Kenneth Martin, MD, of Diagnostic Imaging, shows how advanced imaging technology led to the discovery of small, previously undetectable cancer cells on a patient's spine.
"Technology helps teen beat cancer"
(KGO-TV, San Francisco, CA © 11/5/2009)
Media Relations secured coverage of Kenneth Martin, MD, of Diagnostic Imaging, and Joseph Torkildson, MD, of Neuro-Oncology, in this report about the advanced imaging technology that saved a young cancer patient's life. Dr. Martin's advanced imaging produces a higher resolution and more detailed images from traditional MRI scans. This technique allowed doctors to see previously undetectable, small cancer cells on Hudson Davis' spine. Dr. Martin is introducing this new imaging technique to radiologists across the country. Thanks to this cutting edge technology, the cancer-free, 13-year-old Hudson continues to excel at baseball, which he played while undergoing radiation and chemotherapy at Children's.
"Parents shouldn't avoid talking about suicide"
(San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA © 10/22/2009)
Andrew Giammona, MD, of Psychiatry, was featured in this article about the trend of teen suicide in Palo Alto—four victims in the past six months. Dr. Giammona encourages parents to use the opportunity to talk to their kids about suicide instead of avoiding the subject out of fear.
"Runners' heart woes can be discovered too late"
(San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA © 10/17/2009)
Kishor Avasarala, MD, of Cardiology, was featured as an expert in this front-page article. The article was about sudden and unexpected death during sports or exercise due to undetected heart problems. A small percentage of people have undiagnosed heart defects that can cause death when the heart is too stressed, such as during athletic conditioning or competition.
"Hospital, emergency workers at epicenter of the horror and heartache of Oct. 17, 1989"
(Oakland Tribune, Oakland, CA © 10/11/2009)
James Betts, MD, of Surgery, was featured in this front page article about the 20th anniversary of the Loma Prieta earthquake. This article looks back at some of the miraculous stories of survival and the life saving efforts of Bay Area healthcare and rescue workers. Dr. Betts saved a young boy pinned inside a car under the collapsed Cypress Freeway by performing surgery on-site.
"To the hospital, stat!"
(Bay Area Parent—East Bay, San Jose, CA © 10/2009)
Mary Rutherford, MD, division chief of Emergency Medicine, and Karim Mansour, MD, were featured in this article that outlines important things parents should know before heading to an emergency department/room with kids.
"NCAA sickle cell test plan raises fears "
(San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco, CA © 9/14/2009)
Media Relations secured a front-page article about the NCAA's new guidelines to test athletes for sickle cell trait. Elliott Vichinsky, MD, and Marsha Treadwell, PhD, of Hematology/Oncology and our Sickle Cell Center, are featured in the article and raise concerns about unnecessary testing and inadvertent discrimination. The NCAA screening stems from a lawsuit in which an athlete, who had sickle cell trait, not disease, died under intense practice. Sickle cell experts agree the recommendation, which lacks counseling and follow-up, is based on bad science and needs further research.
"Fruit flies, 'hedgehogs' take on skin cancer fight"
(San Francisco Business Times, San Francisco, CA © 9/4/2009)
Ervin Epstein, MD, a CHORI scientist, was featured in this article about his research on skin cancer. Dr. Epstein is the principal investigator in a Genentech trial of a drug designed to treat disfiguring basal cell carcinoma (a skin cancer).