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February 06 , 2013
February 06 , 2013

Massimo Cristofanilli Appointed Director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center

Massimo Cristofanilli, M.D., FACP, an internationally renowned breast cancer researcher and clinician, has been appointed Director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center at the Kimmel Cancer Center (KCC) and Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals.
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February 05 , 2013
February 05 , 2013

Thomas Jefferson University Hospital Participates in Major Study to Treat Challenging Hypertension

Patients between the ages of 18 and 80 who have medication-resistant hypertension, defined as a blood pressure greater than 160/90 despite treatment with three or more antihypertensive medications, are needed for a new clinical trial at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
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February 04 , 2013
February 04 , 2013

Dieting on Radiation Therapy May Improve Outcomes for Breast Cancer Patients

In February, researchers at Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center will begin a first-of-its-kind clinical trial that uses calorie restriction to help treat early stage breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy.
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January 28 , 2013
January 28 , 2013

Phone and Mailed Interventions Significantly Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates

A mailing or phone call to help patients get screened for colorectal cancer significantly increases their chances of actually getting tested, according to a study published in the January issue of Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention by researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson.
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January 23 , 2013
January 23 , 2013

Medication Errors in the Elderly Are Costing at Least 4 Billion Annually

Researchers at the Jefferson School of Population Health, working with colleagues at the Parma Local Health Authority in Italy, significantly reduced the prescribing of dangerous medications for older people during a three year, proof-of-concept study. The study was so successful that enrollees adopted its practices permanently.
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January 18 , 2013
January 18 , 2013

The Social Stigma of Migraine Headaches

A groundbreaking study led by William B. Young, MD, a neurologist at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital’s Headache Center, shows that patients with migraine (a combination of severe headache, nausea, light sensitivity, and other factors) suffer social stigma from their disease similar to the stigma experienced by patients with epilepsy.
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January 18 , 2013
January 18 , 2013

Mark Hurwitz Joins Jefferson as Vice Chair for Quality Safety and Performance Excellence

Mark Hurwitz, M.D., has been appointed Vice Chair for Quality, Safety, and Performance Excellence and Director of Thermal Oncology of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospital.
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January 11 , 2013
January 11 , 2013

Jefferson Physician Leader Recognized with Portrait

Howard Weitz, MD, director of the Division of Cardiology and the Jefferson Heart Institute and the Bernard L. Segal Professor of Cardiology, will be honored with a portrait given by his colleagues on the faculty on Thursday, January 10th.
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January 09 , 2013
January 09 , 2013

Jefferson Names Endowed Professorship in Cardiology

Paul Mather, MD, director of the Advanced Heart Failure and Cardiac Transplant Center at the Jefferson Heart Institute was recently named the Lubert Family professor of Cardiology. This endowed professorship was made possible through a generous gift from Ira M. Lubert and the Lubert Family along with other donors.
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