New research led by the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine suggests older people who experience migraines may have an increased risk of stroke, but only if they are smokers. The study, “Migraine and risk of stroke in older adults: Northern Manhattan Study,” led by Teshamae Monteith, M.D., assistant professor of neurology, is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
“Our findings may provide more evidence as to why quitting smoking is important for people who experience migraine,” said Monteith, who is also Chief of the Headache Division at UHealth – University of Miami Health System and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. “While this investigation of migraine and vascular events in older people found that only smokers with migraine have an increased risk of stroke, earlier studies have shown that women younger than 45 who have migraine with aura are also at an increased risk of stroke, whether or not they smoke.”
Following a dramatic four-month rise in patient-satisfaction scores, the Emergency Department at University of Miami Hospital stands as a textbook example of what is possible when top management makes a true commitment to change and the entire staff responds to the personal satisfaction that comes from improved performance.
Jaime R. Merchan, M.D., hematologist/oncologist at the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been selected as a chartered member of the Developmental Therapeutics Study Section in the Center for Scientific Review of the National Institutes of Health. The six-year term began July 1.
For his longtime devotion to improving the lives of children with cancer and his work to advance science, health policy and education, F. Daniel Armstrong, Ph.D., a longtime researcher with the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, and professor and Executive Vice Chair of Pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was recently honored with the American Cancer Society’s 2015 St. George National Award.
The first graduates of the Department of Physical Therapy’s new postgraduate orthopedic residency program have passed the Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) examination for certification by the American Board of Physical Therapy Specialties. The two graduates are Richard Mancini, M.S.P.T., Manager and Instructor at the department’s Plantation Clinic, and Kevin Mills, D.P.T., who is an adjunct faculty member.
As part of a unique agreement with the nation of Peru, the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of UHealth - University of Miami Health System, is helping establish a new pediatric bone marrow transplant program in Lima, as well as treating patients in the United States.