Stopping Tumors in their Tracks: How Medtech Treated One Patient’s Brain Metastases

December 6, 2018

“I was prepared to die,” Brenda said. After seven months of chemotherapy, radiation, and a mastectomy, Brenda Vincentz-Smith had defeated breast cancer, but doctors had given her a new diagnosis: brain metastases. Cancer cells from Brenda’s breast had traveled to her brain, attaching to her healthy brain tissue as three separate tumors. To Brenda, brain tumors sounded like the end of the road. To her doctors, they looked more like a pothole, an obstacle that, with the right treatment, Brenda could potentially overcome.

Summit On Balanced Pain Management Urges Interdisciplinary Approach

December 6, 2018

Before Justin Minyard was keynote speaker at this week’s fifth annual National Summit on Balanced Pain Management in Washington, DC, he was a respondent at the Pentagon on September 11.  A high-level interrogator serving the United States Army during tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.  And a prime example of why comprehensive, integrative pain management is critical.

Using Medtech to Mend a Musician’s Heart

December 5, 2018

As a professional classical musician, Kristen Linfante’s career has always posed challenges. But she never imagined one of those challenges would stem from a debilitating nervous system disorder. Kristen suffers from dysautonomia, estimated to affect 70 million people around the world.

She Was Having 200 Seizures Per Day Until this Medical Device Gave Her Life Back

December 5, 2018

Emily was suffering up to 200 seizures a day until an experimental medical device – compared to a pacemaker for the brain – gave her much needed relief. Now, the device is FDA approved to dramatically reduce epileptic seizures, in some patients up to 90 percent. Hear Emily’s story and learn how innovative medical technology is improving her quality of life.

Test to Treatment: Using Diagnostics to Fight Antibiotic Resistance

November 13, 2018

Each year in the U.S., more than 2 million people are infected with an antibiotic resistant germ. For at least 23,000 of them, the result is fatal. This phenomenon – when germs defeat the drugs designed to kill them – is called antimicrobial resistance (AMR).

One major contributor to the growing prevalence of AMR is the misuse of antibiotics; often, doctors prescribe antibiotics unnecessarily, or, they prescribe the wrong type of antibiotic. In fact, evidence has shown that perhaps as many as 50% of antibiotics prescribed are not necessary – and that’s just in the U.S.