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11/30/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist November Awards and Recognitions Vol. II

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11/30/2016

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education agreed Tuesday to collaborate with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center to provide certified athletic trainers at public high schools in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (WS/FCS) system.

The Board has long looked to develop a sports medicine and athletic trainer program for its high schools in an effort to prevent injuries and minimize the risk of injuries to student athletes. To achieve uniformity in programming, care, standards, and protocols provided to student athletes throughout the WS/FCS, the Board saw Wake Forest Baptist as best to provide a certified athletic trainer (ATC) program.

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11/28/2016
For the 13th time, 99.5 WMAG will broadcast a two-day radiothon to benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, on Thursday and Friday, Dec. 1-2.
On-air personalities Lora Songster and Gary Nolan will lead the event, which will be broadcast from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. The funds raised are used to advance patient care at Brenner Children’s. The previous 12 radiothons have raised more than $1 million.

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11/28/2016

  Annual Moravian Star Lighting Event to be Held Thursday, Dec. 1

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11/23/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has partnered with Commerce Bank to offer patients interest-free loans for up to $50,000 to help plan for and manage their health care costs over an extended period of time.

The interest-free loan program is available to both new patients and existing patients with a current balance. 

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11/22/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released its first quarter report on operating performance and operating statistics for fiscal year 2017 (FY17) today and reported improvements in key areas driven primarily by volume growth in the clinical enterprise.

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11/21/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, in partnership with Surgical Care Affiliates (SCA), a leader in the outpatient surgery industry, today announced construction of a new outpatient surgery facility at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Medical Plaza Clemmons.

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11/17/2016

Often called the suicide headache because of the excruciating intensity of the pain, cluster headaches are three times more likely to strike men than women.

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11/15/2016

During the Bowman Gray Center’s Opening Day Tour at the new facility, the donor learned of the need and wanted to make a difference in the medical education of future pediatric physicians. Thanks to this donor’s $80,000 donation, the School of Medicine was recently able to buy two pediatric manikins. 

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11/15/2016

More than 3.8 billion controlled medications, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, Valium and Adderall, are dispensed by pharmacies annually in the United States. It has been estimated that only about 30 percent of these drugs are used by the people for whom they were prescribed. The remaining 70 percent represent a large surplus of controlled medications that could be abused or sold to others for abuse.

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11/14/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist November Awards and Recognitions

 

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11/2/2016

If you’re trying to lose weight, what are your chances of success? Your brain may hold the key. Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center believe they may have found a way to predict who will be successful in their weight-loss efforts with a quick, non-invasive brain scan. 

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11/2/2016

Women experience a notable decline in sexual function approximately 20 months before and one year after their last menstrual period, and that decrease continues, though at a somewhat slower rate, over the following five years, according to a study led by a researcher at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

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11/2/2016

From its first flight in 1986 to transport a child injured in an accident in Patrick County, VA, the men and women of AirCare have responded to around 20,000 calls from North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Tennessee and South Carolina. 

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11/1/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been designated a Pancreatic Cancer Center by the National Pancreas Foundation (NPF).

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10/28/2016

A research team at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has been awarded a three-year grant for $2 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to compare the effectiveness of cognitive-behavior therapy and yoga on anxiety in older adults.

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10/24/2016

Brain Changes Seen in Youth Football Players without Concussion OAK BROOK, Ill. – Researchers have found measurable brain changes in children after a single season of playing youth football, even without a concussion diagnosis, according to a new

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10/21/2016

 

The Center of Excellence for Research, Teaching and Learning (CERTL) at Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, hosted 175 K-12 teachers from 86 schools in 16 Piedmont Triad school districts this week as part of their commitment to providing effective problem-based learning training to educators.

The ongoing training provides local teachers with the tools and knowledge to effectively prepare K-12 students for careers in science, technology, engineering and math – commonly known as STEM.


 

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10/17/2016
Wake Forest Baptist is the first in the state – and the 4th in the United States – to offer women a new, non-surgical treatment for accidental bowel leakage.

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10/13/2016

Medical providers with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will offer free blood testing to screen for celiac disease on Saturday, Oct. 22. This event will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Medical Plaza Clemmons, located at 2311 Lewisville-Clemmons Rd. in Clemmons.

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10/7/2016

 

In an ongoing effort to better prepare medical students for a career in emergency medicine, Wake Forest School of Medicine, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is offering an emergency medical services elective course for fourth year students. The School of Medicine is the first medical school in North Carolina and one of only a few nationwide to offer such a program.

 

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10/6/2016

 Wake Forest Medical Alumni Association Honors Three

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10/5/2016
A small pilot study of male and female high school- and college-age athletes found improvement in persisting post-concussion symptoms after undergoing High-resolution, relational, resonance-based, electroencephalic mirroring (HIRREM®).

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10/1/2016

Breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer among women, with estrogen-receptor-positive (ER+) being the most common type. Drugs used to treat this cancer, such as tamoxifen and Faslodex, block the hormone estrogen receptor that ER+ cancer cells need to grow. One problem with these treatments is that many tumors initially responsive to the drugs develop resistance, making the medicines less effective.   

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9/28/2016

 

Can having a few drinks help people with clinical depression feel better? Yes. At least in terms of biochemistry.


 

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9/28/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist September Awards and Recognitions

 

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9/28/2016

Hot flashes – the bane of existence for many women during menopause – can be reduced in frequency by almost half for about 50 percent of women over eight weeks of treatment, according to scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

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9/27/2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center a grant worth an estimated $8.7 million over five years for the establishment of a new center for research into Alzheimer’s disease.

 

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9/27/2016

 Deacon Gallery to Officially Open at Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education

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9/26/2016

 Health Care Providers Join Efforts to Meet Required Health Assessments and Vaccinations for Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Students

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9/26/2016

 Comprehensive Cancer Center’s National Designation is Renewed

 

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9/20/2016

Supported by a National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant worth a projected $3.3 million over five years, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center investigators have expanded their research into the cumulative effects of head impacts in young football players to the high school level.

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9/15/2016

From the larger, more open entry way to the treatment bays with heated, massage recliners, every aspect of the newly renovated Wake Forest Baptist Health Cancer Center – Lexington is centered on the care and comfort of patients and their families. 

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9/6/2016
A clinical trial involving more than 1,200 participants at 374 sites in 17 countries has found that a new drug called benralizumab has the potential to safely improve outcomes for people with severe asthma.

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9/6/2016

The dreaded finger exam to check for prostate cancer used to be a mainstay of check-ups for older men. With its value now in question, some doctors share the risks and benefits with their patients and let them decide. So, should they or shouldn’t they? Research suggests that in most cases, it is time to abandon the exam, says a Wake Forest Baptist urologist.

 

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8/31/2016

A post-marketing safety study mandated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has shown that a combination drug therapy for the treatment of asthma is safe and effective. 

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8/29/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released its fourth quarter report on operating performance and operating statistics today and reported a gain in unrestricted net assets of $10.9 million for the twelve months ending June 30, 2016 (FY16).

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8/29/2016

Since the isolation of morphine from opium in the 19th century, scientists have hoped to find a potent opioid analgesic that isn’t addictive and doesn’t cause respiratory arrest with increased doses.

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8/26/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist August Awards and Recognitions

 

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8/19/2016

Medical experts from Wake Forest Baptist will serve a dual role during this year’s tournament. While they will provide care for the competitors, they will also offer health information to spectators. Tournament medical director, sports medicine specialist Daryl Rosenbaum, M.D., will lead the Wake Forest Baptist sports medicine team as they advise athletes during the competition.

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8/17/2016
To better improve survival rates among victims of trauma, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is providing lifesaving hemorrhage control kits to the North Carolina Highway Patrol. This unique partnership, supported by the trauma department at Wake Forest Baptist, is the first of its kind in North Carolina.

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8/15/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has named Lilicia Bailey, M.B.A., vice president and chief human resources officer, effective Aug. 29.

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8/11/2016

 Class of 2020 Makes History at Wake Forest School of Medicine

 

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8/10/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has announced Cheryl E. H. Locke as the Medical Center’s first Vice President and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer. Locke remains on the executive leadership team, reporting to the Chief Executive Officer. 

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8/9/2016

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have successfully tested a prototype conducted electrical weapon (CEW) capable of recording a subject’s heart rate and rhythm while still delivering incapacitating electrical charges.

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8/3/2016
Last night, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of North Wilkesboro, the Board of WRMC Hospital Operating Corporation, and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center entered into a non-binding, letter of intent (LOI) toward a long-term lease of Wilkes Regional Medical Center (WRMC).
It’s the second major milestone in the process that is expected to last several months.

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8/2/2016

 Five Wake Forest Baptist Specialties Earn U.S. News Rankings

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8/1/2016

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are one step closer to understanding what causes cocaine to be so addictive. The research findings are published in the current issue of the Journal of Neuroscience. 

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7/28/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist July Awards and Recognitions

 

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7/20/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Urologist Receives India’s Highest Award in Medicine 

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7/19/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist Celebrates New Era of Medical Education with Opening of the Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education 

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7/13/2016

A former Greensboro resident has helped fund three professorships in cancer research at the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

The gift of $2.8 million from the estate of Doris Stormyr Anderson was combined with money from Wake Forest Baptist’s Discovery Fund to create the professorships. The Discovery Fund includes contributions from hundreds of donors who give in support of the Comprehensive Cancer Center each year.

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7/7/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist Listed Among ‘Most Wired’ Hospitals

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6/30/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist June Awards and Recognitions

 

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6/23/2016

The statue of Bowman Gray, the man recognized for bringing Wake Forest School of Medicine to Winston-Salem, will be moved from its current location in front of the School of Medicine on Hawthorne Road to its new home at the future Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

The statue was crafted by local artisan Earline heath King in 2001. It was dedicated during a ceremony in 2002, as part of a yearlong celebration of the school’s 100th anniversary.

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6/7/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has named Gary E. Rosenthal, M.D., as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine effective Sept. 12, 2016. Rosenthal will succeed Jeff D. Williamson, M.D., who has served as interim chair of internal medicine for the past year. Williamson will resume his position at the medical center as Section Chief of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine.

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6/7/2016
A gift of $1 million from an alumnus of the residency program at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has funded a new endowed professorship in pediatric ophthalmology as part of the comprehensive campaign to support the Medical Center.
Kiper Nelson, M.D., who completed his residency training in ophthalmology at Wake Forest Baptist in 2000, and his wife, Laura Lee Nelson, made the gift to endow the Laura Lee and Kiper C. Nelson, M.D., Professorship in Pediatric Ophthalmology.

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5/31/2016
Important information on a motor vehicle crash can help ambulance personnel and hospital staff better direct crash victims to the most appropriate care.

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5/25/2016

 Noted surgeon, educator and executive Edgar D. “Ed” Staren, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A.,has been appointed vice president for cancer services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, effective June 6.

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5/24/2016

Winston-Salem seniors will have access to state-of-the-art healthy aging programs, thanks to an agreement in the works between Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Salemtowne Retirement Community.

 

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5/24/2016

Acupuncture treatments reduced the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause by as much as 36 percent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

 

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5/20/2016

John D. McConnell, M.D. announced earlier today that he intends to step down in 2017 as CEO of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, but will remain at the Medical Center in a new position.

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5/19/2016

Intensive therapies to reduce high blood pressure can cut the risk of heart disease in older adults without increasing the risk for falls, according to doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. 

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5/19/2016

 

Nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent and like those that cause chest pain or other warning signs, silent heart attacks increase the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation.

 

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5/19/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist May Awards and Recognitions

 

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5/18/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released its third quarter report on operating performance and operating statistics for the nine-month period of fiscal year 2016 (FY16), which shows improvement continued over the same period last year.

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5/17/2016

How does it feel to have a machine named for you?

“It’s pretty cool,” said 29-year-old firefighter Corey Showers.

What’s even cooler is that it’s no ordinary machine. It’s a robot. More specifically, a telemedicine robot at Lenoir Memorial Hospital in Kinston that helped doctors keep Showers from suffering the severe consequences of a stroke.

The robot now officially named “Corey” is Lenoir Memorial’s link to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Telestroke Network, an Internet-based system that gives 20 community hospitals across North Carolina access to 24-hour, real-time, two-way visual and audio communication with acute-stroke experts at Wake Forest Baptist’s main campus in Winston-Salem.

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5/16/2016

Dermatologists with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will offer free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, May 19. The event will run from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at Medical Plaza – Country Club, located at 4618 Country Club Road in Winston-Salem.

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, affecting more than 5 million Americans every year.

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5/13/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center today reported that it provided community benefits − charity care, unreimbursed care, education, research and community outreach programs and services − valued at $376.3 million for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2015.

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5/11/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center in Bermuda Run will be hosting a community day on Saturday, May 21.

The free event will run from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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5/9/2016

Former Brenner Children’s Cancer Patient Now Works  Alongside Nurses Who Once Cared for Her 

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5/3/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center announced today it has completed the purchase of Cornerstone Health Care (Cornerstone) following a three-month due diligence period.

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4/28/2016

A transitional stroke clinic developed by doctors and nurse practitioners at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center reduced 30-day readmission rates by 48 percent, according to a study published in the April 28 online issue of the journal Stroke.

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4/22/2016

 The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) will honor William R. Hazzard, M.D., gerontology and geriatric medicine, with the prestigious Nascher/Manning Award at its Annual Scientific Meeting, to be held May 19-21 in Long Beach, California.

AGS is recognizing Hazzard as a pioneer in geriatric medicine in the United States who has constantly advocated for public and private funding, which forms the bedrock of support for geriatrics training, research, and superior care of aging adults.

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4/22/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is launching a new tradition of community outreach through a social media campaign called the Week of Giving, scheduled for April 25-29.

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4/22/2016
A quick, reliable and cost-effective mobility assessment tool may help to identify elderly patients at risk for adverse post-surgery outcomes, according to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers.

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4/13/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist April Awards and Recognitions

 

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4/6/2016

Last night, the Board of Commissioners of the Town of North Wilkesboro unanimously approved a resolution, which corresponded with the unanimous recommendation from the Board of WRMC Hospital Operating Corporation, to enter into a letter of intent with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and begin negotiations leading to a long-term lease of Wilkes Regional Medical Center (WRMC). Under the terms of its proposal, Wake Forest Baptist will invest $238 million in support of WRMC, the Town of North Wilkesboro, the Wilkes community, and patients in the region it serves during the initial 30-year term of the lease.

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4/6/2016

Hispanics/Latinos have higher rates of cardiac dysfunction but are rarely aware they have the heart-pumping problem that can lead to heart failure, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

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4/1/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will host a document shredding event for the public on Saturday, April 9, from 9 a.m. until noon, in the parking lot of the Administrative Services building at 2200 Cloverdale Avenue.

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3/30/2016

According to doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, medications and treatments long considered safe to treat pregnant women with migraines may not be. 

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3/30/2016
Jason Stopyra, M.D., assistant professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been named 2016 North Carolina Doctor of the Year as part of the NC Doctors’ Day observance led by the North Carolina Medical Society.

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3/28/2016

Two of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center‘s School of Medicine programs have earned high scores in U.S. News & World Report’s 2017 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Each ranking is based on a survey of academics at peer institutions.

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3/28/2016

 Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the student-athletes and trainers from all men’s and women’s teams at Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University will be contributing to the largest-ever study of concussion in sport.

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3/25/2016

 

Youth football players will be able to learn safe blocking and tackling techniques, position fundamentals and life skills from former NFL players at two Kids & Pros clinics sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist Health’s Davie Medical Center and Lexington Medical Center.

These free, non-contact clinics are open to players ages 6 to 13. They will be held on Saturday, April 30, at Davie County High School in Mocksville and on Sunday, May 1, at North Davidson High School in Lexington. Both will run from 1 to 5 p.m.


 

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3/24/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center emergency medicine physician, Jason P. Stopyra, M.D., is known for his outstanding compassion and care toward all patients.

Stopyra is now being recognized as one of 10 finalists for North Carolina Doctor of the Year, nominated by members of the North Carolina Medical Society in honor of North Carolina Doctors’ Day celebrated on March 30.

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3/23/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is now offering a wide range of adult and pediatric outpatient services at a single location in Greensboro.

Wake Forest Baptist Health Medical Plaza-North Elm, at 3903 N. Elm St. in the Lake Jeanette neighborhood of Greensboro, consolidates Wake Forest Baptist’s existing Guilford County clinical practices at an easily accessible, patient-friendly facility.  

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3/23/2016

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed a “metastasis-on-a-chip” system believed to be one of the first laboratory models of cancer spreading from one 3D tissue to another. They hope it can one day be used to see how each patient’s actual tumor responds to potential treatments and learn if and where the tumor is likely to spread.

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3/15/2016

Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body’s main pain-blocking process  the natural production of opioids.

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3/15/2016

 For the first time ever, four flight paramedics with AirCare Critical Care Transport Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have won a national competition of professional emergency medical services teams.

Roger Horton, NREMT-P, Barry McMillian, NREMT-P, Robert Coleson, NREMT-P, and Justin Bowers, NREMT-P – all of whom are based in Elkin – placed first in the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS) 2016 Games Advanced Clinical Competition, held in Baltimore.

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3/10/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the first medical center in the United States to offer the FDA-cleared DigniCap scalp cooling system to patients undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer.

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3/4/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist March Awards and Recognitions

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2/29/2016
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center released its second quarter report on operating performance and operating statistics for the first six months of fiscal year 2016 (FY16), which shows continued improvement over the same period last year.

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2/29/2016

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has more than 700 volunteers. Sixteen of them have paws.

These 16 – all dogs – are members of Wake Forest Baptist’s Animal Assisted Therapy program. Representing a variety of breeds – including Portuguese water dog, golden retriever, pug and springer spaniel – they contribute to treatment and healing in a variety of ways. 

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2/26/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist February Awards and Recognitions

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2/17/2016
When Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was planning a new neurosciences intensive care unit (Neuro ICU) for neurology and neurosurgery patients, they went directly to the source for advice: the families and patients who had spent time in the current facility.

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2/15/2016

 Using a sophisticated, custom-designed 3D printer, Wake Forest Baptist regenerative medicine scientists  have proved that it is feasible to print living tissue structures to replace injured or diseased tissue in patients.

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2/12/2016

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have developed a new technology to detect disease biomarkers in the form of nucleic acids, the building blocks of all living organisms.

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2/10/2016

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found that a daily dose of beetroot juice significantly improved exercise endurance and blood pressure in elderly patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF). 

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2/9/2016

 A new device that prevents the formation of stroke-causing blood clots in people with atrial fibrillation is now available at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

 

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2/3/2016

Six of Vidant Health’s hospitals are joining the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Telestroke Network.

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2/2/2016
Patients, families and volunteers with Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Cancer Patient Support Program have become accustomed to Hermine Heller’s signature gift: pound cakes.

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1/27/2016

 Wake Forest Baptist January Awards and Recognitions 

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1/19/2016

Bradycardia – a slower than normal heartbeat – does not increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study conducted by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study is published in the Jan.19 online edition of the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

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1/15/2016

Link Found between Obesity and Blood Clots in Pediatric Patients WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – Jan. 18, 2016 – Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found an association between obesity and the formation of blood clots in the veins of children and adolescents. While obe

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1/13/2016

 Campaign Surpasses $222 Million Mark with Significant Support for Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education

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1/11/2016

Most Top-Selling, Over-the-Counter Sexual Treatments Unproven, Some Could be Harmful, Review Shows WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – January 11, 2016 – From horny goat weed to ginseng and maca, over-the-counter dietary supplements sold to improve male sexual health contain a wide variety of “nat

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1/5/2016

Share the Health Fair to Offer Free Screenings and Other Services

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1/5/2016

Research by Dalane W. Kitzman, M.D., professor of cardiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has found that diet and exercise can help relieve the main symptoms of a rapidly increasing form of heart failure.

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