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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital study finds Vitamin D supplement decreases wheezing for African American preterm infants

CLEVELAND – African American infants born prematurely are at higher risk for recurrent wheezing. This condition can cause the baby discomfort and is a risk factor for developing asthma later in life. There are no widely-accepted therapies to prevent prematurity-associated wheezing.

In a first-of-its-kind study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), an University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital (UH Rainbow) physician researcher found African American preterm infants experienced a significant decrease in recurrent wheezing with sustained supplementation of vitamin D. Among infants born at 28-36 weeks gestation, a daily dose of vitamin D through six months of age decreased recurrent wheezing by more than 10 percent.

Prior to conducting the study, it was unclear which vitamin D supplementation strategy would be superior. According to the study’s principal investigator, Anna Maria Hibbs, MD, MSCE, FAAP, Eliza Henry Barnes Chair in Neonatology at UH Rainbow, continuing vitamin D supplementation with 400IU/day until 6 months of age corrected for prematurity may decrease their chance of recurrent wheezing. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Case Western Reserve University, Lucid Diagnostics sign license agreement to commercialize fast, accurate Barrett’s Esophagus detector

CLEVELAND — Case Western Reserve University and Lucid Diagnostics, a subsidiary of publicly traded New York-based medical device company, PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM), have signed an exclusive license agreement to commercialize a technology that quickly and accurately detects Barrett’s Esophagus, the primary precursor of esophageal cancer.
The technology, called EsoCheck, combines a non-invasive, cell-sampling device with highly accurate DNA biomarkers to detect the condition.
The company is based on discoveries by three scientific founders: Sanford Markowitz, the  Markowitz-Ingalls Professor of Cancer Genetics and Distinguished University Professor at Case Western Reserve and medical oncologist at University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center; Amitabh Chak, professor of medicine at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine, gastroenterologist at University Hospitals Digestive Health Institute and director of the Advanced Technology and Innovation Center of Excellence at University Hospitals Division of Gastroenterology; and Joseph Willis, professor of pathology and pathology vice chair for clinical affairs at University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. 

Monday, May 14, 2018

University Hospitals, Benesch and Legal Aid create Medical-Legal Partnership

CLEVELAND - A major gift from the Benesch law firm for $550,000 will fund, for five years, the vital work of an attorney from The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland who will be based at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Center for Women & Children. Through this medical-legal partnership, the attorney will assist patients and families with civil legal guidance that impacts their health.
According to research studies, healthcare only determines 20 percent of overall health. Eighty percent of a population’s health is determined by social, economic, environmental and behavioral factors – the social determinants of health. UH is meeting this challenge through a new combination of medical care, integrated social programs and legal services, pioneered at the UH Rainbow Center for Women & Children that will open in July 2018 in Cleveland’s MidTown neighborhood.
“Some of our patients need assistance to remove legal barriers that impact their health outcomes, such as housing conditions, benefit and coverage assistance, and eviction prevention,” said Patti DePompei, RN, MSN, President, UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s and MacDonald Women’s hospitals. “We are thrilled to partner with Benesch and Legal Aid to address these issues collaboratively.”

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