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A Throwback To House Calls: Doctors From University Of Utah Health Care Making The Rounds To New Moms At Home

Lindsy Chatterton and her husband David were thrilled to welcome a third baby to their South Jordan family seven months ago. As the couple adjusted to the world of 2 am feedings and constant diaper changes, there was one aspect of life with a newborn that Lindsy dreaded: Bundling up her daughter —born a month early —for check-ups at the doctor’s office.

UofU_Health-SciencesWith their third baby, the trip to visit a pediatrician became extra hectic, as Lindsy juggled baby gear while also keeping the family’s 6- and 2-year-olds in tow. Hiring a babysitter seemed like a hassle for a short check-up, so when the Chattertons learned that the University of Utah Health Care’s South Jordan Health Center was launching a new program offering house calls for newborns, they were excited to try out the service.

Young Ovarian Cancer Patient Receives Help At UT Southwestern

When Katie Ballard went to the emergency room at UT Southwestern Medical Center due to pain and swelling in her abdomen,ovarian cancer was the furthest thing from her mind.

UTSW_logoThe 20-year-old SMU journalism major was just in the second week of her junior year when she noticed she had trouble urinating and was gaining weight. That night, the pain grew too uncomfortable for Ms. Ballard to sleep, so she headed to the emergency room. An ultrasound showed a mass near her bladder, said Dr. Debra Richardson, Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology, and a gynecologic oncology surgeon at the Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center.

Scanning Babies’ Fingerprints Could Save Lives Through Vaccination Tracking

Each year 2.5 million children die worldwide because they do not receive life-saving vaccinations at the appropriate time.

Anil Jain, Michigan State University professor, is developing a fingerprint-based recognition method to track vaccination schedules for infants and toddlers, which will increase immunization coverage and save lives.

To increase coverage, the vaccines must be recorded and tracked. The traditional tracking method is for parents to keep a paper document. But in developing countries, keeping track of a baby’s vaccine schedule on paper is largely ineffective, Jain said.

Tips For Breast Cancer Survivors On How To Cope With Changes

For upcoming Breast Cancer Awareness coverage, following are tips for breast cancer survivors on how to grieve losses they might have sustained before, during, and after treatment. These tips are courtesy of. Dr. Camille Wortman, Stony Brook University’s ​(SBU)​ grief expert and they are as follows:

SBU-logo1. Maintain close connections with friends and family members. Breast cancer survivors often isolate themselves, thus cutting themselves off from interactions that can be healing.

COPD Patients Breathe Easier With Lung Flute, Study Shows

Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) report improved symptoms and health status when they use a hand-held respiratory device called the Lung Flute®, according to a new study by the University at Buffalo. Usually caused by smoking, COPD, which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema, is the third leading cause of death in the US.

The Lung Flute, manufactured by Medical Acoustics, (Buffalo), uses sound waves to break up mucus in the lungs. The device allows patients to clear lung mucus simply by blowing into the hand-held respiratory device, which produces a low frequency acoustic wave.

Published in Clinical and Translational Medicine, the 26-week study demonstrates that patients using the Lung Flute experience less difficulty breathing and less coughing and sputum production than a control group, which saw no change in COPD symptoms.

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