Study of breast cancer gene tops the news
National & International
The National Hispanic Reporter ran a spread on the National Women's Training Conference: "Building Economic and Political Empowerment for the Millennium," featuring Dr. Sylvia Fernandez, Office of Special Programs, as a keynote speaker.
Harlingen's Valley Morning Star reported that South Texas Hospital in Harlingen and other health care facilities in the area will receive grant money from the Telecommunications Infrastructure Fund to enhance or establish health information systems. The Center for Distance Learning and Telehealth sponsored a proposal-writing workshop that enabled the health facilities to apply for the grants.
The Crystal City Zavala County Sentinel ran a story on the Winter Garden Area Health Education Center (AHEC). The Brady Standard quoted Dr. Charles Bryan, medicine, in an article about the importance of flu shots. Robert Price, executive vice president, was quoted in an Austin American-Statesman article on the tobacco settlement.
The Canyon Lake Times Guardian featured the work of Dr. Wen-Hwa Lee, director of the Institute of Biotechnology (IBT), in an article on the breast cancer suppression gene BRCA1.
San Antonio Express-News
The Express-News ran a story on the stuttering studies being conducted at the Research Imaging Center (RIC) by Dr. Peter Fox, director, and Drs. Janice and Roger Ingham. Former Governor Dolph Briscoe, who co-chairs the Engineering and Bioscience Initiative at the Health Science Center, was mentioned in a piece recognizing the winners of the Ford Salute to Education. Drs. Elaine Hardman and Ivan Cameron, cellular and structural biology, and Dr. Mary Pat Moyer, surgery, were interviewed for an article on the effects of fish oil on mice receiving chemotherapy.
The paper ran a piece on a rare brain surgery performed by Health Science Center neurosurgeons on an Italian teen-ager with drug-resistant epilepsy. A profile appeared on Dr. Carlton Eddy, obstetrics and gynecology, and the hand-drawn envelopes in which he sends letters to his son, who is stationed on a Navy warship.
Dr. James Jorgensen, pathology, was quoted in Carolyn Ross-Toren's column on primary amoebic encephalitis. An editorial by Lynnell Burkett mentioned the Health Science Center's $200 million endowment for children's cancer research. David Hendricks' column in the Business section discussed the Health Science Center's role in the growing biosciences industry.
Dr. Michael Rinaldi, pathology, was quoted in a feature on a young woman's battle with a rare fungal condition. Dr. Basil Pruitt, surgery, the new president of the American Surgical Association, was listed in the Metro Briefs section. An article on technology in medicine featured Dr. Jim Legler, pediatrics, and Dr. Helen Cronenberger, Center for Distance Learning and Telehealth.
The Health Science Center was mentioned as a contributor to San Antonio's suburban boom in an article in the San Antonio 2000 section. A feature in the Sports section described first-year medical student Cathy Herway's amateur boxing and quoted Dr. Leonard Lawrence, associate dean of the Medical School.
Express-News reporters interviewed Dr. Stephen Brannan, psychiatry, for a story on the effect of heat on prison populations. Dr. William Sponsel, ophthalmology, was quoted in an article on the Health Science Center's donation of glaucoma screening equipment to Kazakhstan. Olive Roen and Dr. Frank Moore, School of Public Health, were interviewed for a story about their community-based study on diabetes awareness.
KENS, Channel 5, interviewed Dr. Eugene Sprague, radiology, on an atomic microscope; Dr. Ed Gruber, family nursing care, on a diabetes study conducted by the School of Nursing and the School of Public Health; and Dr. Marilyn Escobedo, pediatrics, on pain management in infants.
Also appearing on KENS were Dr. David Cochran, periodontics, on the connection between gum disease and stroke, and Dr. Steven Britt, molecular medicine, on the ability of flies to see color.
The station also interviewed Drs. Elaine Hardman and Ivan Cameron about the role of fish oil in easing some of the side effects of chemotherapy in mice. Dr. Robert Campbell, orthopaedics, discussed heavy backpacks, and Dr. Charles Szabo, medicine, spoke about new drug treatments for epilepsy.
Dr. Harold Gaskill, surgery, was interviewed on KENS about new suture materials. Dr. Peter Fox, spoke about the 18FDG radiotracer being made available to area hospitals, and Dr. William Sponsel was interviewed about glaucoma.
KENS; KSAT, Channel 12; KMOL, Channel 4; and KABB, Channel 11, interviewed Dr. Alexander West, surgery, and Dr. Charles Szabo at a press conference on a rare surgical procedure to control epileptic seizures.
KWEX-TV, Channel 41, interviewed Dr. Tomy Starck, ophthalmology, on LASIK surgery.
KTSA-AM, 550, and WOAI-AM, 1200, interviewed Dr. Elaine Hardman about fish oil and chemotherapy. WOAI also spoke with Dr. David Cochran about gum disease and stroke and with Dr. Alexander West about the epilepsy surgery he performed.
The San Antonio Medical Gazette featured the Health Science Center's Alcohol and Drug Addiction Division of the Department of Psychiatry in a story on alcoholism. The Gazette interviewed Dr. James Mellonig, periodontics, for a story on periodontal disease and its link to cardiovascular conditions.
Dr. Leonard Lawrence; Dr. Margaret Brackley, family nursing care; Dr. Brenda Jackson, acute care nursing; Dr. Jean Jiang, biochemistry; and Dr. Thomas Nowlin, occlusion; were mentioned in the Gazette's Bulletin Board section.
The Gazette quoted Drs. Gregory Mundy, Charles Coltman, medicine, Steven Weitman, pediatrics, and Ian Thompson, urology, in an article on the Annual Symposium on Cancer Research.
Dr. Marion P. Primomo, coordinator of the Palliative Care Fellowship at the Health Science Center, was featured in a Gazette article on the importance of teaching doctors to deal with death.
Dr. Arlan Richardson, Aging Research and Education Center (AREC), was quoted in a San Antonio Business Journal article about the center's top ranking in aging studies grants.
La Prensa ran a story on Dr. Wen-Hwa Lee, and his work on the BRCA1 cancer gene.
Respiratory therapists helping asthmatic children
A recent study by researchers in the Department of
Respiratory Care revealed the benefits of an in-home asthma
treatment program by respiratory therapists in significantly
reducing the number and cost of hospital and emergency room
visits, doctor visits and school absences in children with
Researchers in the Department of Respiratory Care in the School of Allied Health Sciences recently completed a study on pediatric asthma that yielded remarkable results.
The study showed that an in-home asthma treatment program by respiratory therapists significantly reduces the number and cost of hospital and emergency room visits, doctor visits and school absences in children with asthma.
An asthma disease management program is not a new idea, but this is the first time its effectiveness has been measured when administered by a respiratory therapist in the home. Nineteen children between the ages of 3 and 18 took part in the study. Measures were collected 12 months before and after the program was implemented.
Respiratory therapists made eight home visits to evaluate environmental conditions in the home and show the correct way of using peak flow meters, inhalers and nebulizers. These measures are basic to managing the disease, but if they are not done routinely they are of little value. "You'd be astounded how many asthmatics don't know how to use a peak flow meter and inhaler," said Dr. David Shelledy, chairman of the Department of Respiratory Care and principal author on the study.
Families also were given detailed instructions on how to cope with acute episodes of asthma. "Everyone with asthma should have an action plan," Dr. Shelledy said. "They should know what to do."
The study was based on a program of in-home evaluation and patient education developed by second author Shawn McCormick, a respiratory therapist and former director of patient care services at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital. Other study authors were Health Science Center faculty members Drs. Terry LeGrand and Jay I. Peters.