The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: February 25, 2014

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The Journal Record Health Care Briefs: February 25, 2014


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Center opens for high-risk expectant mothers

OKLAHOMA CITY - A new, comprehensive prenatal services facility has been opened by OU Physicians in Oklahoma City.

The OU Prenatal Diagnostic Center is on the first floor of the Children's Hospital atrium on the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences campus.

"Every pregnancy is different, particularly when certain risk factors are involved, and we want parents to know they have every resource at their disposal to help welcome their new child into the world," said Marvin Williams, center director. "The center will provide specialized, comprehensive care to expectant mothers in a calming, soothing setting literally steps away from Oklahoma's most comprehensive children's hospital."

The center is staffed by Williams and two other physicians - Eric Knudtson and Ravi Gunatilake.

Integris names palliative care medical director

OKLAHOMA CITY - Steven A. Drabek has been named medical director for the Integris Baptist Medical Center Palliative Care Program, Integris Hospice of Oklahoma County and Integris Hospice House.

His two offices are located at Integris Baptist and Integris Hospice House, 13920 Quailbrook Dr. in Oklahoma City.

Since 1989, Drabek has balanced his experience as a hospice and palliative care medical director in central Oklahoma with a family medicine practice at Integris Yukon Family Clinic Westpointe. A hospice and palliative care diplomat for more than 13 years, Drabek served as chairman of the Integris Canadian Valley Regional Hospital Medical Quality committee and as a member of the Oklahoma Hospice and Palliative Care Association Ethics committee.

Alexopulos reappointed to State Board of Health

OKLAHOMA CITY - Gov. Mary Fallin has reappointed Jenny Alexopulos to the State Board of Health.

Alexopulos, of Tulsa, is the medical director and director of medical education at the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences in Tulsa. She serves on the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians Scholarship and Student Loan Committee. Alexopulos is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario, London, and has a doctor of osteopathic medicine degree from Kirksville College in Kirksville, Mo.

She will serve a nine-year term pending confirmation from the Oklahoma Senate.

OMRF researcher named national science association fellow

OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation scientist Luke Szweda has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

This year, 388 members were awarded this honor by AAA. Szweda joins OMRF scientists Xiao-Hong Sun and Jordan Tang in the group.

In the Medical Sciences group, Szweda was elected as an AAAS Fellow for his research into the role of oxidative damage in obese, diabetic and aging populations.

Szweda is a member and program chairman of OMRF's Free Radical Biology and Aging Research Program.

Moran Eye reports research

SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah's John A. Moran Eye Center announced that Wolfgang B. Baehr, professor of ophthalmology, adjunct professor of biology and neurobiology and anatomy, a team of researchers from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and researchers from the National Eye Institute have discovered a link between lower levels of thyroid hormones and reduced damage to photoreceptor cone cells in mouse models with retinal degeneration.

Age-related macular degeneration and other retinal diseases are the result of damage to cone cells in the eyes.

The study, titled "Suppressing thyroid hormone signaling preserves cone photoreceptors in mouse models of retinal degeneration," is featured in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

In addition to Baehr, the study was co-authored by Hongwei Ma, Arjun Thapa, Xi-Quin Ding and Lynsie Morris of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and T. Michael Redmond of the Laboratory of Retinal Cell and Molecular Biology at the National Eye Institute. …

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