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UK HealthCare, Cincinnati Children's Sign Letter of Intent for Potential Pediatric Heart Care Partnership

Posted: 9/3/2015

UK HealthCare and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to move toward a significant partnership to provide pediatric heart care services in the region.

The partnership combines the strengths of the region's leading provider of advanced subspecialty care in UK HealthCare with one of the country's undisputed leaders in children's health care, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. The collaboration will enable more Kentucky children to receive care closer to home.

"In partnering with Cincinnati Children's we will be teaming-up with one of the top three children's hospitals in the country and a Top 10 pediatric heart care program," said Dr. Bernard Boulanger, UK HealthCare chief medical officer, who led a review of UK's program and has helped lead discussions with Cincinnati Children's.

Under the terms of the proposal, a heart surgeon will be jointly recruited and have a primary appointment at Cincinnati Children's in a "two sites, one program" model; the surgeon will be based in Lexington and perform services at Kentucky Children’s Hospital.

In addition, a director of the pediatric heart program will be recruited immediately to oversee the program and drive its development.

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Four Students Committed to Cardiovascular Health, Education

Posted: 9/2/2015
The University of Kentucky Saha Cardiovascular Research Center has selected four students committed to futures in cardiovascular health as the recipients of the 2015 Saha Awards for Cardiovascular Research and Education. Second-year University of Kentucky medical student Kristin Andres earned the 2015 recipient of the medical student honor.... FULL STORY
Tags: Saha Cardiovascular Research Center, research, Awards and Recognition

Markey, T.J. Samson Growing Oncology Program in Glasgow

Posted: 8/28/2015
T.J. Samson Community Hospital in Glasgow, Ky., announced that it has entered into a formal collaboration with the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center to further develop its oncology service line. “At T.J. Samson we have wonderful medical professionals that are excellent at providing individualized treatment options. By collaborating with... FULL STORY
Tags: Markey Cancer Center, Cancer Network

Why the HPV Vaccine Should be Addressed as Cancer Prevention

Posted: 8/19/2015
For women younger than 40, cervical cancer is among the leading causes of cancer-related death. With modern vaccines to protect against the underlying cause, human papilloma virus (HPV), cervical cancer is also one of the most preventable types of cancers. As a society, we have the opportunity to wipe out or significantly reduce a disease by vaccinating the population. Still, many American health care providers and families aren’t getting their children and teens vaccinated, and our youth are suffering the consequences. Cervical cancer, as well as cancers of the throat, penis, rectum, vulva and mouth, can develop from changes in cells caused by HPV. Since the FDA... FULL STORY

UK Researcher Awarded Grant to Study Link Between Obesity and Cancer

Posted: 8/13/2015 - Tags: Research, Obesity associated complications, National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) recently awarded a $750,000 grant to University of Kentucky researcher Fredrick Onono to study the potential link between obesity and breast cancer. Obese women are four times more likely to develop treatment-resistant breast cancer, but the exact mechanism for this observation is still largely a mystery. The link between high-fat diets and cancer development provides a clue that fats themselves may somehow be responsible for causing cells to malfunction. Onono, who recently became an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, will work with fellow UK researchers Andrew Morris, Ashwini Anand Professor of Cardiology; Dr... FULL STORY

UK HealthCare Exploring Ways Big Data Analytics Can Improve Patient Care

Posted: 8/12/2015
You finish some online window-shopping for a new pair of Nikes and move on to check your Facebook feed. Something to the right of the feed catches your eye: it's that same pair of Nikes you haven't yet bought, with a link to a website that has it in your size. Big Brother? No, Big Data. In The Digital Doctor, big data's daunting definition is: "High volume, high velocity and/or high variety information assets that require new forms of processing to enable enhanced decision making, insight discovery, and process optimization." But Joe Labianca describes big data in simpler terms. "Our use of computers, smartphones and other devices generates massive... FULL STORY

Integrative Approach to Chronic Pain Management Gives New Hope for Patients

Posted: 8/11/2015 - Tags: Family and Community Medicine
The debilitating pain of tophaceous gout, a chronic form of arthritis, has shackled William TIncher from a decent quality of life since he was a young man. Eager to serve his country, 18-year-old Tincher enlisted in the Marine Corps only to be sent home because of his chronic medical condition. After participating in Future Farmers of America as a teenager, Tincher bought a small farm in Carlisle, Kentucky, where he owned horses, cattle and chickens. “I used to pick up a 100-pound sack of peas and bale of hay and off I’d go,” Tincher said. Eventually, the excruciating pain, manifested in the form of nodules on his hands and feet, prevented him from performing... FULL STORY

Markey's D'Orazio Receives Funding to Further Skin Cancer

Posted: 8/10/2015
The University of Kentucky's Dr. John D'Orazio recently received grant funding totalling $375,000 over three years to further his research on melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Three organizations provided an equal share of the funding: the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest private funder of melanoma research; the Markey Cancer Foundation; and DanceBlue, the University of Kentucky's student-run fundraiser for pediatric cancer. Additionally, much of the preliminary data used in the MRA grant application was facilitated by pilot funding from the University of Kentucky’s Center for Clinical and Translational Sciences.  D'Orazio's research... FULL STORY

Johnson Named President of Southern Orthopaedic Association

Posted: 8/5/2015 - Tags: Faculty, Awards and Recognition
Dr. Darren L. Johnson, professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Kentucky, was elected the 33rd Southern Orthopaedic Association president. Johnson is the first president from the state of Kentucky. There are more than 1,400 orthopaedic physicians who are members of the SOA. Johnson earned his medical degree at UCLA and began his UK career in 1993. He currently serves as director of sports medicine and head orthopedic surgeon for the Kentucky Wildcats. Johnson has been awarded several honors during his career, including 2012 SEC Physician of the Year and being selected for Castle Connelly America's Top Doctors List... FULL STORY

Inaugural Neurogastronomy Symposium to be Held at UK

Posted: 8/4/2015
The inaugural International Society of Neurogastronomysymposium will be held at the University of Kentucky on Nov. 7, 2015.  Featuring speakers like Emmy-winning chef Sean Brock and the father of neurogastronomy, Dr. Gordon Shepherd, the symposium will explore the concept of brain and behavior in the context of food. The term Neurogastonomy was coined by Dr. Gordon Shepherd, professor of neurobiology at Yale University, in 2006 in an article in Nature and six years later in an eponymous book. While Shepherd has been interested in the concept from a research perspective, UK neuropsychologistDan Han and a group of neuroscientists,... FULL STORY

College of Medicine Welcomes New Students with White Coats

Posted: 8/4/2015 - Tags: Medical Education, Student Affairs, Students
The University of Kentucky College of Medicine welcomed the Class of 2019 on Friday, July 31 at UK's Singletary Center for the Arts. The presentation of white coats, provided by the UK Medical Alumni Association, symbolizes the commitment to clinical service, care and professionalism. "The white coat is an important symbol of the medical profession," said Dr. Charles H. Griffith, III, senior associate dean for Medical Education. "It was an honor to participate in this ceremony acknowledging the students' entrance into the profession. Although the future physicians in the Class of 2019 face many changes in today's health care environment, I am confident that over the... FULL STORY

UK Scientists Explain Underlying Cause of Unhealthy Brain Aging Associated

Posted: 8/3/2015 - Tags: Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging, Pharmacology
Doctors commonly recommend patients increase their intake of calcium as a means of combating osteoporosis for aging bones. But calcium also plays an essential role in the neurological functioning of the brain, where it must be tightly regulated and not rise to excessive levels. A signaling molecule, calcium enables learning, cognition and the retention of memories. Calcium also facilitates communication among nerve cells and transports molecules to the many branches of the nerve cell. Building on scientific evidence implicating disturbed calcium regulation in brain aging accumulated through the past 30 years, a research team in the University of Kentucky... FULL STORY

Drs. Evers, Smyth discuss personalized medicine

Posted: 7/27/2015 - Tags: Internal Medicine
The past decade, Dr. Mark Evers says, has been a revolution. Thanks to advances in personalized medicine over the past 10 years, Evers says patients today receive treatments that are better tailored to their genetic makeup and specific medical history. Evers, the director of the UK Markey Cancer Center, along with Dr. Susan Smyth, director of the Gill Heart Institute, appeared Sunday on KET’s One to One to discuss personalized medicine. “Really it has been the last 10 years, I would say, that the revolution has occurred,” Evers said. “I’ve been in this business treating patients for 20 years and now is such an exciting time to be practicing... FULL STORY

UK Executive Healthcare Leadership Program is Thriving

Posted: 7/23/2015 - Tags: UK HealthCare
When a new program reaches its second year, it officially can be referred to as an annual event. By the time it reaches its third year, it is very likely on its way to sustained success. And, by the time that program is ready to begin its seventh year, you would have to call it 'a smash hit.' Such is the case for the Executive Healthcare Leadership Development Program offered through the Don and Cathy Jacobs Executive Education Center (EEC), now gearing up for year seven. The program is run through a partnership involving the University of Kentucky's Gatton College of Business and Economics, the UK College of Public Health, and UK HealthCare. Over its first six... FULL STORY

Identifying Biomarkers Key to Early Intervention in Alzheimer's

Posted: 7/22/2015 - Tags: Alzheimer's research, UK Sanders-Brown Center on Aging
Although the term didn’t surface until the 1980s, the concept of biomarkers has been around for almost a century. Today, doctors routinely test blood for signs of anemia or the antigen associated with prostate cancer. Urine samples can hint at the presence of infection or diabetes, and EEGs diagnose electrical abnormalities in the brain. But scientists are now advancing the concept, looking for ways to identify a host of diseases early in the process to provide opportunity for early intervention and improve the chances that treatment will be effective. This is particularly true for Alzheimer’s disease (AD), where evidence points to the fact that the disease... FULL STORY