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11 Year Old Girl Seizure Free Following Brain Surgery

Friday July 11th, 1 p.m.

The Surgery Was Among the First Ever to be Performed in the State on a Pediatric Patientep brief wide web

Oklahoma City- They ranged from small, nearly unnoticeable twitches to terrifying and life-threatening grand mal seizures, and for nearly her entire life, seizures have been a near-daily event for 11-year-old Hermoinee Lorett.

But following one of the first pediatric surgeries ever performed in Oklahoma attaching electrodes directly to the brain’s surface, Hermoinee had a successful epilepsy brain surgery at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center. She’s been seizure free since May.

Hermoinee’s mother, Deena Lorett, said her little girl is improving in leaps and bounds. She’s laughing more, her personality is blooming. Hermoinee is learning, developing and growing cognitively as an 11 year old should.  

Telemedicine Aids Early Detection of Eye Disease in Premature Infants

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Oklahoma City – A new study shows telemedicine provides an effective strategy to screen babies born prematurely for a potentially blinding disease. mg 0027 web

Researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and 13 other sites nationwide participated in the study funded by the National Eye Institute, a part of the National Institutes of Health.

“Babies born prematurely face many health risks, and one of those is the risk of retinopathy of prematurity or ROP, a debilitating eye disease that can rob a baby of vision,” said R. Michael Siatkowski, M.D., professor of pediatric ophthalmology at the OU Health Sciences Center, who cares for his young patients at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center and the Dean McGee Eye Institute in Oklahoma City. Siatkowski and fellow ophthalmologist Lloyd Hildebrand, who directed the study’s information technology arm, led the research effort at OU.


E-Cigarettes Pose Potentially Deadly Danger

Monday, June 23, 10 a.m.

They’re supposedly a safer alternative to conventional cigarettes, but electronic cigarettes may actually pose a serious and even deadly danger to others in your home — particularly children.e-cigs briefing 2  

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports e-cigarettes as currently sold are a threat to small children and emergency room physicians at The Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center as well as experts at the Oklahoma Poison Control Center agree.

“The main concern that we have relates to the risk associated with nicotine in the liquid in e-cigarettes,” said Dr. Ryan Brown, Children’s Hospital emergency room physician. “Liquid nicotine is toxic and potentially fatal, especially in small children. The liquid contains very high concentrations of nicotine. In fact one 15 milliliter container – that’s about 3 teaspoons of liquid - at a concentration of 18 milligrams per milliliter contains enough nicotine to kill three grown men.”

New Technology Introduces Miniaturized Pacemaker to Heart Care

World’s smallest pacemaker implanted in patient at OU Medical Center

Oklahoma City, Okla. – Imagine a pacemaker the size of a large vitamin. It’s not the stuff of imagination anymore. In fact, OU Medical Center new tech 1implanted the world’s smallest, minimally invasive pacemaker in a 65-year-old Oklahoma man’s heart as part of a worldwide clinical trial.

It marks only the third such device implanted in the United States.

“Mostly, I was just feeling like I had no energy and had a hard time breathing. Then I was having episodes where I was blacking out,” said Ray Haggard of his condition prior to receiving the pacemaker.

Haggard was diagnosed with an arrhythmia and told he would need a pacemaker. His doctors at OU Medicine told him about a new option – a smaller, wireless pacemaker that could be placed without an incision in the chest. Haggard decided it was the best option for him.

How to Know When to Go to the ER

Tuesday, May 13, 2014


Perry Bridges remembers the pain—those sharp pangs he started feeling in his chest two days before he knew something was dangerously wrong. Perry BridgesThe pains got worse and more frequent—that’s when Bridges told his wife he needed to go to the emergency department at OU Medical Center.

Bridges was one of 50,000 visitors to OU Medical Center’s emergency department last year. He needed to be there. When he arrived on Sept. 20, 2013, nurses immediately whisked him from the waiting room to assess his medical condition.

After a chest X-ray and a CT scan, he went directly to surgery. His aorta, the largest artery in the body, had detached from his heart.

National Cancer Institute Recognizes Stephenson Cancer Center with Lead Academic Site Status in National Clinical Trials Network

Thursday May 1st, 3 p.m.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahomans will have access to the newest cutting-edge therapies, thanks to the Stephenson Cancer Center’s designation as borena Lead Academic Site by the National Cancer Institute in its new National Clinical Trials Network.

Lead Academic Sites form the centerpiece of the National Cancer Institute’s new strategy to conduct high-impact clinical trials and deliver new therapies to cancer patients. The Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center is one of only 30 Lead Academic Sites nationwide to be selected as a primary location for conducting this high-impact clinical research.

Lead Academic Site designation is awarded through a federal research grant that will bring over $6 million in funding to Oklahoma over the next five years. This designation establishes the Stephenson as a national center of excellence in conducting innovative clinical trials research.

OU Research Evaluates Parent-Focused Approach in Autism

April 29, 2014

A new study by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center finds parents of children with autism can help mom-sonimprove their children’s communication and social skills utilizing specific techniques.

The research was mandated by the Oklahoma Legislature and funded by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. It involved a program called ConnectedKids designed to evaluate parents’ use of developmental and applied behavior analytic strategies with children with autism spectrum disorder. The research utilized therapists in the home environment. Parents were taught specific techniques that were then utilized in sessions with their children, both with the therapist present and also practiced between visits.

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