A bi-weekly review of Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis Children's Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine media appearances.
IN THE NEWS March 18, 2013
As leaders in medicine, we are frequently featured in the media both locally and nationally. Here are highlights from the past two weeks:
The New York Times
Anemia drug recalled after allergic reactions
Dr. Daniel Coyne comments on the recall of Omontys, a new drug used to treat anemia in patients undergoing dialysis.

Outpatient Surgery
Primer on Video Integration
BJH Biomedical Technician Chris Counts explains how our integrated operating room came to be, while Dr. Esteban Varela shares a surgeon’s perspective on the new technology.

Related BJH news release

The Associated Press
Tanning salons may misinform clients about risk
A study in the journal Pediatrics shows that Missouri tanning salons would allow pre-teens to tan. Dr. Lynn Cornelius and Dr. Brundha Balaraman shared study results with worldwide media including International Business Times, Daily Mail, CBS News, WebMD,Women’s Health, KSDK, St. Louis Post-Dispatch story and editorial, KMOX-AM, KWMU-FM, multiple outlets of Reuters, LiveScience, HealthDay, ABC News Radio and multiple NBC affiliates.
Related WUSM news release

Advanced breast cancer cases inching up in young women
Dr. Julie Margenthaler comments on a new study that found the rate of metastatic breast cancer among younger women rose about 2 percent each year over the last 33 years. Other outlets: Daily Mail and Medscape Today .

St. Louis Business Journal
Washington University Medical Center invests $1.65 million to install new cameras
Story on medical school’s partnership with BJC Healthcare, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and St. Louis Children’s Hospital for security initiative, which includes 60 new cameras in the CWE and 42 on the medical campus.

Related WUSM news release

Positively St. Louis: Specialists keeping child patients calm at St. Louis Children’s Hospital
Story highlights the Child Life team at SLCH and discusses how the program enhances the medical services.

Local doctors react to baby cured of HIV
Dr. Ericka Hayes comments on news of the first child to be functionally cured of HIV.

New 3D imaging changes plastic surgery
Dr. Terry Myckatyn talks with FOX 2’s morning show about a new 3-D imaging program for plastic surgery and recently FDA-approved breast implants.

BBC News
World’s most detailed scans will reveal how brain works
The Human Connectome Project, co-led by Dr. David Van Essen, published detailed images of the human brain aimed at figuring out how a person’s brain structure influences their talents and behavior. Other outlets: The China Post, Discovery News, The Daily Mail, The French Tribune, and the St. Louis Business Journal.

Related WUSM news release

St. Louis American
Health Profile: Curtis Smith
Curtis Smith, graduate studies program officer at the Goldfarb School of Nursing at Barnes-Jewish College, shares his journey to success.

U.S. News & World Report
Study: Nanoparticles loaded with bee venom kill HIV
A study out of the journal Antiviral Therapy found that a toxin in bee venom physically destroys the HIV virus while leaving other cells unharmed.  Other outlets: Discovery News, Huffington Post, St. Louis Business Journal, Science World Report, The Washington Times, KMOV-TV, and FOX 2 – KTVI.

Related WUSM news release

Edwardsville Intelligencer (no link)
Barnes-Jewish Hospital attains Magnet® redesignation
Barnes-Jewish Hospital receives nursing’s highest credential for the third time.

Related BJH news release

Nicaragua mission gives local doctor chance to help children
Dr. Dave Molter discusses his recent medical mission trip to Nicaragua.

Modern Healthcare
Execs in Training
Michelle Thoma shares her perspective on Barnes-Jewish Hospital’s David A. Gee Administrative Fellowship and how her education prepared her for the challenges faced in contemporary healthcare.

San Francisco Chronicle
Mattoon, Ill., man helps scientists learn more about cancer treatment through the sequencing of his genome
Dr. Peter Westervelt comments on the story of the second patient to participate in AML genome-sequencing study.  Other outlets:  Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Houston Chronicle, and the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier 

The New York Times
Widespread flaws found in ovarian cancer treatment
Dr. Matthew Powell comments on ovarian cancer treatment. The disease has unusual traits that make it more treatable than some other cancers, but patients need to find specialists who see many cases in order to receive the best care.

Washing patients with wipes cuts infection
Dr. Dave Warren’s new study in The New England Journal of Medicine shows that bathing patients with antiseptic wipes cuts down on chances that bacteria from skin can enter tubes that deliver medicine into the body.

Becker’s Hospital Review
100 hospitals with great neurosurgery and spine programs
The Barnes-Jewish Hospital Neuroscience Center of Excellence is recognized for consistent ranking as one of the top neurosurgery and spine programs in the country.

Becker’s also recognized  the Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center for its outstanding oncology research and patient care.
Poor sleep quality linked to pre-clinical Alzheimer’s
Sleep patterns and markers in spinal fluid may hint at the first signs of Alzheimer’s. Other outlets: MedPage Today, KMOX, St. Louis Public Radio, Huffington Post, and FOX 2 – KTVI.
Related WUSM news release

U.S. News & World Report
Experimental Alzheimer’s drug shows promise
Dr. Catherine Roe comments on a small Finnish study involving patients with moderate Alzheimer’s. Participants added an investigational drug along with current medications with positive results.

Surveys indicate concern about infection
Jennie Mayfield, clinical epidemiologist at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, comments on a study done by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) indicating the need for more effort to reduce infection risks. Mayfield is the president-elect of APIC.

St. Louis Children’s Hospital docu-series The Frontline for Hope
Behind the scenes look The Frontline for Hope scheduled to debut on KSDK 3/16/13. Other outlets: St. Louis Kids Magazine , St. Louis American

KMOX (no link)
FDA issues new warning about popular antibiotic
Dr. Mitchell Faddis talks to Fred Bodimer about the FDA’s new warning regarding heart risks for patients taking the popular antibiotic azithromycin.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Healthy Kids: Children’s hernias
Dr. Brad Warner provides advice for parents on hernias in young children.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Test for heart defects could be required in Missouri, Illinois hospitals
Dr. George Van Hare discusses testing newborns for heart disease at birth.

Marty Gregoire makes sick kids feel like super heroes
Former cerebral palsy patient Marty Gregoire offers current SLCH patients super hero capes as motivation.

Wardsville boy raises money for his dad, cancer research
Dr. Brian Van Tine talks about the importance of support when undergoing cancer treatment.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Newspaper salesman gets a new set of wheels
Jim Stoein, a well-known figure on the BJH/WUSM campus with his cart full of newspapers and his “#1 Cards Fan” license plate, receives a generous gift from a BJH nurse after his old cart was destroyed in an accident.

U.S.News & World Report
Childhood depression may be tied to heart risk in teens
Study by Dr. Robert Carney suggests that depression, even in children, can increase the risk of heart problems later in life. Other outlets: Children WebMD, Everyday Health, Healthline.
Related News Release
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