May 27, 2010
A major study of people at risk for stroke, conducted in part at Jefferson Hospital for Neuroscience (JHN), showed that two medical procedures designed to prevent future strokes are safe and effective overall. Physicians will now have more options in tailoring treatments for their patients at risk for stroke. In the trial of 2,502 participants, carotid endarterectomy (CEA), a surgical procedure to clear blocked blood flow and considered the gold standard prevention treatment, was compared to carotid artery stenting (CAS), a newer and less invasive procedure that involves threading a stent and expanding a small protective device in the artery to widen the blocked area and capture any dislodged plaque.
May 20, 2010
Researchers from the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson have found that Stat5, a signaling protein previously found to be key to survival of prostate cancer, is also involved in metastasis.
May 19, 2010
Adam P. Dicker, M.D., Ph.D., has been appointed chairman of the department of Radiation Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. Dr. Dicker is an international authority in radiation oncology, drug development, and the treatment of prostate cancer and brain tumors.
May 18, 2010
Patients who received hypofractionated stereotactic radiotherapy for their recurrent brain cancers lived longer lives, according to researchers at Thomas Jefferson University.
May 07, 2010
Researchers in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Thomas Jefferson University have found that the level of a single protein in the tiny roundworm C. elegans determines how long it lives. Worms born without this protein, called arrestin, lived about one-third longer than normal, while worms that had triple the amount of arrestin lived one-third less.
May 06, 2010
Mechanical bowel preparations (MBP) are commonly administered preoperatively to patients who undergo a pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) (Whipple procedure) to treat benign and malignant tumors of the pancreas, common bile duct or duodenum. MBPs are employed as a preventative measure in gastrointestinal surgery but their effectiveness in reducing perioperative infectious complications remains unclear. Now, a research team from the Department of Surgery at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University has concluded MBPs offer no clinical benefit to patients undergoing a pancreaticoduodenectomy.
May 04, 2010
Researchers at Thomas Jefferson University have found that colonoscopy preparation drugs administered the same day as the procedure are equally effective to those given the night before and the morning of the procedure, but result in less complaints of side effects such as abdominal pain, sleep loss and workday interference.
May 04, 2010
Benjamin Solomon Carson, Sr., M.D., will address the graduating classes at the 186th annual commencement exercises for Jefferson Medical College and Jefferson College of Graduate Studies. He will receive an honorary doctor of science degree during the Monday, May 24th ceremonies at 10:30 a.m., at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts on South Broad Street in Philadelphia.
May 04, 2010
Howard H. Weitz, M.D., Named Bernard L. Segal Professor of Clinical Cardiology
Cardiologist Howard H. Weitz, M.D., director, Division of Cardiology in the Department of Medicine at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, has been named the Bernard L. Segal Professor of Clinical Cardiology. This endowed professorship was made possible through a generous gift given by Dr. Segal, a former chair of cardiology at Jefferson.