With so much research and so many clinical trials being conducted around breast cancer, you may wonder why there still is no overall cure for the disease.
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As a growing elderly population faces economic pressures and a societal shift in family dynamics, physicians now are facing different challenges when treating elderly patients as opposed to younger ones.
According to several Mid-South physicians specializing in geriatric medicine, challenges include a lack of available family members to care for elderly relatives, polypharmacy and a shortage of physicians to treat the elderly. Despite the difficulties, physicians say advancements in pharmacology, telemonitoring and a team-based treatment approach can aid in preventing conditions from developing and keep elderly patients out of the hospital.
“We tend to lump older adults together, but a treatment that may work for a 65-year-old isn’t the same for an 85-year-old,” said Robert Burns, MD, a physician with Geriatrics Group of Memphis and professor of preventive medicine with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. “As adults get older, they acquire diseases and health risks increase. A 65-year-old man is still working, robust and healthy. Typically, this isn’t the case for an 85-year-old. The complexity of care increases as the patient ages.”
A 45,000-square-foot building under construction at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) could change the way healthcare education is delivered in Tennessee.
When the new $36.7 million Interprofessional Simulation and Patient Safety Center opens in 2017, it will be one of the largest free-standing buildings in the country dedicated solely to healthcare simulation and interprofessional education.
After 5 years of U.S. Department of Justice sponsorship as a Defending Childhood site, Shelby County, Tenn., is set to sustain for the foreseeable future the work it has been doing both to limit and deal with children’s exposure to violence.
The partnerships Shelby County has formed with several entities have made this possible. But it is the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, located in Memphis (Shelby’s county seat), that is sponsoring phase 2 of the Defending Childhood Initiative to Address the Impact of Violence on Shelby County Children.
New research suggests that a test chemical added to the diet of mice effectively converted bad “white” fat to metabolism-raising good “brown” fat. Brown fat raises metabolism, which helps reduce weight. Published in The FASEB Journal, the research shows that when the chemical, called beta-LGND2, was added to the diet of a test group of mice they became leaner with higher body temperature — indicating higher metabolism.
The Kosten Foundation’s Purple Night is set for Saturday, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m. at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center Auditorium in the Cancer Research Building at 19 S. Manassas St.
On Saturday, Sept. 10, a dozen children ages 13 months to 4 years old, got to drive and take home shiny new ride-on toy cars modified to fit their special needs. The cars were part of the first-ever GoBabyGo! Memphis project presented by the first-year PT students under the direction of Roberta “Bertie” Gatlin, PT, ScD, PCS, assistant professor and admissions chair in the PT Department in the College of Health Professions.
An anaplastologist, Maddie Singer, at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Dentistry, applied finishing touches on Tuesday to the silicone nose that restores John Haley’s, a chef at Bardog Tavern, profile.
Shelby County’s Chief Public Defender Stephen Bush wrote a letter to the Tennessee Department of Mental Health in Nashville, saying the current wait time for treatment is the longest he’s seen in his 25 year career.
“Once in the system, the amount of work that goes into providing [mental health inmates] with services, keeping them safe, keeping other people safe, and doing what we can to assure that they get some level of treatment is both costly and labor intensive,” said Dr. Altha Stewart, Associate Professor of Psychiatry at UT Health Science Center and the Director of the Center for Health in Justice-Involved Youth.
The campus of the University of Tennessee Health Science Center is as much a home to a major health care education institution these days as it is ground zero for major development projects poised to come online soon.
The onset of the fourth quarter finds the campus on track to bring some of those projects to fruition in 2017. Like the $16 million Plough Center for Sterile Drug Delivery Systems that’s turning a former warehouse at 208 S. Dudley St. into a state-of-the-art facility for manufacturing drugs and training students and professionals.