast’s first hand-transplant recipient will ride the Donate Life float in the Rose Parade on Jan. 2.  Emily Fennel became the UCLA Hand Transplant Program’s first patient at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in March.

An Alzheimer’s researcher reveals: The best ways to ward off dementia, O, The Oprah Magazine

There was a time when forgetting a person’s name was merely embarrassing. In the age of Alzheimer’s, it can be frightening: early evidence, potentially, of a dreaded disease. The good news, according to Gary Small, MD, is that we may be able to do more to keep ourselves healthy than we think. As the director of UCLA’s Longevity Center, Small has spent the past two decades researching the ways lifestyle choices affect memory; in his new book, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Program, he argues that it is indeed possible to stave off this form of dementia.

Rich people lack empathy, study finds, The Huffington Post

Social psychologists are making an argument that Occupy Wall Street protesters have been saying for months: Many rich people just aren’t in the habit of thinking of others. According to researchers at UC Berkeley, people who grew up in economically comfortable circumstances are less attuned to the suffering of other people.

See additional coverage: Time

UCSF study challenges thinking on anorexia, San Francisco Chronicle

The standard approach to feeding patients hospitalized with anorexia nervosa – starting with a low number of calories and increasing them very gradually – is being challenged by new research from UCSF.

A look into the future of genetic medicine, San Diego Union-Tribune

The ability to manipulate the human genome – the collection of 30,000 or so genes that uniquely combine and interact to produce each human being – is indisputably compelling. Among other things, it promises a future when genetic diseases ranging from cystic fibrosis to schizophrenia might not just be cured, but prevented altogether. We asked two scientists at the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine to assess recent developments: Bing Ren, a professor of cellular and molecular medicine who specializes in epigenetics, the study of how genes are changed by mechanisms beyond DNA, and colleague Kun Zhang, an assistant professor of bioengineering who focuses on stem cell research.

Commentary: Improving participant recruitment in clinical and translational research, Academic Medicine

In this commentary, top recruitment experts at UCSF urge academic medical researchers to embrace new methods for recruiting participants into clinical trials.

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