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Mumps and Whooping Cough

Photo: Child Receiving Shot

Over the past decade, the United States has seen outbreaks of mumps and whooping cough, despite childhood immunization programs in place since the 1960s. Wake Forest School of Medicine (WFSM) researchers are trying to learn how the microbes that cause both contagious diseases evade the body’s immune system.

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Hispanic Americans need culturally tailored heart care

A first-time comprehensive overview of cardiovascular disease in Hispanics in the U.S. outlines the burden of heart disease and stroke as well as emphasizes the importance of culturally appropriate healthcare for this population. The American Heart Association scientific statement is published in the Association’s journal Circulation.“This segment of the population has been somewhat ignored,” said Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., M.P.H., lead statement author and chair of the writing group and an associate professor of medicine and epidemiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, N.C. “Given the large Hispanic population in the U.S., it would be very hard to improve the health of the nation if this population is left behind.”

• View the news coverage in NBC News, Reuters and Science Daily.
• Read the entire AHA news release.
• Learn more about Public Health Sciences.


Soy Protein More Effective than Animal Protein in Preventing Heart Disease in Animal Model

Scientists have known for years that women are protected from cardiovascular disease before menopause, but their risk increases significantly after menopause. Although estrogen is thought to be the protective factor, post-menopausal hormone replacement therapy remains controversial due to the side effects. In an effort to find a safer and more effective therapeutic option, scientists conducted an animal study to determine whether a high soy protein diet reduced the risk of coronary artery atherosclerosis, hardening and narrowing of the arteries, after menopause. The study is published in the current online edition of the journal Menopause.

• View the news coverage in Science Daily and Medical News Today.
• Read the news release.
• Learn more about Heart Center research.


Brenner Children’s Hospital First in the State to Introduce Neonatal Webcam System

The parents of a newborn receiving intensive care at Brenner Children’s Hospital no longer have to be on-site to keep watch over their baby.

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Professional Soccer Injuries Studied to Determine Level of Severity

If you’re a faithful follower of the World Cup games, have you ever wondered if your favorite player is going overboard with an injury or outright faking one? Daryl Rosenbaum, M.D., a sports medicine physician and researcher at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, asked that same question to determine if injury embellishments occurred to give players a needed rest or because the winning team was trying to run out the clock.
• View the news coverage from The New Yorker and  CBC radio, Canada’s national public broadcaster.
• Read the news release.
• Learn more about Sports Medicine.

St. John

Common Herbal Supplement Can Cause Dangerous Interactions with Prescription Drugs

St. John’s wort, the leading complementary and alternative treatment for depression in the United States, can be dangerous when taken with many commonly prescribed drugs, according to a study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.


Lower Isn't Necessarily Better for People with High Blood Pressure

In a study published in the June 16 online edition of JAMA Internal Medicine, a research team led by Carlos J. Rodriguez, M.D., associate professor of public health sciences, found that lowering systolic blood pressure below 120 does not appear to provide additional benefit for patients. Systolic pressure is the top number in a standard blood pressure reading (e.g., 120/80).



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Brenner Children’s Hospital Again Ranked among Best in Country by U.S. News & World Report

For the second straight year, U.S. News & World Report has ranked Brenner Children’s Hospital, the pediatric arm of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, among the best children’s hospitals in the country. Brenner Children’s was ranked in two specialties, neonatology (No. 26) and orthopaedics (No. 39).
• Read the news coverage in the Winston-Salem Journal and the Triad Business Journal
• Read the news release
• Find out more about Brenner Children’s Hospital

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