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


UW Health physicians Anthony D'Alessandro and Niloo Edwards with Dottie Donor DotFeatured News

New Statewide Initiative Asks "Will You Save More Lives?" 


A new campaign, "Yes, I Will Wisconsin," ties an online donor registry and the Transplant Games together to promote organ donation.


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Physician looking into a microscopeNeurosurgery Offers Hope For Excruciating Facial Pain

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.


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More Neurology and Neurosurgery Stories  



Surgeons in surgeryPediatric Heart Program Praised by Pediatricians and Families

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.


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More Pediatric Stories  



Physician with a young female patientPediatric Kidney Transplant Program: Offering More Than Exceptional Outcomes

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.


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More Transplant Stories 



Golfer lining up a puttRobotic Assisted Partial Knee Replacement

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.


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More Orthopedics Stories  



Image of skinUW Heart Stem Cell Study Among AHA's Top Ten

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.


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More Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Care Stories 



Woman at a breast examinationWisconsin Study Ties Lower Hormone Use To Fewer Breast Cancer Cases 



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.


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More Cancer Stories  



Laparoscopic Surgery Can Cure Ulcerative Colitis


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. 


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More Stories: Ulcerative Colitis and Bariatric Surgery 



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