March 2012

Sylvester Cancer News
Dr. Michael H. Antoni, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and program leader of Biobehavioral
Oncology at
Sylvester, led a study that shows that a stress management program tailored to women with breast cancer
can alter tumor-promoting processes at the molecular level. The new study recently published in the journal Biological
Psychiatry is one of the first to link psychological intervention with genetic expression in cancer patients.

Dr. Andrea Papadia, OB/GYN resident, was the lead author of a study recently published in Hormone and Metabolic
about ovarian carcinoma which is the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among women with
gynecologic malignancies. Results of the study indicate antagonists of the growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH)
have been shown to inhibit growth of various cancers through endocrine, autocrine, and paracrine mechanisms.

Breast cancer is more likely to recur in women over 50 who have denser breast tissue, researchers report. The
Swedish study found that women with denser breasts had nearly twice the risk of recurrence, either in the same breast
or in the surrounding lymph nodes, than women with less dense breasts.

Researchers have discovered a rapid, precise and cost-efficient way to identify cancer-causing rearrangements of
genetic material, called chromosomal translocations that occur in the tumor cells of many cancers. Current methods for
identifying cancer-causing translocations have substantial shortcomings, regardless of the fact that hundreds of these
translocations have already been discovered.

UHealth/Miller School News
A recent Miller School DOCS health fair in Liberty City was the focus of a full report on WSVN Channel 7 News. The
fair is one of several organized by the
Mitchell Wolfson Sr. Department of Community Service (DOCS), which offers
vision screening, blood tests for diabetes and cholesterol, breast exams, pediatric exams and depression screenings
for many underserved people.
Morgan Sendzischew, 4th year Miller School student and Executive Director of
DOCS, was interviewed for the story.

Dr. Richard Isaacson, associate professor of clinical neurology, and Dr. Clinton Wright, associate professor of
neurology, were interviewed about the results of a study that found older people who are hospitalized may experience
a worsening of their memory problems and thinking abilities after they are discharged.

Dr. Gene Burkett, professor of obstetrics and gynecology, commented on the results of a study that found pregnant
women taking antidepressants known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) face a slightly increased risk
of developing dangerously high blood pressure.

Dr. Efren Manjarrez, assistant professor of medicine and associate chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, was
interviewed for a story about the rankings of several Florida Hospital systems by Health Grades.

Dr. Gordon Dickinson, professor of medicine and chief of Infectious Diseases at the Miami VA Medical Center, was
interviewed about a CDC report indicating tuberculosis rates fell to an all-time low in the United States in 2011, but the
disease continues to disproportionately infect racial and ethnic minorities, those who are foreign-born and people
infected with HIV.

Several additional news outlets published articles about a study led by Dr. Camillo Ricordi, director of the Diabetes
Research Institute, Stacy Joy Goodman
, Professor of Surgery, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, and Professor of
Biomedical Engineering, and Microbiology and Immunology. Dr. Ricordi’s study, published in the Journal of the
American Medical Association, found using a kidney transplant recipient's own mesenchymal stem cells may someday
replace or reduce the initial use of anti-rejection medications.

Additional news outlets published reports about a study led by Dr. John E. Lewis, associate professor of psychiatry
and behavioral sciences and associate director of the Medical Wellness Center. Dr. Lewis found a simple, affordable
blood test can help identify food intolerances or hidden food sensitivities that may contribute to obesity.

Hormonal changes are a major reason women are far more likely than men to have migraine headaches, research
suggests. About 30 million Americans suffer from migraines, and women are nearly three times more likely to have
them than men, according to National Headache Foundation data.

The FDA has approved a key testing phase for an artificial pancreas which could potentially automate care for millions
of type-1 diabetics. The FDA recently approved the first U.S. outpatient clinical trials for a hand-held device that was
developed by reconfiguring a standard smart phone. It automatically monitors blood sugar levels, providing insulin as
needed, eliminating the need for patients to check their blood sugar levels at regular intervals and inject themselves
with insulin.

People with autism have a greater than normal capacity for processing information even from rapid presentations and
are better able to detect information defined as 'critical', according to a new study.

Antidepressants can play a key role in alleviating painful conditions like osteoarthritis and may result in fewer side
effects than traditionally prescribed drug regimes, such as anti-inflammatories and opioids.

Sources:,,, U.S. News & World Report, Newsday, WSVN News Miami,,,, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News, Medline Plus,, Business Review Europe,
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