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Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner is, as of press time, the only hospital in Louisiana to be equipped with the Nanoknife. The surgical device – which is not actually a knife – is used to eliminate malignant tumors. The tool uses high electric voltage, dispensed in fractions of a second, at very low currents to destroy tumors. The procedure is painless, and patients’ recovery times are relatively quick. In a press release Dr. J. Philip Boudreaux, Professor of Surgery at LSUHSC and surgeon at the combined LSU/Ochsner-Kenner’s Neuroendocrine Tumor Program, says, “This is an extremely unique device which we have used on about 50 patients. We have treated over 100 malignant tumors and have been extremely pleased by the results.” Prior to acquisition of the Nanoknife, the primary method for destroying most malignant tumors that could not be removed was a microwave energy device, which “cooked” tumors until they were dead.


February is a month to raise awareness for heart health, so on Feb. 22, the American Heart Association will host its annual Go Red for Women Luncheon, chaired by Kathleen Robert, who is supported by a committee of women passionate about heart health. The luncheon, held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, is part of the Go Red For Women movement, which encourages local women to take charge of their heart health. Guests can participate in free health screenings, free educational seminars and a silent auction from 10-11:30 a.m. At 11:30 a.m., the heart-healthy luncheon program begins by revealing stories of local women affected personally by heart disease. For tickets or more information, call 830-2300.


The Association for the Accreditation of Human Research Protection Programs has  awarded accreditation to the LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans Human Research Protection Program. The organization promotes high-quality, ethically sound research through an accreditation process that ensures that human research programs meet rigorous standards for quality and protection. To earn accreditation, organizations must provide evidence via its policies, procedures and practices – of their commitment to scientifically and ethically sound research and to continuous improvement. With private and public partners, 300 LSUHSC faculty members are conducting more than 900 human research studies on a broad range of health issues.
 

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