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Paige Kalika, D.O.

Five Questions: The Rare, Polio-like Illness Affecting Children

A rare illness that can lead to paralysis or death, acute flaccid myelitis (AFM), is making headlines across the nation, with one of the newest cases confirmed last week by a hospital in Jacksonville, Florida.

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Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS

Top UM Neurologist Dr. Ralph Sacco Elected to Prestigious National Academy of Medicine

A luminary stroke neurologist and researcher, Ralph L. Sacco, M.D., MS, professor and chair of neurology and the Olemberg Family Chair of Neurological Disorders at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, has been elected to the prestigious National Academy of Medicine (NAM).

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Patients will be seen by UM clinicians and genetics experts, who will perform in-depth and comprehensive clinical examinations, as well as cutting-edge genomics investigations, including whole genome sequencing.

Miller School Becomes a Site for NIH’s Undiagnosed Diseases Network

The University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is among five new academic medical sites across the nation that have joined the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Undiagnosed Diseases Network (UDN) and been awarded a grant by the agency to improve and accelerate the diagnosis of rare and undiagnosed conditions. The new awards, announced September 24, are part of the second phase of the agency’s expansion of the network.

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From left, Sandra Bacman, Ph.D., with Carlos T. Moraes, Ph.D.

Advances in Gene Editing and Delivery Offer Promise for People Living with Mitochondrial Diseases

There is strength in numbers — or at least the right proportion. A new study from University of Miami Miller School of Medicine researchers demonstrates an ability to target and reduce debilitating high levels of mutant mitochondrial DNA in heart and other muscle tissue to an extent — so far in mice — that could be curative. The findings offer hope to people living with relatively rare mitochondrial diseases.

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Members of the award-winning UHealth Tower Stroke Team, from left, David Lang, D.O., Christina Pacheco, Eldorana Pust, Aliercy Nunez Sanchez, Tara Michelle Cheung, RN, Sebastian Koch, M.D., Michael Greenberg, M.D., Shane Soorus, RN, Julianne Lee Burgos, Betty Hanley, Cathy Rosenberg, MSN, ARNP-BC, Amanda Demane, SLP, and Miguel Garcia.

UHealth Tower Receives Top Award for Care of Stroke Patients

UHealth Tower, a unit of University of Miami Hospital and Clinics, has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring that stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

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