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First Ever Plastic Meniscus Implanted In The U.S.

FDA trial will see if artificial cartilage can protect against arthritis, knee replacements

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) – For the first time in the U.S., surgeons at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center have implanted a plastic device designed to help patients with injured or deteriorating meniscus cartilage.  The meniscus is located between the thigh and shin bones and once it’s damaged can’t heal on its own.

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Drug Combo Slows Heart Decline In Muscular Dystrophy

A NEW STUDY IS OUT THAT OFFERS NEW HOPE TO PATIENTS WITH DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY, OR D-M-D.

RESEARCHERS TESTED A COMBINATION OF HEART DRUGS THAT HAVE BEEN ON THE MARKET FOR YEARS AND FOUND THEY MAY HAVE A NEW USE WHEN IT COMES TO D-M-D. 

PATIENTS WERE GIVEN A CARDIAC M-R-I, WHICH ALLOWED DOCTORS TO DETECT THE VERY FIRST SIGNS OF HEART DAMAGE IN DUCHENNE PATIENTS. ONCE THAT DAMAGE WAS SPOTTED, THEY GAVE HALF OF THE STUDY PARTICIPANTS A DRUG KNOWN AS EPLERENONE (pronounced: uh-PLAIR-uh-known).  THE OTHER HALF RECEIVED A PLACEBO. WHEN PAIRED WITH OTHER COMMONLY USED HEART MEDICATIONS, DOCTORS SAY THE DRUG THERAPY SLOWED DAMAGE TO THE HEARTS OF D-M-D PATIENTS DRAMATICALLY. 

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Doctors Dealing With Dramatic Rise In Falls

Clinic helps prevent falls - now the leading cause of accidental death in older patients

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) December 2014 – The numbers are staggering. Every 13 seconds an older person falls in the U.S. and has to be rushed to a hospital emergency department for treatment. It happens nearly two and a half million times a year, twice the rate as just a decade ago and, even worse, fatal falls are skyrocketing.

 

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The Moving Story Of 200 Cancer Patients

YOU THINK MOVING INTO A NEW HOME OR APARTMENT IS A CHALLENGE?  IMAGINE TRYING TO MOVE 200 CANCER PATIENTS INTO A NEW HOSPITAL - IN 12 HOURS!


THAT’S WHAT HAPPENED TODAY AT THE JAMES CANCER HOSPITAL AND SOLOVE RESEARCH INSTITUTE AT THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.


IN ONE MASSIVE EFFORT, ALL THE PATIENTS, DOCTORS, RESEARCHERS AND NURSES WERE MOVED INTO A NEW STATE OF THE ART HOSPITAL THAT’S BEING CALLED THE FUTURE OF CANCER CARE.

THIS MAMMOTH MOVE TOOK 700 VOLUNTEERS AND UTILIZED TWO COMMAND CENTERS - ONE SENDING PATIENTS AND ONE RECEIVING. SPOTTERS WERE POSITIONED ALONG ALL PARTS OF THE MOVE ROUTE TO ENSURE NO PATIENT WAS EVER OUT OF SIGHT.

EACH PATIENT, SOME OF THEM IN HOSPITAL BEDS, OTHERS IN WHEELCHAIRS, TOOK APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES TO MOVE THE DISTANCE OF A QUARTER OF A MILE FROM THEIR OLD ROOM TO A BRAND NEW ONE. EVEN THE ELEVATORS WERE PRECISION TIMED TO INCREASE MOVE ACCURACY.

PULLING OFF THIS LOGISTICAL FEAT WITH SEAMLESS CARE FOR EVEN THE MOST CRITICAL CANCER PATIENTS IS A PROJECT THAT TOOK TWO YEARS TO PLAN AND TWELVE HOURS TO EXECUTE.

CANCER DOCTORS SAY THAT THIS NEW BUILDING IS NOT JUST ABOUT THE TECHNOLOGY, BUT ABOUT THE OVERALL PATIENT EXPERIENCE.

 

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Device Controls Brain Activity To Maximize Therapy

Magnets send pulses through scalp, into patient’s brain to “prep” for therapy

(COLUMBUS, Ohio) November 2014 – In an effort to help patients more fully recover from stroke, researchers are using a novel device that allows them to control a patient’s brain activity prior to therapy.  “Often what happens after a stroke is that the healthy side tends to overcompensate for the injured side,” said Dr. Marcie Bockbrader, who is leading the study at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center.  When that happens, the body may not receive clear enough messages from the injured of the brain telling it how to function properly.

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