January 3, 2019

Around the nation: 11-year-old girl's brain tumor mysteriously disappears

Daily Briefing

    Roxli Doss was diagnosed with the "rare," "aggressive" brain tumor in June, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Florida, Michigan, and Texas.

    • Florida: The RESTORES clinic at University of Florida has received a $3 million grant from the Department of Defense to create virtual reality (VR) technology that can help veterans and emergency workers with post-traumatic stress disorder. Deborah Beidel, founder and director of the clinic, said, "This is cutting-edge technology for people in the fire service, police officers and so on. They suffer with PTSD as much as veterans, but there’s no tech out there for them at the moment." Trials of a three-week program that couples VR technology with group therapy show that 73% of first responders and 66% of combat veterans did not meet the clinical definition of PTSD after completing the program (Cook, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/31/18).
    • Michigan: Jennifer Woods was named interim president and CEO of McLaren Northern Michigan effective Jan. 1. Woods, who has worked for McLaren Northern Michigan since 1999, previously served as senior director of acute care services and chief nursing officer of the hospital. She succeeds David Zechman, who has retired (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 12/31/18).
    • Texas: Last June, Roxli Doss, 11, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, but after a few weeks of chemotherapy the tumor disappeared. Virginia Harrod, a doctor at Dell Children's Medical Center, said "When I first saw Roxli's MRI scan, it was actually unbelievable. The tumor is undetectable on the MRI scan, which is really unusual" (O'Rourke, Hawaii News Now, 12/28/18).

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