‘No time to waste’ for chronic kidney disease patients

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a common, frequently silent condition affecting about 11 percent of the U.S. population. Continue reading “‘No time to waste’ for chronic kidney disease patients”

Cancer clinic celebrates first anniversary

One year ago, a new cancer care clinic brought the clinical expertise of UI Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center faculty and staff into one area. This new facility and consolidation of services has proved to be beneficial, as the center’s 1,100 faculty and staff:

• Cared for patients from 98 of 99 Iowa counties and 45 of 50 states

• Treated 37,950 patients; 10,943 of those people were new patients to the cancer center

• Saw those patients a total of 167,887 times

• Delivered 10,895 chemotherapy treatments, 17,397 radiation therapy treatments, and 131 bone marrow transplants

• Placed 310 people in therapeutic clinical trials and 903 patients on non-therapeutic research trials.

For a 360-degree view of the new cancer center, follow this link.

Clinical services combine forces to serve young patients

Physicians, counselors, orthoptists, and staff from the departments of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery have joined forces to offer an Eye and Ear Genetics Clinic that specializes in rare inherited eye and ear diseases affecting children. Families with children experiencing vision and hearing loss and balance disorders can now see multiple specialists in a single clinic visit. Continue reading “Clinical services combine forces to serve young patients”

UI Health Alliance forms Iowa Liver Center

The University of Iowa Organ Transplant Center, the Clive-based Iowa Digestive Disease Center, Mercy Medical Center– Des Moines, and affiliated clinics and subsidiaries have teamed up to develop the Iowa Liver Center. Continue reading “UI Health Alliance forms Iowa Liver Center”

Urogyn and pelvic reconstruction services offered

By 2050, an estimated 41 million women in the United States will have urinary incontinence; more than 25 million women will experience fecal incontinence; and nine million women will have pelvic organ prolapse. These conditions can be treated in the UI Urogynecology and Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery Service, which now serves patients at the new Iowa River Landing facility in nearby Coralville. Care is also available at the Quad Cities location. Continue reading “Urogyn and pelvic reconstruction services offered”

Ergonomics for ophthalmologists

Work-related musculoskeletal pain is more prevalent among eye care providers compared with family medicine physicians, according to results of a survey carried out by researchers at UI Hospitals and Clinics and the Mayo Clinic. The study surveyed 94 ophthalmologists and optometrists and 92 family medicine physicians from both institutions. Continue reading “Ergonomics for ophthalmologists”

Breast cancer treatment combines surgery, radiation

Since beginning the program last summer, the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa has been the first in the state to offer intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) for selective breast cancer patients over the age of 50 with early-stage breast cancer. The radiation oncologist working with the patient delivers a therapeutic dose of radiation while the patient is still in the operating room. Continue reading “Breast cancer treatment combines surgery, radiation”

Offering the Melody Valve non-surgical option

University of Iowa Children’s Hospital is the only institution in the state to offer the Melody Valve as an alternative to open heart surgery. The Melody Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve offers children and adults with a failing pulmonary valve conduit an option for treatment without additional open heart surgery.  Continue reading “Offering the Melody Valve non-surgical option”

ECMO offers hope for adult patients

Twenty-three-year-old U.S. Marine Cpl. Michael Meyer went from being able to finish a 15 mile run one day to being unable to breathe on his own the next. After treatment in Okinawa and Hawaii, he was brought to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for ECMO treatment. Used for many years to give babies cardiac and respiratory support, the UIHC ECMO program is one of only a few dozen centers in the US to treat a meaningful number of adults. Cpl. Meyer’s story is here.

UIHC ranked among America’s best and No. 1 in Iowa

U.S. News & World Report released its annual list of “The Best Hospitals in America.” Once again, UI Hospitals and Clinics is included in this widely recognized group of the leading hospitals in the United States.  At UI Hospitals and Clinics, nine specialties are ranked overall in the nation.