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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tickets on sale now for UH Seidman Cancer Center’s Five Star Sensation

CLEVELAND — Tickets are now available for Cleveland’s most celebrated benefit--Five Star Sensation--featuring a record 85 chefs and vintners from around the globe. Michael Symon, renowned Iron Chef and co-host of ABC’s The Chew, leads this year’s culinary extravaganza as the event’s new Host Chef.
 
Five Star Sensation has raised more than $16 million for University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center since its inception in 1987. This extraordinary celebration of food and wine will be held on Saturday, June 27 at Cuyahoga Community College in Highland Hills, OH. 
 
This marks the first year as Host Chef for Michael Symon, a Cleveland native with acclaimed restaurants Lola and Lolita in Cleveland, Roast in Detroit and several locations of B Spot Burgers throughout the Midwest, who is renowned in the culinary world. “I am thrilled to participate in this culinary extravaganza in my hometown benefiting the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center,” said Michael Symon. “It raises vital funds for such an important cause in our community, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to serve as Host Chef of this truly sensational evening.”


Thursday, March 26, 2015

JAMA surgery study demonstrates short and long-term cost-savings associated with minimally invasive surgery

CLEVELAND Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally invasive surgery, Medtronic today highlighted a study published in the March 25 online edition of JAMA Surgery. The new study demonstrated that patients who underwent laparoscopic colectomy procedures required fewer days of health care utilization and the health care system spent less on their acute and follow-up care than those who underwent traditional open surgery.
 
“We found that the use of minimally invasive laparoscopic approaches in a select group of patients undergoing colectomy procedures resulted in significantly lower health care costs and resource utilization compared with open surgical approaches. This may expand access and lower the cost of patient care in the long term,” said lead author Conor P. Delaney, MD PhD, of University Hospitals Case Medical Center in Cleveland, Ohio. “These results reflect the well-documented benefits of laparoscopic surgery, which include faster recovery, less pain and fewer complications.”
 
A colectomy is the surgical removal of part or all of the colon and the rectum and is usually performed to treat several digestive health conditions, including diverticulitis, Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis and cancer of the colon and rectum.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

UH Case Medical Center’s social media study of ‘Pinterest’ to clinical practice effectiveness

CLEVELAND – Tweet it. Snap it. Pin it. Post it…or however else you want to share it with the masses scouring the Internet searching for common ground connectivity. But, should doctors peer behind the privacy curtain of potential patients to help avert or discover more severe problems?

 

University Hospitals Case Medical Center Psychiatrist Stephanie Pope, MD, examined the impact of social media on mental health care and treatment. She specifically investigated how the public forums could help diagnoses in clinical practice as well as serving as behavioral predictors. Her analysis also delves into the ethical aspects of patient/doctor relationships utilizing social media outlets which are becoming more and more prevalent in adolescent populations.


Tuesday, March 24, 2015

UH Case Medical Center offers minimally invasive test for liver diseases

CLEVELAND –  Liver problems often lead to a myriad of health problems and invasive tests that include the dreaded biopsy. University Hospitals Case Medical Center offers a new, non-invasive test - called Fibroscan- that speeds up diagnosis and aids treatment of a variety of liver diseases including Hepatitis C and fatty liver disease.
 
Fibroscan, an ultrasound-based technology developed by French company Echosens™, measures the amount of scarring (fibrosis) in the liver. Liver fibrosis is a condition of scarring and stiffness of the liver and is caused by a variety of medical conditions. The stiffer the liver, the more advanced the fibrosis.
 
The test is an effective marker of the quality of the hepatic parenchyma. And the severity of fibrosis is the single most important determinant of whether a person is likely to suffer from complications of liver disease or not. The most advanced stage of fibrosis is called cirrhosis.


Monday, March 23, 2015

University Hospitals Case Medical Center selected to participate in landmark trial in cardiac surgery

CLEVELAND University Hospitals Case Medical Center has been selected as one of only 50 hospitals in the United States to participate in the LEVO-CTS trial, a landmark national study in cardiac surgery.
 
The LEVO-CTS trial aims to study the potential benefits of levosimendan in high-risk cardiac surgery patients, and has the potential to transform treatment and outcomes for these patients. University Hospitals Case Medical Center’s trial, run by Soon Park, MD, Division Chief of Cardiac Surgery, UH Case Medical Center, and Co-Director, Harrington Heart and Vascular Institute, is one of the LEVO-CTS trial’s highest enrolling centers.
 
“University Hospitals Case Medical Center is one of the top cardiac surgery hospitals in the United States, with a high volume of patients and significant clinical research experience,” said John Kelley, CEO of Tenax Therapeutics, the LEVO-CTS trial sponsor. “Dr. Park and Case Medical Center have a reputation that speaks for itself, and we are very excited about their contribution to the LEVO-CTS trial.”



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