MedStar Georgetown and Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization to Support Young People and their Families
Nineteen year old Brian Schmidt of Baltimore knows he is at risk for a disease he describes as "like Alzheimer's and Parkinson’s Disease mixed together." The genetically inherited condition is called Huntington’s Disease (HD). "It's important for more people to know about this disease; they need to know what's going on," said Brian. Brian is hoping to spread the word about HD, which he has a 50 percent chance of inheriting, and to interact with other young people like himself. People impacted by HD in their family live with the choice of getting tested and then the excruciating decisions that follow: work, marriage, children.

Category : MedStar in the community , Neurosciences , Pediatrics ,

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Common Chemotherapy Is Not Heart Toxic in Patients With BRCA1/2 Mutations
Use of anthracycline-based chemotherapy, a common treatment for breast cancer, has negligible cardiac toxicity in women whose tumors have BRCA1/2 mutations — despite preclinical evidence that such treatment can damage the heart.

Category : Cancer , Women’s services ,

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New Device Treats Cause of Reflux Disease, Not Just Symptoms
In a first for Washington, D.C., patients with painful and potentially dangerous acid reflux now have a new surgical option that treats the cause of the problem at its source, not just the symptoms.

Category : Gastroenterology/digestive diseases ,

Cutting Edge Islet Cell Transplant Program Opens at MedStar Georgetown
Cutting Edge Islet Cell Transplant Program Opens at MedStar Georgetown
The advanced technology and expertise to transplant human islet cells from a person's pancreas into their liver so the cells can grow and behave like a pancreas has come to the Washington, D.C. region.

Category : Cancer , Innovation ,

Anesthesia with Fewer Opioids Means Patients Suffer Less Nausea and Some Experience Better Pain Relief
The ComfortSafe Pyramid™ is a checklist for treating pain when a patient is under anesthesia. It is a hierarchy and, like going up the steps of a pyramid, pain is first treated using the safest methods with the fewest side effects. Often, we don’t have to go to the higher levels at which nausea, vomiting, and prolonged sedation are so common.

Category : Quality and Patient Safety ,

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Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Redesignated by National Cancer Institute
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is proud to announce that the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has redesignated Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center as a “comprehensive cancer center.” Georgetown Lombardi has now maintained this designation for the last 21 years and is currently one of only 41 comprehensive cancer centers in the United States.

Category : Cancer , Healthcare industry ,

BRA Day Raises Awareness about Breast Reconstruction Options and Insurance Coverage
Wednesday, October 15 is Breast Reconstruction Awareness (BRA) day. BRA day is a collaborative effort between The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, The Plastic Surgery Foundation, plastic surgeons, breast centers, nurse navigators, corporate sponsors and breast cancer support groups designed to promote education, awareness and access regarding post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Category : Cancer , Women’s services ,

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