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Dr. Michael E. Mitchell Named 2014 Health Care Hero

Nov. 25 - Milwaukee BizTimes named Dr. Michael E. Mitchell as a 2014 Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Biz Times

CTSI light therapy grant

Nov. 6 - A collaborative team has been awarded a CTSI grant to study the power of light of certain wavelengths to heal wounds. Wauwatosa Now

The health benefits of running

Nov. 6 - In an article in Women’s Health Magazine, MCW research touting the benefits of treadmill running is cited as one of the health benefits of running overall. Women's Health

Ibuprofen as effective as morphine for fracture pain in children

Nov. 5 - New research shows ibuprofen is as effective as morphine in treating the pain from fractures in children. Amy Drendel, MD (emergency medicine) was a co-author of the study. Grand Forks Herald

MCW researchers to study treatment reporting tools for breast cancer care

Oct. 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to investigate the comparative effectiveness of two strategies aimed at reducing the use of ineffective or unproven breast cancer care.

Study Finds Subsidies Help Breast Cancer Patients Adhere to Hormone Therapy

Oct. 21 - University of Illinois at Chicago faculty member Dr. Alana Biggers, who recently completed her residency in General Internal Medicine through MCWAH, led a study that found that a federal prescription-subsidy program for low-income women on Medicare significantly improved their adherence to hormone therapy to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer after surgery. Health Canal

Dr. Sampath Receives Grant to Study Genomic Factors Impacting Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Sept. 08 - Dr. Venkatesh Sampath is principal investigator of a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study genomic factors that impact necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe form of bowel disease that develops in five to ten percent of premature infants and has a mortality of 25-40 percent. Biz Times

Timely diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis

Aug. 21 - A collaborative team of researchers from the Blood Research Institute at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study accurate and timely diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis.

CTSI funds sleep apnea research project

Aug. 19 - Guilherme Garcia, PhD, assistant professor of otolaryngology and communication sciences and a member of the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center at MCW, received a three-year Mentored Career Development Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) to study the role of pharyngeal tissue properties in obstructive sleep apnea. Wauwatosa Now

Better breathing for sleep apnea patients

Aug. 18 - A research scientist from the Medical College of Wisconsin has received a three-year Mentored Career Development Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study the role of pharyngeal tissue properties in obstructive sleep apnea.

Text Messages Remind Pre-Op Patients to Follow Showering Instructions

Aug. 04 - In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Charles Edmiston, Jr., PhD found that text messages are an effective way to remind patients to follow shower directions before coming to the hospital for surgery. Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Dr. Kerschner Comments on Study on Bacterial Resistance to Common Ear Infection Drugs

July 22 - Dr. Joseph Kerschner provides expert comment to Inside Science on a USC study that found that common ear infection drugs trigger bacteria to build defenses. Dr. Kerschner noted that most ear infections, including bacterial infections, get better based on the body’s immune system. Inside Science

Dr. Kulinski Co-Authors Study that Finds Long Periods of Inactivity Negates Benefits of Exercise

July 16 - With colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski co-authored a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that found that long periods of low activity may not only lower cardiorespiratory fitness, but even negate the benefits of a brief period of exercise. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Morning Blend and WPR

Dr. Brousseau Contributes to Study on Working Parents Utilizing Urgent Care for Sick Children

July 01 - Dr. David Brousseau is a contributing author to a University of Michigan-led study published in Pediatrics that found that a substantial portion of working parents choose urgent care or emergency department visits when their sick children were excluded from attending child care. Health Canal

Paramedics, EMTs Recognized for Contributions to Resuscitation Research

June 03 - Dr. Tom Aufderheide presented four Milwaukee County paramedics and EMTs with Resuscitation Outcome Consortium Service Excellence Awards. Fox 6 Now

College, Medical Center Team to Recognize VA Research Week

May 29 - MCW and the Zablocki VA Medical Center teamed to recognize VA Research Week. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Wang Leads Study on Opiod Use Before and After Elective Spine Surgery

Dr. Marjorie Wang is principal investigator of a study presented at the North American Spine Society’s 2013 annual meeting that found that patients who took opioids before elective spine surgery for degenerative changes were more likely to be using the pain medications postoperatively than those who did not take opioids before surgery. Pain Medicine News

Improved transportation safety: collaboration with VA

May 21 - Transportation crashes, unfortunately, are a fact of life. Faculty and staff in the Vehicle Crashworthiness Laboratory and the Neurosurgery Research Facility at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center use their biomedical engineering expertise to minimize the effect crashes have on the people involved.

Dr. Truwit Finds Statins Don’t Prevent ARDS Exacerbations

May 20 - Dr. Jonathon Truwit is lead author of a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that statins don't prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome disease exacerbations or improve outcomes in sepsis-related respiratory failure. MedPage Today

FDA Awards Approval to Sleep Apnea Device Tested at Froedtert

May 20 - CBS-TV News reports that the Food and Drug Administration approved the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation, a neurostimulator device similar to a pacemaker to treat sleep apnea. CBS News

Dr. Tutton Discusses FDA-Approved Procedure for Vertebral Compression Fractures

May 20 - Dr. Sean Tutton provides background information to Fox-TV/Channel 6 on the Kiva Method, a new procedure recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat vertebral compression fractures. Fox 6 Now

Statins fail to reduce mortality rates in sepsis patients with acute respiratory distress

May 20 - Despite previously-reported observational and basic science evidence suggesting the use of statins may improve outcomes in patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome a double-blinded clinical trial of rosuvastatin in those patients was futile, and the study was halted.

Dr. Shah finds in-person interpretation in the ED results in higher patient satisfaction

May 14 - In a study of language barriers and its impact on care, Dr. Breanne Pacheco Shah and her colleagues found that in-person interpretation in an emergency department resulted in higher levels of patient satisfaction than telephone interpretation. Helio

Dr. Ulmer finds that data from electronic health records improves CT scan interpretations

May 13 - Dr. John Ulmer authored a study reported in Health Affairs that found that the additional data found in electronic health records significantly impacted the interpretations of head CT scans of Emergency Department patients. Science World Report

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Scuba technology born from one of MCW's earliest discoveries

In the late 1930s, Dr. Edgar End, an alumnus and faculty member at Marquette University School of Medicine developed the breathing mixture that allowed his associate to shatter the world diving record. The discovery gave birth to scuba technology and led to further advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.

Dr. Jackson Finds that Most Adult Migraine Drugs Don’t Help Children

Mar 26 - The New York Daily News reports on Dr. Jeffrey Jackson’s research reported in JAMA Pediatrics that most migraine drugs for adults don’t prevent migraines in children. New York Daily News

Clinical Trial Will Evaluate Effect of a Diabetic Medication on Blood Vessel Function

Mar 18 - MCW is enrolling Type 2 diabetes patients in a clinical trial conducted by Dr. Michael Widlansky. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Dr. Santo Tomas Collaborates on Study Predicting Survival from Graft-vs.-Host Disease

Mar 11 - Dr. Linus Santo Tomas collaborated with lead authors at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on a study published in Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation that found that a simple questionnaire that rates breathing difficulties on a scale of 0 to 3 predicts survival in chronic graft-vs.-host disease. Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Truven Health Analytics Names Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

Mar 11 - Froedtert & MCW, Aspirus Wausau Hospital, and Ministry Saint Clare’s Hospital were named by Truven Health Analytics as among the nation’s Top 100 Hospitals. MenomoneeFallsNOW

Research changes views on breast cancer

A research collaboration is helping to eliminate obstacles to breast cancer screening among African American women in central Milwaukee. Research collaborators include members of the Medical College of Wisconsin Cancer Center, Froedtert Hospital, and community leaders and advocates.

Research opportunity for type-2 diabetes

Feb. 26 - MCW is looking for individuals (ages 21-80) who have type-2 diabetes and are currently taking Metformin interested in a study evaluating how another diabetic medication affects blood vessels. A stipend is available for participation.

Gut studies hold promise for prevention

Medical College of Wisconsin researchers are studying intestinal bacteria as a promising new approach for the prevention of heart attacks and a range of other conditions, including pediatric liver disease and antibiotic-resistant, hospital-acquired infections.

Study Finds Dexamethasone More Effective than Prednisone for Childhood Asthma Treatment

Feb 18 - Dr. Grant Keeney authored a study published in Pediatrics that found that dexamethasone may be more effective in treating asthma in children than prednisone. dailyRx News

Dr. Kumar Reports that Sepsis is Five Times Lower for Pregnant Women

Feb 18 - In a presentation at the Critical Care Congress, Dr. Gagan Kumar reported that the incidence of severe sepsis was nearly five times lower and the risk of death from severe sepsis was 43% lower during pregnancy, compared with nonpregnant women, in a large retrospective study on data on more than 47 million pregnancy-related discharges. Family Practice News

Cancer patient, family form Triumph Fund to help MCW expand cancer clinical trials

Feb. 18 - It didn’t take long for John Hovel to transition from cancer patient to cancer research advocate as his health improved through treatment at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). With his wife and daughters, he has established The Triumph Fund, which is leading a charge to raise funds to support cancer clinical trials at the MCW Cancer Center.

Graduate student aims at brain research

Using technology and tools that the Medical College of Wisconsin was a world leader in developing, a PhD student in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and her faculty mentor are pursuing brain research with potential to benefit cancer patients.

Dr. Woodson Discusses Sleep Apnea Clinical Trial Results

Jan 28 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson discussed with WTMJ-AM the results of a sleep apnea clinical trial he led. 620 WTMJ-AM

Pioneering eye care benefits generations

A landmark advance more than 35 years ago has improved vision dramatically for thousands of patients with diabetic eye disease. Today, vision research at the Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin Eye Institute seeks to actually prevent retinal eye disease.

Dr. Carlson Contributes to Study that Finds that Speech Engages Both Sides of the Brain

Jan 21 - Dr. Chad Carlson contributed to a Nature study that found that speech engages both sides of the brain. FUTURITY.org

NEJM Report Co-Led by Dr. Woodson Identifies Effective Sleep Apnea Device

Jan 13 - Dr. B. Tucker Woodson is co-primary investigator of a multi-center study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that a surgically-implanted upper airway stimulation device reduced obstructive sleep apnea episodes by 70 percent. Health Canal

New device can reduce sleep apnea episodes by 70 percent, study shows

Jan. 09 - A surgically implanted upper airway stimulation device led to significant improvement in a majority of patients with obstructive sleep apnea in a national clinical trial. The findings are published in the New England Journal of Medicine. B. Tucker Woodson, MD, Professor of Otolaryngology and Communication Sciences and Chief of Sleep Medicine at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin, is the co-primary investigator of the multi-center study.

Dr. Kurpad Reports on Promising Alternative Imaging Technique for Spinal Cord Injury

Dec 27 - Dr. Shekar Kurpad and colleagues at MCW and Marquette University report in Neurosurgery that an alternative imaging technique called diffusion tensor imaging shows promise in forecasting, evaluating and monitoring patients with spinal cord injury and disease. Health Canal

Imaging technique for spinal cord injury shows promise

Dec. 26 - Imaging technique for spinal cord injury shows promise

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