USF Health In the News – for the week of November 7, 2011

For the week of November 7, 2011 – a snapshot of our colleagues making news across the country and around the world

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USF researcher helps to find brain growth problems linked to autism
St. Petersburg Times
Since these neurons develop during pregnancy, the finding weakens controversial theories that autism is caused by vaccination or other exposures in early childhood, said USF researcher Peter Mouton, co-author of the study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

A tiny by potentially game-changing clue to autism’s cause
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Peter R. Mouton of the USF Health Byrd Alzheimer’s Institute in Tampa was one of the study’s lead authors. “Our findings strongly support the view that autism arises during prenatal brain development, rather than drugs or other environmental effects after the child is born,” said Mouton.

Autism Linked with Excess of Neurons in Prefrontal Cortex
UC San Diego Health System (Featured in more than 641 news outlets including: Science Daily, Life Science Log, Medical Xpress, EurekAlert),

Using an advanced computerized analysis system developed by co-investigator Peter Mouton, PhD, of the University Of South Florida, along with blinded anatomical and cell count measurements, the study found that children with autism had 67 percent more neurons in the prefrontal cortex than control subjects.


Nurses flexing their muscles in the health care arena
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
“Nurses now are not only clinicians at the bedside,” said Dianne Morrison-Beedy, dean at the University Of South Florida College of Nursing. “We are educators, leaders and scientists who are changing what happens to patients at the bedside. It does help elevate us, and really makes us full partners in changing what’s happening in health care.”

New Research Breaking Down Barriers Of PTSD
The University Of South Florida’s Dr. Carrie Elk thinks so. Using a grant funded by the Department of Defense, Dr. Elk is currently treating veterans suffering from PTSD through a process called accelerated resolution therapy.

Robotics Being Used For More Surgeries By More Specialists Locally
The Ledger
Dr. Lennox Hoyte
, obstetrician-gynecologist at the University Of South Florida College of Medicine, said he can do increasingly more delicate procedures with the robotic instruments as he gains experience. He has trained more than 50 gynecologic surgeons in robotic techniques


Hernando County Sherriff: Hundreds of medical records are at risk

ABC Action News

Dr. Jay Wolfson, a professor at USF College of Public Health, calls Dr. Yason, at the very least, naive. “I think the patients need to know exactly what happened to those medical records,” Dr. Wolfson said. “The most intimate things about people are discussed in greatest confidence.”



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