This issue of Medical Directions continues our hybrid communication approach – offering a limited number of brief stories in printed form and taking advantage of Internet technology to bring you lots of additional information about UW Health services and providers.
Our new format includes:
- More stories– about three times as many articles as in previous issues
- Broad variety – articles and content cover the full range of medical services available
at UW Health
- Opportunities for feedback – online response forms allow you to share your thoughts
on current articles or requests for future topics
Medical Directions Headlines
- Neurology and Neurosurgery
- Orthopedics and Rehabilitation
- Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care
- Other Stories
- Continuing Medical Education
Each year, 70 million computed tomography (CT) scans are performed in the U.S. Because radiation kills cells, overexposure can be harmful, but UW Health's Jeffrey Kanne, MD, says the benefits far outweight the risks.
A $1.57 million federal grant will allow neuroscientists to determine if they can use non-invasive scans to determine which patients are at highest risk for "silent strokes" that can lead to mental decline.
More Neurology and Neurosurgery News
Pediatric oncologist Kenneth De Santes, MD, is studying whether an experimental treatment relying on "natural killer" cells can more effectively destroy cancer cells in children with leukemia or solid tumors who have failed conventional therapies.
More Pediatric News
Silke Niederhaus, MD, remembers clearly the day she decided to be a transplant surgeon. She was 11 and undergoing a kidney transplant herself in Heidelberg, Germany.
More Transplant News
Dr. Wan-Ju Li, PhD, uses electrospinning to create intricate scaffolds that mimic human collagen. The goal? Someday, these custom-engineered tissues could be implanted into injured and arthritic joints.
More Orthopedics News
Vascular surgeon Girma Tefera is using an American International Health Alliance grant to lead an HIV/AIDS Twinning Center program and train Ethiopian health professionals to build, manage and lead a successful emergency department.
More Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care News
A large-scale study by a University of Wisconsin-Madison researcher shows that advanced CT imaging designed to detect colon cancer also found malignant cancers in other parts of the body.
More Cancer News
- Wisconsin Researchers Find Alzheimer's Disease "Neuro Signature"
- Stoughton Clinic Receives Silver LEED Certification
- UW Health's Wide-bore Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
- UW Health Offers Advocate for Referring Providers