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UHealth Surgeons at Jackson Remove Two Brain Tumors from Pregnant Woman

Clockwise from top left, Unzila Nayeri, M.D., Michael E. Ivan, M.D., neurosurgery resident Roberto Perez Roman, M.D., Maria Emilse Munoz Pena with baby Santino Michar Pena, and father Michar Pena.

Clockwise from top left, Unzila Nayeri, M.D., Michael E. Ivan, M.D., neurosurgery resident Roberto Perez Roman, M.D., Maria Emilse Munoz Pena with baby Santino Michar Pena, and father Michar Pena.

A Florida mother is thanking University of Miami Health System doctors after they removed two benign brain tumors strangling her optic nerves and restored her sight – all while she was six months pregnant.

Maria Emilse Munoz Peña was in the middle of her pregnancy in December 2016 when she began losing her vision. As her sight worsened – she could no longer read, could barely make out shapes and colors, and couldn’t recognize faces – she went to an ophthalmologist, who immediately directed her to the emergency room at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, indicating it was a “life or death” situation.

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The top images show the untreated retina, left, and the effect of anti-Scg-3 therapy to treat retinopathy of prematurity in a mouse model. The bottom images zoom in on the blood vessels.

Study Suggests New Way to Prevent Vision Loss in Diabetics and Premature Babies

Researchers at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, part of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, have identified a new molecule that induces the formation of abnormal blood vessels in the eyes of diabetic mice. The study suggests that inhibiting this molecule may prevent similarly aberrant blood vessels from damaging the vision of not only diabetics, but also premature infants.

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Tyler Clark receives his envelope from Dean Laurence Gardner, M.D., as wife Brittany and daughters Remi, Mia and Ella await the news.

Miller School Students Celebrate Their Futures at Match Day 2017

Screams of joy extended far beyond the Schoninger Research Quadrangle on Friday as members of the Miller School of Medicine Class of 2017 joined medical students all over the country for Match Day, when they learn where they will spend the next several years of their training.

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Thinh Tran, M.D., MBA., chief clinical officer and chief operating officer, joins the hand sanitizer mascot at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. Video & Photo Gallery

Successful Patient Safety Week Concludes

Friday was the fifth and final day of Patient Safety Week activities. With the theme of the day being preventing infection, hands across campus were washed and sanitized in record numbers. Hand sanitizer bottles were given away throughout UHealth locations, and the Hand Sanitizer Mascot made surprise inspirational appearances.

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Left eye of patient two showing diffuse pre-retinal and intraretinal hemorrhage 13 days after intravitreal stem cell injection. Collections of cells can be seen in the vitreous cavity below the optic nerve and in the lower right-hand corner. Photo: Thomas Albini M.D.

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute Study Points to Dangers in Unproven Stem Cell Treatments

Three South Florida women suffered serious loss of vision soon after receiving stem cell treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD) at a Broward County clinic in 2015, according to a study published on March 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Jair Munoz Mendoza, M.D.

Researchers Find Independence of Two Risk Factors for Death in Chronic Kidney Disease

Researchers from the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine participated in a multicenter study demonstrating that inflammation and elevated levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), an endocrine hormone, are independent risk factors for death in chronic kidney disease.

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