USF Health In the News – for the week of June 27, 2011

For the week of June 27, 2011 – a snapshot of our colleagues making news across the country and around the world

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USF Nursing Students Begin Training at Sarasota Memorial Hospital

The Maddux Report

A unique feature of the USF College of Nursing Clinical Collaborative model is that students learn essential nursing skills in a one-on-one mentorship under the guidance of an experienced SMH nurse preceptor and clinical faculty.

Coffee the Anti-Dementia Drink – But You Need 5 Cups A Day


That’s right. A new University of South Florida study says that a component in coffee that interacts with the drink’s caffeine appears to help protect the brain against the devastating, memory-robbing disease.

Stillbirths tied to secondhand smoke

International News Network

“This is huge,” said Dr. Hamisu Salihu, an expert on stillbirth at the University of South Florida in Tampa. “We can now inform patients that exposure to secondhand smoke means they can lose their baby.”

Sunscreen claims demystified

The Original Vermont Observer (two other sources (Brattleboro Reformer (AP), The Berkshire Eagle (AP))

“It’s long overdue,” said Dr. Neil Fenske, chair of the department of dermatology at the University of South Florida, of the new regulations. “This is very good common-sense information for both manufacturers and the public.”

Align expectations with your child’s temperament

The St. Petersburg Times

Dr. Peter A. Gorski, M.P.A., is a child development expert at the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County, a pediatrician and a professor of pediatrics, public health and psychiatry at the University of South Florida.

What’s your right to know?

“The intent of the law was to give people access to their own health care records so that they could take action to protect their interests in the future,” said Dr. Jay Wolfson, a medical ethicist and professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa.

Parkinson’s Drug Hope

Robert Hauser, M.D., MBA, Neurologist/Researcher with the University of South Florida Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center in Tampa says, for many patients, Levodopa initially works well to reduce symptoms of Parkinson’s.

Food for thought: Vitamins that keep your brain young

“The key is to try to get these nutrients from whole foods whenever possible, because they can act synergistically,” says Paula Bickford, a doctor of pharmacology and professor in the department of neurosurgery and brain repair at the University of South Florida College of Medicine.

Charles B. Slonim MD Installed as FSO President-Elect

Business Wire (including 21 other sources, iStockAnalyst, …)

Dr. Slonim is a Clinical Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa and a Clinical Associate Professor of Ophthalmology at the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Dendritic Spines Respond to Stress


Ronald F. Mervis, PhD, from the Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair at the University of South Florida College of Medicine in Tampa, told delegates that the dendritic arbor of a typical neuron makes up over 95% of the volume of the neuron

Drinking green tea may help prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Food Consumer‎

The study led by Natasa Dragicevic of University of South Florida and colleagues shows that plant-based flavonoids and other bioactive chemicals like Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) and luteolin helped improve in vitro some biomarkers associated with…

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