UI Hospitals and Clinics

June 2013

University of Iowa Hospitals Help Develop Blood Tracking
June 1 - Cedar Rapids Gazette - A new blood bag tracking device cleared by the Food and Drug Administration to enhance blood safety was developed in part due to existing technology at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Gene Variant in Blacks Alters Warfarin Response
June 5 - MedPage Today - Anne E. Kwitek, PhD, UI associate professor of pharmacology and associate director of the Iowa Institute of Human Genetics, discusses a study focusing on a genetic variant that explains African Americans' variable response to warfarin, a blood thinner.
Cancer Patient Exchanges Wedding Vows at Hospital
June 5 - Cedar Rapids Gazette - Before 20-year-old Michelle Cox was diagnosed last month with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, she and Gary Black planned to have their wedding in July. Soon after starting chemotherapy, however, she decided to instead have a small wedding at UI Hospitals and Clinics.
Be Gone, Bacteria
June 13 - Newswise - A team of researchers led by the University of Iowa is recommending clinical guidelines that will cut the post-surgical infection rate for staph bacteria (including MRSA) by 71 percent and 59 percent for a broader class of infectious agents known as gram-positive bacteria.
Iowa Family Fights Disease that has Blinded 61 Relatives
June 16 - Des Moines Register - Jerry Jackson has shown his family how to live without sight while helping UI researchers, the only institution studying the rare eye disease experienced by Jackson and 60 other members of his extended family.
UI Ophthalmology Dept. Raises $20K for Habitat for Humanity
June 24 - Cedar Rapids Gazette - The "Hawk-Eye" build project allows UI departments and organizations to give back
Family with Rare Blindness Offers Hope for Cure
June 25 - CBS This Morning - For generations, a family in Burlington, Iowa has faced a rare genetic disease that affects many relatives' eyesight. But now, the isolation of the specific gene could mark the beginning of a possible breakthrough for all types of blindness.

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