University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

February 2011

Dance Marathon Funds Go to Research, Comfort Care
February 1 - The Daily Iowan - When the University of Iowa Dance Marathon Allocation Committee meets in April to decide where the funds raised will go, the members will likely consider research just as much as comfort care.
Dance Marathon Stays True to Its Roots
February 1 - The Daily Iowan - Dance Marathon continually reminds participants that it’s “for the kids” in everything from T-shirts to e-mail correspondence in morale groups.
UI Students Ready for Another Dance Marathon
February 1 - Iowa City Press-Citizen - University of Iowa students are gearing up for one of their biggest and most well-known projects of the year -- Dance Marathon.
Why They Dance for 24 Hours
February 4 - fyi: for UI Faculty and Staff - What fyi wants to show today is not what participants do at Dance Marathon, but rather why they do it. They do it to provide emotional and financial support to pediatric oncology and bone marrow transplant patients and their families treated at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.
Dance Marathon Raises Money, Awareness for University Children’s Hospital
February 5 - KCRG TV - Over the years, the dance marathons have raised $8.6 million. All proceeds from the event go to the University Children’s Hospital to help out more than 1,000 families.
Dancing the Night Away
February 5 - The Dancing.com - University of Iowa vice president of medical affairs Jean Robillard stood on the stage in the Main Lounge of the Iowa Memorial Union and announced that the Iowa state Board of Regents had approved the construction of a new tower for the UI Children's Hospital.The announcement was met with cheers from the 2,300-plus dancers, mainly UI students, who were there for the 17th annual University of Iowa Dance Marathon, which began Friday night.
Brain Shrinkage Seen in Those Taking Antipsychotic Medications
February 7 - LA Times - Researchers at the University of Iowa’s Carver College of Medicine sought to tease apart the factors that might contribute to a long-observed phenomenon: that patients with psychiatric disease—particularly those who suffer the delusional thinking, hallucinations and cognitive deficits of schizophrenia—appear to have smaller brains than those in good mental health.
Antipsychotic Drugs Could Shrink Patients' Brains
February 7 - Nature.com - The research was led by Beng Choon Ho, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. His team used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to scan the brains of 211 patients, administering on average 3 scans per patient over a 7.2-year period. They found that treatment length and the type and dose of antipsychotic drugs taken were both relatively good predictors of total brain volume change.
Heroes Recognized for Health-care Excellence
February 7 - Corridor Business Journal - UI Health Care was honored by the Corridor Business Journal’s Health Care Heroes award, in three categories.
UI Neurosurgeon Describes Minimally Invasive Brain Surgery
February 14 - Global Nation Inquirer - The trend in surgery today is towards minimally invasive techniques, all geared for patient comfort, lesser blood loss, lesser pain, lesser morbidity, shorter hospital stay, faster recovery, with much less obvious scars.
Report Ranks Iowa Number One in Child Health Care
February 14 - Radio Iowa - Thomas Scholz, MD, interim physician-in-chief at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, says the number-one ranking is a true honor.
Could the Cure for Cancer Be in Our Own Backyard?
February 15 - KGAN TV - Research being done at The University of Iowa is leading the way to a new approach to treat the devastating disease.
Becker's Hospital Review Rates UI Hospitals and Clinics a Top 50 Hospital
February 24 - Becker's Hospital Review - Each of these organizations has put patients' needs first, driven a variety of innovations and helped to set the bar for high-quality care. Each hospital has an impressive list of achievements and a story to tell.
Southdale Elementary Holds Dance Marathon
February 25 - KWWL TV - Southdale Elementary School in Cedar Falls took a cue from the college students and held its own dance marathon. The cause is especially important to the teachers and students because one of their own is battling leukemia.
Heart Patient Nears 25th Anniversary of Transplant
February 26 - The Gazette - The second patient to receive a heart at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics and the longest living Iowan with an in-state transplant, Hinze will mark the 25th anniversary of his transplant on Tuesday.
See Health Care’s Evolution, from Leeches to Lasers
February 28 - fyi: for UI Faculty and Staff - In an age of microsurgery, minimally invasive medical procedures, and reliable anesthesia, some of the exhibits at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Medical Museum are a reminder that not too long ago, the cure was often more painful than the disease, if not necessarily worse.
Cedar Rapids Woman Makes Dollhouse to Honor Child, Benefit Cancer Foundation
February 2011 - Eastern Iowa Life - Spending so much time at University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City, Ries became concerned about other pediatric cancer patients and their families. His father, Steve, organized Aiming for a Cure to raise money for cancer research and provide support for patients and their families.

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