News : 2013 : July

Demonstrating the mobile clinic's new telemedicine capabilities, Dr. Lisa Gwynn, center, consults with Dr. Anne Burdick, on the video screen, as patient Anya Marie Williams, 15, seated, and her mom Kerrah Williams watch.

UM, Children’s Health Fund and Verizon Foundation Transform Pediatric Mobile Care

When Hurricane Andrew ravaged south Miami-Dade County in 1992, UM’s medical school and the national Children’s Health Fund teamed up to bring mobile healthcare to children living amid the ruins. Now, thanks to a new partnership with the Verizon Foundation, their “doctor’s office on wheels” is bringing the expertise of the entire UHealth system to disadvantaged children across Miami-Dade County.

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Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., is the senior author, and Sara M. Seifert, M.D., the first author of the paper.

Study Shows Young Children Comprise Half the Cases Reported for Energy-Drink Toxicity

Children under 6 who mistakenly consumed caffeine-laced energy drinks accounted for half the cases of energy drink-related toxicity reported to the U.S. National Poison Data System during the first year the data base began tracking such cases. That’s the startling conclusion of a Miller School study in Clinical Toxicology that analyzed all energy-drink related calls to the nation’s poison centers in 2011.

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The Miller School’s Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., left, led the study and Vivian I. Franco, M.P.H., contributed to it.

Cancer Study Pinpoints Children at Greater Risk for Heart Damage from Leukemia Treatments

Children with high-risk leukemia who are successfully treated with doxorubicin suffer significantly more heart damage associated with the chemotherapy if they carry a specific genetic mutation for the most common iron disorder, according to a national Miller School study destined to guide individualized treatments for newly diagnosed cancer patients.

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From left, Steven E. Lipshultz, M.D., James D. Wilkinson, M.D., M.P.H., and Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., M.S.

Miller School Experts Contribute to JAMA Study on Growing U.S. Disease Burden

From ischemic heart disease to diabetes to interpersonal violence, the United States fares worse than its economic peers around the world in nearly every major cause of premature death, according to a study published online July 10 in the Journal of the American Medical Association by a global collaborative of scientists that includes three Miller School experts.

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