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Obstetrician Helps Deliver Hurricane Baby – Over the Phone 09.14.2017

With Hurricane Irma’s winds roaring outside the Liberty City apartment where they were sheltered, one couple endured a whirlwind of a different kind last Sunday. Tatyanna Watkins went into labor with her boyfriend, David Knight, as her only midwife. Together with the expert advice of a dispatcher and a University of Miami Health System obstetrician on the phone, they safely delivered their daughter, Destiny Janine Knight.

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Researchers Explore First Treatment for Common Form of Heart Failure 09.07.2017

The heart adapts to many types of chronic stress by undergoing hypertrophy, a thickening of the heart muscle. There is currently no treatment for hypertrophy, but researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine are conducting studies that may lead to the first. They have shown that hypertrophy develops when stress causes two key proteins to interact in the cell nucleus, altering the expression of many genes.

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Sylvester Researcher Identifies Tumor Biomarker to Guide Lung Cancer Immunotherapy 09.07.2017

A predictive tumor biomarker can help clinicians identify lung cancer patients who are most likely to benefit from immunotherapy, according to Gilberto de Lima Lopes, Jr., M.D., M.B.A., a researcher at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

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Ellen DeGeneres Gives South Florida Cancer Survivor the Surprise of a Lifetime 09.06.2017

As a 12-year-old cancer survivor, Veronica Avila has already fought more than her share of difficult battles. But it was a visit to Los Angeles earlier this year that left the seventh-grader from Coconut Creek nearly speechless. It was then that Veronica got to meet one of her favorite performers — talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — during a live taping of her national show.

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Miller School and Collaborators in NIH ‘All of Us’ Research Program Awarded $4.45 Million 09.06.2017

The University of Miami and other collaborators have been given a $4.45 million funding award and selected to join the highly visible NIH All of Us Research Program as part of the Southeast Enrollment Center (SEEC) network. The All of Us Research Program is a growing precision medicine research effort with more than 25 institutional collaborators across the United States.

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Miller School Sends Big Team to Florida Medical Association Annual Meeting 09.06.2017

An enthusiastic group of University of Miami Miller School of Medicine students, residents, faculty members and administrators attended the annual meeting of the Florida Medical Association last month, and one student was honored for his research work at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma 09.06.2017

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

Study Reveals Brain Areas Responsible for 'Contagious Itch’ 08.31.2017

When some people hear a story about bed bugs or see others scratching for any reason, they immediately start itching. This involuntary "contagious itch" can afflict a wide range of people, but especially atopic dermatitis patients, who remain at particularly high risk. Previous studies trying to figure out the connection only scratched the surface. But now a study using functional MRI is taking a deeper look.

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Lights! Camera! Scalpel! 08.29.2017

For a brief moment in Sean Penn’s new film, The Last Face, Enrique Ginzburg, M.D., is doing what the Miller School of Medicine trauma surgeon knows all too well: triaging bloodied and moaning patients in a makeshift hospital in one of the world’s most impoverished and unstable countries.

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Research Sheds New Light on Mechanisms of Protection in Ischemic Stroke 08.29.2017

Researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have discovered that a gene belonging to a gene family known to be involved in cell death in ischemic stroke will, when knocked out (genetically modified), confer protection on neurons, keeping them alive despite the presence of an ischemic insult. This opens the door to possible new treatments for stroke.

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