Dr. Jeff Mjaanes, orthopedic specialist at Rush University Medical Center, has returned to Haiti to help with ongoing disaster relief efforts and is blogging about his experience in the field. Mjaanes was part of a team of Rush doctors and nurses who volunteered to help with disaster relief efforts in Haiti in 2010 just after the earthquake hit.
Mjaanes has been having trouble getting Internet service during the day, but he just sent us an update and a few pictures.
Tuesday, October 16, 2012, at 8 p.m. CT: Went to another marginal community today on outskirts. Saw 200 people. Most of these folks have no access to health care for even basic needs.
Saw a 35 yo man who escaped a collapsing building during the quake. Jumped two floors to ground. Injured left knee – had surgery at the time – opened him and closed him, saying there’s nothing that could be done. Now he has bone on bone arthritis with avascular necrosis and needs a knee replacement. Four kids and a wife depend on him and he can’t work – all he wants is a normal knee and to work to provide for his family.
So many sad stories – but also many positive ones as well. We work with some fantastic Haitians who are dedicated to these communities and are helping us set up networks with local health care providers to provide for long-term help. Many amazing people … they are what makes this crazy world work!
Monday, October 15, 2012, at 7 a.m. CT: First full day in Haiti done. Lots of folks in tent city Jerusalem. Boy who has been beaten by father for poor grades, turns out he has amblyopia and can’t see. Needs glasses. We’ll get him some. It’s hot and humid but VERY rewarding! Tuesday, we’re off to a different community.
Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis
An investigational compound that targets the core symptoms of fragile X syndrome is effective for addressing the social withdrawal and challenging behaviors characteristic of the condition, making it the first such discovery for fragile X syndrome and, potentially, the first for autism spectrum disorder, a study by researchers at Rush University Medical Center and the University of California, Davis MIND Institute has found.
The finding is the result of a clinical trial in adult and pediatric subjects with fragile X syndrome. It suggests, however, that the compound may have treatment implications for at least a portion of the growing population of individuals with autism spectrum disorder, as well as for those with other conditions defined by social deficits. The study is published online today in the journal Science Translational Medicine.
“There are no FDA-approved treatments for fragile X syndrome, and the available options help secondary symptoms but do not effectively address the core impairments in fragile X syndrome,” said Dr. Elizabeth Berry-Kravis, the lead author of the article. “This is the first large-scale study that is based on the molecular understanding of fragile X syndrome and, importantly, suggests that the core symptoms may be amenable to pharmacologic treatment.” Berry-Kravis is professor of pediatrics, neurological sciences and biochemistry at Rush.
U.S.News & World Report’s 2012-13 Best Children’s Hospitals rankings have included Rush Children’s Hospital in two of 10 categories, an increase from one last year. Rush Children’s Hospital was ranked No. 35 in gastroenterology and No. 44 in neonatology.
“The rankings are indicative of the excellent care, dedication and expertise that Rush provides to the sickest children across all of Rush Children’s Hospital programs, and we are glad to see two excellent specialties recognized by U.S. News this year,” said Larry Goodman, MD, CEO of Rush University Medical Center.
The rankings feature 50 hospitals in each of 10 pediatric specialties: cancer, cardiology and heart surgery, diabetes and endocrinology, gastroenterology, neonatology, nephrology, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics, pulmonology and urology. Only 80 hospitals across the country ranked in one or more specialties.
U.S. News provides quality-related information in addition to rankings, including survival rates, adequacy of nurse staffing and procedure volume. The rankings have put an increasing emphasis on data that directly reflect hospitals’ performance.
See the news release.
Dr. Jane E. Kramer, a pediatrician at Rush University Medical Center, received the Ron W. Lee, MD, Clinical Excellence Award for pediatric care Tuesday from the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the Illinois Emergency Medical Services for Children.
The award is given annually to recognize individuals for their dedication to pediatric emergency care and injury-prevention initiatives.
With more than 30 years of experience and clinical expertise in pediatric and emergency care, Dr. Jane Kramer has demonstrated her dedication to providing the highest level of care to pediatric patients,” said Dr. Damon T. Arnold, IDPH director. “Dr. Kramer is praised by those around her for her clinical capabilities, family support, teaching abilities, training of emergency staff and development of department policies and guidelines. I would like to thank Dr. Kramer for her dedication to the quality of care of pediatric patients.”
Dr. Kramer, the director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Rush University, takes an active role in training and mentoring residents, nurses and physicians. In addition, she has served on several regional and statewide pediatric committees and is involved with many organizations, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Academic Pediatric Association and the American College of Emergency Physicians.
“Dr. Kramer has instituted polices for the proper care and assessment of the pediatric patient in the emergency department,” said Jeffrey Doll, in his 26th year as a nurse at Rush. “Her leadership and knowledge have helped the staff become more comfortable and proficient in pediatric emergency care.”
Dr. Jeff Mjaanes
Any sport where there is potential contact, there is the risk for a concussion. There can be long-term health consequences from having a concussion. Because of this, Illinois lawmakers are considering legislation that would bar high school students from returning to games after a possible concussion until a doctor gives written permission. School districts also would have to educate teachers, students and parents on concussion symptoms.
Dr. Jeff Mjaanes, director of the Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush and assistant professor of pediatrics and orthopedic surgery, supports the bill to protect student athletes from concussions.
“This bill is very important because it will help to protect child athletes. A lot of the time, athletes don’t want to be told that they can’t go back to play. This bill will help encourage athletes, teammates and coaches to say something if they notice symptoms of concussion. It’s important that a child athlete get a proper assessment for concussion and is cleared by a physician who has treated concussions in the past and knows how to properly manage them,” said Mjaanes.