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Neuromuscular Disorders l Neurology l University Hospitals …

Posted: January 25, 2019 at 5:43 pm

The neurology team at University Hospitals offers innovations in testing, diagnosis and treatment of neuromuscular diseases all in a collaborative setting to ensure our patients maintain a high quality of life.

The keys to managing a neuromuscular disorder is early detection and focused treatment. If you or your doctor suspect you have a neuromuscular issue, it is important to see a specialist as soon as possible.

For certain diseases, such as myasthenia gravis, if care is delayed, the disease can become more resistant to drug therapy, making it harder to treat. For conditions like amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), which currently has no known cure, early detection allows us to better manage ALS symptoms, extending your quality of life for as long as possible.

Our neurology team is leading research efforts with several clinical trials and pioneering nationally-funded laboratory research. Several of our experts have written comprehensive textbooks that serve as definitive resources for the treatment of neuromuscular conditions.

We also use the latest technology to diagnose and guide treatment. For example, UH has one of the few neuromuscular ultrasounds in the country allowing us to respond to neuromuscular disorders faster and more effectively. In addition, our use of electromyography (EMG) has dramatically changed the way we address disorders like entrapment neuropathy.

Our team treats a wide range of neuromuscular conditions, including:

With extensive experience and expertise in ALS treatment, University Hospitals is one of only a few facilities in the country with an ALS Clinic sponsored in part by the ALS Foundation. Through this important collaboration, we have access to groundbreaking research and technology. Our ALS dedicated team includes:

With a focus on discovering new therapies, our researchers developed a special breathing device that allows ALS patients to breathe on their own, helping them better participate in a daily routine and prolonging their quality of life. Our ALS Programbrings together specialists from the Neuromuscular Center, rehabilitative services, surgery and pulmonary medicine to deliver the best possible outcomes.

We also have a Muscular Disease Clinicthat is focused on the diagnosis and treatment of several inherited muscular disorders, including muscular dystrophy and inherited neuropathy.

In addition, our Myasthenia Gravis Programtreats patients with immunosuppressive drugs, plasma exchange and intravenous immunoglobulin.

For more information about our specialized services for neuromuscular diseases, content one of our team members at any of our convenient locationsacross the region.

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foodsthatfightcancer_grapes_and_grape_juice | American …

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 11:44 am

Grapes and Grape Juice

Both grapes and grape juice are rich sources of resveratrol, a phytochemical well studied for anti-cancer effects.

The skin of the grape contains the most resveratrol. Resveratrol is in red, purple and green grapes, the amount depends much more on growing conditions than on color or type of grape.

Red wine also contains resveratrol. However, with AICRs research reports finding that alcohol is associated with increased risk for cancers of the mouth, pharynx and larynx, esophagus, breast and colon and rectum (in men), wine is not a recommended source of resveratrol.

Studies suggest that polyphenols in general and resveratrol, in particular, possess potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. In laboratory studies, resveratrol prevented the kind of damage known to trigger the cancer process in cell, tissue and animal models.

Other laboratory research points to resveratrols ability to slow the growth of cancer cells and inhibit the formation of tumors in lymph, liver, stomach and breast cells. Resveratrol has also triggered the death of leukemic and colon cancer tumors.

In one series of studies, resveratrol blocked the development of skin, breast and leukemia cancers at all three stages of the disease (initiation, promotion and progression).

AICR has funded research on the following topics relating tograpes and the cancer-fighting components they contain. You can search for relevant AICR-funded studies performed to date on our AICR Grants:

Read the full list of AICRs Recommendations for Cancer Prevention.

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Precision Medicine Executive Summit: Cutting-edge Insights

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 11:43 am

Our 2018 conference featured keynote address by JeffreyR. Balser, M.D., Ph.D.,President and CEO, Vanderbilt University Medical Centerand Dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine,one of the most progressive and innovative health systems in the country.

CEOs and administrators at the nations leading health networks and hospitals recognize this truth: precision medicine is poised to transform clinical care in ways that experts say will be highly disruptive to health networks, particularly those that are slow to respond to thisimportant trend.

That makes it imperative for CEOs and senior administrators at health networks everywhere to get answers to these two questions:1) How is precision medicine now changing clinical care today, including specific programs already used by networks and physicians to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and open the door to new sourcesof revenue?2) What precision medicine strategy is best for my health network and its hospitals?

Attendees will find answers to both questions at our Precision Medicine Institute Symposium 2019, taking place Thursday and Friday, May 2-3 at the Sheraton Hotel in New Orleans, LA.

During this intensive 1 1/2 day conference, the nations first movers and early adopters will discuss their first programs to infuse precision medicine into specific areas of clinical care. On topics ranging from spectacular success in oncology and cancer care, offering patients access to pharmacogenetic testing in primary care settings, and more, youll hear sessions and speakers with up-to-the minute insights so needed to develop the right precision medicine strategy for todays health networks.

Precision medicine is becoming real. It's no longer something for an egghead institution to dabble in. It can be used as a strategic advantage in terms of delivering efficient care, competing with other health systems, ways of making sure that patients are having as much risk mitigated as possible. It's an ideal opportunity to really fine-tune a health system. a really engaged audience and the type you don't normally get to speak with. Having leadership at health systems, at health companies, at other types of health enterprises, you have a different type of thinking. The networking is strong.

Howard McCloud, MDMedical Director, Personalized MedicineMoffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL

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Human Genetic Engineering | APNORC.org | APNORC.org

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 11:42 am

Americans favor the use of gene editing to prevent disease or disabilities, while there is strong opposition to using the technology to change a babys physical characteristics, such eye color or intelligence. Support for eradicating disease and disabilities was strong regardless of party identification, education or religious preference.The same holds true for the opposition to altering genes in order to change physical features or capabilities.

Americans hold similar views about the ethics of gene editing.About 6 in 10 consider editing the genes of embryos for the purpose of preventing or reducing the risk of disease to be morally acceptable.Fifty-four percent say using the technology to prevents a non-fatal condition such as blindness as morally acceptable.Two-thirds say it is morally unacceptable to use gene editing to change a babys physical features or characteristics.

What about altering an adults genetic material without changing the genes of their offspring?The idea of using gene editing technology to prevent or cure a genetic disorder in an adult is supported by 56 percent, opposed by 17 percent, and 27 percent neither favor nor oppose.

While Americans favor using gene editing to deal with physical ailments, there is less support for the use of taxpayer money to finance testing on human embryos to develop the technology. Overall, 48 percent oppose federal funding to test gene editing technology, while 26 percent favor it and 25 percent neither favor nor oppose. Republicans are particularly against using government money for the development of gene editing.

Regardless of support for the technology, there are some concerns about possible ramifications.Fifty-two percent say the unethical use of gene editing is very likely, and 45 percent think it's very likely the technology would have unintended effects on human evolution. Few think it's likely that most people would be able to afford the technology.

Most Americans say it is at least somewhat likely that the development of gene editing technology will lead to further medical advances, eliminate many genetic illnesses, and be adequately tested.

The nationwide poll was conducted December 13-16, 2018 using the AmeriSpeak Panel, the probability-based panel of NORC at the University of Chicago. Online and telephone interviews using landlines and cell phones were conducted with 1,067 adults. The margin of sampling error is plus or minus 4.1 percentage points.

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Conditions and Diseases Treated | Adult Stem Cell Therapy

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 11:41 am

As pioneers in the field, TruStem Cell Therapy provides evidence-based care customized to suit patient needs in a safe, effective manner. The discovery of stem cells opened a whole new understanding of how healing works in the human body. TruStem Cell Therapy uses that science to provide access to therapy for painful and debilitating conditions.

Adult stem cells are natural healers that have almost limitless capabilities. Emerging evidence shows that adult stem cells are able to create completely unrelated cells making them valuable assets in the fight to treat many diseases.

TruStem Cell Therapy provides access to the stem cell therapy and the bodys own healing resources as a therapy for life-changing illnesses. Stem cells have the ability to develop into different cell types and aid in repairing the damage done by illness. This means they work with your body to heal tissue, help manage pain and relieve symptoms.

Our board certified surgeons have access to the latest research and state-of-the-art equipment, allowing them to harvest stem cells effectively and efficiently utilizing the least-invasive methods available. The goal is to provide access to patient-centric care with therapy using stem cells, giving the power back to patients. At TruStem Cell Therapy, we specialize in conditions treated with stem cells, such as:

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Stem Cell Therapy: Alternative To Hip Replacement …

Posted: January 24, 2019 at 11:41 am

The usage of hip replacement and surgery has grown dramatically over the years and has even become more common among younger people. However, surgery is not the only solution. At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we offer stem cell therapy for hip joints as a safe and effective alternative to hip replacement or surgery.

Stem cell therapy for hip joints is an outpatient procedure that takes a few hours to complete. The process begins with the abstraction of stem cells and platelet rich plasma, also referred to as PRP, from the patients blood and bone marrow.

Stem cells are the natural healing mechanism in the human body. They have the ability to morph into other types of cells that are needed to repair a damaged hip joint such as muscle, cartilage, or bone cells. This results in the stem cells restoring your hip joints naturally without the need of drugs or hip surgery. However, as we age, the number of stem cells in our body and their potency decline. This causes our body to heal slower or not at all from joint injuries in the hip. To counter this, we have developed a proprietary technique to revitalize the patients stem cells and inject a high concentration of them directly to the damaged area of the hip joint with the PRP

Once injected into the hip joint, the stem cells will being restoring the damaged areas of the hip. The PRP, which contains many growth factors, will act as a stimulate for the stem cells, helping to increase their healing potential. After the injection, patients can go home immediately.

Hip surgery often requires patients to stay in a hospital overnight for several days and is followed by several months of physical therapy or training. With a hip replacement, patients are advised to avoid certain movements such as bending and twisting for up to a 12 month period. And even after a patients hip joint has healed after surgery, patients may not be permitted to do certain high impact activities such as sports, jogging, and dancing.

This is not the case for patients that elect to have stem cell therapy for their hip joint injuries. In most cases, patients can resume their active lifestyles without any restrictions or the need of extensive physical therapy in a short amount of time. Typically, patients will begin to see a response from the stem cells in about three weeks after the injection. After that, patients will experience a significant reduction in pain while regaining full mobility of their hip joints in the next several weeks as the stem cells continue to restore the hip joint.

Our medical team will determine the exact treatment and the number of stem cell injections after examining your medical files. Typically, a single stem cell injection is all that is needed to repair most hip joint injuries. If the injury in the hip joint is more severe, then additional injections will be needed. In these cases, we inject additional PRP into the hip joint a month after the first injection to stimulate the initially injected stem cells to prolong their healing process, and then another injection a few weeks after that.

Stem cell therapy for hip joints is a safe alternative to hip replacement or surgery since stem cells and platelet rich plasma (PRP) are biological components that already exist in the human body. Because we harvest the stem cells and PRP for the patients blood instead of other sources, the virtually no risk of rejection or harm to the patients health. Furthermore, the procedure is done by a board certified orthopedic surgeon.

At the Institute of Regenerative Medicine, we have successfully treated patients with various hip injuries and conditions including:

If you suffer from any of these conditions or experience hip pain, contact our office to see if you are a candidate for stem cell therapy for hip joints.

To maximize success, we tailor our stem cell treatment based on the unique needs of our patients. For this reason, the cost for hip stem cell treatment will vary greatly from case to case and can only be determined after our orthopedic specialist has evaluated a patients hip joint. Factors that will determine the cost of stem cell treatment includes:

It is important to note that most health insurance companies will not cover the cost for hip stem cell treatment. However, in many cases, the cost of stem cell therapy can be similar to the cost patients will pay out of pocket for hip surgery and post-surgical care with insurance.

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