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Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

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Otolaryngology Takes Top Honors

The Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery took top honors for scholarship at the combined spring meetings last month of the American Society of Pediatric Otolaryngology and the American Bronchoesophagological Association. The Ferguson Awards for outstanding clinical research papers went to pediatric fellows Shyan Vijayasekaran, MD (first place), Mark Boston, MD (second place), and Diego Preciado, MD (third place). Pediatric fellow David White, MD, received The Potsic Award for outstanding basic science paper. In the poster section, John Greinwald, MD, won first place and Ellis Arjmand, MD, won third place. Ravi Elluru, MD, PhD, received the Seymour R. Cohen Award in Pediatric Otolaryngology for his outstanding paper.


UC Heart & Vascular Center Focuses on Early Detection

More than 40 people received free vascular screenings by the UC Heart & Vascular Center last month at University Pointe in West Chester. The free screenings were offered in conjunction with the American Vascular Associations annual nationwide early detection education program. The vascular screening program targeted men and women aged 60 and older with a history of high blood pressure, smoking, diabetes or heart disease. Amy Reed, MD, Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, met individually with each participant to review their screening results. Participants also received a vascular report card (outlining their test results) to share with their family physician. Vascular disease can cause potentially lethal aneurysms and paralyzing strokes and impair circulation to the legs leading to serious disability or even amputation.


UC-Led Researchers Find Possible Treatment for "Chemobrain"

Researchers at the College of Medicine have identified a medication effective for treating "chemobrain," the name for side effects that result from chemotherapy and radiation treatments in breast and ovarian cancer patients. Patients suffering from chemobrain can experience memory problems, confusion and difficulty in concentrating. The possible new treatment is the drug dexmethyphenidate (d-MPH). The researchers were led Elyse Lower, MD, Department of Internal Medicine. Co-authors were from the UC Medical Center and Beth Israel Cancer Center. It is estimated that chemobrain occurs in as many as 99 percent of breast and ovarian cancer patients receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments. Sixty-one percent of these patients continue to experience fatigue and memory problems long after their cancer treatment has stopped. 


Watts Wins Award for Excellence

Nelson Watts, MD, professor of medicine in the Department of Internal Medicine's Division of Endocrinology & Metabolism and director of the UC Bone Health and Osteoporosis Center, was co-author of a paper selected for the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Pfizer, Inc. International Award for Excellence, presented at the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society.  The paper was titled "Exogenous Testosterone or Testosterone with Finasteride Increases Bone Mineral Density in Older Men with Low Serum Testosterone."

Three Co-Op Students Win Student Software Award

Brendan Bruce, Ryan Yearwood and Kyle Sliney, digital design co-op students who programmed the Reproductive Physiology Multimedia Modules at the College of Medicine, received the Student Software Award at the Slice of Life conference, an event that explores uses of information technology in medical education. The three worked on the modules over a period of two years while employed at the Instructional Technology Center. One of the unique qualities of the modules is that they were built with "repurposing" in mind, any one module, or collection of modules, can be used in several educational contexts. The collection was first used in a Blackboard course with first year students this past February.


Reminder: Cancer Symposium is June 25

Don't forget the "Knowledge for Life" symposium on June 25 at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center. The symposium, presented by the College of Medicine, UC Cancer Center and University Hospital, is a free open house on all aspects of cancer prevention, diagnosis, care and research. This is the first event of its kind in the region to offer such a broad range of information to a lay audience. In all, 16 different cancers, including childhood and uncommon cancers, will be discussed. The comprehensive program will cover causes and risk factors of each type of cancer discussed, including hereditary and environmental considerations, as well as possible prevention, screening recommendations, treatment and outcomes. Speakers will also provide firsthand information about the latest developments in cancer research.   


Queen City 101

On June 10, 1944, 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall pitched a game for the Cincinnati Reds, becoming history's youngest-ever Major Leaguer.

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