New Option for Sleepless Nights Due to ApneaThe Inspire Upper Airway Stimulation (UAS) system uses sensors to prevent the tongue from blocking the upper airway, which helps patients continue to breathe while sleeping. This FDA-approved treatment now available at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital has allowed Ghatak to combat the exhaustion that impacted every area of his life.
MedStar Georgetown and Huntington’s Disease Youth Organization to Support Young People and their FamiliesNineteen 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.
Common Chemotherapy Is Not Heart Toxic in Patients With BRCA1/2 MutationsUse 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.
New Device Treats Cause of Reflux Disease, Not Just SymptomsIn 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 GeorgetownThe 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.
Anesthesia with Fewer Opioids Means Patients Suffer Less Nausea and Some Experience Better Pain ReliefThe 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.
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