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MedStar Georgetown First in the Nation Recognized for Excellence in Blood Management

National Certification Optimizes Care and Safety for PatientsWashington, D.C., March 30, 2017 -  MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is proud to become the first hospital in the United States to receive a prestigious distinction in recognition of excellence in patient blood management.In a ceremony today at MedStar Georgetown, The Joint Commission and the AABB (formerly known as the American Association of Blood Banks) presented hospital representatives with the first Patient Blood Management Certification.The certification provides a third party review and evaluation of patient blood management based on the AABB Standards for a Patient Blood Management Program, and an evidence-based approach to…

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Georgetown Announces Phase II Clinical Trial of Nilotinib for Parkinson’s Disease

WASHINGTON  – Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC) today announces the launch of a phase II clinical trial to study the safety of the cancer drug nilotinib and its effects on clinical outcomes and biomarkers in people with Parkinson’s disease.  GUMC is recruiting volunteers for the study in collaboration with its clinical partner, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. The clinical trial is a phase II, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study designed to evaluate the safety and tolerability of low doses of nilotinib, the efficacy on disease biomarkers, and clinical outcomes in people with mid-stage Parkinson’s disease. Fernando Pagan, MD, medical director of the GUMC…

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Maryland Woman Benefits when Two Emerging Areas of Science Aimed at Beating Cancer Come Together

Precision Medicine and Immunotherapy: Tomorrow’s Cancer Treatments Today at MedStar Georgetown (Washington, D.C.)  – A Maryland woman is benefitting from the intersection of two promising fields of science: precision medicine to genetically profile cancer and immunotherapy to unleash the immune system to fight it. It’s a case her doctors are calling “remarkable.” Diane Lucey, 49 of Leonardtown, Maryland was living in Georgia in 2014 when she noticed a small bump in her mouth.  The two centimeter tumor was determined to be a rare type of cancer called neuroendocrine carcinoma. She had it surgically removed, received six weeks of radiation and thought…

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Healthy Heart Advice for Women

 "Goldilocks" Exercise and SleepExercise and good rest are healthy habits, right?  What is the right amount for optimal cardiovascular health? For exercise, brisk walking is good enough - 30 to 60 minutes on most days of the week does the trick!  Women who exercise moderately and regularly experience fewer than half as many heart attacks as those who don’t. And, research in healthy women shows that the optimal sleep duration is seven hours.  Less than seven hours is associated with increased heart risk.  Now here’s the interesting part:  you can get too much of a “good thing.”  Exercise and sleep…

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