Academic Medicine in the News

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Potential for a Noninvasive Brain Tumor Biopsy

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine and School of Engineering & Applied Science have developed a proof-of-concept technique that uses focused ultrasound and tiny bubbles to biopsy brain tumors, which could eliminate the need for a surgical biopsy.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Robotic Assistant Detects Seizures Eliminating Need to Shave Patient’s Head

Doctors at Stanford University School of Medicine used a robotic assistant to detect the source of a toddler’s seizures without performing surgery or even shaving her head. The procedure, which used a Robotized Stereotactic Assistant, allowed the doctors to locate the benign tumors causing the seizures and prepare a plan to remove them.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

New App Seeks to Reduce Infant Mortality

Experts at the SIDS Center of New Jersey, part of Rutgers University Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, have launched SIDS Info, a new app that provides information on the latest safe sleep recommendations for babies. The free app includes guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, links to educational websites, and other resources aimed at lowering the prevalence of sudden unexpected infant death.    

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Texting to Curb the Opioid Epidemic

Automated texts asking if patients are feeling OK or struggling with potential relapse may help combat the opioid epidemic while also reducing the likelihood of relapse and lowering treatment costs, according to a small study from researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. 

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Device Helps Doctors With Disabilities

Two University of Michigan Medical School faculty members developed an assistive device that allows a third-year medical student, who is paralyzed from the chest down, to examine patients. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Scholarships Program Eliminates Loans for Students with Need

Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons will launch a scholarship program in July to eliminate student loans for students who qualify for financial aid. About half of Columbia's students receive financial aid, and in the new program, all loans included in financial aid packages will be replaced with scholarships.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Research Lowers Antibiotic Use in Newborns

To keep newborns whose mothers have infections from receiving unnecessary antibiotics, researchers at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are choosing to monitor babies that appear well at birth rather than automatically administer antibiotic treatments that may leave the infants vulnerable to certain conditions.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Medical Students Teach Bleeding Control Techniques

As part of National Stop the Bleed Day, Texas A&M College of Medicine students along with seven veterans provided demonstrations on the basics of bleeding control at the university.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Fighting Discrimination With Knowledge and Improv

More than 100 students at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine attended an improv event designed to teach ways to stand up to discrimination against minority groups. The event, titled What Would You Do?, featured theater students acting out scenarios of discrimination based on real-life situations and audience discussions.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Mobile App May Improve Lab Test Ordering and Diagnosis

Researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have found that PTT Advisor, a CDC-developed app, aids in ordering tests for and diagnosis hematologic disorders. The app increased the accuracy of diagnosis by 13% over usual clinical decision support and physicians made a diagnosis 22% faster when using the app.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

High Schoolers Get a Feel for Orthopaedics

Duke University School of Medicine's Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, in partnership with the Perry Initiative, hosted an outreach program for female high schoolers interested in a career in orthopaedics or engineering. The 40 students who participated were given the chance to perform mock orthopaedic surgeries and hear from prominent female engineers and surgeons.

Thursday, May 03, 2018

Women in Medicine Research Day

Stony Brook University School of Medicine hosted their 12th annual Women in Medicine Research Day on March 7. The event, aimed at raising awareness of the issues facing women in medical, health care, and research training and employment, featured presentations by faculty and students about their research and careers. 

Thursday, April 26, 2018

MADE Program Brings Faculty Innovations to Life

The MADE program at University of Iowa Health Care is helping to create innovative medical devices designed by faculty members by utilizing faculty experts, university manufacturing and prototyping facilities, and a web-based distribution system. The program’s first three devices include an anesthesia invention for improving intubation, surgical scissors, and an ophthalmological tool to help physicians easily and safely examine structures around a patient’s eye.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Retinal Implant May Cure Blindness Caused by Macular Degeneration

Researchers at the USC Roski Eye Institute at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California completed a clinical trial for an implantable patch to repair failing retinal cells in patients with "dry" macular degeneration. Four legally blind patients had the patch implanted and three of the four reported some lightening of the dark center of their visual field.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

3D Printers Move Beyond Curiosities

Physicians throughout the Emory Healthcare system are using 3D printing to design and create custom knee replacements for athletes, infant nasal suction devices, and patient-specific heart valves; to build prototypes that change how surface lesions and wounds are treated; and more.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

International Exposure for Residents in Clinical Rotation

The Global Health Scholars Program at Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine provides residents who are planning to work in underserved areas or have a focus on health disparities with the opportunity to rotate through Scottish Livingstone Hospital in Botswana in four-week increments.