February 23, 2017

Around the nation: NIH partners with the Kennedy Center to study health and music

Daily Briefing
    • Alabama: The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is collaborating with Proton International and Varian Medical Systems (VMS) to open the first proton therapy facility in the state. Proton therapy is an advanced form of radiation therapy that delivers a more focused dose of radiation to a tumor to better protect healthy tissue surrounding the tumor, Birmingham Business Journal reports. For the $50 million project, Proton International will build and own the facility, UAB will provide staff and daily oversight, and VMS will manufacture the therapy system (Rebman, Birmingham Business Journal, 2/21).
    • Maryland: The National Institutes of Health has teamed up with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to study the connections between music, health, and wellness. The collaborative, called Sound Health, aims to add to ongoing research into several areas, including how music can improve cancer patients' care experiences, help autistic children learn communication skills, and aid patients with Parkinson's in learning how to walk with a controlled rhythm (Zimmerman, Becker's Hospital Review, 2/15).

    • Ohio: With help from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden was able to successfully place an IV in Fiona, a prematurely born hippo who is suffering from dehydration. According to zoo officials, veterinarians at the zoo were able to place several IVs, but they all failed because of Fiona's tiny, unstable veins—common among prematurely born animals. The zoo asked Children's for help, and the hospital sent over two members of its Vascular Access Team who used sensitive ultrasound equipment to successfully place an IV. "We are happy to extend our expertise to our neighbors at the Cincinnati Zoo," said VAT Clinical Director Sylvia Rineair. "Like many people, we are rooting for Fiona" (Cincinnati Zoo blog, 2/20).

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