A bi-weekly review of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine media appearances.
IN THE NEWS April 1, 2013
As leaders in medicine, we are frequently featured in the media both locally and nationally. Here are highlights from the past two weeks:

USA Today
Book on fasting diet is attracting dieters and doubters
Dr. Sam Klein says additional and longer-term studies are needed to fully evaluate the effectiveness of fasting two days per week and eating regular meals the other five days.

U.S. News & World Report
Depression in kids: Its toll and treatment
Story features Dr. Robert Carney’s study linking childhood depression to obesity and smoking in teens, even if they were no longer depressed. Other outlets: Everyday Health, British Psychological Society
Related WUSM news release

NPR – All Thing Considered Weekend
Somewhere over the brainbow: The journey to map the human brain
Story on mapping the human brain runs comparisons with the Human Genome Project. Dr. Lukas Wartman discusses the sequencing of the DNA in his leukemia cells and his healthy cells. This ultimately led to a targeted treatment for him.

Umbrellas as shields from sun as well as rain
Dr. Brundha Balaraman discusses ways to prevent sunburn in a story about a study in JAMA Dermatology that showed umbrellas can block more than three-quarters of ultraviolet (UV) light on a sunny day. Dr. Balaraman was not involved in the study. Other outlets: Health24

Chicago Tribune
Treasure Chest Foundation opens at SLCH
The Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation opened a program at St. Louis Children’s Hospital to provide toys and gift certificates for children and teens diagnosed with cancer. Shannon Chrisco, SLCH Director of Hematology and Oncology, expresses appreciation.

Daily Mail (UK)
Could a stressful job give you Alzheimer’s?
Story about the potential link between stress hormones and dementia also mentions Yo-El Ju’s recent study in JAMA Neurology that found sleep is disrupted in people who likely have early Alzheimer’s disease, but have not yet developed memory loss or other cognitive problems.
Related WUSM news release

Dallas Morning News/Associated Press
Colleges say federal cuts could cause brain drain
Dean Larry Shapiro offers insight into how the federal spending cuts could alter scientists’ careers and progress to find new treatments for major diseases. Other outlets: Fox News, The Washington Post (link no longer available)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Sequester threatens college research funding
Dr. Evan Kharasch discusses the uncertainties of the sequester on federal research funding at Washington University.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch (front page)
North St. Louis County cancer report called flawed
Siteman Cancer Center’s Dr. Graham Colditz points out the pros and cons of a Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services study that found no higher rate of cancer for people living near Coldwater Creek in north St. Louis County. Other outlets: KSDK-TV

The Riverfront Times
Healing powers: Music therapy
Music Therapist Christy Merrell talks about the benefits to mind and body that music brings to patients at SLCH. Also on the RFT blog.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Children’s Hospital experiments with ‘docu-series’ marketing
Story highlights “The Frontline for Hope” series that airs on KSDK-Channel 5 on Saturday nights.
Related WUSM news release

The Frontline for Hope
This is the first episode of the six-part series featuring the doctors, staff and patients at SLCH and WUSM.

The Frontline for Hope
This is the second episode of the six-part series featuring the doctors, staff and patients at SLCH and WUSM.

SLCH patient wants Carly Rae to call him, maybe
Segment features a patient recovering from spinal surgery who created a music video to the popular Carly Rae Jepsen song, inviting her to a high school dance.

KTVI – Fox 2
Hearts fixed without major surgery
Drs. Zajarias and Maniar visit the Fox 2 morning show to talk about the transformation in heart care that means many heart patients can undergo minimally invasive procedures.

Work/Life Balance
Three members of the SLCH-WUSM MomDocs team – Kathleen Berchelmann, Kelly Ross and Kirstin Lee – appear on KSDK to offer advice on balancing work and home life.

Appropriate dress for young girls
Pediatric hospitalist Kathleen Berchelman, MD, discusses body image and teenage dress trends.

Introducing solid foods
Pediatric hospitalist Kelly Ross, MD, offers advice about introducing babies to solid foods.

Nine Network PBS
Stay Tuned: Health Disparities
An episode of Stay Tuned features community health outreach efforts by Dr. Sanjay Maniar. His barbershop clinics are a popular program for residents in north St. Louis city.

Gut bacteria may be key to weight loss
Dr. David Haslam discusses new research in Science Translational Medicine, showing that bacteria in the guts of mice changed after they had gastric bypass surgery. When microbes from these mice were transplanted into sterile mice that did not have the surgery, those animals lost weight quickly. Dr. Haslam was not involved in the study.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Beta blockers help some musicians fight stage fright
Dr. Kenneth Rybicki talks about prescribing beta-blockers to musicians to help alleviate stage fright. Other outlets: KIRO-TV (Seattle)

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Shriner’s Hospital breaks ground on new facility
Article highlights groundbreaking for new Shriner’s Hospital location on Clayton Avenue on the Medical Campus. Other outlets: KSDK.

St. Louis Public Radio
Barnes-Jewish gets initial approval for major expansion
June Fowler, vice-president of corporate communications for BJC Health Care, says new construction planned as part of the medical center campus renewal project will benefit patients and their care. Other outlets: St. Louis Business Journal

New procedure at BJH minimizes stroke risk for AFIB patients
The new minimally-invasive LARIAT procedure offers a safe treatment option for patients with atrial fibrillation. Drs. John Lasala and Phillip Cuculich describe how the procedure reduces stroke risk. Other outlets: St. Louis Post Dispatch
Related BJH news release

Cancer survivor meets lifesaving donor
Amanda Trybula survived leukemia thanks to a stem cell transplant from an anonymous donor overseas. The man who saved her life traveled from Germany to meet her and helped Amanda celebrate her recovery at Siteman Cancer Center. Other outlets: KTVI – FOX 2 / KPLR 11

KSL TV (Salt Lake City, UT)
FDA needs to increase teen tanning restrictions, experts say
Story features Siteman Cancer Center Dr. Lynn Cornelius’ study in Pediatrics regarding the lack of tanning bed restrictions for teens. Other outlets: Editorial in Magic Valley News (Twin Falls ID)
Related WUSM news release

Canberra Times (Australia)
Gut feeling: Germ warfare opens a new front
Dr. Phillip Tarr says research into the human microbiome offers a new way of looking into human biology and human disease.
Related WUSM news release

Tango dancing improves symptoms of Parkinson’s disease
Dr. Gammon M. Earhart discusses the benefits of dance as therapy for Parkinson’s disease.
Related WUSM news release

American Medical News
Primary care rebounds on Match Day
The share of fourth-year U.S. medical students opting for residencies in primary-care specialties rose again in 2013. About one-third of WUSM graduates opted for primary-care residencies, including Nathan Moore and Ignacio Becerra-Licha who offer their perspectives.

Carmarthen Journal
Brave Llanelli toddler recovering in America after operation hailed a success
Child from South Wales recovers from Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy surgery with Dr. T. S. Park. The surgery reduces spasticity in children with cerebral palsy, allowing them to walk or move independently.

The Ladue News
Camp Rhythm
Janice Bailey, VP of St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, talks about the inspiration behind Camp Rhythm, created specifically for heart patients.

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