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Health briefs: Dr. Leslie Miller to led USF's Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Integrated Strategic Program

Leader chosen for New USF heart program

The University of South Florida has named an international expert in heart transplantation to lead a new, expanded department of cardiovascular sciences. Dr. Leslie W. Miller is a former president of both the International Society for Heart & Lung Transplantation and the American Society of Transplant Physicians. According to a news release, he has been widely published on the topics of heart failure and transplantation and has been involved in nearly 100 clinical trials. At USF, he will hold the Edward C. Wright Chair of Cardiovascular Medicine and be the director/CEO of the USF Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Integrated Strategic Program, or CRISP. He comes from Washington, D.C., where he held several positions at Washington Hospital Center and Georgetown University School of Medicine.

Regular beer, psoriasis linked

Women who drink regular beer might be at higher risk for developing psoriasis, according to a new study in the Archives of Dermatology. Researchers found that women who had an average 2.3 drinks or more per week had a 72 percent greater risk of having psoriasis than women who didn't drink. But when various types of alcohol were assessed, there was a higher risk for the disease among women who drank regular beer. Drinking light beer, red or white wine, or liquor were not linked with a risk of psoriasis, which is a skin condition that causes skin redness and irritation. Researchers believe the stronger link may have to do with the fact that beer uses starch for fermentation, usually barley. Wine uses fruit, and although liquors such as vodka use starch for fermentation, typically that starch has been separated from the liquor during the distillation process.

USF nursing school gets tech grant

The University of South Florida College of Nursing will soon be training nursing faculty across the state in the use of new and emerging technologies, thanks to a five-year, $1.3 million federal grant. USF was one of two institutions in the nation recently awarded the grant by the Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, according to a news release. Dianne Morrison-Beedy, dean of the USF College of Nursing and senior associate vice president of USF Health, said USF will use the grant to develop and implement a training program in the use of things such as telehealth, simulation learning and informatics. "This really is national recognition of USF Nursing as a leader in cutting-edge health education technology, and will allow us to share our successes with our colleagues throughout the state," Morrison-Beedy said in the release.

Seeking patients recently in ER

The number of visits to hospital emergency departments is rising, with Medicaid patients making up a large share of that increase. The St. Petersburg Times is looking for Medicaid patients who have recently visited a Tampa Bay area hospital ER to talk about their experience. Please contact health reporter Richard Martin at or (727) 893-8330.

Times wires

Health briefs: Dr. Leslie Miller to led USF's Cardiovascular Clinical and Research Integrated Strategic Program 08/18/10 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 18, 2010 5:35pm]
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