Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Health

All Children's, USF announce new relationship

ST. PETERSBURG — All Children's Hospital and the University of South Florida said Wednesday that they have signed an eight-year agreement to extend a long-standing training program for new pediatricians and to expand their research collaborations.

The move formalizes the university's relationship with the St. Petersburg children's hospital, which is now part of Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins Medicine. Just how the institutions would work together into the future has been under discussion since Hopkins announced plans to create its own residency program at the hospital.

"It accelerates the academic vision for All Children's," said Dr. Jonathan Ellen, president and vice dean at All Children's, noting that USF has been involved with the hospital since the 1970s.

USF will continue to train pediatricians at All Children's, although the size of its residency program will shrink to accommodate the Hopkins-affiliated group, said Dr. Patricia Emmanuel, USF's chair of pediatrics, explaining that funding limits the total number of residents at All Children's.

Right now, USF has 51 residents in pediatrics medicine and the surgical subspecialities, Emmanuel said. Starting in 2014, when the Hopkins residents arrive, she expects the USF program to go down to about 41 residents.

In the future, she expects that USF and Hopkins will each accept about 12 residents per year into their respective programs, which will operate independently at All Children's. While details remain under discussion, the programs will interact at times.

On an infectious disease rotation, for example, residents from both programs could train together, Ellen noted. But in other hospital situations, they may work separately.

USF residents also train at Tampa General Hospital and at clinics in Tampa.

All Children's and USF also plan to continue working together at the Children's Research Institute, a university-owned facility next to the hospital. Several researchers there already are affiliated with both USF and All Children's.

To advance joint research, USF and All Children's plan to redirect about $8 million in funding for endowed chairs, which are currently unfilled. These endowments will support new initiatives in health service sciences and pediatric cardiology.

In cardiology, Ellen expects the initiative to foster research opportunities for residents and to advance care for children with congenital heart conditions.

Comments
Funded by Alcohol Industry, Federal Study on Drinking Is Shut Down

Funded by Alcohol Industry, Federal Study on Drinking Is Shut Down

The extensive government trial was intended to settle an age-old question about alcohol and diet: Does a daily cocktail or beer really protect against heart attacks and stroke?To find out, the National Institutes of Health gave scientists $100 millio...
Published: 06/16/18
More than a third of American adults take prescription drugs that may increase risk of depression, study says

More than a third of American adults take prescription drugs that may increase risk of depression, study says

More than a third of American adults are taking prescription drugs, including hormones for contraception, blood pressure medications and medicines for heartburn, that carry a potential risk of depression, according to a study published in the Journal...
Published: 06/12/18
Itís time to use the stingray shuffle to avoid a nasty sting

Itís time to use the stingray shuffle to avoid a nasty sting

Courtney Bilyeu was running toward the murky water alongside a few military officers when it happened.She was an accountant for the U.S. Navy at the time. And on her way to take a swim with some coworkers in a California beach, she saw blood. The wat...
Published: 06/12/18
Itís important to wear sunglasses even on cloudy days, ophthalmologists say

Itís important to wear sunglasses even on cloudy days, ophthalmologists say

The next time you head to the drugstore to buy sunscreen, donít forget to pick up some sunglasses, too. Thatís because both products work to protect your body from the sunís damaging ultraviolet rays.Wearing sunglasses for protection should not be re...
Published: 06/09/18
In St. Pete, kidney patients gather for science and solidarity

In St. Pete, kidney patients gather for science and solidarity

ST. PETERSBURG ó Kidney disease doesnít discriminate.The crowd of more than 200 patients who gathered at the Vinoy Renaissance St. Petersburg Resort range in age from teenagers to seniors. They are of different ethnicities and come from all over the...
Published: 06/08/18
Mayo Clinic Q&A: melanomas of the eye; how long should you take a beta blocker?

Mayo Clinic Q&A: melanomas of the eye; how long should you take a beta blocker?

YES, MELANOMAS CAN BEGIN IN THE EYEIs it true that melanoma can develop in the eyes? If so, how common is it? How is it treated?Melanomas can begin in the eye, a condition called intraocular melanoma. Treatment for intraocular melanomas used to prima...
Published: 06/08/18
For writer, using a heart rate monitor takes HIIT from frightening to fun

For writer, using a heart rate monitor takes HIIT from frightening to fun

High-intensity interval training is one of the biggest trends in fitness, but it has always seemed a bit scary to me. To a mere mortal with achy knees and an aging body, even the acronym ó HIIT ó sounded intimidating.But recently, I overcame my fears...
Published: 06/08/18
Enjoy broccolini the Italian way: Ďdraggedí

Enjoy broccolini the Italian way: Ďdraggedí

By KATIE WORKMANOne of the amazing things about Italian food is that the best dishes are often so completely, refreshingly simple. Like, four-ingredient simple. (We donít count olive oil and salt. Or water. Or air.) I love broccoli. I can roast brocc...
Published: 06/08/18
What to get Dad? Try a Fatherís Day gift that will do him good

What to get Dad? Try a Fatherís Day gift that will do him good

Dads are notoriously tough to shop for. Theyíre not all that great at dropping hints, the way moms do, and if you ask what your dad might want or need for Fatherís Day, heíll likely say, "Nothing" or "Donít spend your money" or "I just want to be wit...
Published: 06/08/18
Tampa council hears mixed messages on free-roaming roosters in Ybor City

Tampa council hears mixed messages on free-roaming roosters in Ybor City

TAMPA ó Ybor City roosters and chickens can peck away in peace. For now.The Tampa City Council asked city attorneys and code enforcement officials Thursday to continue studying how to reduce the growing flock in the cityís historic heart, but no acti...
Published: 06/07/18