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Cardiac care: Stem cell metrics

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Cardiac care: Stem cell metrics

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Cardiac care: Stem cell metrics

This in-depth look at cardiac care in Florida begins with a story about how one scientist at Scripps Research Institute in Jupiter is working to help make stem cell therapy more effective. The feature also includes a look at an alternative open-heart surgery procedure known as Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR), Florida Atlantic University’s cardiac specialist training program, and more. [Source: ]

See more from this series:
» Implant Option: An alternative to open-heart surgery originally designed for older and sicker people gains traction among a wider range of patients.

» A New Branch of Medicine: Soaring survival rates for children born with heart defects creates demand for adult care specialists.

» Training Cardiac Specialist: Dr. Lee Learman spearheads graduate medical education at FAU.

» Proactivity: Treatments focus on genetic testing to help stem problems before they occur.

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Mary Mayhew, director of the nation’s Medicaid program, is resigning after three months on the job to become Florida’s top health regulator, the state’s governor-elect announced. As secretary of the Agency for Health Care Administration, Mayhew will replace Justin Senior, who resigned in November to become CEO of the Safety Net Hospital Alliance of Florida. [Source: Orlando Sentinel]

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TGH's heart program recognized as one of nation's best

Tampa General is the only Tampa Bay hospital named on the 2018 list of “100 hospitals and health systems with great heart programs,” published by Becker’s Hospital Review, a national healthcare publication. It’s the seventh time TGH has made the annual list. Only one other hospital in Florida made the list in 2018: UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville. [Source: ]

Mayo doctor specializes in American Indians, cancer

She was 5 years old when her grandmother, Ada Salmon, told her that she was meant to be a healer. At the time, she didn’t really know what that meant, but the words from her grandmother, a member of the Choctaw Nation, stuck with her. Judith Kaur is a doctor at Mayo Clinic's Jacksonville campus and has spent much of her career working on health issues that affect Native Americans. [Source: ]

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› Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute offers newly developed 3D casts and splints
The inspiration for a new high-tech, 3D alternative to traditional plaster and fiberglass casts and splints — available regionally only at Jacksonville Orthopaedic Institute — was a young Colorado boy who in 2014 broke his arm. The first-grader’s cast got wet, which led to an infection and permanent scarring.

› Caravan Health, Tampa General Hospital, and USF Health team up to strengthen health care
Caravan Health, Tampa General Hospital (TGH), and the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine have formed a new partnership to strengthen health care for the Tampa Bay community. The partnership will also include Tampa General Medical Group (TGMG), Florida Urology Partners, and other private physician groups.

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