News : 2017 : October

A patient's T cells are transformed through state-of-the-art genetic engineering into supercharged cancer-hunting cellular therapy.

FDA Approves ‘Living Drug’ for Treatment of Aggressive Blood Cancer

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center is one of a very limited number of sites in the United States that will provide a newly approved innovative treatment for diffuse large B cell lymphoma — an aggressive form of blood cancer. It takes a patient’s own immune cells (T cells), and uses state-of-the-art genetic engineering to transform them into a supercharged cancer-hunting cellular therapy.

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Patricia Emard.

Breast Cancer Survivor: On the Road Again

With three children and nine grandchildren spread around the country, Patricia Emard, 64, who retired as assistant director of bus operations for Miami-Dade Transit, enjoys traveling and visiting family members. In fact, in the spring of 2015, she was staying with her daughter, Rachelle, in Washington, D.C., when she discovered a lump in her breast during one of her regular self-examinations.

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Six-minute walk test results improved with stem cell therapy.

Stem Cell Studies Build Momentum toward Therapy for Age-Associated Frailty

Buoyed by promising results of a Phase I study demonstrating the safety of mesenchymal stem cell therapy to treat frailty in older adults, researchers at the Interdisciplinary Stem Cell Institute (ISCI) at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine have taken it a step further. Now Phase II randomized, placebo-controlled trial findings have verified their initial study.

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Thomas M. Hooton, M.D.

Women Who Get Frequent Urinary Tract Infections May Reduce Risk by Drinking Plenty of Water

Drinking an additional three pints of water a day may keep the urinary tract infection (UTI) away — at least for women who are prone to the infections — suggests a study presented at the IDWeek 2017 conference in San Diego on October 5. The study found that women at risk of UTIs who increased their water intake by about that much water every day were nearly half as likely to get UTIs as women who did not.

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From left, Eduardo C. Alfonso, M.D., receives a warm greeting from Federico Maestre, M.D., a Puerto Rican ophthalmologist who helped organize the transfer of infants needing treatment, as an ABC crew that traveled with the Miller School team records the moment.

Miller School Mobilizes to Help Puerto Rico and the Caribbean

By sending non-perishable medical supplies, setting up an international communications network and arranging transport for patients needing urgent care, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is mobilizing its resources to help Puerto Rico’s medical community after the devastation of Hurricane Maria.

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