October 18, 2019

Around the nation: Identical twin nurses help deliver identical twin babies

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    Tori Howard and Tara Drinkard, identical twins who are both nurses at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, helped deliver identical twin babies Addison and Emma via cesarean section, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from California, Georgia, and Missouri.

    • California: High schools in the San Francisco Bay area have a large amount of litter from e-cigarettes, which poses an environmental threat, according to a study published in CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly report. According to the study, e-cigarette waste contains plastics, nicotine, heavy metals, and other chemical toxins, as well as lithium-ion batteries. Between July 2018 and April 2019, researchers collected 893 e-cigarette waste items at 12 public high schools in the Bay area (Crist, Reuters, 10/16).

    • Georgia: Tori Howard and Tara Drinkard, identical twins who are both nurses at Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center, helped deliver identical twin babies Addison and Emma via cesarean section on Sept. 25. The babies were born early at 32 weeks and six days, and remained in the neonatal intensive care unit until they went home Thursday (Pelletiere, "Good Morning America," ABC News, 10/15).

    • Missouri: NIH has awarded a team of researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis $3.7 million to continue developing an open-source genomics database aimed at improving cancer treatment. The database allows physicians to match cancer mutations in a patient's tumors with drugs that specifically target those mutations (Drees, Becker's Health IT & CIO Report, 10/16).

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