Medical Directions March 2010
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: Ulcerative Colitis and Bariatric Surgery
- Continuing Medical Education
- Clinical Trials
A new campaign, "Yes, I Will Wisconsin," ties an online donor registry and the Transplant Games together to promote organ donation.
Trigeminal neuralgia (TN) has been called the most painful disorder known to neurology, and those who have suffered the lightning-flash of facial nerve pain say it's no exaggeration.
More Neurology and Neurosurgery Stories
- Expanded State-of-the-Art EMG Testing Offered at East Clinic
- Now That's Healthy Recycling: Donated Fat Could Play Key Role in Neurosurgery
- UW Health Comprehensive Epilepsy Services
- World Class Stroke Care
Over the past several months, a growing number of families from across Wisconsin and beyond have been turning to American Family Children's Hospital in Madison for their child's comprehensive pediatric heart care.
More Pediatric Stories
- Specialized Treatment for One of the Deadliest Forms of Childhood Cancer
- Sedation Reduces Distress for Children Needing Invasive VCUG Procedure
- Pediatric Champions: Advocating for Kids in the Emergency Department
The UW Health pediatric kidney transplant program provides consistency for the patient and the same transplant surgical team, practices and clinic location. The team strives to provide a familiar and comfortable experience for patients from the time of their initial evaluation through their lifetime of care.
More Transplant Stories
- UW Desensitization Program Provides Option for Live Kidney Donors
- Transplant Teams Share Expertise at International Conference
State-of-the-art robotic technology now allows UW Health joint replacement surgeons to perform partial knee replacements more accurately, more safely, and less invasively than ever before, which translates to an improved patient experience.
More Orthopedics Stories
- Driving With a Cast is on Shaky Footing
- Brace Yourself? Maybe Not
- UW Health OrthoAccess Helps Match Specialists to Patient Needs
In 2009, a group of cardiovascular researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health proved that functional human heart muscle cells can be produced from genetically reprogrammed skin cells. The study garnered American Heart Association praise.
More Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care Stories
- Daily Vascular Surgery Rounds via the Web
- Freeze! UW Cardiothoracic Surgeon Uses Cryotherapy to Melt Airway Tumors
- New Heart Pump Could Benefit Thousands of Heart Failure Patients
Decreased use of post-menopausal hormones likely accounts for more than 40 percent of a dramatic, one-year decline in breast cancer incidence, according to a new analysis by University of Wisconsin-Madison cancer researchers.
More Cancer Stories
- UW Researchers Eliminate Cervical Cancer in Mice with FDA-Approved Drugs
- New Study Helps Smokers Quit
- African-American Men at Higher Risk of False Positives in Prostate Testing
At age 17, Katie Hopwood was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, a painful and debilitating chronic inflammation of the colon. After years of trying to find a medicine that would control her symptoms, the condition became unmanagable. UW Health Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Bruce Harms, MD and Charles Heise, MD, used a minimally invasive approach to remove Katie's inflamed colon and reconstruct her lower small intestine.
More Stories: Ulcerative Colitis and Bariatric Surgery
- UW Health to Affiliate with SwedishAmerican Health System in Rockford
- UW Health Radiologist and Colleagues Release New Imaging Atlas
- UW Health Specialty Care Now Offered in Johnson Creek