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Scientists Receive 9 Million to Study Aggressive Brain Cancer

Glioblastoma is an aggressive form of brain cancer. Current therapies can slow the disease, but more often than not can’t cure it. However, thanks to a $9.2 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, scientists at Wake Forest Baptist will continue working to develop new, more effective treatments and delivery systems to attack this difficult to manage form of cancer.

Wake Forest Baptist to acquire High Point Regional Health

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and UNC Health Care, the parent organization of High Point Regional Health, have signed a Letter of Intent in which Wake Forest Baptist would acquire and integrate High Point Regional and its affiliates into their regional health care system next summer.

Exposure to Head Impacts in Youth Football Practice Drills

Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center examined differences in the number, location, and magnitude of head impacts sustained by young athletes during various youth football practice drills.

Scientists Identify Gene Mutations in Smoking related Cancers

African-Americans typically have worse outcomes from smoking-related cancers than Caucasians, but the reasons for this remain elusive. However, scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have taken a big step toward solving this puzzle.

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Expands Clinical Services to Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recently announced plans to expand clinical services at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Wilkes Medical Center during a celebration and official welcome for hospital employees and town leaders.



Brenner Childrens Hospital Welcomes Three Mascots to its Family

Brenner Children’s, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has adopted three playful yet comforting puppy mascots—Brenn, Belle and Beau. These costumed Brenner pups will work together to spread compassion, offer encouragement and educate the youngest residents of the 24 counties that the hospital serves.

Older Obese Adults Can Benefit from Moderate Exercise

Moderate-intensity exercise can help even extremely obese older adults improve their ability to perform common daily activities and remain independent, according to Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D., director of the Sticht Center for Healthy Aging and Alzheimer's Prevention at Wake Forest Baptist. Findings from his National Institutes of Health-funded study are published in the July issue of the journal Obesity.

Emergency Heart Valve Replacement Surgery Saves Triad Mans Life

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s heart and vascular team, one of only a few hospital teams in the state that participated in clinical trials six years ago to test transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), is the first team in the region to perform an emergent valve replacement that saved Jack Vynalek’s life.


Insurance vs out of pocket payment not a big factor in weight loss outcomes

Individuals whose insurance covered the cost of a comprehensive medical weight-loss program had one-year outcomes very similar to those of patients who paid for the treatment out of pocket, according to an observational study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Two Triad Hospitals Partner to Provide Cardiac Rehabilitation that Keeps Patients Close to Home

People living in the communities surrounding Surry County will have access to the state’s leading care in cardiac rehabilitation thanks to a partnership Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Northern Hospital of Surry County announced in early May.


Researchers Find Novel Way to Induce Pancreatic Cancer Cell Death

Pancreatic cancer, most frequently pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), is the most lethal and aggressive of all cancers. Unfortunately, there are not many effective therapies available other than surgery. 

ATV Related Injuries in Children Remain Large Public Health Problem

All-terrain vehicle-related injuries remain a large public health problem in this country, with children more adversely affected than adults. According to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, the major risk factors for young riders also are entirely preventable. 

A Little Vigorous Exercise May Help Boost Kids Cardiometabolic Health

As little as 10 minutes a day of high-intensity physical activity could help some children reduce their risk of developing heart problems and metabolic diseases such as diabetes, according to an international study led by Justin B. Moore, Ph.D., associate professor of family and community medicine.

Wake Forest Baptist Opens First New Inpatient Hospital in Davie County in 61 Years

The 50-bed inpatient wing at Wake Forest Baptist Health – Davie Medical Center officially opened April 3, consolidating all Davie Medical Center services into one location.

View news coverage by the Winston-Salem JournalTriad Business Journal and WFMY

Read the full news release.

NIH Official and Celebrity B Smith Celebrated NIHfunded Alzheimers Center

Wake Forest Baptist celebrated its Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center and the philanthropy that helped make it possible at the event “Alzheimer’s Disease: Together We Care, Together We Cure,” March 15 at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Guests included the husband-and-wife team of B. Smith and Dan Gasby, Nina Silverberg from the National Institute on Aging, and Doug Hartman, who inspired fundraising efforts that accelerated the Medical Center’s work in Alzheimer’s.


NIH Official and Celebrity B Smith Celebrated NIH funded Alzheimers Center

Wake Forest Baptist celebrated its Alzheimer’s Disease Core Center and the philanthropy that helped make it possible at the event “Alzheimer’s Disease: Together We Care, Together We Cure,” March 15 at Wake Forest Biotech Place. Guests included the husband-and-wife team of B. Smith and Dan Gasby, Nina Silverberg from the National Institute on Aging, and Doug Hartman, who inspired fundraising efforts that accelerated the Medical Center’s work in Alzheimer’s.


Hair of the dog wont cure that hangover

There’s no scientific evidence that having an alcoholic drink will cure a hangover, according to Laura Veach, Ph.D., director of screening and counseling intervention services and training in the Department of Surgery.

Pioneering Vascular Surgeon Researcher Health Care Educator Named as CEO

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has named Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D., as its new chief executive officer (CEO). Freischlag joins the Medical Center on May 1 and succeeds CEO John D. McConnell, M.D., who last year announced that he would transition to a new position at the Medical Center, after leading it since 2008.


Tips to Treat Seasonal Dry Eye

If your eyes feel like the Sahara desert or your vision seems blurrier than usual, don’t panic. It may just be seasonal dry eye. According to Michelle D. Patel, M.D., assistant professor of ophthalmology, the most common type of dry eye is evaporative dry, which is often worse in the wintertime.

Six Technologies Receive Initial Investments from the Catalyst Fund

Six early-stage novel technologies, all invented at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and being developed through Wake Forest Innovations, are receiving a combined $595,000 investment from the Catalyst Fund to support their initial development. The Catalyst Fund is the $15 million technology development program established by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in October 2015.

At 54 Medical Student Looks Forward to her Second Career

Four years ago, Suzanne Watson received her AARP card and Wake Forest School of Medicine acceptance letter in the same week. Watson, now a fourth-year student, says her medical education has provided the most happiness and fulfillment she has experienced in many years.

Organized Prescription Drug Collection Programs May Have Minimal Impact on Reducing Availability of Controlled Medications

Non-medical use of prescription drugs is the second most common form of illicit substance abuse in the country, trailing only marijuana use. Disposal of unused medications through community-wide take-back events and permanent drop boxes is a strategy that is widely employed to reduce the availability of controlled medications for improper use and abuse. But according to a study by Wake Forest Baptist researchers, these programs may be minimally effective in reducing the availability of controlled medications.  

Wake Forest Baptist to Provide Athletic Training Services at All 12 Winston Salem Forsyth County High Schools

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

Brain Volume Predicts Successful Weight Loss in the Elderly

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist believe they may have found a way to predict who will be successful in their weight-loss efforts with a quick, non-invasive brain scan.

Wake Forest Baptists AirCare Program Celebrates 30 Years

AirCare, the air ambulance program of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is celebrating 30 years of treating and transporting critically ill and injured patients.

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

Women Experience Marked Decline in Sexual Function in Months Immediately Before and After Onset of Menopause

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

Brain Changes Seen in Youth Football Players Without Concussion

Research conducted by Chris Whitlow, M.D., Ph.D., Radiology, and Joel Stitzel, Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering, have found measurable brain changes in children after a single season of playing youth football, even without a concussion diagnosis, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

Hot Flashes Making You Feel Like Its Still Summer

Research conducted by Nancy Avis, Ph.D., Public Health Sciences, shows hot flashes can be reduced in frequency by almost half for about 50 percent of women over eight weeks of acupuncture treatment.

Pain Relief Through Mindfulness Meditation

Research conducted by Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., Neurobiology and Anatomy, has shown that mindfulness meditation can help reduce pain.

Scientists Report on Safe Non addictive Opioid Analgesic in Animal Model

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center report that in an animal model a novel pain-killing compound is not addictive and does not have adverse respiratory side effects like other opioids.

Wake Forest Baptist Researchers Successfully Test Modified Stun Gun with Heart Monitoring Capability

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

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recognized in U.S. News & World Reports Best Hospitals rankings for the 24th consecutive year.

The five specialties earning top-50 spots in the nation were Cancer (No. 19), Nephrology (No. 25), Ear, Nose & Throat (No. 35), Diabetes & Endocrinology (No. 36) and Neurology & Neurosurgery (No. 46).

Study using animal model provides clues to why cocaine is so addictive

Scientists in the physiology and pharmacology department at Wake Forest Baptist are one step closer to understanding what causes cocaine to be so addictive.

Tips on Reducing Risk of Kidney Stones

Summer increases everyone’s risk of heat stroke and sunburn, but there’s another warm weather risk that often flies under the radar—kidney stones.



Lowering Blood Pressure Reduces Risk of Heart Disease in Older Adults Without Increasing Risk of Falls

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


Seasonal farmworkers face battle to get health insurance

Farmworkers living in the U.S. legally through the h-2A visa program must be insured like most citizens. But reaching them is an uphill battle.  Thomas Arcury, Ph.D., said farmworkers work long hours, don’t have access to transportation or accumulate paid sick days.

Superheroes Visit Young Patients

For the second year in a row, window washers from Scottie’s Building Services put down their cleaning supplies and transformed into superheroes for a costumed descent down the side of Brenner Children’s Hospital to entertain young patients. The superheroes rappelled off the hospital roof down to a Brenner Children’s floor and interacted with patients inside of the hospital. 

Acupuncture Used in Clinical Settings Reduced Symptoms of Menopause

Acupuncture treatments can reduce the number of hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause by as much as 36 percent, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The findings are published in the June issue of the journal Menopause.

Nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent

Nearly half of all heart attacks may be silent and like those that cause chest pain or other warning signs, silent heart attacks increase the risk of dying from heart disease and other causes, according to new research published in Circulation. The multi-institutional research team was led by Zhu-Ming Zhang, M.D., and Elsayed Z. Soliman, M.D., of Wake Forest Baptist.

Wake Forest Baptist Completes Purchase of Cornerstone Health Care

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center completed the purchase of Cornerstone Health Care (Cornerstone) on May 3, 2016 following a three-month due diligence period. Cornerstone’s network of more than 275 medical providers and 50 practices across 12 counties complements Wake Forest Baptist’s network of community physicians, specialty practices and multiple hospital campuses.

Hispanics Latinos at higher risk for cardiac dysfunction heart failure

Hispanics/Latinos have higher rates of cardiac dysfunction but are rarely aware they have the heart-pumping problem that can lead to heart failure, according to Carlos Rodriguez, M.D., associate professor of public health sciences. His study is published in the journal Circulation: Heart Failure.

Researchers seeking ways to help older adults preserve their mobility

There’s no getting around it: Simply getting around is a major issue for older adults. “People are in nursing homes for two reasons, either they can’t think or they can’t walk,” said Stephen Kritchevsky, Ph.D., director of the Sticht Center on Aging. Backed by a $5.3 million National Institutes of Health grant, Wake Forest Baptist and five other institutions are launching a multi-site study to determine if reducing the chronic, low-grade inflammation that is common in the elderly can help avert mobility problems.

Mindfulness Meditation Provides Opioid Free Pain Relief

Everyone knows that stubbing your toe hurts. What makes it stop hurting is the body’s main pain-blocking process – the endogenous opioid system. However, a research team led by Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy at Wake Forest Baptist, reports in the Journal of Neuroscience that mindfulness meditation does not use the body’s opioid system to reduce pain.

Scientists Prove Feasibility of Printing Tissue

Wake Forest Baptist regenerative medicine scientists have proved in animal studies that it is feasible to print living tissue structures. The team said the printer is an important advance in the quest to make replacement tissue for patients.


Family Suggestions, Best Practices Led to Innovation in New Neuro ICU

Family Suggestions, Best Practices Led to Innovation in New Neuro ICU When Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was planning a new neurosciences intensive care unit (Neuro ICU) for neurology and neurosurgery patients, they went directly to the source for advice: the families and patients who had spent

Beetroot Juice Helped Older Patients with HFPEF

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

Six Vidant Health Hospitals Join Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network

The Wake Forest Baptist Telestroke Network partners with community hospitals to ensure they have 24-hour access to Wake Forest Baptist’s acute-stroke experts via two-way live video and audio consultation and image-sharing technology. The central purpose is to reduce death and disability caused by strokes.


Slow Heart Rate Does Not Increase Risk of Heart Disease

Bradycardia – a slower than normal heartbeat – does not increase the risk of developing cardiovascular disease, according to a study conducted by Ajay Dharod, M.D., instructor in internal medicine, and a team of researchers. The study is published in the Jan.19 online edition of the Journal of American Medical Association Internal Medicine.

Link Found between Obesity and Blood Clots in Pediatric Patients

Pediatric researchers at Wake Forest Baptist have found that obesity as determined by body mass index was a statistically significant predictor of blood clot formation in juveniles. The research is published in the current issue of the journal Hospital Pediatrics.

U.S. Military-funded Research Could Help Wounded Soldiers have Children

With U.S. Department of Defense funding, researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are working to engineer testicle tissue is the lab to help servicemen with pelvic injuries from improvised explosive devices. In the project's early stages, miniature testicular tissue has been created and tested in animals. It can secrete male hormones and has the potential to make sperm, providing function similar to a normal organ.


Combination of Diet and Exercise Offers Benefits in Patients with a Common Type of Heart Failure

Research by Dalane W. Kitzman, M.D., professor of cardiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has found that diet and exercise can help relieve the main symptoms of a rapidly increasing form of heart failure. The study is published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Wake Forest Baptist Performs its First Heart Kidney Transplant

In the procedure that spanned more than 18 hours, Keith Overcash of Denton received both organs from the same donor. The heart transplant was done first, by Edward Kincaid, M.D., associate professor of cardiothoracic surgery. After that was judged successful, the kidney operation was performed by Jeffrey Rogers, M.D., professor of surgery.

Santa and Elves Brighten Holidays for Brenners Kids

Thanks to creative pediatric nurses and caring volunteers, this holiday season will be a little happier for children in the pediatric emergency department and the rest of Brenner Children’s Hospital. Santa and his elves are making surprise visits throughout Brenner Children’s to celebrate the season.

  • Read the news coverage about Milania, one of Brenner’s Elves on a Shelf, on, which generated more than 116 tweets. WXII and WGHP featured Santa Claus visiting the kids at Brenner Children’s.
  • Find out more about Brenner Children’s Hospital.

Wake Forest Baptist Leaders Break Ground on 50 Bed Addition at Davie Medical Center Bermuda Run Campus

The official start of construction of a 50-bed inpatient facility at the Davie Medical Center − Bermuda Run campus is underway after Medical Center leaders ceremoniously broke ground on the new addition.

Construction of the three-story, 78,220 square foot building will take 14 months. The inpatient facility is expected to open in spring of 2017. The estimated cost of this addition to the Bermuda Run campus is $47 million.

The new building relocates inpatient services from the Mocksville campus to the Bermuda Run campus, consolidating services in one location. In addition to 50 general medical-surgical beds, the addition will also have a cafeteria, an inpatient pharmacy and a chapel as well as offices for some Wake Forest Baptist physicians.

Mindfulness Meditation Trumps Placebo in Pain Reduction

Scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have found new evidence that mindfulness meditation reduces pain more effectively than placebo. The research, led by Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy, is published in the Journal of Neuroscience.

Landmark NIH Blood Pressure Study Confirms Lower Blood Pressure Target Can Reduce Heart Disease

NIH-supported researchers reported more details on the landmark SPRINT study that announced preliminary findings in September showing a lower blood pressure target can save lives and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease in a group of non-diabetic adults 50 years and older with high blood pressure. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the national Coordinating Center for the SPRINT clinical trial.

New Technologies Help Young Patients Cope with Being Hospitalized

Patients at Brenner Children’s Hospital, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, will have extra help and attention in their care and recovery thanks to new technology and the generosity of others. Both a robot and a 3-D sensory unit will help these young patients feel less overwhelmed when it comes to the medical conditions and procedures they face.

Lower Systolic Blood Pressure Reduces Risk of Hypertension Complication

Lowering systolic blood pressure below the currently recommended target can reduce the risk of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), the most common complication of high blood pressure, according to new research conducted by Elsayed Soliman, M.D., director of the Epidemiological Cardiology Research Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

Wake Forest Baptists AirCare Flight Team Wins State Paramedic Competition

Two flight paramedics with AirCare Critical Care Transport Services at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are the first flight team to win the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services’ statewide paramedic competition.

Severely Obese Children May Be at Higher Risk of Heart Disease and Diabetes

More than 3 million children in the United States who are severely obese may be at a higher risk of developing heart disease and diabetes than overweight children, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Landmark NIH Study Shows Intensive Blood Pressure Management May Save Lives

More intensive management of high blood pressure, below a commonly recommended blood pressure target, significantly reduces rates of cardiovascular disease and lowers risk of death in adults  with high blood pressure, according to the initial results of a landmark clinical trial (SPRINT) funded by the National Institutes of Health. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is the national Coordinating Center for the SPRINT trial and also heads one of the five networks conducting the trial.

Common Antidepressant May Change Brain Structures in Depressed and Non depressed Individuals

A commonly prescribed antidepressant may alter brain structures in depressed and non-depressed individuals in very different ways, according to new research by Carol A. Shively, Ph.D., professor of pathology-comparative medicine.

Study Shows Exercise Does Not Improve Cognition in Elderly

Kaycee M. Sink, M.D., associate professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine, evaluated whether a 24-month physical activity program would result in better cognitive function, lower risk of mild cognitive impairment or dementia, or both, compared with a health education program. The researchers found that moderate-intensity physical activity did not improve cognition compared with the health education program.  


High iron intake may increase appetite disease risk

Using an animal model, Donald A. McClain, Ph.D., director of the Center on Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, and colleagues have found that dietary iron intake, equivalent to heavy red meat consumption, suppresses leptin, a hormone that regulates appetite. The study is published in the Aug. 24 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.

Exercise as Potential Treatment for Alzheimers and Dementia

In the study reported at the recent Alzheimer’s Association International Conference, Laura Baker, Ph.D., associate professor of gerontology and geriatric medicine, found that a potent lifestyle intervention such as aerobic exercise can impact Alzheimer’s-related changes in the brain.

Clinical Trial Helps Patients Who Suffer from Rare Skin Disorder

Herbert Bonkovsky, M.D., professor of gastroenterology, was a contributing author on a study recently published by the New England Journal of Medicine that showed how a melanin-producing synthetic hormone could significantly increase pain-free exposure in people with a rare genetic disorder resulting in excruciating pain within minutes of sun exposure.

Are Sugar and Honey Just As Bad For You As High-Fructose Corn Syrup

Some experts contend that consuming any form of added sugar, be it table sugar, all-natural honey or high-fructose corn syrup, is equally damaging to your health. But according to Kylie Kavanagh, D.V.M., assistant professor of pathology and comparative medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, not all calories are created equal.

  • Read more about the debate in a HealthDay article that was picked up by several outlets including and
  • View Dr. Kavanagh’s research on the damaging health effects of dietary fructose.
  • Learn more about Comparative Medicine at Wake Forest Baptist

Researchers Study Muscadine Grape Extract

Thanks to a $20 million gift from an anonymous donor, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers will launch a number of studies to determine the effects of muscadine grape extract on prostate and breast cancers. Career oncology researchers Patricia Gallagher, Ph.D., and Ann Tallant, Ph.D., will lead the multidisciplinary study which will include 26 faculty from a variety of disciplines including cancer biology, hematology, hypertension and vascular research, pathology, public health sciences, radiation biology, radiology and urology.

  • Read more about the donation.
  • Learn more about Dr. Gallagher’s and Dr. Tallant’s research.
  • Watch media coverage about the gift.
  • Browse local coverage here and here.

Scientists Advance Efforts to Build Replacement Kidneys in the Lab

 Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are working to make use of the more than 2,600 kidneys that are donated each year that must be discarded due to abnormalities and other factors. The scientists aim to “recycle” these organs to engineer tailor-made replacement kidneys for patients.



Study Identifies Brain Regions Activated When Pain Intensity Doesnt Match Expectation

In a study published in the early online edition of the journal PAIN, Fadel Zeidan, Ph.D., assistant professor of neurobiology and anatomy, has identified through imaging the part of the brain that is activated when a person expects one level of pain but experiences another.

Preventing Swimmers Ear

Wake Forest Baptist pediatric otolaryngologist Adele Evans, M.D., provided some tips for protecting you and your children against swimmer’s ear.

Atrial Fibrillation Increases Risk of Only One Type of Heart Attack

Refining the results of a 2013 study, researchers have found that atrial fibrillation, or irregular heartbeat, is associated with only one type of heart attack – the more common of the two types. The study, led by Elsayed Z. Soliman, M.D., Public Health Sciences, is published in the April 27 online issue of Circulation.

Collaboration Leads to Invention of Potentially Lifesaving Medical Device at Wake Forest Baptist

To perform a series of life-saving operations on newborn Madi Pope, Adele Evans, M.D., a pediatric ear, nose and throat specialist at Wake Forest Baptist, needed a special type of small plastic tube that split into two smaller tubes to help the baby breathe. Trouble was, there was no such device.

Acne Patients Fail to Get Prescribed Medications

Medicine obviously can't do much good if it sits on a pharmacy shelf. Yet more than one-quarter of the acne patients surveyed by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers didn't get medications prescribed by their dermatologists.

Exercise Lessens Lung Injury and Muscle Wasting in Critically Ill Patients

Acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) is a life-threatening lung condition that affects approximately 200,000 people a year in the United States and has a higher mortality rate than breast and prostate cancer combined. Efforts to fight ARDS with various drug therapies aimed at the lungs have failed. However, doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have tried a different approach – exercise.

Match Day 2015

On March 20, seniors at Wake Forest School of Medicine learned where they will begin their careers as doctors at Match Day, an annual event at which graduating medical students learn where they’ll be doing their residencies. This year 113 Wake Forest medical students, 59 men and 54 women, matched in 20 specialties.

Wake Forest Baptist and Wexford Take National Preservation Award

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Wexford Science + Technology, a BioMed Realty company, have received one of five national “Preservation’s Best of 2014” awards from the National Trust for Historic Preservation, the National Trust Community Investment Corporation and Preservation Action.

First Statewide Comprehensive Post-Stroke Study Based on Wake Forest Baptist Care Model

  • Find out more in the COMPASS news release.
  • Read what local and health care media said about the $14 million study.
  • Learn more about other clinical trials at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

  • First Statewide Comprehensive Post-Stroke Treatment Study Based on Wake Forest Baptist Model

    Beginning in 2016, post-stroke patients across North Carolina will help determine whether more comprehensive and longer-term care helps improve their daily function. The COMPASS study will deploy care coordinators at 51 hospitals statewide to follow patients for at least 90 days following discharge. COMPASS will also study whether this new care model reduces caregiver stress. Funding for the five-year, $14 million study comes from Patient-Centered Outcomes Institute.

    Find out more in the COMPASS news release.
    • Read what local and health care industry media said about the $14 million study.
    Learn more about other clinical trials at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

    Hot Flashes Night Sweats Last for More Than 7 Years in Many Midlife Women

    Frequent menopausal vasomotor symptoms (VMS), including hot flashes and night sweats, lasted for more than seven years during the transition to menopause for more than half of the women in a large study, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Nancy E. Avis, Ph.D., Public Health Sciences, and coauthors analyzed data from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation (SWAN), a multiracial/multiethnic study of women transitioning to menopause.




    New Valve Procedure Offered to Older Heart Disease Patients

    Wake Forest Baptist is the only medical center in the Triad offering the latest heart valve procedure for patients with degenerative mitral regurgitation by using a small high-tech clip that holds together a portion of the mitral valve leaflets to prevent blood from flowing back into the heart chamber.

    Improving Cancer Surgery is Goal of New Invention

    With the goal of making it easier for surgeons to detect malignant tissue during surgery and hopefully reduce the rate of cancer recurrence, scientists have invented a new imaging system that causes tumors to "light up" when a hand-held laser is directed at them.

    Insulin Nasal Spray Shows Promise as Treatment for Alzheimer’s

    A recent pilot study has shown that a man-made form of insulin delivered by nasal spray may improve working memory and other mental capabilities in adults with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease dementia.

    Wake Forest Baptist Donates AEDs to Local High Schools

    The Heart and Vascular Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center recently donated an automated external defibrillator to West Forsyth High School and Reagan High School.

    Wake Forest Baptist First in State with Novel, Alternative Technique to Open Heart Surgery

    Physicians at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have successfully performed a rare cardiac procedure with a technique that creates a new pathway to the heart for valve replacement.


    Tis the Season of Challenges for Those With Food Allergies

    The wide variety and complexity of foods served at holiday gatherings can pose a threat for people with food allergies, Wake Forest Baptist experts warn. 

    High School Football Players Show Brain Changes after One Season

    A recent study has shown that some high school football players exhibit measurable brain changes after a single season of play even in the absence of concussion.



    Most U.S. Adults Cannot Donate a Kidney Due to Preventable Health Problems

    • View the news coverage in and Science Daily
    • Read the news release
    • Learn more about transplant program

    Few PCPs Order Low-Dose CT for Lung Cancer Screening


    Potty Training Before Age Two Can Cause Problems Later



    Wake Forest Baptist One of a Few Centers Worldwide Offering Fertility Preservation Option to Young Boys with Cancer

    Wake Forest Baptist, Vidant Health and WakeMed Health Collaborate to Form New Company

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, Vidant Health in Greenville and WakeMed Health & Hospitals in Raleigh are forming a shared services operating company that will allow the organizations to gain benefits of scale while maintaining current governance and independence. This significant relationship will not include a merger or acquisition of organizations. “These three organizations have joined resources to more quickly innovate care models and support infrastructure that reduce cost and best meet the needs of the diverse patient, consumer and workforce populations that we serve throughout the state,” said John D. McConnell, M.D., chief executive officer, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

    Read more about this unique collaboration.
    See what the national health care media says about it.
    • Learn more about the three health care systems forming the new company here, here and here.

    Meditation May Mitigate Migraine Misery

    Meditation might be a path to migraine relief, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study, conducted by Rebecca Erwin Wells, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, is published in the online edition of the journal Headache.
    • View the news coverage in TIMEHuffington Post UK and
    • Read the entire news release
    • Find out more about neurology research

    Wake Forest Baptist Vidant Health and WakeMed Health Collaborate to Form New Company

    Youth Football Study Receives Grant from National Institutes of Health

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has received a $3.8 million, five-year grant from the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, part of the National Institutes of Health, to continue studying the effects of head impacts in youth league football.




    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.

    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.

    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).



    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

    Gene Test May Improve Lung Cancer Care

    Screening for gene mutations may help doctors choose targeted therapies that could increase survival, according to a new study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association. In an accompanying editorial, Boris Pasche, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Comprehensive Cancer Center, said the findings offer a proof of principle that lung cancer patients can be tested for multiple gene mutations at once to guide treatment options.


    Liaison Program Works To Prevent Fragility Fractures in Older Adults

    Last fall, Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center became one of the first academic medical centers in the country to establish a formal fracture liaison service program.

    It’s Safe to Go In the Water, Just Don’t Swallow It

    There is nothing better on a hot, summer day than a refreshing dip in a community pool, water park, lake or ocean. However, bacteria and parasites can lurk in all kinds of water and put a real damper on summertime fun unless people practice a few, simple safety tips says Christopher Ohl, M.D., professor of infectious diseases.
    • View news coverage on and Toronto Telegraph.
    • Read the release.
    • Find out more about infectious diseases.

    Lab-Grown Vaginal Organs Implanted in Patients

     A research team led by scientists at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has reported the long-term success of vaginal organs that were engineered in the lab and implanted in four teenage girls. The young women were born with a rare genetic defect in which the vagina and uterus are undeveloped or absent. Scientists said the breakthrough can potentially be applied to other conditions, such as uterine cancer, and that the study illustrates how regenerative medicine strategies can be applied to a variety of tissues and organs.

    Screening Tests for Vitamin D Deficiency Surge

    Physicians are ordering vitamin D deficiency screening tests for preventive care purposes rather than after patients develop conditions caused by decreased bone density, new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center suggests.

    Read the news release.

    View the media coverage.

    Visit the Center for Dermatology Research

    Match Day 2014

    On March 21 at the stroke of noon, seniors at Wake Forest School of Medicine learned where they will begin their careers as doctors in the annual Match Day event. Every year graduating medical students across the country simultaneously open envelopes to learn where they “matched” and will spend the next three to seven years of residency training. This year 115 Wake Forest medical students, 66 men and 49 women, matched in 20 specialties. 

    ACC Mascots Visit Brenner Children's Hospital

    The mascots of the Atlantic Coast Conference spent an afternoon at Brenner Children's Hospital as part of an outreach initiative for the 2014 ACC Men's Basketball Tournament. Young patients got to meet and have their photo taken with their favorite mascot during the visit. Brenner Children's Hospital is the only children's hospital in northwest North Carolina serving western North Carolina, as well as parts of Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. 



    Study Looks at Steroid Prescriptions for Psoriasis Treatment

    Psoriasis is an autoimmune skin disease in which cells multiply 10 times faster than the normal rate. The excess cells pile up on the skin’s surface forming red, raised, scaly plaques that can be painful and disfiguring. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 7 million adults across the country have psoriasis and approximately 1.5 million of them suffer with the moderate-to-severe form of the disease. New research from the Center for Dermatology Research, looks at steroid prescription for disease management.

    Read the news release.

    View stories from HealthDay and

    Visit the Center for Dermatology Research.

    Check out related psoriasis news.

    Women Fare Worse than Men Following Stroke

    The good news: More people survive stroke now than 10 years ago due to improved treatment and prevention.

    The bad news: Women who survive stroke have a worse quality of life than men, according to a study published in the Feb. 7 online issue of the journal Neurology by lead author Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., associate professor of Neurology and a leading expert in stroke and stroke prevention.

    Study Looks at BP, Cholesterol & Brain Health for Diabetics

    A new study published in JAMA Internal Medicine by lead author Jeff Williamson, MD, professor of Gerontology and Geriatrics, suggests that intensive treatment of blood pressure and cholesterol levels in people with diabetes won't help lower the risk of cognitive decline.

    Read the JAMA news release here.

    Review media coverage by HealthDay.

    Learn more about aging research.


    New Guidelines Focus on Preventing Stroke in Women

    For the first time, guidelines have been developed for the American Heart Association on preventing stroke in women. Cheryl Bushnell, M.D., associate professor of neurology and director of the Stroke Center at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, is the lead author of a new scientific statement published in the AHA journal Stroke.


    Brain Structure Shows Who is Most Sensitive to Pain

    Everybody feels pain differently, and brain structure may hold the clue to these differences. In a study published in the current online issue of the journal Pain, scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have shown that the brain’s structure is related to how intensely people perceive pain.
    • Read the news coverage of the study in Yahoo!Health, Huffington Post and MSN Healthy Living.
    • Read the entire news release here.
    • Learn more about the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy.

    High Blood Pressure Potentially More Dangerous for Women Than Men

    Doctors may need to treat high blood pressure in women earlier and more aggressively than they do in men, according to scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. In a new study, published in the December edition of Therapeutic Advances in Cardiovascular Disease, the researchers for the first time found significant differences in the mechanisms that cause high blood pressure in women as compared to men.
    • Read the news release here
    • Read the news coverage on HealthDay and WTOP
    • Learn more about hypertension here

    How Cyanobacteria, or Pond Scum, Helps Scientists

    Scientists are gaining a better understanding of the neurochemical basis of addiction with a new technology called optogenetics that allows them to control the activity of specific populations of brain cells, or neurons, using light. And it's all thanks to understanding how tiny green algae, that give pond scum its distinctive color, detect and use light to grow.

    • Read the news release here.
    • View coverage here.

    Public Health Sciences and Physician Assistant Programs Relocating to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

    Two of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s preeminent School of Medicine programs will move to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in the spring of next year. 

    Expanded Cancer Center Opens at Wake Forest Baptist

    From the calming courtyard nestled in the center of the upper floors to the family laundry facilities, everything about the new Comprehensive Cancer Center of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is focused on the care and comfort of patients and their families. The $125 million capital construction project that began in June 2011 opens its doors to patients next week as the region's first dedicated cancer hospital. Gov. Pat McCory was among the invited guests who toured the new facility on Tuesday, Dec. 3.

    • The opening of the Cancer Center was covered by WFDD, WGHP (Fox 8), News 14 Carolina, and the Triad Business Journal.
    • Read the complete news release.
    • Learn more about the newly expanded Comprehensive Cancer Center.

    Health Care Affiliation Joins Wake Forest Baptist and Cornerstone Health Care

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center announced that it has entered into a first-of-its-kind strategic affiliation agreement in the Triad with Cornerstone Health Care, P.A. through its wholly-owned management services organization Cornerstone Health Enablement Strategic Solutions, LLC (CHESS).

    Women and African-Americans at Higher Risk of Heart Attack from Atrial Fibrillation than Men and Whites

    Doctors have known for years that atrial fibrillation (AF), or irregular heartbeat, increases the risk for stroke, but now researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have shown that it also increases the risk for heart attack. In fact, for women and African Americans, it more than doubles the risk.
    • Read the entire news release
    • Read the news coverage on, and U.S. News & World Report
    • Learn more about Public Health Sciences

    What Works for Women Doesn’t Work for Men

    Flushed face, sweating, a sudden rush of heat. The hot flash, the bane of menopausal women, also can affect men who are undergoing hormone therapy for prostate cancer. But unlike in women, neither soy protein nor a common antidepressant provides relief for men, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
    • Read the entire news release
    • Read the news coverage on HealthDay and U.S.News & World Report
    • Learn more about Public Health Sciences 

    Phase 1 Construction Complete at Wake Forest Baptist Health Davie Medical Center

    The $89 million project includes Medical Plaza One (a medical office building with cardiac and orthopaedic rehabilitation facilities, lab services and a pharmacy) and Medical Plaza Two (24/7 Emergency Department for adults and children; outpatient surgery services; clinics in ophthalmology, cardiology, neurology and podiatry and extensive diagnostic imaging capabilities.

    In the Pink - Breast Cancer Awareness

    Located within the Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Breast Care Center offers a full spectrum of services to help women suddenly facing the many uncertainties of breast cancer. Marissa Howard-McNatt, M.D., is an experienced surgeon who has conducted research into why women choose to have double mastectomies when cancer isn't present in both breasts. Susan Melin, M.D., hematology and oncology, wants to help her patients deal with their emotional stress related to hair loss and is overseeing a new clinical trial to test medical scalp-cooling technology for women undergoing chemotherapy for early stage breast cancer treatment. And Gail Hurt, R.N., M.Ed., of the Cancer Risk Assessment Program, counsels women about BRAC gene testing and how to cope with results.

    Scientists Study Cumulative Effect of Head Hits in Youth Football

    A study on the cumulative effects of head impacts in youth football conducted by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has resulted in two important findings to date. The study of 50 youth-league players, ages 9 to 12, found that contact in practice, not games, was the most significant variable when the number and force of head hits incurred over the course of a season were measured. In addition, the researchers developed a new way to measure the cumulative effect of head impacts, called Risk Weighted Cumulative Exposure (RWE).
    • Read the news releases on the first and second findings.
    • View coverage on UNCTV and MIT Technology Review.
    • Learn more about the Concussion Clinic.

    Wake Forest Baptist Leads Body on a Chip Project

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine is leading a unique $24 million federally funded project to develop a “body on a chip” that will be used to accelerate the development of antidotes for chemical and biological weapons.


    Sunscreen Prevents Skin Cancer – New Study Shows Docs Don’t Discuss

    A new study from Wake Forest Baptist's Center for Dermatology Research published in the journal JAMA Dermatology indicates that doctors across the board are not recommending sunscreen to their patients. Out of 18.3 billion doctor visits over nearly 21 years, sunscreen was recommended to patients only 12.83 million times -- that works out to only 0.07% of visits.

    World Class Health Care for World Class Tennis

    The Medical Center serves as the official medical provider of the Winston-Salem Open. The tennis tournament, in its third year, was held Aug. 17-24. North Carolina Sports medicine expert Daryl Rosenbaum, M.D., family and community medicine, served as this year's tournament medical director, leading our medical experts and advising athletes during the competition. He is shown here, right, in action at the Open.

    Genetic Tests Can Empower Patients

    Genetic testing allows the genetic diagnosis of vulnerabilities to inherited diseases and it is thought that genomic studies will eventually lead to advances in the treatment of diseases. In recent media interviews Gail Hurt, R.N., M.Ed., of the Cancer Risk Assessment Program, recently discussed BRAC gene testing, which was spotlighted by the actress Angelina Jolie, and how people cope with genetic test results.

    Cumulative Effects of Head Hits in Youth Football Studied

    A study on the cumulative effects of head impacts in youth football conducted by scientists at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has resulted in two important findings to date. The study of 50 youth-league players, ages 9 to 12, found that contact in practice, not games, was the most significant variable when the number and force of head hits incurred over the course of a season were measured. In addition, the researchers developed a new way to measure the cumulative effect of head impacts, called Risk Weighted Cumulative Exposure (RWE).
    • Read the news releases on the first and second findings.
    • View coverage on and Yahoo Health.
    • Learn more about Biomedical Engineering and Sciences

    Clinical Trial to Test Cold Caps for Hair Loss Prevention During Chemo

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will conduct a second clinical trial of the DigniCap® System, a scalp-cooling technology that helps prevent chemotherapy-related hair loss. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently gave Dignitana, the parent company, approval for its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application which allows for a multi-center clinical trial of the patented DigniCap® System. The trial is the second and final phase of study in the United States and paves the way for FDA market approval of the scalp-cooling device, which is already widely used overseas.

    Summer Burn IQ

    Dog days of summer bring increased exposure to the sun and other burn hazards. While the sun itself gets most of the blame for burns and skin cancer, there are other risk factors to keep in mind. Dermatologists Alan Fleischer and Steve Feldman as well as Burn Center Director James Holmes highlight different aspects of the topic.

    *Read about the risk factors at Cure Today, WebMD and US News and World Report.

    *Review related research and prevention tips.

    *Visit the Dermatology department or the Burn Center to learn more.


    Future Doctors Unaware of Their Obesity Bias

    Two out of five medical students have an unconscious bias against obese people, according to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study is published online ahead of print in the Journal of Academic Medicine.
    • Read the news release
    • Review the coverage from NPR and
    • Learn more about the School of Medicine

    Early Short-Term Use of Estrogen Has No Effect on Cognition, Study Finds

    Wake Forest Baptist is a leader in the research field of women's health related to menopause and hormone therapy. A new study, published in JAMA, of The Women's Health Initiative Memory Study of Younger Women (WHIMSY) found that prescribing CEE-based hormone therapy to postmenopausal women ages 50 to 55 years had no longer-term effects on cognitive function. WHIMSY is part of the groundbreaking Women's Health Initiative Memory Study (WHIMS) that demonstrated that postmenopausal hormone therapy with CEEs, when prescribed to women 65 years and older, caused deficits in global and domain-specific cognitive functioning.

    Regular Moderate Exercise Does Not Worsen Pain in People with Fibromyalgia

    For many people who have fibromyalgia, even the thought of exercising is painful. Yet a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that exercise does not worsen the pain associated with the disorder and may even lessen it over time. The findings are published in the current online issue of the journal Arthritis Care & Research. According to Dennis Ang, M.D., associate professor of internal medicine at Wake Forest Baptist and senior author of the study, doing light to moderate exercise over a prolonged period of time improves overall symptoms, such as fatigue and trouble sleeping, while not increasing pain.
    • Read coverage in Health24 and Medical News Today
    • Read the recent research news release
    • Visit Rheumatology


    Migrant Farmworkers

    Ongoing research from The Center for Worker Health looks at occupational health issues related to migrant farm work. Recent studies have looked at housing conditions, water quality and pesticides.

    • View news coverage on the topic.


    Survived Cancer? Now Look Out for Cardiovascular Risks

    New research finds that cardiovascular disease risk factors may be overlooked during survivorship care for people who beat cancer. The study highlights the need for more awareness by cancer survivors and their doctors to plan for good health following cancer treatment

    Migraine Headache Triggers Tricky to Pinpoint

    Daily fluctuations of variables – such as weather, diet, hormone levels, sleep, physical activity and stress – make  it difficult for patients and their doctors to figure out for themselves what causes their headaches, according to a new study from researcher Timothy T. Houle, Ph.D, associate professor of anesthesia and neurology.


    Wake Forest Innovation Quarter: New Brand for Piedmont Triad Research Park

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has jump-started operations at its new commercialization enterprise, Wake Forest Innovations, with the launch of four new websites.

    Wake Forest Innovations public website,, is the primary way for industry and business partners to engage with Wake Forest Innovations and its internal business units; three new dot-com websites now market the newly-organized scientific services of Wake Forest Innovations that are now available under competitive terms.

    There’s also a new brand for the research park model– where people Work, Live, Learn, and Play– that is being developed by Wake Forest Baptist and its public-private partners. It’s called Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

    • Watch the video reveal of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.
    • Learn more about Wake Forest Innovations and its three core business units.
    • Read the media coverage from the Triad Business Journal.

    Health Care Providers May Be at Greater Risk of Flu Exposure Than Previously Thought

    Some people with the flu emit more of the air-borne virus than others, suggesting that the current recommendations for infection control among health care providers may not be adequate, according to a new study from researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The study is published in the Jan. 31 online edition of The Journal of Infectious Disease.“Our study provides new evidence that infectiousness may vary between influenza patients and questions the current medical understanding of how influenza spreads,” said Werner Bischoff, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of infectious diseases at Wake Forest Baptist and lead author of the study.

    • Read the news release.
    • Review the stories from MyHealthNewsDaily, and WebMD.
    • Learn more about the flu.


    Too Much Caffeine May Be Harmful to Youths

    Mary Claire O'Brien, M.D., Emergency Medicine, is among a group of scientists, researchers and public health officials urging the FDA to take action to regulate caffeine in energy drinks. Based on the scientific evidence they have reviewed, they conclude that there is neither sufficient evidence of safety nor a consensus of scientific opinion to conclude that the high levels of added caffeine in energy drinks are safe under the conditions of their intended use, as required by the FDA's Generally Recognized as Safe (GRAS) standards for food additives. To the contrary, the best available scientific evidence demonstrates a robust correlation between the caffeine levels in energy drinks and adverse health and safety consequences, particularly among children, adolescents, and young adults. 

    • See Dr. O'Brien discuss the issue on NBCNews channel.
    • Read the DAWN report.
    • Listen to Dr. O'Brien discuss the issue on NPR.

    Flu Vaccine Rates in Children Remain Lower Than Expected Despite Recommendations

    This year’s flu season is in full swing with 41 states now reporting widespread illness. Unfortunately, not enough children are getting the flu shot even though health officials recommend that all children 6 months and older get the vaccine. According to a new study by researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, less than 45 percent of children were vaccinated against the flu during a five-year study period.
    • Read the news release.
    • Review stories from the Toronto Sun, New York Daily News, CNBC Pakistan and WBTV in Charlotte.
    • Learn more about the Department of Pediatrics.

    Firefighter Survives Widow Maker, Returns to Give Thanks

    Winston-Salem firefighter Anton Spagnoletti has been saving lives for 27 years. He never thought others would need to save his. With no previous signs of heart trouble, a non-smoker and fit, Spagnoletti suffered a massive heart attack while on duty. Within 15 minutes of his attack, he was in the emergency department at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, where he went into cardiac arrest. After being revived with a defibrillator, Spagnoletti was rushed to the catheterization lab, where Sanjay Gandhi, M.D., cardiology, removed a 2-inch clot from a blocked artery. A week later, Spagnoletti visited to say “thanks” for saving his life.

    Music to the Ears for a Good Night’s Sleep

    If you are among the 50 percent of Americans who suffer from insomnia, then you have probably tried everything - from warm milk to melatonin pills or prescription medications to induce sleep - with varying degrees of success and side effects. But what if sleep could be achieved not by a substance, but through 'balancing' brain activity?

    Charles H. Tegeler, M.D., professor of neurology, and colleagues at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have conducted a pilot clinical study to determine whether a non-invasive approach, that uses musical tones to balance brain activity, can 'reset' the brain and effectively reduce insomnia. 

    • Watch Dr. Tegeler as he explains the results of this pilot study in this interview with KPIX-TV in San Francisco.
    • Learn more about research at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.


    PTRP President Eric Tomlinson Explains Park's New Emphasis

    Eric Tomlinson, president of the Piedmont Triad Research Park and chief innovation officer, was recently featured in an in-depth Q&A with The Business Journal. Tomlinson explains the park’s new emphasis on innovation and being a resource of businesses. Tomlinson started in his role in July.

    Tips on How to Avoid and Relieve Campaign Season Stress

    During the presidential campaign season, it's no surprise that people become a little more stressed and inundated with information. Bryan Hatcher, director of Center Development and Education for CareNet, part of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, offers tips to avoid and relieve some of that campaign season stress.

    Growing Replacement Organs in the Lab

    Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine are recognized internationally for their work to engineer replacement organs in the lab. The ultimate goal is to help address the shortage of donor organs available for transplant. Recent research advances include engineering ovarian tissue in a rat model with the aim of developing a treatment for certain types of infertility.

    Improving Sports Health, One Hit at a Time

    Doctors at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are providing much-needed clinical care and field research on the dangers of concussions in young football players at the Concussion Clinic. In research, they are teaming up with Virginia Tech University to conduct a clinical trial on the effects of repeated blows and concussions on children’s brains during a season of football. And on the clinical front, the Sports Teleconcussion Network, the first in North Carolina and the Southeast, is allowing doctors to assess student athletes for concussions via a mobile telemedicine robot.

    • Review national news coverage on the Katie Couric show and in Time magazine.
    • Review regional news coverage on News 14 and WFMY.
    • Learn more about the Concussion Clinic.

    Tasered Youths Fare as Well as Adults, New Research Says

    Adolescents who are tasered by law enforcement officers do not appear to be at higher risk for serious injury than adults, according to a new study from lead author Alison R. Gardner, M.D., an assistant professor of emergency medicine. This latest research is the first to specifically investigate Taser® use on adolescents and found no major differences in the injury rates or types of injuries to youth when compared to adults.

    Scientists Use Prosthetic Device to Restore and Improve Impaired Decision-Making Ability in Animals

    Imagine a prosthetic device capable of restoring decision-making in people who have reduced capacity due to brain disease or injury. While this may sound like science fiction, researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have proven for the first time that it is possible in non-human primates, and believe that one day it will be possible in people.

    • Read the full news release here.
    • Review media coverage of the study from The New York Times and MIT’s Technology Review.
    • Learn more about the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology.

    West Nile Virus

    In late August, the CDC announced that the outbreak of West Nile virus has been the worst ever, escalating from 29 cases in July to more than 1,000 cases across 47 states. Christopher Ohl, M.D., Infectious Diseases, discussed the epidemic, its symptoms and offered additional information on how to avoid the illness.

    Study Shows Heart Calcium Scan Most Effective in Predicting Risk of Heart Disease

    Heart calcium scans are far superior to other assessment tools in predicting the development of cardiovascular disease in individuals currently classified at intermediate risk by their doctors, according to researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. The test, known as coronary artery calcium (CAC), uses a CT scan to detect calcium build-up in the arteries around the heart. The study findings are presented in the Aug. 22 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.

    • Read the full news release here.
    • Review media coverage of the study from CNN and ABC.
    • Learn more about Wake Forest Baptist Heart Center.

    Study Questions Value of Calcium and Vitamin D Supplements

    A new study from epidemiologists Gary G. Schwartz, Ph.D., and Mridul Datta, Ph.D., questions the value of calcium and vitamin D supplements for men at risk of bone loss from hormonal treatment for prostate cancer. Their work shows that this type of supplementation did not prevent bone loss and, in fact, may increase the risk of cardiovascular disease and aggressive prostate cancer. 


    Wake Forest Baptist Marks 20 Years of National Ranking on U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” List

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has once again been named among America’s “Best Hospitals” by U.S. News & World report, marking 20 consecutive years among the nation’s finest hospitals.
    In the 2012-13 edition of the annual rankings, Wake Forest Baptist was among the top 50 hospitals in seven specialties: Cancer (#26), Gastroenterology (#42), Geriatrics (#50), Nephrology (#12), Neurology & Neurosurgery (#42), Pulmonology (#21) and Urology (#41). The Medical Center was also nationally ranked as “high performing” in five specialties: Cardiology & Heart Surgery, Diabetes & Endocrinology, Ear, Nose & Throat, Gynecology and Orthopedics.

    Read the original release.
    Review news coverage from the Winston-Salem Journal and The Business Journal.

    Study Suggests Tasers Don’t Cause Cardiac Complications

    William P. Bozeman, M.D., an emergency physician and one of the country's leading experts on Tasers, set out to document transcardiac related injuries in real-life uses of the weapons by law enforcement agencies, but found none in which the devices could be linked to cardiac complications, even when the probes landed on the upper chest area and may have delivered a shock across the heart.


    Summer Time Dangers

    Although many citronella pourable gels and oils for candles, firepots and tiki torches have been recalled in the past, many people still have them stored away for future summertime use, but are unaware of the dangers associated with them. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has seen an increase in the number of patients that are being treated for severe burns due to the explosion or misuse of this summertime item.

    View a Fox Charlotte story on the dangers of citronella gels.
    Visit the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center’s Burn Center.

    Pain and meditation

    Meditation produces powerful pain-relieving effects in the brain, according to new research published in the April 6 edition of the Journal of Neuroscience. “This is the first study to show that only a little over an hour of meditation training can dramatically reduce both the experience of pain and pain-related brain activation,” said Fadel Zeidan, PhD, lead author of the study and post-doctoral research fellow at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

    Salvia Research News

    The controversial drug salvia got a lot of attention last month when teen pop sensation and television star Miley Cyrus was filmed smoking the herb at a party. Now, researchers at Johns Hopkins University Medical School are going to study whether it can be used as a potential treatment for an array of neurological disorders, including addiction. In this story on, David P. Friedman, Ph.D., professor of physiology and associate dean for research, is quoted about potential effects on the adolescent brain. 

    A Call for a better high blood pressure diagnosis

    Clinicians should be able to use a newly researched diagnostic tool based on the hormone renin to identify different forms of hypertension and prescribe medicines and treatment, says Curt D. Furberg, MD, PhD, professor of public health sciences and a national authority on drug effectiveness and safety. 

    Brenner Given Fun Center for Patients

    Brenner Children's Hospital has a new Fun Center mobile entertainment unit, a gift of Wyndham Worldwide in collaboration with the Starlight Children's Foundation, to benefit sick children at the hospital. Accepting the gift was Jon Abramson, MD, chief of pediatrics at Brenner.

    Among The Best

    U.S. News & World Report ranks Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center among the nation's best in 8 categories.

    Cancer     Ear, Nose & Throat
    Gynecology     Heart & Heart Surgery
    Kidney Disorders     Neurology & Neurosurgery
    Pulmonology     Urology

    Allergy Expert Offers Summer Advice

    The onset of summer can also mean the onset of life threatening illnesses for millions of people via plants or insects. Mark Dykewicz, M.D., director of Allergy and Immunology, provides helpful tips and advice to avoid problems.

    PTRP in Major New Deal for Downtown Winston-Salem

    WFUBMC CEO Dr. John McConnell, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue, city and county officials, and WFUBMC leadership announce an $87 million project in the Piedmont Triad Research Park.

    60 Minutes Highlights Wake Forest Research

    The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine and its director, Dr. Anthony Atala, were featured on CBS’s “60 Minutes”. Watch the segment online.

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    Wake Forest Baptist In The News

    Learn more about the newsmakers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.

    Switching May Not Be The Answer

    The CDC says American-made cigarettes may contain higher doses of carginogens. While that may be the case, WFUBMC tobacco intervention expert Dr. John Spangler says switching to overseas brands may not be the answer.

    High Profile Stroke Raises Questions

    The 41-year-old son of Vice President Joe Biden suffered a minor stroke. WFUBMC neurologist Dr. Cheryl Bushnell says there are many factors that could come into play.

    Many Cancer Survivors Forgoing Care, Study Shows

    National Public Radio and other major news outlets highlight the findings of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researcher Kathryn E. Weaver's newly published study.

    Cutting Emergency Department Costs

    ScienceDaily and other national news outlets have featured the findings of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center researcher Chadwick Miller. His study may help reduce hospital admissions and treatment costs for patients entering the ED for treatment of chest pain. 

    Region's First Transoral Robotic Surgery Performed

    Western North Carolina’s first transoral robotic surgery (TORS), a minimally invasive, endoscopic technique for removal of early stage tumors of the tongue base, tonsil and larynx, has been performed at Wake Forest Baptist by surgeon Josh Waltonen, MD, of the Department of Otolaryngology, and all three patients who underwent the first procedures are recovering well, without the complications that follow traditional surgery.

    Invading Cancer Cells

    Researchers have created a "designer protein" that can not only target a cancer cell, but can also invade that cell and attack its DNA. Lead researcher Waldemar Debinski, MD, PhD, says his findings open a new door in cancer research.

    Tiny Livers Engineered in Lab

    Researchers at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center are the first to use human liver cells to successfully engineer miniature livers that function – at least in a laboratory setting – like human livers.  

    Wake Forest Baptist Researcher Hopes for FDA Action Against Alcoholic Energy Drinks

    Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center emergency physician Mary Claire O’Brien, M.D., who conducted groundbreaking research into the dangers of the manufactured alcoholic energy drinks, says the drinks are dangerous and their sale should be prohibited.


    Rehabilitation is Key After Major Trauma

    David W. Lacey, MD, medical director of Acute Inpatient Rehabilitation Services at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, was interviewed by Associated Press (AP) to provide insight on the value of a strong social network for rehabilitating patients like Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona.

    Giffords suffered a gunshot to the head Jan. 8 in a shooting spree which has riveted the nation’s attention. Reports show that Giffords is improving steadily and has been moved to TIRR Memorial Hermann Hospital's rehab center in Houston. Her husband, astronaut Mark Kelly, has decided to command the upcoming flight of the space shuttle Endeavor.

    Lacey is a physiatrist, a medical doctor who specializes in rehabilitating and restoring optimal function to people with injuries such as brain injuries and major traumas.

    Improving Leukemia Outcomes Through Research

    Researchers are working hard to improve outcomes for patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). A study done at Wake Forest Baptist shows that the use of arsenic early in treatment significantly improves survival for these patients.  

    Expert Explains the Condition ANCA-vasculitis

    A condition called ANCA-associated vasculitis recently made headlines when Wake Forest University student-athlete Kevin Jordan suffered from the disease and needed a kidney transplant. Wake Forest's head baseball coach Tom Walter donated one of his kidneys on Feb. 7 in a successful surgery at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Barry I. Freedman, MD, chief of Nephrology, explains the condition.


    Replacement Urine Tubes Engineered in the Lab

    A team of researchers led by the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine has gained international attention for work to successfully replace damaged urine tubes in five boys with new tubes engineered in the lab. The work was reported Online First in the medical journal The Lancet. The success is another example of how the strategies of tissue engineering can be applied to multiple organs and tissues -- offering the potential to cure disease.

    African-Americans More Likely to Donate Kidney to Family

    Family matters, especially when it comes to African-Americans and living kidney donation. In a study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, researchers found that African-Americans donate almost exclusively to family members for living kidney transplants, as compared to Caucasians.



    Chantix Unsuitable for First-Line Smoking Cessation Use

    The poor safety profile of the smoking-cessation drug varenicline (Chantix™) makes it unsuitable for first-line use, according to a study published in the Nov. 2 edition of the journal PLoS One, an online publication of the Public Library of Science.  

    Hope for PTSD patients

    Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist have teamed up with the Department of Veterans Affairs to identify ways to better diagnose and treat post-traumatic stress disorder using the latest in high-tech brain imaging.

    Watch Dr. Meggan Goodpasture on Dr. Oz

    When a producer from The Dr. Oz Show called in early November and asked if Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center had a pediatrician who could discuss malnutrition for an upcoming show they were doing on hunger, the answer was “YES!”

    Watch the segments here.

    Meggan Goodpasture, MD, assistant professor of pediatrics, appeared on the Tuesday, Nov. 29 episode of The Dr. Oz show which was a special, hour-long report on "Hunger in America." Average viewership for The Dr. Oz show is 3.6 million. The show also featured an organization called Share Our Strength, a national nonprofit working to end childhood hunger in America. Anyone interested in contributing to a local food bank, can visit Second Harvest for more information.

    First Hospital in North Carolina to Implant Newly Approved Device to Treat Heart Failure

    A next-generation defibrillator that provides more treatment options and will likely reduce readmissions for patients with heart failure has been implanted at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center – the first hospital in North Carolina to do so. The implantation of this new cardiac resynchronization therapy system was performed Dec. 2 on an 84-year-old male patient by Glenn Brammer, MD, assistant professor of cardiology, and assisted by Sidharth A. Shah, M.D., an electrophysiology fellow. The device had received U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval only three days earlier, on Nov. 29.

    Postmenopausal Women and Weight Gain: Study Results

    A recent study at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, sponsored by the National Institute on Aging, found that when older women lose weight, they could suffer negative consequences if the weight loss is not maintained.

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    Protein Shows Promise in Blood Sugar Regulation

    Generally diagnosed in children, teenagers and young adults, type 1 diabetes requires regular injections of insulin for patients to survive. Scientists at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have opened a new line of research into this devastating disease with the discovery of a protein that they hope will one day lead to a new treatment.

    Body Location Plays Part in Scratching Pleasure

    New research from Gil Yosipovitch, MD, PhD, professor of dermatology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and a world-renowned itch expert, shows that how good scratching an itch feels is related to the itch’s location.

    Yosipovitch said this research helps lead to a better understanding of itch and how to relieve it for people who have skin disease like eczema and psoriasis.

    Bedwetting Often Due to Undiagnosed Constipation

    Many stubborn cases of bedwetting are actually due to undiagnosed constipation, according to new research by Steve Hodges, MD, pediatric urologist. If the underlying problem isn’t treated, children and their parents must endure an unnecessarily long, costly and difficult quest to cure nighttime wetting.

    Media coverage by 
    FoxNews.comand WebMD.
    Read the full release.
    Visit the
    Department of Urology.

    The Next Generation of Innovation

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has opened the doors to Wake Forest Biotech Place, a new state-of-the-art, world-class, 242,000 square foot biotechnology research and innovation center designed to allow more growth of Wake Forest Baptist’s many renowned research departments and create incubator space to promote start-up companies generated by researchers’ discoveries and space for established biomedical research companies.

    Follow Local Media Coverage

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Ranked Among Top for Medical Training, Research Programs

    Wake Forest School of Medicine has again been recognized by U.S.News & World Report for its high-quality medical education, training and research programs.

    The School of Medicine placed 19th among the nation's top medical schools in primary care and 42nd among research programs in the annual list of America's "Best Graduate Schools."

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Featured on ABC’s Good Morning America

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center was featured in this story on the dangers of sugar on ABC's Good Morning America, which has a viewership of almost 5 million. The story also has been picked up by CBS and Fox News affiliates across the country.

    A special thanks to the staff of the Translational Science Institute, the General Clinical Research Center and Michael Coates, MD, Family Medicine, for their efforts in making this story possible.

    Watch the segment here.

    New Technology Shows Promise Preventing Cell Death Following Brain Injury

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers, seeking a successful treatment for traumatic brain injury, have found that the size and extent of damaged tissue can be reduced by using a new device to prevent cell death. 

    Effects of Caffeine on the Brain

    The research of Paul Laurienti, M.D., Radiology, was featured on ABC's World News with Diane Sawyer. The story on the effects of caffeine on the human brain also has been picked up by news organizations across the country from Milwaukee to Salt Lake City.

    Summer Olympic Athletes Must Overcome Skin Conditions to Reach for the Gold

    The Olympics are all about the “thrill of victory and the agony of defeat.” But for many Summer Games athletes, there’s also the agony of skin problems which rank among athletes’ most common complaints. Research from former Olympian turned physician Jacqueline F. De Luca, M.D., a resident in Wake Forest Baptist’s dermatology department, found there isn’t much information in the medical literature about these problems.


    Treating Childhood Obesity

    Treating Childhood Obesity

    With nearly one-third of American children being overweight or obese, doctors agree that there is an acute need for more effective treatments. Joseph Skelton, M.D., who heads the childhood obesity program (Brenner FIT) at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, has been featured in several recent news stories on how to prevent and treat childhood obesity.
    • Watch the ABC news stories here:
    o Fatty liver disease in teens
    o Junk food tax
    • Read the recent research news release.
    • Visit Brenner Fit.

    To Tan or Not to Tan?

    It shouldn’t be a question at all. As we kick off the summer season with Memorial Day weekend, which often includes barbecues and pool openings, it’s time to take extra care of our skin. Research from Wake Forest Baptist dermatologists has shown that tanning makes us feel good by releasing endorphins, but UV ray exposure – whether from the sun or tanning beds – is harmful.


    Older Adults May Need More Vitamin D to Prevent Mobility Difficulties

    Older adults who don't get enough vitamin D - either from diet, supplements or sun exposure - may be at increased risk of developing mobility limitations and disability, according to new research from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.


    Building Organs in the Lab

    Building replacement organs in the lab is the goal of the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine. This team of scientists works to engineer replacement tissues and organs and develop healing cell therapies for more than 30 different areas of the body.
    View a story on Fox Tampa about the institute’s research.
    Visit the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
    Learn more about the science of regenerating organs from  the institute’s director.

    Lab-Engineered Muscle Implants

    Muscle implants engineered in the lab may one day help children born with cleft lip and palate and warriors injured on the battlefield. Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist's Institute for Regenerative Medicine recently reported that in mice studies, the implants successfully prompt the regeneration and repair of damaged or lost muscle tissue, resulting in significant functional improvement. 

     Read the news release
    Watch coverage by Carolina News 14
     Learn more about the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine
     Learn more about the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine, a research sponsor

    Give Your Presence Away for New Year's

    Each January 1st millions of people resolve to change something in their lives that they hope will make it a happier new year. They promise to lose weight, quit smoking, start exercising, get organized, stop procrastinating, get out of debt and clean that closet, to name a few, said William J. McCann, Psy.D, director of behavioral science education in Wake Forest Baptist's family medicine department. But this year, McCann suggests you resolve to give your "presence" away.

    Read the full article here.

    African-American Women, Exercise and Hair Concerns

    Hair care and maintenance issues are primary factors that deter African-American women from exercising, a major health concern for a group that has the highest rates of obesity in the country. Research from Amy McMichael, M.D., dermatology, about hair care practices and exercise concerns for this group of women received widespread coverage.

    Read the news release.

    Review stories from HealthDay, Reuters and Huffington Post.

    Learn more about the Dermatology Research Center.


    Thigh Fat May Slow Seniors Down

    A new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center shows that an increase in fat throughout the thigh is predictive of mobility loss in otherwise healthy older adults. Researcher Kristen Beavers, Ph.D., said the findings suggest that prevention of age-related declines in walking speed isn't just about preserving muscle mass, it's also about preventing fat gain.

    Will Replacement Organs One Day be Printed?

    The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is a leader in research to "print" replacement tissues and organs. Work that started out on a modified inkjet printer has advanced to custom-designed machines that are attracting national attention for their innovation.

    A Solution for the Organ Shortage?

    Nearly 20 percent of kidneys recovered from deceased donors in the U.S. are rejected for transplant. But, what if instead of being discarded, these organs could be "recycled" to help solve the critical shortage of donor organs?

    • Read about the research.
    • Watch Fox 8 coverage of the story
    • Learn more about regenerative medicine

    Regenerative Medicine for Battlefield Injuries

    Wake Forest Baptist’s Institute for Regenerative Medicine has been selected to lead a $75 million research effort to apply regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries.  Funded by the Department of Defense, the effort includes more than 30 institutions and 60 projects.


    Testosterone Therapy -- It's Not for Everyone

    While men have been led to believe that testosterone therapy is a fountain of youth, it isn't a cure-all, says Wake Forest Baptist Health Urologist Ryan Terlecki, MD. While the therapy can address problems of low energy and low libido, it is not a treatment for erectile dysfunction. In addition, it is not recommended for men who want to preserve their fertility. For more information on the therapy and male sexual health:

    Developing New Therapies for Wounded Warriors

    Major General Joseph Caravalho, Jr., MD, Commanding General, U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command and Fort Detrick, was in Winston-Salem Feb. 25 to officially launch the Armed Forces Institute of Regenerative Medicine II (AFIRM) here. AFIRM II is a $75 million federally funded program to apply regenerative medicine to battlefield injuries.

    The Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine is leading the effort, which involves 30 different institutions and includes 60 projects. Scientists are working to develop new therapies in the following areas: 

    ● Restoring function to severely traumatized limbs
    ● Reconstruction for facial and skull injuries through tissue regeneration
    ● Skin regeneration for burn injuries
    ● New treatments to prevent rejection of “composite” transplants such as face and hands
    ● Reconstruction of the genital and urinary organs and lower abdomen

     Watch a video about some of the projects
     Read about AFIRM II in Stars and Stripes
     Read an editorial from the Greensboro News & Record

    Milestone Reached in Project to Build Replacement Kidneys

    Regenerative medicine researchers at Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. Working with human-sized pig kidneys, the scientists developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in the new organs open and flowing with blood. If proven successful, the new method could potentially be applied to other complex organs that scientists are working to engineer, including the liver and pancreas.

    Telephone Based Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Anxiety in Rural Older Adults

    In a study recently published by JAMA Psychiatry, Gretchen A. Brenes, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and behavioral medicine, found that telephone-based cognitive behavioral therapy was better at reducing worry, generalized anxiety disorder symptoms and depressive symptoms in older adults who live in rural areas.

    Model of Tumor Spreading May Help Doctors Pinpoint Best Treatment

    Researchers at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine have developed one of the first laboratory models of cancer spreading from one 3D tissue to another. They hope that one day, doctors can use this mini-model of the human body to see how each patients's actual tumor responds to drugs and learn if and where the tumor is likely to spread.



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

    The Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education opened on July 19, 2016 in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem after an 18-month renovation of a former Reynolds American tobacco manufacturing plant. The timing of the opening coincided with Wake Forest School of Medicine introducing one of the most advanced medical school curricula in the country.

    Time to Abandon DRE Exam

    The dreaded finger exam to check for prostate cancer used to be a mainstay of check-ups for older men. But new research puts the value of the test in question. “The evidence suggests that in most cases, it is time to abandon the digital rectal exam,” according to Ryan Terlecki, M.D., a Wake Forest Baptist urologist who recently published an article on the topic in Current Medical Research and Opinion. “Our findings will likely be welcomed by patients and doctors alike.” 



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