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12/23/2008
Michael Rieker, D.N.P., C.R.N.A., director of the nurse anesthesia program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected secretary-treasurer of the Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists (CCNA).

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12/19/2008
Michael P. Lischke, Ed.D., M.P.H., administrator and educator at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been inducted as a fellow in the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He currently holds the positions of director of Northwest AHEC, executive director of the Office of Continuing Medical Education, assistant professor of Family and Community Medicine, adjunct faculty of the Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity and associate faculty at the Women’s Health Center of Excellence.

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12/17/2008
The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been awarded accreditation by the Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

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12/17/2008
Gopal Badlani, M.D., a professor of urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected president of the Endourology Society. The society works to facilitate scientific dialogue among endourologists worldwide and is the largest specialty society in the field of urology.

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12/17/2008
Patients and employees of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are receiving Mannheim Steamroller holiday CDs as part of a massive giveaway to American troops and hospitals nationwide.

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12/12/2008
Dean Assimos, M.D., a professor of urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected to the board of directors of the Endourology Society. The society works to facilitate scientific dialogue among endourologists worldwide. Assimos, who is vice chairman for academic affairs of the Department of Urology, will join the 14-member board in 2009.

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12/11/2008
Bruce K. Rubin, M.D., M.Engr., MBA, professor and vice chair for research in the Department of Pediatrics and professor of biomedical engineering at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been selected as the recipient of the 2008 Forrest M. Bird Lifetime Scientific Achievement Award.

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12/10/2008
New findings out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of East Anglia show that long-term use of a popular class of oral diabetic drugs doubles the risk of fractures in women with type 2 diabetes.

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12/5/2008

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12/5/2008
Kathi J. Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., a pioneer in wellness promotion and integrative health care for children, received the inaugural IPC Leadership Award from the Integrative Pediatrics Council, a group of concerned health care practitioners and child health advocates. Kemper received the award in November at “Pangea 2008: A Conference for the Future of Children’s Health” in New York.

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12/5/2008
Safe Kids Forsyth and the Burn Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center offer some winter safety tips to help keep families safe. As the weather turns colder and the holiday season approaches, it’s necessary to take a few extra precautions to protect your home and family.

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12/4/2008
A medication used for high blood pressure does not improve a common form of heart failure, according to new results from a large, international study.

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12/3/2008
Jon S. Abramson, M.D., chair and professor of the department of pediatrics at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been nominated to serve as the representative from the Americas to the Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) of the World Health Organization (WHO), beginning in April 2009.

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12/3/2008
Pirouz Daeihagh, M.D., a nephrologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of internal medicine (nephrology). He is the medical director of North Carolina Baptist Hospital Inpatient Dialysis Services and director of the Continuous Renal Replacement Therapy Program.

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12/2/2008
William B. Applegate, M.D., has been named president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, and Donny C. Lambeth has been named president of North Carolina Baptist Hospital, John D. McConnell, M.D., chief executive officer of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, announced today. Douglas L. Edgeton has been named executive vice president for Medical Center administration.

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12/2/2008
WomenHeart of Winston-Salem, a support group connected with a national advocacy group focused on women’s heart disease, will have its first meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, 2009, at BestHealth in Hanes Mall.

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11/26/2008
A $375,000 grant received as part of the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer will help fund community outreach and innovative patient services at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The grant will help fund the Survivors in Service Navigation Network, which works to reduce disparities in breast health within the African-American community.

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11/25/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center announces the addition of the following physicians to the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology:

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11/25/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will hold its annual Christmas star lighting and worship service Tuesday Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at the employee parking lot on Cloverdale Avenue across from the Shell gas station. The public is invited.

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11/24/2008
Angela Kimel, M.B.A., C.C.R.P, research associate for the Department of Epidemiology, Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected secretary of the national Society of Clinical Research Associates (SoCRA). Kimel was voted into the position by general election; competing against another board member internationally. All SoCRA members were eligible to vote.

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11/21/2008
Four students from Wake Forest University Graduate School of Arts and Sciences won the top four awards in the second annual UNC Charlotte Graduate Student Poster Competition held on Oct. 28, 2008, as part of the seventh annual Charlotte Biotechnology Conference. Two Wake Forest students also finished among the 12 finalists.

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11/18/2008
One of the most widely used herbal supplements for improving memory and cognition has no impact on the development of dementia or Alzheimer’s disease, according to new results from a $30 million, multi-center study.

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11/18/2008
Cancer patients, with their weakened immune systems, are particularly vulnerable when the cold and flu season hits. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health and the world’s most prestigious cancer research body, is sponsoring a landmark trial to evaluate if a unique Canadian cold remedy – ginseng extract COLD-FX® – can help.

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11/17/2008
Vince Mendenhall, D.V.M., Ph.D., has joined Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as director of the new preclinical surgical services (PSS) section.

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11/17/2008

Shay Soker, Ph.D., an associate professor of regenerative medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected president of North Carolina Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine (NCTERM). NCTERM promotes basic research, commercial development, and education in tissue engineering and regenerative medicine in North Carolina.

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11/14/2008
Relationships between scientists and the news media have evolved tremendously over the past 25 years, and scientists should continue to improve communications with both the media and the lay public, according to a Wake Forest University researcher whose commentary appears this month in a major scientific journal.

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11/13/2008
When treatment options dwindle or are exhausted, terminally ill-patients often opt for pain management and comfort over life-extending therapies. However, a team of researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, University of Rochester Medical Center and Unity Health System, report that a lack of thorough understanding about the laws governing end-of-life care may be leaving many medical providers with an ethical dilemma and causing some terminally-ill patients considerable, unnecessary pain.

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11/13/2008
David L. Kelly Jr., M.D., is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award presented by the Medical Alumni Association of Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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11/13/2008
The Medical Alumni Association of Wake Forest University School of Medicine has recognized George Podgorny, M.D., with its Distinguished Achievement Award for 2008.

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11/11/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center announces the addition of the following physicians to the Department of Radiology.

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11/10/2008
Wake Forest University School of Medicine will receive nearly $2 million over the next four years in a grant that will help to maintain the Medical Center’s position as a leader in geriatric medicine and medical training.

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11/10/2008
Bryant Cameron Webb, a medical student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been awarded the Herbert W. Nickens Medical Student Scholarship by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC).

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11/6/2008
The Diabetes Research Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has launched a new website to provide an overview of more than $23 million in diabetes-related studies now under way. The breadth of active research – outlined at http://www1.wfubmc.edu/DiabetesResearch/ -- places the institution on the front lines of research centers racing to solve what has emerged as this century’s pandemic.

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11/5/2008
Education has found its way onto the soccer fields of North Carolina – in the form of a social experiment that may have all the right ingredients to change the direction of Latino health in the United States.

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11/5/2008
Scott D. Rhodes, Ph.D., M.P.H., associate professor in the division of public health sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2008 Society for Public Health Education (SOPHE) Sarah Mazelis Paper of the Year Award.

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11/3/2008
A new study by researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and Vanderbilt University suggests that protecting infants from a common, highly contagious and even deadly disease may be as easy as administering a routine vaccine two weeks earlier than it is typically given.

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10/31/2008
Cormac A. O’Donovan, M.D., a neurologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, was conferred a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) at a recent ceremony in Dublin, Ireland.

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10/30/2008
Two new positions have been filled at Wake Forest University Physicians (WFUP), part of Wake Forest Unversity Baptist Medical Center.

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10/30/2008
The following individuals have been promoted from instructor to assistant professor at Wake Forest University (WFU) School of Medicine.

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10/30/2008
The following individuals have been promoted from assistant professor to associate professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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10/30/2008
The following individuals have been promoted from associate professor to professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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10/29/2008
Enter a sparkling winter village full of shops, a snowy gingerbread village and the sounds of the holidays, all surrounded by a forest of over 45 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. The 21st annual Festival of Trees is an excellent way for families to kick off the holiday season and help young patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital.

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10/29/2008
Katherine A. Poehling, M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been awarded the 2008 American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Outstanding Achievement Award

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10/28/2008
Brenner Children’s Hospital received a 2008 Platinum Award in the Best Children's Hospital Campaign category for medium-size children's hospitals from HealthLeaders Media at a day-long event held Oct. 15 at the Art Institute of Chicago.

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10/27/2008
Betsy Clore, an information systems analyst/programmer with Wake Forest University Physicians, will receive an Award of Merit from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), a national consortium within the health care industry dedicated to reducing administrative costs through the implementation of electronic data interchange.

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10/24/2008

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has announced the following additions to its faculty.

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10/24/2008
Velma G. Watts, Ph.D., assistant dean emeritus for student affairs and associate professor emeritus of medical education, has been awarded the 2008 Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Group on Student Affairs-Minority Affairs Section (GSA-MAS) Special Recognition Award. The AAMC annually recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to minorities in medicine.

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10/23/2008
An Education Fair for all employees and members of the public to learn more about nursing as a career will be held on Thursday Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the back of the Ardmore Cafeteria at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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10/21/2008
From stiff plastic limbs and metal rods to complex virtual humans made of muscle, tendon and bone, the crash test dummies of yesteryear are evolving and researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine are among those bringing them to life.

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10/21/2008

L. Andrew Koman, M.D., professor and chair of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected president of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.

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10/20/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine may be one step closer to understanding why past oral contraceptive use dramatically lowers the risk of ovarian and uterine cancers later in life.

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10/20/2008

David F. Williams, D.Sc., a world-renowned expert in tissue engineering and medical devices, has joined the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine as professor and director of international affairs.

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10/17/2008
Tom McLean, M.D., associate professor of pediatrics at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been nominated for the 2008 Association of American Medical College’s (AAMC) Humanism in Medicine Award.

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10/16/2008
Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been awarded a $270,655 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to facilitate a research study to evaluate screening tools for risky drinking patterns.

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10/15/2008
Janet A. Tooze, Ph.D., assistant professor of biostatistical sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will be one of 10 individuals to receive the 2008 National Institute of Health Merit Award as a member of the Surveillance Measurement Error Group. This award recognizes researchers who have demonstrated superior competence and outstanding productivity in research endeavors.

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10/14/2008
John J. Smith, M.D., professor of urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, will present a free talk on the latest treatments for urinary incontinence from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 28 at Cornerstone Baptist Church.

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10/13/2008
Two patient navigators from the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have been accepted to the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute and Certification Program in New York – the only certification program of its kind that exists in the country.

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10/9/2008
Christopher J. Godshall, M.D., has joined the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an assistant professor.

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10/9/2008
Healing Touch therapy provided significant benefit to patients hospitalized for treatment of adult acute leukemia, in terms of reducing fatigue and nausea, according to research conducted at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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10/8/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has created a sports concussion program with resources specifically designed for the assessment and management of sports-related concussions.

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10/6/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is the winner of the 2008-09 Consumer Choice Award for the Winston-Salem metropolitan area. The award, by National Research Corporation (NRC), an independent research company, recognizes hospitals having the highest quality and image in more than 250 markets throughout the U.S.

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10/3/2008
Wellness and Corporate Health Services of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is hosting a seminar, “Implementing an Effective Wellness Program: Strategies That Work” Friday, Oct. 10. The seminar is from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Commons conference room on the ground floor of the Nutrition Center at Wake Forest Baptist.

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10/2/2008
When the Wake Forest University School of Medicine scientists who developed a new medical device were ready to partner with an expert in making new technologies available to patients, they didn’t have to go far – just around the corner in Piedmont Triad Research Park.

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10/1/2008
A study of almost 1,500 kidney cancer patients treated at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center suggests that surgery to spare as much kidney tissue as possible may improve overall survival in patients who also have reduced kidney function at the time their cancer is diagnosed. The finding is significant because both kidney cancer and decreased kidney function appear to be increasing.

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9/30/2008
An international harp training program will take place at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center Oct. 2-9, featuring a world-renowned harpist and 25 students who will be playing at patients’ bedsides and in public concerts.

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9/30/2008
Research out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine suggests that a surgical technique not traditionally used in advanced abdominal cancer may be a viable treatment option for some patients previously thought to be untreatable, offering the real possibility of extending survival for those patients.

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9/29/2008
The first Get Smart About Antibiotics Week, a national awareness effort to coordinate efforts of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), will be held Oct. 6-10, and North Carolina’s program is being led by Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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9/29/2008
Halloween is an exciting time of year for kids. To ensure children have a safe holiday, Brenner Children’s Hospital and the American Academy of Pediatrics offer the following safety tips:

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9/26/2008
Lexington Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have agreed to affiliate, effective October 1.

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9/25/2008
Robert P. Schwartz, M.D., a pediatrician at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for childhood obesity prevention from the North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPS).

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9/24/2008
A Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researcher’s study about the effects of alcoholic energy drinks (AED) is cited by the attorneys general from 25 states who have called on a leading manufacturer not to introduce a new beverage into the marketplace.

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9/24/2008
The Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC), headquartered at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, is launching a major five-year study designed to update current guidelines for treating cardiovascular diseases, improve disease management and reduce heart attacks and strokes in the Southeast.

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9/24/2008
New research out of Wake Forest University School of Medicine shows that use of the most commonly prescribed once-a-day treatment for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) for longer than one month increases the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attack or stroke by more than 50 percent. Researchers Sonal Singh, M.D., M.P.H., and Curt Furberg, M.D., Ph.D., of Wake Forest, along with Yoon K. Loke, at the University of East Anglia, UK, conducted a meta-analysis of 17 double-blind, randomized trials involving a total of 14,783 patients with COPD. Participants received treatment with inhaled anticholinergics, another form of active therapy or a placebo inhaler. An analysis of the data showed that use of inhaled anticholinergics for more than one month significantly increased the risk of cardiovascular death, heart attacks, or strokes in COPD patients by 58 percent. The results appear in the Sept. 24 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association.

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9/24/2008
Three out of four child safety seats are improperly installed in vehicles, according to research by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). That’s why Safe Kids of Forsyth County is urging parents and caregivers to get their safety seats checked on Friday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Babies R Us on Hanes Mall Boulevard.

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9/23/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center officials today said that BB&T Corporation has pledged $250,000 to the center’s new Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

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9/23/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has created a new department, the Department of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, within the Division of Surgical Sciences. It is the first time in 29 years that a new surgical department has been formed at Wake Forest Baptist.

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9/22/2008

Eben A. Carroll, M.D., Aaron T. Scott, M.D., and Christopher J. Tuohy, M.D., have joined the Division of Surgical Sciences at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as assistant professors of orthopaedic surgery.

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9/22/2008
Forbes.com ranks Wake Forest University (WFU) No. 2 among the nation’s top patent-revenue generating universities. The ranking is based on a 2006 survey of 189 schools by the Association of University Technology Managers, which tracks university-born patents and licensing revenues.

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9/19/2008
K. Bridget Brosnihan, Ph.D., a professor in the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has received the Page-Bradley Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Heart Association’s Council for High Blood Pressure Research.

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9/15/2008
To promote healthy lifestyles and raise money for seriously-ill children, Brenner Children’s Hospital will participate in Walk Across America, a fund-raising campaign for Together for Kids. The walk campaign runs from Sept. 27 to Oct. 31. Brenner Children’s Hospital will conduct a “virtual” walk, which allows busy people to contribute to improving children’s healthcare without having to walk at a certain time or place.

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9/12/2008
A panel of national health experts will discuss the economic challenges of health care and the effects on the quality and the practice of medicine on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at a town hall meeting sponsored by the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC), which is headquartered at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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9/12/2008
Children’s birthday parties are now being offered at the J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging and Rehabilitation of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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9/11/2008
Students from the Wake Forest University School of Medicine will open a free evening medical clinic in the Community Care Center on New Walkertown Road beginning Wednesday, Sept. 17.

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9/10/2008
Jon S. Abramson, M.D., chair of pediatrics at Brenner Children’s Hospital, has been awarded the Denny, Katz, Simon, Tinglestad Academic Service Award by the North Carolina Pediatric Society (NCPS).

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9/9/2008
The fourth annual Corvette Cruise-in, benefiting Brenner Children's Hospital, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Comp Rehab Plaza, 131 Miller St., Winston-Salem. The event is free and open to the public; however, donations to the Brenner Children's Hospital Cancer Support Program are encouraged. The cruise-in will feature more than 100 Corvettes. Live entertainment will be provided by Songbear Productions. A raffle for a new 50 inch plasma television with sound system and five-year warranty donated by Batesville Casket Co. will be held. The tickets are $5 each and will be available at the cruise-in. A raffle for an AirCare helicopter ride will also be held. The tickets are $10 each and will only be available at the cruise-in. An auction will be held for several items including race jackets signed by Dale Earnhardt, Jr. and Jeff Gordon.

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9/9/2008
Cheryl E. H. Locke, a career human resources professional and innovator, has been named the new vice president for human resources and chief human resources officer of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, beginning Oct. 20. This is a new position, created following the restructuring of the Medical Center in 2007, that will be responsible for human resources functions of both North Carolina Baptist Hospital and Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Locke has been the chief human resources officer for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) since January 2005, where she had responsibility for all university and hospital human resources services and programs. She is recognized for “reinventing” human resources at UAB, providing staff and faculty with significantly enhanced customer service and consultation on all human resources issues.

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9/9/2008
The Lipid Sciences Research Program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine has been awarded a grant renewal of more than $9 million to define aspects of blood lipoproteins, such as cholesterol, that may be critical in prevention of coronary heart disease – the leading cause of death across the civilized world. The information gained from the research promises to help define aspects of good nutrition and pathways of metabolism that can lead to the prevention of heart attacks. It features the development of genetically engineered mouse models that allow definition of molecular events regulating cholesterol transport in blood. The $9.3 million grant is from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, of the National Institutes of Health. Renewed for its 16th through 20th years, the research program is the longest continuously funded program project at Wake Forest. Rudel’s coinvestigators are Gregory S. Shelness, Ph.D., professor, John S. Parks, Ph.D., professor, Kyli

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9/8/2008

In the face of a growing obesity epidemic in the United States, researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have new study results that indicate that how much fat a person has is not as important as where that fat is located when assessing risk for cardiovascular events and metabolic disease. "We are facing an obesity epidemic, which obviously affects many things - metabolic abnormalities, cardiovascular disease, etc.," said Jingzhong Ding, M.D., lead researcher and an assistant professor of gerontology. "Now we are finding out that where the fat is distributed is of high importance." The findings of the study, funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute and the National Institutes of Health, will appear in the September issue of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, a publication of the American Society for Nutrition. For the study, researchers used cardiac and CT scans to measure multiple fat depots in 398 white and black participan

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9/5/2008
Free drug samples provided to physicians by pharmaceutical companies could actually be costing uninsured patients more in the long run, according to a study done by researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues. The retrospective study looked at the prescribing habits of more than 70 physicians in a university-affiliated internal medicine practice in the months immediately before and after the closing of their drug sample closet. The results indicate that the availability of free samples from pharmaceutical companies greatly impacts whether an uninsured patient is given a prescription for a generic or a brand-name drug. The complete findings can be found in the September issue of Southern Medical Journal. “It’s true that samples can save patients money in the short-run,” said David P. Miller, M.D., lead researcher and internal medicine physician at Wake Forest Baptist. “But our study shows that they may end up paying more in the long run when the

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9/3/2008
A. William Blackstock Jr., M.D., professor of radiation oncology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been named chair of radiation oncology, effective August 31. He replaces Edward G. Shaw, M.D., chair since 1995, who has stepped down to return to graduate school to pursue a master’s degree in counseling.

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9/3/2008
Men who have too much calcium in their bloodstreams may have an increased risk of fatal prostate cancer, according to a new analysis from Wake Forest University School of Medicine and the University of Wisconsin.

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9/2/2008
Scientists at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues who are studying a prostate cancer gene called HNF1B have found a second independent site within the HNF1B gene on chromosome 17 (17q12) – increasing the number of genetic variants that may contribute to risk of developing the disease.

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8/29/2008
A urologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is the first in the world to repair a rare type of hernia using robot-assisted, minimally invasive surgery. The surgery required only an 18-hour hospital stay; typically, the repair involves major surgery and three to five days of hospital care.

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8/29/2008
The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is co-hosting the Winston-Salem Women’s Health Symposium on Saturday Sept. 6, along with the Center of Excellence on Eliminating Health Disparities at Winston-Salem State University and the BET Foundation. The symposium is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the K.R. Williams Auditorium at Winston-Salem State University. The theme of the conference is “Remembering Our Health,” and the target audience is African-American women 18 years of age and older. The day will consist of a keynote speaker and a panel discussion that will cover a variety of health-related topics including obesity, diabetes, fitness, heart disease, stroke, breast and cervical cancer, and mental health. Free health screenings and vendor exhibits will be open throughout the day. The event will conclude with a special performance by Grammy-nominated singer Kelly Price.

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8/28/2008
A class of oral drugs used to treat type 2 diabetes may significantly increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events, according to an editorial published online in Heart Wednesday by two Wake Forest University School of Medicine faculty members.

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8/28/2008
Two of the most experienced orthopaedic surgeons at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are using a new robotic arm system – the first in North Carolina – to improve function and longevity, relieve pain and enhance recovery in uni-compartmental knee surgeries.

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8/27/2008
The Maya Angelou Center for Health Equity of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has once again partnered with the Winston-Salem Delta Fine Arts Inc. to produce a photojournalism exhibit titled “Voices of African-American Health.” The exhibit will open at Rowan Regional Medical Center on Aug. 28 at 5:30 p.m. and will be on display through Aug. 30. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

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8/27/2008
The Wake Forest University Translational Science Institute, which supports translational research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, will host a national conference this fall to assess best current practices as well as future directions of electronic health records (EHRs). Translational research “translates” scientific discoveries made in laboratory, clinical, or population studies into actual medical applications to improve patient outcomes and public health in general.

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8/26/2008
Carlos M. Ferrario, M.D., director of the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been invited to chair an international committee created to reduce cardiovascular risk and disease.

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8/21/2008

Adolfo "Fuzz" Fernandez and his team at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center's Bariatric Surgery Program have been awarded a 3-year accreditation as an American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence, one of the field's highest levels of recognition.

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8/19/2008
Edward G. Shaw, M.D., a radiation oncologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been selected as a fellow for the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO).

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8/18/2008
Ashok Hemal, M.D., a urologic surgeon from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and colleagues have reported success using robot-assisted laparoscopic surgery to repair abnormal openings between the bladder and vagina known as fistulas. Reporting on their experience with seven patients, Hemal and colleagues have the world’s largest known success with the procedure.

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8/18/2008
Responding to a looming “bioethics crisis,” Wake Forest University is launching several initiatives in bioethics to address the ethical and social aspects of medical care and technology.

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8/15/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is sponsoring free screenings for prostate cancer on Thursday, Sept. 18 and Saturday, Sept. 20 at Downtown Health Plaza of Baptist Hospital, 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

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8/15/2008
The J. Paul Sticht Center on Aging at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will remain one of 11 nationwide Claude D. Pepper Older American Independence Centers (OAIC) for a fourth consecutive five-year cycle. The center has received notice that its competitive OAIC application was successful, providing Wake Forest Baptist with almost $1 million each year to support and promote clinical research in aging, with a particular focus on the maintenance of functional independence of older adults.

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8/13/2008
John D. McConnell, M.D., has been named as the first chief executive officer in the 86-year history of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, the largest employer in the Piedmont Triad, including almost 90 percent of the region's physicians listed among the "Best Doctors in America."

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8/12/2008
Cardiologists from the Heart Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have added the world’s smallest heart pump to their arsenal to help critically ill heart patients who are in advanced cardiac failure or shock. The device works by temporarily taking over the pumping function of the heart and providing time needed to initiate lifesaving interventions.

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8/11/2008
The Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC), which is headquartered at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has received a $55,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation to provide a mobile cardiovascular disease prevention program, Hypertension on Wheels, to Forsyth County residents.

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8/8/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will soon begin researching how a lack of trust in formal medicine is contributing to disproportionately higher mortality rates in Latino HIV patients than in white HIV patients across the country.

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8/6/2008
The 5th annual “Brett’s Ride for Rhabdo” will be held on Sunday, Oct. 5 in Hickory, beginning at 9 a.m. The ride will start and finish at the Hickory Foundation YMCA. There are 65-mile, 30-mile and 10-mile rides. There will also be a Tot Ride on the half-mile track located behind the YMCA. The track will be open from 10 a.m. through noon for Brett’s Ride supporters to participate using strollers, wagons, tricycles or bicycles. Helmets are required.

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8/4/2008
The 12th Annual Brenner Children’s Classic Run, to benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital, will be held on Saturday, Sept. 6 at Reynolda Business Center. The LeBleu Open 5K begins at 8:30 a.m. at the Reynolda Business Center and follows a USA Track and Field-certified course through historic Graylyn Estates and Reynolda Gardens. The Toys R Us Fun Run is a one-mile run for children of all ages. The boy and girl winner, ages 13 or younger, will receive a 26” all-terrain bike. The fun run begins at 8 a.m. in the Reynolda Business Center parking lot. Cost is $16 for the 5K if registered by Sept. 2 and $10 for the fun run if registered by Sept. 6.

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8/4/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have found that the reflux and swallowing problems that are common symptoms in patients with Rett syndrome and other neurological impairments, may be caused by a different mechanism than they are in healthy individuals. The finding leaves researchers to wonder if these patients truly benefit from anti-reflux surgery commonly performed in these children.

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7/31/2008
When it comes to risk for a heart attack, having excess fat around the heart may be worse than having a high body mass index or a thick waist, according to researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues reporting in the August issue of the journal Obesity.

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7/30/2008

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and the Richard Childress family announced at a news conference today that they have teamed up to form what will become the nation’s most comprehensive institute for pediatric trauma.

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7/30/2008
Kathi Kemper, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatrician at Brenner Children’s Hospital, has been named the founder and first chair of the section for complementary and integrative medicine of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

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7/25/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have disproved a long-standing clinical belief that the hepatitis C virus slows or stunts the immune system’s ability to restore itself after HIV patients are treated with a combination of drugs known as the “cocktail.”

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7/24/2008
A study out of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center demonstrates emergency room doctors are correctly identifying patients who are having a heart attack, even when laboratory tests haven’t yet confirmed it. The study used data from a registry called i*trACS, and analyzed patients with heart attack symptoms who were admitted to emergency departments (EDs) in eight participating U.S. centers.

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7/21/2008
Susan Butler, R.N., M.S.N., has been named the new Women’s Heart Health Coordinator for the Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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7/16/2008
Davie County Hospital/Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has applied to the State to build a replacement hospital with obstetrical services for Davie County Hospital.

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7/15/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has been named as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” hospitals, according to the results of the 2008 Most Wired Survey and Benchmarking Study released today in the July issue of Hospitals & Health Networks magazine.

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7/10/2008
The Heart Center of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has earned certification from the Joint Commission for two specific disease-management programs, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and congestive heart failure (CHF). These designations mean that the Heart Center complies with the highest national standards for quality of care and safety.

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7/10/2008
Daniel J. Pearce, M.D., has been named an assistant professor of the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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7/10/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is listed as one of “America's Best Hospitals” in five categories, in rankings to be published in the 2008 edition of “America’s Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World Report. The issue will hit newsstands on Monday, July 14.

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7/9/2008
Harold Blumstein, M.D., of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, was recently elected vice president of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine (AAEM).

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7/8/2008
Farm-raised tilapia, one of the most highly consumed fish in America, has very low levels of beneficial omega-3 fatty acids and, perhaps worse, very high levels of omega-6 fatty acids.

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7/7/2008
John Baillie, M.D., professor of Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Disorders at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, was appointed to serve on the board for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE).

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7/3/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will be one of the first medical centers in the region to begin using a new generation of drug-coated stents next week following a major study and the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of their use.

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6/27/2008
A physician, an administrator and a volunteer from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have all been named Health Care Heroes by The Business Journal. The awards are presented annually to honor deserving individuals, organizations and companies involved in health care in the Triad.

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6/26/2008
The Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center today announced a $250,000 grant from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support the construction of a Good Manufacturing Process (GMP) facility where engineered organs and tissues will be built. The lead gift will support the construction and equipping of the GMP facility to ensure its compliance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards.

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6/20/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center employee, Donna Kernodle, MPH, has achieved Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE) status by successfully completing the Certification Examination for Diabetes Educators.

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6/19/2008
Allison Brashear, M.D., professor and chair of neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been honored by Park Tudor School as a nationally-recognized medical researcher.

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6/18/2008
Lexington Memorial Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have developed a partnership to provide radiation oncology services to Davidson County for the first time.

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6/18/2008
Vickey G. Lewis, R.N., B.S.N., of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, was recently awarded the annual John Burwell Excellence in Emergency Management Services (EMS) award.

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6/16/2008
A hypertension medication called olmesartan medoxomil is effective in reversing the narrowing of the arteries that occurs in patients with high blood pressure, according to a new study.

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6/12/2008
Kimberley J. Hansen, M.D., professor of surgery and head of the section on vascular and endovascular surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been elected to the Fellows Council of the Society for Vascular Surgery (SVS).

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6/11/2008
The Forsyth County Chapter of SAFE KIDS will hold a car seat check on Thursday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Parks Chevrolet in Kernersville.

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6/11/2008
Lance Labine, president of Hoots and Stokes-Reynolds memorial hospitals, has earned the distinction of board certification in health care management as an American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Fellow.

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6/9/2008
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is one of seven sites in the world participating in a clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness of an anti-cancer vaccine in reducing the risk of breast cancer recurrence.

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6/5/2008
The North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Program Survivorship Summit, a free all-day event for cancer patients and survivors, their caregivers, advocates and healthcare professionals, will take place on Friday, June 13, from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. at the Twin City Quarter, 460 North Cherry Street. Sponsored by the Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest University, Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center and the American Cancer Society, the summit offers seminars and break-out sessions covering all aspects of the physical and emotional journey through cancer and beyond. Featured speakers include acclaimed author Wendy Schlessel Harpham, a physician, mother of three and long-time cancer survivor, who addresses the challenges of life as a cancer patient, finding hope when treatments aren’t going well and charting your life after cancer.

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6/2/2008
Adults who survived childhood Hodgkin’s Lymphoma should be especially vigilant about cancer and cardiovascular screenings, according to researchers from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues. Reporting at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology in Chicago today, Sharon Castellino, M.D., a pediatric oncologist, said a 26-center study of 1,927 Hodgkin’s survivors found that treatments for the disease are associated with increased risk of dying from a second cancer or cardiovascular disease.

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5/27/2008
The first large-scale analysis of proteins in the brains of monkeys addicted to cocaine reveals new information on how long-term cocaine use changes the amount and activity of various proteins affecting brain function. The identified changes are more numerous and long-lasting than previously thought, which may provide a biological explanation for why cocaine addiction is so difficult to overcome, according to Scott E. Hemby, Ph.D., of Wake Forest University School of Medicine, senior author of the study. Results from the study are reported online today (May 27) in the journal Molecular Psychiatry and detail the effect of long-term cocaine intake on the amount and activity of thousands of proteins in monkeys. Monkeys are an ideal animal for studying addiction because they share considerable behavioral, anatomical and biochemical similarities with humans. About 2.4 million Americans currently use cocaine, according to estimates. The researchers used state-of-the-art “prote

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5/27/2008
Lynne E. Wagenknecht, Dr.P.H., a professor of public health sciences and associate director of the Division of Public Health Sciences at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been selected as one of academic health’s most promising women leaders.

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5/23/2008
Thomas D. DuBose Jr., M.D., the Tinsley R. Harrison professor and chair of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has been awarded mastership by the Board of Regents upon recommendation by the American College of Physicians (ACP). His mastership was presented May 15 at the convocation ceremony during the ACP’s annual meeting, Internal Medicine 2008, in Washington, D.C.

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5/22/2008
Allison Brashear, M.D., chair of Neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been recognized by DePauw University for her outstanding community service and will be presented with a 2008 Community Leadership Award during DePauw’s Alumni Reunion Weekend in June.

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5/21/2008
High Point Regional has joined The HealthCare Alliance, a corporation formed in February by Moses Cone Health System and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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5/21/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has been named a Platinum-Level Start! Fit-Friendly Company by the American Heart Association (AHA) for the second year in a row. The AHA’s Start! Program recognizes employers who champion the health of their employees by creating physical activity programs within the workplace.

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5/20/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University have uncovered evidence that the abnormal “editing” of gene messages in a type of white blood cell may be behind the development of lupus. Scientists hope the finding will lead to earlier diagnosis, a way to monitor patients’ response to therapy and possibly a new way to treat the disease.

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5/20/2008
A Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center nurse has been named an inaugural member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses’ (AACN) Circle of Excellence Society.

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5/20/2008
Dana Y. Nakamura, an acute care, burn and trauma occupational therapist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been awarded the 2008 Barbara Knothe Burn Therapist Achievement Award from the American Burn Association.

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5/19/2008
A total of 103 nurses were honored at the 18th Annual Nursing Excellence Awards Ceremony at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center last week.

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5/19/2008
Officials at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have signed a letter of intent to lease the Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Facility at Oak Summit to Ardent Health and Rehabilitation.

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5/16/2008
The North Carolina Coalition Initiative (NCCI) Coordinating Center of Wake Forest University School of Medicine has received a two-year, $800,000 funding initiative from the N.C. General Assembly to support local substance abuse coalitions – a first in state history.

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5/15/2008
A two-year study comparing a new generation drug-coated stent, XIENCE™, with a currently used drug eluting stent, TAXUS®, has found that the XIENCE™ stent had superior benefits in more than 1,000 patients and is better at keeping the arteries of chest pain patients clear of blood clots.

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5/14/2008
Amy J. McMichael, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Dermatology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been named one of America’s leading African American physicians by Black Enterprise magazine.

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5/14/2008
A multidisciplinary pediatric weight management program can improve the weight status of high-risk patients, according to Joseph Skelton, M.D., a pediatric gastroenterologist and Director of the Pediatric Weight Management program (called Brenner FIT) at Brenner Children’s Hospital.

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5/13/2008
In an effort to educate health professionals and the general public, a mental health fair will be held Tuesday, May 13 in Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Ardmore Cafeteria.

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5/12/2008
Richard H. Dean, M.D., president emeritus of Wake Forest University Health Sciences, has been awarded the 2008 Outstanding Medical Alumnus Award from the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) Alumni Association. This award honors a graduate who is nationally recognized and acknowledged by leaders in the field of medicine as having made distinguished contributions to health care.

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5/12/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will host its second annual Internal Health Care Career Fair during National Hospital Week on Wednesday, May 14.

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5/9/2008
A. William Blackstock Jr., M.D., professor and chair-elect of radiation oncology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been named one of America’s leading African American physicians by Black Enterprise magazine.

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5/9/2008
New guidelines developed by the American Academy of Neurology confirm that the drug botulinum toxin is safe and effective for treating a variety of neurological conditions. Surprisingly, the drug may not be effective for chronic headaches, accrding to Allison Brashear, M.D., professor and chairman of the Department of Neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, who helped develop the guidelines.

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5/7/2008
The Winston-Salem Police Department will hold a Bike Rodeo on May 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the Gateway YWCA on South Main Street.

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5/6/2008
The Katherine Anderson Society (KAS) will hold its fifth annual charity golf tournament on Friday, May 16, 2008, at the championship course at Tanglewood Park. KAS is an organization for the student body of Wake Forest University School of Medicine Physician Assistant (PA) Program.

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5/2/2008

Analysis of Alcoholics' Brains Suggests Treatment Target Analysis of Alcoholics' Brains Suggests Treatment Target For immediate release on Friday, May 2, 2008 WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - An analysis of brain tissue samples from chronic alcoholics reveals changes that occur at the molecular level in alcohol

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5/2/2008
The Women's Health Center of Excellence at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will hold its 11th Annual Excellence Triathlon at Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on Saturday May 10.

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5/1/2008
Older nursing home residents who took medications for dementia and incontinence at the same time had a 50 percent faster decline in function than those who were being treated only for dementia, according to a study from researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues.

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4/30/2008
The town councils of Bermuda Run, Cooleemee and Mocksville have approved resolutions of support for the proposed Davie Hospital. The three local governing bodies all noted that the application of Davie County Hospital/Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to replace the aging Davie County Hospital would meet the current and future healthcare needs of the growing county. The Davie County Board of Commissioners previously adopted a resolution supporting the proposed hospital.

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4/29/2008
Robert S. Parker, vice president for Special Operations and Community Health at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been re-appointed to serve on the North Carolina Health and Wellness Trust Fund Commission (HWTF). Parker is one of the HWTF’s original members.

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4/28/2008
Dermatologists from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, as well as other dermatologists in the community, will conduct free skin cancer screenings on Thursday, May 8. The screenings, which do not require an appointment, will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the dermatology clinic on the ninth floor of the Richard Janeway Clinical Sciences Tower at Wake Forest Baptist.

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4/25/2008
Workers who reported increased work flexibility from one year to the next also had fewer absences for illness and improved job commitment, according to new research from Wake Forest University School of Medicine. In addition, these workers were less likely to say that health problems affected their job performance.

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4/24/2008
Bruce Rubin, M.D., a pediatric pulmonologist at Brenner Children’s Hospital has been awarded the Prix Extraordinaire Award by the International Congress of Pediatric Pulmonology (CIPP).

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4/24/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine are the first to show that the location of protein-destroying “machines” in nerve cells in the brain may play an important role in how memories are formed – a finding with potential implications for treating Alzheimer’s and other brain diseases. The research is published in the current issue of Learning & Memory.

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4/21/2008
Jason E. Lang, M.D., an assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery, will perform a computer-assisted total knee replacement during a live webcast that begins at noon, Friday, May 2, from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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4/18/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have shown that restorative yoga (RY), a very gentle form of yoga that can be practiced even when ill or fatigued, can improve the quality of life and emotional status of women with breast cancer.

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4/17/2008
The Volunteer Office at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is celebrating 40 years of service with more than 3.6 million hours served by volunteers since 1968. Volunteers at the Medical Center work in more than 75 different service areas and donate more than 160,000 hours of service annually. The number of hours served by volunteers has increased since 1968 by 735 percent, going from 19,190 to 160,314.

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4/17/2008

Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s successful bid to co-lead an $85 million federally funded Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM) will result in new jobs at the Medical Center and increased activity in Piedmont Triad Research Park.

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4/17/2008

A consortium spearheaded by the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has been awarded $42.5 million over five years to co-lead one of two academic groups that will form the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine (AFIRM).

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4/15/2008
The Davie County Board of Commissioners has gone on record supporting the application of Davie County Hospital/Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to build a replacement for the hospital in eastern Davie County.

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4/15/2008
The Yadkin County Board of Commissioners has endorsed the proposed Davie Hospital to be located near southern Yadkin County. The Board adopted a resolution supporting the Certificate of Need requested by Davie County Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to build a 50-bed hospital on Hwy 801 near I-40.

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4/14/2008
A dessert auction to benefit the Komen NC Triad Race for the Cure will be held Saturday, April 19, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Belk Court at Hanes Mall. Area restaurants, bakeries, celebrities and friends for the cure donated all the items for the auction. A preview of all the desserts and bidder registration will begin at 10 a.m.

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4/11/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Level 1 trauma center designation has been renewed by the state Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEM). Wake Forest Baptist was also re-verified as a Level 1 trauma center by the Committee on Trauma of the American College of Surgeons.

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4/9/2008
Frank M. Torti, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been appointed principal deputy commissioner and first chief scientist to the Federal Drug Administration, by its commissioner, Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.

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4/9/2008
University Dental Associates (UDA) has opened a brand new general dentistry office in western Forsyth County near the intersection of Interstate-40 and Lewisville-Clemmons Road.

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4/8/2008
Are the estimated 1 million young adults who were exposed to cocaine before birth more vulnerable to drug abuse today? New research indicating long-lasting brain changes suggests the possibility – especially in males – according to a report from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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4/8/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Stroke Center has earned the Gold Seal of Approval™ from the Joint Commission for Primary Stroke Centers. Wake Forest Baptist earned this distinction after the Joint Commission conducted an on-site review in March.

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4/7/2008
Davie County Hospital /Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has scheduled two community forums to discuss the proposed hospital in eastern Davie County.

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4/7/2008
Joseph R. Tobin, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Anesthesiology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center by William B. Applegate, M.D., M.P.H., F.A.C.P., interim president of Wake Forest University Health Sciences and dean of The Medical School.

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4/6/2008
New research in monkeys suggests the feasibility of treating cocaine addiction with a “replacement” drug that mimics the effects of cocaine but has less potential for abuse – similar to the way nicotine and heroin addictions are treated. Reporting at the annual meeting of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics in San Diego, Calif., scientists from Wake Forest University School of Medicine said treating monkeys with amphetamine significantly reduced their self-administration of cocaine for up to a month.

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4/6/2008
Simple environmental enrichment and increased social stress can both affect the level of individual drug use, according to new monkey research at Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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4/6/2008
Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine have reported new findings about cocaine addiction, at Experimental Biology 2008, the meeting this week of the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, in San Diego, Calif.

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4/6/2008
Having a lower social standing increases the likelihood that a monkey faced with a stressful situation will choose cocaine over food, according to a study at Wake Forest University School of Medicine. More dominant monkeys undergoing the same stressful situation had fewer changes in brain activity in areas of the brain involved in stress and anxiety and were less likely to choose cocaine.

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4/3/2008
The third annual Sports Medicine Symposium will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, in the Sports Therapy Gym at CompRehab Plaza at 131 Miller Street.

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3/31/2008
Gopal H. Badlani, M.D., vice chair of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Department of Urology, was honored by an international organization for his significant contributions to urologic patients and practitioners in the developing world.

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3/31/2008
Oona L. O’Neill, M.D., assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology, is the newest faculty member to join the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Wake Forest Baptist.

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3/28/2008
Wake Forest University School of Medicine ranks 35th in primary care and 42nd in research among the nation's 145 medical and osteopathic schools in the 2009 edition of the book “America’s Best Graduate Schools” from U.S. News & World Report. The rankings will also be highlighted in the magazine’s April 7-14 issue.

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3/27/2008
The Forsyth County chapter of SAFE KIDS will hold a Bike Rodeo on Saturday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of Toys R’Us on Silas Creek Parkway.

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3/26/2008
A free seminar to help older adults avoid scams will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on April 10 at Senior Services, 2895 Shorefair Drive. “Spring Scams: Ending Elder Exploitation” will help seniors and their family members identify common scams and learn how to avoid becoming victims.

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3/25/2008
George H. Franck, M.D., M.P.H., has been awarded the 2008 Meritorious Service Award from the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM). This prestigious award is given to a member who has provided long-term laudatory service to the ACOEM.

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3/24/2008
A new Hip Center has been created by Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery to treat all ages and stages of hip pain and disorders.

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3/24/2008
The Winston-Salem Downtown Criterium, benefiting Brenner Children’s Hospital, will take place on Sunday, April 20 at the corner of First and Church Streets, beginning at noon. This is an all-day, family-oriented event featuring the 2008 ACC Cycling Championship in the morning and the Winston-Salem Downtown Criterium in the afternoon and is being hosted by Wake Forest University Cycling.

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3/23/2008
Carlos M. Ferrario, M.D., director of the Hypertension & Vascular Research Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, will deliver the 2008 R.D. Wright Lecture at the Australian High Blood Pressure Research Council’s 30th annual scientific meeting Dec. 3-5 at the Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia.

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3/19/2008
You can support Komen NC Triad and the 2008 Race for the Cure by joining Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and Allegacy Federal Credit Union for a Dessert Auction, Saturday, April 19 at Belk Court in Hanes Mall.

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3/19/2008
Bryant Cameron Webb, a second-year student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, has received a $5,000 David E. Satcher Research Fellowship from the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) to explore racial and ethnic health disparities in academic research.

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3/19/2008
National Institutes of Health (NIH) designated health disparities scholar David L. Mount, Psy.D, M.A. uses his skills as a neuropsychologist to address the emotional well-being of area community leaders who work for fairness and equality for the poor and needy.

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3/18/2008
Davie County Hospital and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have submitted to the state three alternatives to build a replacement for Davie County Hospital. “We have addressed the State’s concerns and are confident that we will gain approval for the new hospital,” said Donny Lambeth, interim president of North Carolina Baptist Hospital. The state denied the initial CON application February 27.

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3/18/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has received a three-star rating by the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS).

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3/17/2008
A small group of patients with a common heart defect who were treated for varicose veins with an injectable microfoam experienced no neurological, visual or cardiac changes as a result of the treatment, according to preliminary results from a phase II trial. The results are being presented today (March 17) in Washington, D.C., at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR).

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3/17/2008
Ashok K. Hemal, M.D., a pioneer of urologic robotic surgery throughout the world, will perform a robot-assisted laparoscopic radical prostatectomy during a live webcast that begins at noon, Wednesday, March 26, at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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3/14/2008
Studies have shown that surgery combined with Intraperitoneal Hyperthermic Chemotherapy (IPHC) can improve survival rates for select patients with peritoneal carcinoma (cancer of the lining of the abdominal cavity) that has spread from colorectal or appendix cancer. Researchers from Wake Forest University School of Medicine will present findings from two studies on the use of IPHC in treating peritoneal cancer that has spread from these two primary cancer sites at the annual meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology in Chicago, March 13-16.

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3/13/2008
The Comprehensive Cancer Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has been named a Blue Distinction Center for Complex and Rare Cancers (SM) by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA). It is the only cancer center in the Triad, and one of only five in the state, awarded this designation.

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3/11/2008

Allston J. Stubbs, M.D., is one of four orthopaedic surgeons from around the country invited by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the Orthopaedic Research Society to participate as a young investigator in an upcoming symposium.

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3/10/2008
The Maya Angelou Research Center on Minority Health at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center will sponsor the Southeastern Symposium on Breast Cancer Disparities, Friday March 28 at the Marriott Hotel, 425 North Cherry St. Registration is required.

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3/10/2008
The Comprehensive Stroke Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, in conjunction with the North Carolina Stroke Association, is offering a new educational program for stroke survivors. Called “Beyond the Hospital” the educational series is designed to help patients understand the health issues they may be confronted with upon discharge from the hospital, said Sharon Pettiford, R.N., M.S.N., Wake Forest Baptist’s stroke coordinator. “The program is administered to our patients while they are still in the hospital. Our goal is to ultimately prevent our patients from having additional strokes and to educate them about their recovery period.”

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3/5/2008
Researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have received a $3.6 million federal grant to identify ways to reduce some of the complications that can occur in diabetic patients after heart surgery. The study, which will involve 564 patients, will focus on cognitive problems such as deficits in memory, concentration and attention that can occur after surgery to replace valves or bypass blocked arteries. Researchers will determine whether better management of blood sugar levels can reduce these problems and whether genetic tests can determine which patients are most at risk. “Our goal is to apply what we’ve learned about reducing these complications in the general population to patients with diabetes,” said John Hammon, M.D., cardiothoracic surgeon and lead investigator. “Our overall goal is to make these lifesaving surgeries even safer for patients.”

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3/4/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is one of only two academic medical centers in the country offering outpatient procedures to maintain easy access to the bloodstream for patients undergoing kidney dialysis. More than 1,000 procedures were performed during the Dialysis Access Center’s first year. “Offering these procedures in an outpatient setting is relatively new, but is increasing in popularity because of the large number of people on hemodialysis,” said Tushar Vachharajani, M.D., center director and an associate professor of nephrology. In addition, some of these procedures to maintain dialysis access are also performed at the Medical Center by vascular surgeons and interventional radiologists.

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2/28/2008
Colgate-Palmolive and Starlight Starbright Children’s Foundation are encouraging people to turn on their computers to vote for one of 30 hospitals on a waiting list for Starlight’s “Fun Centers.” All 30 hospitals will receive one Fun Center and the 10 with the most votes will win a second mobile entertainment unit. Colgate-Palmolive will donate the Fun Centers as part of 84 units it will sponsor nationwide this year.

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2/20/2008
Emerging treatments for brain trauma, family fun with neuroscience, and a play and discussion about the effects of stroke are among the activities involving neurosciences students and faculty from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in this year’s Brain Awareness Season in Winston-Salem.

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2/20/2008
The standard test for measuring blood sugar control in people with diabetes is not accurate in those on kidney hemodialysis, according to new research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Wake Forest investigators reported in Kidney International that the hemoglobin A1c test (HbA1c) underestimates true glucose control in hemodialysis patients and could give false comfort to patients and physicians. Hemodialysis, in which blood is passed through an artificial kidney machine for cleansing, is used in cases of kidney failure.

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2/19/2008
The Department of Urology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center announces the addition of three new urologic oncologists – Ashok K. Hemal, M.D., A. Karim Kader, M.D., Ph.D., and Joseph A. Pettus IV, M.D. They join the existing team of physicians, chairman Anthony Atala, M.D., Dean Assimos, M.D., Gopal Badlani, M.D., Hector Henry II, M.D., M.P.H., Steve Hodges, M.D., Gordon McLorie, M.D., and John J. Smith III, M.D., in treating the complete range of urologic conditions and diseases at the new urology patient care clinic at 140 Charlois Blvd.

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2/15/2008
Results of an analysis of multiple studies show diabetes control is more challenging for Hispanics than non-Hispanic whites, according to researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and colleagues. The results revealed that Hispanic patients with diabetes have approximately 0.5 percent higher levels on a test that measures blood sugar control, called the A1C test, than non- Hispanic white patients. The researchers noted the consistency of these findings across the studies.

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2/12/2008
The National Kidney Foundation has named Michael Rocco, M.D., M.S.C.E., as the new chair of its Kidney Disease Outcomes Quality Initiative. Rocco is a professor of internal medicine-nephrology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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2/12/2008
For the person with high blood pressure, there is nothing so imperative as a diagnosis followed immediately by a treatment regimen that works. A partnership between Carlos M. Ferrario, M.D., director of the Hypertension and Vascular Research Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, and CardioDynamics (NASDAQ: CDIC), world leader in noninvasive measurement of heart blood flow and vascular tension, offers just that.

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2/11/2008
In a study of pregnant women, those with pregnancy-induced high blood pressure were found to have higher levels of a peptide that raises blood pressure in the pieces of tissue linking mother and fetus, according to researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. The finding, reported in the current issue of Hypertension, may help explain how the disorder develops.

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2/11/2008
The Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center announces the appointment of Allston J. Stubbs, M.D., as assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery.

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2/8/2008
Moses Cone Health System and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have formed an alliance to strengthen their working relationship, improve quality and explore opportunities to reduce costs. While remaining independent, the two health care systems will collaborate on improving patient services, medical education and clinical research. Moses Cone Health System and Wake Forest Baptist have formed The HealthCare Alliance, LLC, a limited liability company, as the organization through which they will work together.

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2/8/2008
On Saturday, Feb. 23, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center’s Collaborative to Strengthen Families and Neighborhoods will partner with the Junior League of Winston-Salem (JLWS) to host “Kids in the Kitchen” at the Gateway YWCA from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

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2/7/2008
The Emergency Communications Center (ECC) of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, which handles more calls than many county 911 centers, has received a three-year renewal of its central monitoring certification and become a full member of a national professional organization.

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2/6/2008
The 2nd Annual Thrower's Clinic, sponsored by sports medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Sat., Feb. 23, in the sports physical therapy gym at CompRehab Plaza at 131 Miller Street.

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2/5/2008
Michael Waid has been named the Administrative Director of Diagnostic Neurology at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Waid will provide leadership to nine centers including: the Neuroultrasound Lab, Epilepsy Monitoring Unit, Sleep Disorders Center and Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Imaging Center.

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2/5/2008
Professional massage to enhance general health and promote healing – which has been available to patients, families and employees of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center – is now available to the general public and to businesses. The program is designed to provide professional massage that can enhance wellness through physical and mental relaxation and pain relief.

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2/4/2008
Steven R. Feldman, M.D., Ph.D., a professor of dermatology, pathology and public health sciences at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, yesterday received an Astellas Award honoring scientific research that has improved public health in the field of dermatology. The $30,000 Astellas Awards are supported by the Astellas USA Foundation, a non-profit organization with a mission to provide long-term support for the advancement of medical and related sciences. The awards were given out this past weekend at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology. Feldman is the director of the Center for Dermatology Research, a research center whose mission is to improve the care of patients with skin disease. He serves as the editor of the Journal of Dermatological Treatment and is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology and the Dermatology Online Journal. Feldman, the author of several books, book chapters and more than 350 jour

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1/31/2008
Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has opened a new physical therapy location at the West Forsyth Family YMCA on Peace Haven Road in Clemmons.

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1/31/2008
In the first study to use imaging technology to see what goes on in the brain when we scratch, researchers at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center have uncovered new clues about why scratching may be so relieving – and why it can be hard to stop. The work is reported online in the Journal of Investigative Dermatology and will appear in a future print issue.

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1/25/2008
Pamela F. Bensimhon, M.D., has joined the pediatric faculty at Brenner Children’s Hospital as a clinical assistant professor in pediatric hematology and oncology. Bensimhon’s clinical interests include hematology and oncology.

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1/25/2008

Cheryl D. Bushnell, M.D., has joined the faculty at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an associate professor in neurology. Bushnell's clinical interests cerebrovascular disease (stroke), stroke risk in women and stroke prevention and risk factors.

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1/24/2008
Shree K. Kurup, M.D., has joined the faculty at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an assistant professor in ophthalmology

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1/24/2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – David F. Martin, M.D., a professor of orthopaedic surgery at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, delivered the Robert Robinson Memorial Lecture today at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Md.

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1/21/2008
An international consortium of scientists has identified multiple genes that are linked to systemic lupus erythematosus, a devastating autoimmune disease that affects between 1 million and 2 million Americans. Reporting in Nature Genetics, the scientists also confirmed earlier findings linking lupus to several other genes – highlighting the role that genetics plays in the disease.

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1/21/2008
Two members of the Wake Forest University Medical School faculty have been elected to the board of directors of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center.

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1/18/2008
Amret T. Hawfield, M.D., has joined the faculty at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an instructor in internal medicine-nephrology.

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1/18/2008
Jonathan Bailey has joined Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as the Administrative Director for the Neurosciences service line. Bailey will provide leadership and oversight of strategic planning, business intelligence, process management and improvement, and market development.

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1/18/2008
Thomas Durward DuBose, Jr., M.D., Tinsley R. Harrison Professor and Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the Donald W. Seldin Award.

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1/17/2008
Brenner Children’s Hospital part of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center was granted accreditation by the Intersocietal Commission for the Accreditation of Echocardiography Laboratories (ICAEL).

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1/16/2008
New genomics research has found that a simple blood test can determine which men are likely to develop prostate cancer. Researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine and colleagues found that five genetic variants previously associated with prostate cancer risk have a strong cumulative effect.

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1/10/2008
A protein found in human hair shows promise for promoting the regeneration of nerve tissue and could lead to a new treatment option when nerves are cut or crushed from trauma.

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1/10/2008
A new study published recently in The Lancet reveals that one of the most commonly used asthma medicines -- long-acting beta-agonists -- may not be associated with adverse events in people based on their genotype (gene variation), as previous studies had shown.

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1/9/2008
Medge Owen, M.D., an obstetrical anesthesiologist at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, has been chosen as one of five national finalists by Cookie magazine for its “people’s choice” Smart Cookie Award.

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1/8/2008

People In Business People In Business WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Kevin H. Peacock, M.D. has joined Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center as an assistant professor of Internal Medicine - Hematology and Oncology, specializing in evaluation and treatment of cancer and blood disorders. He will provide

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1/4/2008
Celebrate your heart this February with the specialists from the Heart Center at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Take part in a variety of programs and screenings to provide early detection and education about the signs and symptoms of heart disease, and the latest treatments to support your cardiovascular health. Join the Heart Center at the BestHealth® community resource center, Hanes Mall, for a month of programs in February to learn how you and your loved ones can live longer and better.

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1/3/2008

For the sixth consecutive year, the Abdominal Organ Transplant Program at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center has performed more than 100 transplants, ranking them among the top 30 most active kidney transplant centers and top 15 most active pancreas transplant centers in the country.

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1/3/2008
About a third of black women cite complications of hair care as the reason they do not exercise or exercise less than they would like, according to Amy J. McMichael, M.D., the lead investigator of a study from Wake Forest University School of Medicine.

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1/2/2008
Hydrogen peroxide, the same mild acid that many people use to disinfectant their kitchens or treat cuts and abrasions, is also produced by the body to keep cells healthy. Now, researchers at Wake Forest University School of Medicine have solved how part of this complex process works.

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1/1/2008
New research at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center suggests that a three-drug cocktail may one day improve outcomes in patients with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a type of brain tumor with a dismal prognosis. Two of the drug candidates have been developed, and the team is working on the third – all targeted to kill or impair cancer cells and spare healthy brain.

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