MCW Research News – Clinical

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Dr. Antuono Discusses Alzheimer’s Disease Clinical Trial

Apr. 29 - Dr. Piero Antuono (Neurology) discusses an Alzheimer’s disease clinical trial with the Daily Princetonian. MCW and Princeton University’s Medical Institute are participating in the clinical trial, which is led by the Wisconsin Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center at UW-Madison. Daily Princetonian

Dr. Layde Discusses Swedish Study on Impact-Absorbing Flooring to Prevent Fall Injuries

Apr. 17 - Dr. Peter Layde (Ombuds; Emergency Medicine) provides expert comment to a Fox-TV/Channel 6 report on a Swedish study that found that impact-absorbing flooring reduced fall-related injuries in an elderly population. The study also found that the soft floors may have caused more falls. Fox News

Investigators to study link between brain injury and addiction

Apr. 16 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has received a two-year, $420,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Drug Abuse to research the link between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and substance abuse disorder.

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Dementia Risk Lower When Renal Replacement Therapy Initiated on Peritoneal Dialysis

Mar. 31 - Dr. Dawn Wolfgram is lead author of a retrospective study published in Peritoneal Dialysis International that found that patients with end-stage renal disease who initiate renal replacement therapy on peritoneal dialysis are at lower risk of dementia than those who start on hemodialysis. Renal and Urology News

Dr. Colella to Lead Community-wide Clinical Trial on Drug for Traumatic Brain Injury

Mar. 30 - Dr. M. Riccardo Colella (Emergency Medicine) will lead a community-wide clinical trial beginning May 15 to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid, which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body. Wauwatosa Now and Milwaukee Courier

Dr. Zaidat Finds that Stents Double the Risk of Stroke Compared to Blood Thinners

Mar. 30 - U.S. News & World Report and other media outlets nationwide reported on a study led by Dr. Osama Zaidat (Neurology; Neurosurgery) that found that patients who received stents for intracranial arterial stenosis were more than twice as likely to suffer a stroke or ministroke as patients treated with two blood thinners, Plavix and aspirin. The study was published in JAMA, the Journal of the American Medical Association. US News-Health

MCW researchers to study medication to treat traumatic brain injury

Mar. 25 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) will conduct a research study to test whether patients who have life-threatening or life-altering traumatic brain injuries do better when they receive a medication called Tranexamic Acid (TXA), which is used to stabilize bleeding in the body.

Use of stent, compared to medications, increases risk of stroke in patients with narrowed artery in brain

Mar. 24 - A researcher and physician at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has learned that among patients with symptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis (narrowing of an artery inside the brain), the use of a balloon-expandable stent compared with medical therapy (clopidogrel and aspirin) resulted in an increased incidence of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Study Finds Evidence-based Fall Prevention Programs Reduce Emergency Department Visits

Mar. 24 - Clare Guse, MS, (Family & Community Medicine) is lead author of a study published in the American Journal of Public Health that found that the Implementation of evidence-based fall prevention programs in Wisconsin communities reduces the number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations due to falls in individuals aged 65 and older. Health Canal and Waukesha Now

Dr. Kulinski Finds that Time Spent Sitting Increase Risk for Heart Disease

Mar. 10 - The Daily Mail (United Kingdom) reports on a study by Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski that found that for every hour that adults spend sitting, the levels of artery deposits are increased by 14 percent. Dr. Kulinski presented her research at an American College of Cardiology meeting. Daily Mail and Science Daily

MCW plays key role in federal approval of new CPR devices

Mar. 9 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the ResQCPR System, a system of two devices for first responders to use while performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) on people whose hearts stop beating (cardiac arrest). The devices may improve the patient’s chances of surviving cardiac arrest.

Truven Health Analytics Names Nation’s Top 100 Hospitals

Mar. 9 - For the third consecutive year, Froedtert Hospital has been named to the annual Top 100 Hospitals list released by Truven Health Analytics. The list identifies the nation’s top 100 hospitals based on criteria that measures high value to the community. Aspirus Wausau Hospital also was named a Top 100 Hospital. Biz Times, HealthCare Finance News and Wisconsin Health News

Fall prevention interventions prove effective in reducing injury

Mar. 9 - Implementing evidence-based fall prevention programs in Wisconsin communities reduces the number of emergency room visits and hospitalizations due to falls in individuals aged 65 and older, but utilizing enhanced community support for implementing those programs produces no additional benefit.

Dr. Kurpad to Lead Clinical Study on Treatment for Acute Spinal Cord Injury

Mar. 9 - Dr. Shekar Kurpad is principal investigator for InVivo Therapeutics Holding Corporation’s clinical study of its Neuro-Spinal Scaffold in patients with acute spinal cord injury. Becker's Spine Review and Biz Times

Clinical Trial Studies Link between Kidney Function and Premature Birth

Mar. 5 - Fox-TV/Channel 6 reports that Froedtert & MCW is recruiting volunteers for a clinical research study into kidney function and the link between premature birth and kidney disease. Fox 6 Now

MCW seeks participants for kidney research

Feb. 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin is recruiting volunteers for a clinical research study into kidney function and the link between premature birth and kidney disease.

Clinical Trial Compares Three Drugs for Diabetic Macular Edema

Feb. 23 - Eye Institute researchers collaborated with colleagues at 88 U.S. sites on a clinical trial that found that Eylea (aflibercept) provided greater visual improvement to patients with moderate or worse vision loss caused by diabetic macular edema than either Avastin (bevacizumab) or Lucentis (ranibizumab). Dr. Judy Kim (Ophthalmology) led the Froedtert & MCW component of the study, which was published in the New England Journal of Medicine. Health Canal

Diabetes and oral health in Milwaukee’s Mexican-American community

Feb. 23 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) has earned a $37,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research to explore the impact of diabetes on Mexican-Americans’ oral health, and the relationship between those factors and the acculturation of individuals within that ethnic group.

Study compares three drugs for diabetic macular edema

Feb. 18 - Researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), in coordination with investigators at 88 clinical sites nationwide, have found Eylea (aflibercept) provided greater visual improvement to patients with moderate or worse vision loss caused by diabetic macular edema (DME) than either Avastin (bevacizumab) or Lucentis (ranibizumab).

Dr. Kelly Receives $675,000 NIH Grant to Engage HIV+ Individuals through Social Networks

Feb. 3 - Jeffrey Kelly, PhD received a three-year, $675,000 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health to explore the use of social networks to engage people living with HIV infection, but who have never sought treatment or have ceased seeking medical care. Wauwatosa Now

MCW seeks participants for study on auditory attention and aging

Feb. 3 - The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is recruiting participants for a study that focuses on auditory attention and aging. The study will investigate age-related differences in attention, with the goal of learning more about how specific neural mechanisms are compromised during focused tasks or divided attention.

Dr. Thomas Finds Longer Rest Provides No Benefit to Pediatric Concussion Patients

Jan. 12 - More than 40 media outlets worldwide, including the New York Times and U.S. News & World Report, carried stories on Dr. Danny Thomas’s (Pediatrics – Emergency Medicine) research that found no benefit from longer, five-day rests for pediatric concussion patients. Dr. Thomas’s research was published in Pediatrics. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, US News Health and New York Times

Identical twins wanted for a clinical research study

Jan. 7 - Investigators from the Medical College of Wisconsin Departments of Medicine and Physiology are recruiting identical twins for a research study looking at the role of environment on high blood pressure. The study will take 30-60 minutes and will involve answering questionnaires, BP measurements, and a blood draw. Both twins should be able to participate in the research study.

Dr. Aufderheide Discusses NIH-Funded Cardiac Arrest Clinical Trial on Chest Compressions

Dec. 1 - In an interview with Wisconsin Public Radio, Dr. Tom Aufderheide discusses an NIH-funded cardiac arrest clinical trial to determine which of two chest compression techniques used by emergency responders provides the best outcomes. Milwaukee is one of 11 North American cities where the clinical trial is being conducted. WPR

Dr. Michael E. Mitchell Named 2014 Health Care Hero

Nov. 25 - Milwaukee BizTimes named Dr. Michael E. Mitchell as a 2014 Health Care Hero in the category of Advancements in Health Care. Biz Times

CTSI light therapy grant

Nov. 6 - A collaborative team has been awarded a CTSI grant to study the power of light of certain wavelengths to heal wounds. Wauwatosa Now

The health benefits of running

Nov. 6 - In an article in Women’s Health Magazine, MCW research touting the benefits of treadmill running is cited as one of the health benefits of running overall. Women's Health

Ibuprofen as effective as morphine for fracture pain in children

Nov. 5 - New research shows ibuprofen is as effective as morphine in treating the pain from fractures in children. Amy Drendel, MD (emergency medicine) was a co-author of the study. Grand Forks Herald

MCW researchers to study treatment reporting tools for breast cancer care

Oct. 24 - The Medical College of Wisconsin has received a four-year, $2.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute to investigate the comparative effectiveness of two strategies aimed at reducing the use of ineffective or unproven breast cancer care.

Study Finds Subsidies Help Breast Cancer Patients Adhere to Hormone Therapy

Oct. 21 - University of Illinois at Chicago faculty member Dr. Alana Biggers, who recently completed her residency in General Internal Medicine through MCWAH, led a study that found that a federal prescription-subsidy program for low-income women on Medicare significantly improved their adherence to hormone therapy to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer after surgery. Health Canal

Dr. Sampath Receives Grant to Study Genomic Factors Impacting Necrotizing Enterocolitis

Sept. 08 - Dr. Venkatesh Sampath is principal investigator of a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study genomic factors that impact necrotizing enterocolitis, a severe form of bowel disease that develops in five to ten percent of premature infants and has a mortality of 25-40 percent. Biz Times

Timely diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis

Aug. 21 - A collaborative team of researchers from the Blood Research Institute at BloodCenter of Wisconsin and the Medical College of Wisconsin has received a one-year, $50,000 grant from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study accurate and timely diagnosis of heparin-induced thrombocytopenia and thrombosis.

CTSI funds sleep apnea research project

Aug. 19 - Guilherme Garcia, PhD, assistant professor of otolaryngology and communication sciences and a member of the Biotechnology and Bioengineering Center at MCW, received a three-year Mentored Career Development Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) to study the role of pharyngeal tissue properties in obstructive sleep apnea. Wauwatosa Now

Better breathing for sleep apnea patients

Aug. 18 - A research scientist from the Medical College of Wisconsin has received a three-year Mentored Career Development Award from the Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin to study the role of pharyngeal tissue properties in obstructive sleep apnea.

Text Messages Remind Pre-Op Patients to Follow Showering Instructions

Aug. 04 - In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, Charles Edmiston, Jr., PhD found that text messages are an effective way to remind patients to follow shower directions before coming to the hospital for surgery. Outpatient Surgery Magazine

Dr. Kerschner Comments on Study on Bacterial Resistance to Common Ear Infection Drugs

July 22 - Dr. Joseph Kerschner provides expert comment to Inside Science on a USC study that found that common ear infection drugs trigger bacteria to build defenses. Dr. Kerschner noted that most ear infections, including bacterial infections, get better based on the body’s immune system. Inside Science

Dr. Kulinski Co-Authors Study that Finds Long Periods of Inactivity Negates Benefits of Exercise

July 16 - With colleagues at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dr. Jacquelyn Kulinski co-authored a study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings that found that long periods of low activity may not only lower cardiorespiratory fitness, but even negate the benefits of a brief period of exercise. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Morning Blend and WPR

Dr. Brousseau Contributes to Study on Working Parents Utilizing Urgent Care for Sick Children

July 01 - Dr. David Brousseau is a contributing author to a University of Michigan-led study published in Pediatrics that found that a substantial portion of working parents choose urgent care or emergency department visits when their sick children were excluded from attending child care. Health Canal

Paramedics, EMTs Recognized for Contributions to Resuscitation Research

June 03 - Dr. Tom Aufderheide presented four Milwaukee County paramedics and EMTs with Resuscitation Outcome Consortium Service Excellence Awards. Fox 6 Now

College, Medical Center Team to Recognize VA Research Week

May 29 - MCW and the Zablocki VA Medical Center teamed to recognize VA Research Week. Wauwatosa Now

Dr. Wang Leads Study on Opioid Use Before and After Elective Spine Surgery

Dr. Marjorie Wang is principal investigator of a study presented at the North American Spine Society’s 2013 annual meeting that found that patients who took opioids before elective spine surgery for degenerative changes were more likely to be using the pain medications postoperatively than those who did not take opioids before surgery. Pain Medicine News

Improved transportation safety: collaboration with VA

May 21 - Transportation crashes, unfortunately, are a fact of life. Faculty and staff in the Vehicle Crashworthiness Laboratory and the Neurosurgery Research Facility at the Clement J. Zablocki VA Medical Center use their biomedical engineering expertise to minimize the effect crashes have on the people involved.

Dr. Truwit Finds Statins Don’t Prevent ARDS Exacerbations

May 20 - Dr. Jonathon Truwit is lead author of a study reported in the New England Journal of Medicine that found that statins don't prevent acute respiratory distress syndrome disease exacerbations or improve outcomes in sepsis-related respiratory failure. MedPage Today

FDA Awards Approval to Sleep Apnea Device Tested at Froedtert

May 20 - CBS-TV News reports that the Food and Drug Administration approved the Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation, a neurostimulator device similar to a pacemaker to treat sleep apnea. CBS News

Dr. Tutton Discusses FDA-Approved Procedure for Vertebral Compression Fractures

May 20 - Dr. Sean Tutton provides background information to Fox-TV/Channel 6 on the Kiva Method, a new procedure recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat vertebral compression fractures. Fox 6 Now

Statins fail to reduce mortality rates in sepsis patients with acute respiratory distress

May 20 - Despite previously-reported observational and basic science evidence suggesting the use of statins may improve outcomes in patients with sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome a double-blinded clinical trial of rosuvastatin in those patients was futile, and the study was halted.

Dr. Shah finds in-person interpretation in the ED results in higher patient satisfaction

May 14 - In a study of language barriers and its impact on care, Dr. Breanne Pacheco Shah and her colleagues found that in-person interpretation in an emergency department resulted in higher levels of patient satisfaction than telephone interpretation. Helio

Dr. Ulmer finds that data from electronic health records improves CT scan interpretations

May 13 - Dr. John Ulmer authored a study reported in Health Affairs that found that the additional data found in electronic health records significantly impacted the interpretations of head CT scans of Emergency Department patients. Science World Report

Scuba technology born from one of MCW's earliest discoveries

In the late 1930s, Dr. Edgar End, an alumnus and faculty member at Marquette University School of Medicine developed the breathing mixture that allowed his associate to shatter the world diving record. The discovery gave birth to scuba technology and led to further advances in diving and hyperbaric medicine.

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