Valerie Arkoosh, MD – Candidate for Congress

Valerie Arkoosh, MD, is an Anesthesiologist, past President of the National Physicians Alliance, and a candidate for Congress running in Pennsylvania’s 13th Congressional district, located in Northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. We recently spoke to Dr. Arkoosh about her roles as a physician and health policy expert.

Where were you born and raised?

I was born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska.

Where did you go to college and what was your major?

Northwestern University and I got a BA in Economics.

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UK Scientists Close To Implanting Lab Grown Nose

UK Scientists are close to implanting lab grown nose, according to lead researcher Alexander Seifalian of University College London. The lab has also grown artificial tracheas and blood vessels from stem cells and is working on mass-producing ears, which are considered technically more difficult to produce.

Drs. Michelle Griffin and Suchitra Sumitran-Holersson of the University of Gothenburg comment.

Morcellation of Fibroids To Be Eliminated by Boston Hospitals

Morcellation of fibroids is commonly done during laparoscopic hysterectomy to aid in removal of a large amount of tissue through a small surgical port in the abdomen.

Unfortunately, this procedure has recently been implicated in the development of widespread intra-abdominal cancer in two women recently in Boston. In response, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston are banning the procedure in fibroid removal surgeries.

Dr. Amy Reed is one patient who is now battling stage IV cancer after the procedure spread leiomyosarcoma cells contained within a fibroid throughout her abdomen.

Ebola Case Possible in Canada

Ebola case is possible in Canada, according to Saskatchewan health officials. A man who had recently traveled to Liberia is critically ill and in intensive care with preliminary test results suspected to be available in the next 24 hours.

Somewhat inexplicably, health official Denise Werker said the risk of Ebola spreading to another person is low.

Hospital Warns of Possible Patient HIV Transmission

South Nassau Communities Hospital on Long Island is sending more than 4000 patients letters warning that they may have been exposed to the hepatitis virus and HIV through the multiple use of an insulin reservoir. Although officials think the risk of HIV transmission is very low, they are notifying possibly infected patients through an abundance of caution.

Kinsa Smartphone Thermometer Aims to Reduce Flu

Kinsa smartphone thermometer aims to track and reduce the flu, according to developer Inder Singh. The small plastic thermometer fits into the standard cellphone charging  port and takes a digital temperature and then provides crowd-sourced, real time epidemiology information based on input from other users in your area.

Electroshock Wake Patients From Vegetative State

Researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium conducted a research study showing that mild electrical stimulation to the brain for 15-20 minutes caused minimally responsive subjects to temporarily respond to stimulation. The study was led by Steven Laureys.

3D Printing Used To Model Baby’s Skull

Drs. Michael Egnor and Elliot Duboys recently used a 3D printed model of a baby’s skull in an intricate surgery to correct anterior plagiocephaly.

The infant, Gabriel Dela Cruz, was born with a normal skull but shortly after birth the bony plates one side of this skull began to fuse prematurely, causing a badly misshapen head.

Using CT scans, Medical Modeling, Inc. used 3D printing to create before and after skull models that the surgeons used as templates during surgery.

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