Stories and Events for July 2010

• Deep Brain Stimulation Gives Life Back to Teen Boy As a child, 19-year-old Jacob Bayne was diagnosed with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder which caused his muscles to severely contract leaving him immobile for nearly 10 years. Bayne’s disorder was debilitating until he underwent deep brain stimulation at St. Joseph’s Barrow Neurological Institute. The treatment, which sends electrical impulses to specific parts of the brain, cured Bayne enabling him to attend prom and graduate from high school. For more information about this story, call 602-406-3312. • St. Joseph’s Amazing Expert: Genetic Screening for Melanoma For some Arizonans, skin protection might not be enough this summer because one type of skin cancer is genetic. Five to 10 percent of melanoma cancers are genetic and those with the gene are 76 percent more likely to get the form of skin cancer. Cathy McCann, MS, CGC, board certified genetics counselor at St. Joseph’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, offers genetic testing to help individuals with a family history of melanoma determine if they are at risk. McCann is available for interviews. Media wishing to cover this story should call 602-406-3319. • St. Joseph’s Heart Doctors Team to Save Sedona Boy In late May, seven-year-old Trevor Slattery was on his way to a local pediatrician’s office. He was fatigued and his parents were concerned about his heart rate. A few hours later he was at a Flagstaff emergency room before going into severe heart failure and being transferred to St. Joseph’s by air ambulance. By the next morning, Slattery was cured. By way of telemedicine, doctors at both hospitals were able to communicate and determine his best chance for survival by the time he arrived at St. Joseph’s. Slattery is now happy, healthy and living an active lifestyle. For more information call 602-406-3312. • Barrow Scientist Leads Research of Long-Neglected Brain Region A Barrow scientist is leading the global discussion and research on a hidden lobe of the brain, called the insula. A.D. Craig, PhD, has organized a special edition of the journal Brain Structure and Function, dedicated to the emerging medical and scientific interest in this small area of the brain that has emerged as crucial to understanding what it feels like to be human. “Rapidly accumulating evidence indicates that this area of the brain is uniquely involved in virtually every human emotion and behavior,” says Dr. Craig. “Similarly, clinical evidence indicates that it is crucially involved in a variety of syndromes, including addiction, anxiety, depression, anosognosia, schizophrenia and dementia.” • Unique Teaching Sessions Held for Sonographers St. Joseph’s is providing unique teaching sessions to local and rural sonographers about imaging techniques, protocols and advances in pediatric congenital heart disease. A specialized medical professional trained in the anatomy and function of the heart, sonographers from across Arizona are invited once a month to teaching sessions held at St. Joseph’s. These sessions are vital to help ensure sonographers, especially those located in rural areas, are confident and comfortable working with the tiniest of patients. For more information call 602-406-3312.

For more information or to schedule a story, call Carmelle Malkovich at 602-406-3319.