News : 2018 : June

3D illustration of glucose-induced insulin secretion in pancreatic beta cells.

New Discoveries in Diabetes Call into Question Some Approaches to Treatment and Research

What is a normal blood glucose level? Pancreatic islets are programmed to know the answer, but that answer differs from species to species. What’s more, the original programming remains, even when the islets are transplanted from one species to another. If, for example, pancreatic islets are transplanted from humans to mice, they continue to dictate the blood glucose levels that are normal for humans.

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Robert J. Myerburg, M.D.

Dr. Robert Myerburg Explores Genetic Links to Sudden Cardiac Death

Cardiologist Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, and colleagues in Finland have uncovered genetic links that offer new explanations for some sudden cardiac deaths in young people. Myocardial fibrosis — scarring of the cardiac muscle — is a common postmortem finding in such cases. There is no known single cause, and in some individuals, there is no identifiable cause at all.

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Rajesh Garg, M.D.

Comprehensive Diabetes Center at Lennar awarded ADA Certificate of Recognition

The University of Miami Health System’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center, located in The Lennar Foundation Medical Center on UM’s Coral Gables campus, has been awarded a Certificate of Recognition by the American Diabetes Association. The center received the certification, which extends through October 1, 2021, for the high quality of its diabetes self-management education program.

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Dr. Robert Myerburg Contributes Editorial to JAMA on ECG Screening and Cardiac Risks

Robert J. Myerburg, M.D., professor of medicine and physiology and the American Heart Association Chair in Cardiovascular Research at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, was invited to contribute an editorial to the Journal of the American Medical Association about new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force regarding the use of electrocardiogram screening for cardiovascular disease risk.

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Breast cancer under light microscopy.

Sylvester Breast Cancer Specialist Publishes Commentary in New England Journal of Medicine

On June 4, The New England Journal of Medicine published an update to a large, international study of two clinical trials that examined the comparative survival rates for adjuvant therapies for hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer in premenopausal women. The journal’s editors turned to Marc E. Lippman, M.D., a breast cancer specialist at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, to write an accompanying editorial.

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Natasha Schaefer Solle, Ph.D., and Alberto Caban-Martinez, D.O., Ph.D., M.P.H., center, with marine firefighters from Jacksonville Fire and Rescue's Station 39.

Sylvester’s Firefighter Cancer Initiative Expands to Jacksonville Area

Over the Memorial Day weekend, clinician-scientists from Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s expanding state-funded Firefighter Cancer Initiative met with firefighters and paramedics at fire rescue departments throughout the greater Jacksonville area, and presented an overview of their research and cancer screening projects.

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