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Integrative health at University Hospitals receives "game-changing" gift from Sara and Chris Connor (VIDEO/AUDIO)




CLEVELAND --  "This gift is game-changing for us," says Francoise Adan, MD, Medical Director of the University Hospitals Connor Integrative Health Network. "That's why we're so incredibly thankful to Chris and Sara."

Former Sherwin-Williams CEO Chris Connor and his wife Sara have given the Connor Integrative Health Network $6.5 million, which, in addition to their earlier gift of $2 million, brings their total commitment to integrative health to $8.5 million.

"Integrative medicine is the blending of both worlds," says Dr. Adan. Integrative medicine supplements traditional medicine like surgery and pharmacology with evidence-based integrative practices like acupuncture, massage, yoga and mindfulness.

Dr. Adan says the Connor gift is a strong endorsement for these practices. "It shows integrative medicine is here to stay."


Neurosurgeon Andrew Sloan on John McCain's Hospitalization from Brain Cancer Treatment (INTERVIEW)




CLEVELAND -- "There are sometimes side effects," says Andrew Sloan, MD, a neurosurgeon at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center about Senator John McCain's recent hospitalization. Dr. Sloan says the standard treatment for glioblastoma is radiation to the brain and a low-dose chemotherapy and then six cycles of chemotherapy. "I wouldn't be super alarmed; we'll just have to see what's going on."

Dr. Sloan says glioblastoma, the most common primary malignant tumor of the brain, has a median survival expectancy of a year-and-a-half after diagnosis but Dr. Sloan says John McCain has things working in his favor, including the fact he seems to be in good shape and is a fighter.


Surgical Theater Initiative Marries New Technology with Old Fashion Bedside Care (VIDEO/AUDIO)




CLEVELAND -- When former Major League pitcher Tom Norton needed brain surgery, neurosurgeons explained the procedure by taking a flight around his brain using the 3D rehearsal platform Surgical Theater.

"He actually showed me on the computer the tumor in there and how they're going about to do in there," says the 67-year-old Norton, who was losing vision in his left eye because of the brain tumor pressing on his optic nerve.

Developed by UH neurosurgeon Warren Selman and two former Israeli Air Force pilots, Moty Avisar and Alon Geri, Surgical Theater is a flight simulator for brain surgery, a sort of video game that allows doctors to rehearse the procedure before doing it.

A "Back to Bedside Initiative" grant puts Surgical Theater technology in the hands of the patient, or around their head, showing them exactly what doctors will do, easing fears they might have.

"I think it does help a lot of people in terms of giving the ability to kind of conceptualize more of what the problem is," says James Wright, MD, a fifth year neurosurgery resident at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "I think just having that bit of understanding probably does alleviate some anxiety."

For Tom Norton, that gives him extra confidence come game time.

"I'm feeling a little more relaxed," the Sheffield Lake, Ohio resident and former Minnesota Twin says about his surgery.


Dr. Lolita McDavid on Video of Bullied Tennessee Middle School Student (VIDEO/AUDIO)




CLEVELAND -- Lolita McDavid, MD, Medical Director of Child Advocacy and Protection at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, discussing the video of a Tennessee middle school student, Keaton Jones, talking about the bullying he's received at school.


70 Years of Bringing People Back from the Dead (VIDEO/AUDIO)




CLEVELAND -- We see them almost everywhere now -- gyms, schools, almost any public facility. But the ubiquitous defibrillator owes its presence to an event 70 years ago in Cleveland when a 14-year-old boy went into cardiac arrest.

"They went and got the defibrillator that was built here, put the paddles on, shocked the heart, and successfully resuscitated this boy," says Michael De Georgia, MD, of University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. "That was the first ever anywhere on the planet that a patient had been successfully resuscitated and ushered the world into this new era of advance cardiac life support."

Dr. Claude Beck, a cardiac thoracic surgeon at University Hospitals, ushered in this era as he performed a procedure on Richard Heyard of Stark County. The boy's heart stopped beating and, after massaging it by hand for 45 minutes, Dr. Beck called for a primitive defibrillator from the laboratory. The machine delivered the jolt with paddles made of two wooden-handled tablespoons. The first jolt did nothing but, after the second jolt, the boy's heart started beating again.

"You can't overstate how important this was," says Dr. De Georgia. "That is what started this whole revolution of advanced cardiac life support that we essentially take for granted today."

Interestingly, the first out-of-hospital cardiac resuscitation using a defibrillator also happened at University Hospitals in June of 1955 when a Dr. Albert Ransone collapsed in front of the Lakeside Building at UH and was resuscitated, living almost another three decades after the event.

The American Heart Association started teaching the lay public about CPR in 1973, eventually including defibrillation, ushering in the modern era of cardiac emergency care.


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