USF Health In the News – for the week of May 30, 2011

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The Refuseniks

Time Magazine

“Cancer receives a special status,” says Dr. Vic Velanovich, the director of general surgery at the University of South Florida. “Unlike with any other disease, the federal government declared a war on cancer, so with all this effort, how could you possibly refuse treatment?”

Sunday’s letters: Culture matters in medicine

St. Petersburg Times

I was delighted to read University of South Florida College of Medicine dean Stephen Klasko’s piece about the next generation of “good doctors.” I was especially struck by the focus on training doctors to learn from group analysis of a medical problem


Desperate families turn to unproven stem cell treatment

St. Petersburg Times

“Any disease that involves replacing, repairing, regenerating tissues in the body should be able to be helped” by stem cell therapy, said Paul Sanberg, executive director of the University of South Florida Center of Excellence for Aging and Brain Repair.

Tampa General Hospital challenges HCA trauma plans

The Tampa Tribune

Tampa General Hospital and hospital chain HCA are battling over HCA’s expansion plans for the area in a dispute that could spread to the University of South Florida’s medical college and health practice.

When a seizure isn’t caused by epilepsy
Epilepsy USA, issue 2, pg 7
“Neurologists don’t know how to treat these patients,” says Selim Benbadis, a neurologist and Director of the Comprehensive Epilepsy Program at the University of South Florida and Tampa General Hospital…

Alzheimer’s Awareness: USF Health experts speak with caregivers

The Villages Daily Sun

Dr. Amanda Smith, medical director of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute, started the seminar, which was the institute’s first time presenting the program in The Villages.

9 Things That Make Allergies Worse

ABC News 

Avoid alcohol when your symptoms are acting up, says Richard F. Lockey, MD, director of the division of allergy and immunology at the University of South Florida College of Medicine. According to the FDA, 2011 is shaping up to

Tampa woman says gastric bypass hypnosis helps lose weight without the actual surgery

ABC Action News‎

He and his team at USF and TGH have performed weight loss surgery on more than 3, 500 patients. “We have long term data that shows most patients that go through our program lose about 50 to 60 percent of the excess weight that they carry and that’s a

Homespun Cures For Summertime Ouchies 

USF Department of Dermatology If you’re anything like me, you know that when you really need something, it’s nowhere to be found in your home. I’m constantly asking the neighbors for a cup of sugar or running to the store in the middle of baking a new


Trauma Troubles: Florida Trauma Center Fight


HCA also announced a partnership last year with USF Health, which includes medical programs at the University of South Florida, to form a trauma network. At the time, HCA Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Perlin said getting patients to trauma centers

Data on IPX066 ADVANCE-PD and APEX-PD Phase III Studies to be Presented at the International Congress of Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Conference

Presenter: Robert A. Hauser, MD, Professor of Neurology, Molecular Pharmacology, and Physiology and Director of the Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Center at the University of South Florida…

Life-saving test for babies cut by governor

10 Connects 

Dr. John Sleasman, a USF professor and an immunologist at All Children’s Hospital, also finds the veto hard to understand. “I was a little baffled,” he says. Sleasman says the screening not only saves lives but, in the long run, it would also save the

Conference to address health and security implications of global water management

The challenges and opportunities of sustaining a safe global water supply will be the focus of a University of South Florida College of Public Health conference bringing together international experts from academia, government, the military

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