Medical Breakthroughs: First to Know

Letter from Ivanhoe's President

Saving Lives Every Day!

     American healthcare is the most expensive and in some instances the least effective but no one delivers medical breakthroughs day after day better. If you doubt me, just talk to Frank Doolittle whose 38 year old daughter had a massive brain stem stroke at 38 years old. She has recently had the stem cell treatment we covered in our report (although she had hers from a different doctor in a different city and state) and he is happy to say it has been miraculous. I hope to meet Frank and his daughter one of these days!

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  •      Christer Hiort has his own miracle to tell us about. He was given Andy Rose’s liver and that not only saved his life but allowed another person to receive the liver that Christer would have received from a cadaver. Dr Giulano Testa, MD at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas says only about 250 of these living transplants are performed per year but 15,000 people die while waiting for a transplant so every living transplant can actually save two lives.

  •      Elsa Rosa Is having her own stem cells harvested to heal her knee. Dr Bill Johnson, MD, Internal Medicine Specialist of Innovations Medical in Dallas says it is remarkable and a great option for Elsa because about 85 percent of knees respond.

  •      Neil Vicino was lucky enough to get into a clinical trial of the drug Opdivo to treat his lung cancer. Dr Ben Creelan, MD, Assistant Faculty and Medical Oncologist at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa says “it is a real game changer.”

     Our first special report this week is “Graves’ Disease in Teens: Overlooked Too Often.” Dr Andrew J Bauer, MD and Dr W Scott Adzick, MD , both at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia point out that it is often mistaken for attention deficit disorder but once diagnosed, the thyroid is removed and there should be no recurrence

     Our full length interview is with Dr Jeffrey Drebin, MD, PhD, Chairman of the Department of Surgery at Perelman School of Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania. He explains how vitamin D infusions can help patients with pancreatic cancer.

     In case you missed them, you may want to check our past reports, Premium Content in Archives Premium Content in ArchivesNew Hope for ALS and Frontotemporal Dementia Premium Content in ArchivesCancer-Cell Mutation Mystery Solved. Premium Content in the Archives may be purchased for as little as $9 for 24-hour, unlimited access. If you would like to access Premium Content for the first time click here.

     Finally, Erica Hechler, RD from Florida Hospital in Orlando, explains that the “good fat” absorbed from eating an avocado helps lower your bad cholesterol and increase your heart health. I need to remember this the next time I don’t eat the avocado on my plate!

And there's more where that came from...

Marjorie Bekaert Thomas
President, Ivanhoe Broadcast News
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