5 medical advances that will change patient care

5 medical advances that will change patient care

Gene sequencing at record speeds to identify dangerous mutations. A treatment that delays Type 1 diabetes for years. A vaccine to prevent RSV infections, which kill thousands of Americans each year.

Below we describe these and other recent developments in academic medicine that could help save the lives of millions of patients.

An RSV vaccine

Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) made headlines this winter for its role in the tripledemic that, together with COVID-19 and flu, slammed many U.S. hospitals. But now there’s some good news related to RSV: On May 3, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave its first-ever approval to a vaccine that protects against the dangerous condition.

Each year, RSV is associated with 6,000 to 10,000 deaths of U.S. adults 65 and older, and as many as 160,000 hospitalizations for that vulnerable group. It also kills hundreds of children under the age of 5.

“This is immensely satisfying,” says Ann Falsey, MD, a University of Rochester School of Medicine professor of medicine who has been pursuing an RSV vaccine for decades. “In science, even if you don’t make it across the finish line, you may feel like you contributed. But to actually see these products close to coming to market is huge.”

There are actually two RSV vaccines in the pipeline. The vaccine that was just approved by the FDA was developed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and is targeted to adults 60 and older. Next, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will weigh in on whether to recommend the vaccine, and that’s expected to happen in June. The FDA is also expected to rule shortly on a Pfizer vaccine for that population. In addition, Pfizer has been granted priority review of a vaccine for use in pregnant people that’s intended to protect their infants after birth.

These vaccine advances all are thanks to a better understanding of how RSV works, especially a component called the fusion protein — F-protein for short. “If you inject the F-protein, then the body produces antibodies against it that bind to the virus, blocking it from entering cells,” says Falsey, who has researched the Pfizer RSV vaccine.

“I’ve seen the faces of patients [with RSV]. I’ve seen the suffering. It’s not abstract to me. So when I saw the results of the first study, I was dancing around my office.”

Ann Falsey, MD
University of Rochester School of Medicine

In trials, the GSK vaccine was 83% effective against confirmed RSV lower respiratory disease in people 60 and older, according to a study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

There was a possibly concerning side effect, though. A small percentage (1 out of some 12,000 in the GSK trial and 2 out of some 17,000 Pfizer recipients) developed Guillain-Barré syndrome, in which the immune system attacks a person’s nervous system. One Pfizer case was considered life-threatening, but researchers noted other possible causes for the condition in the three patients, and all survived.

“When the vaccines start to be given to millions

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Big advances, and significant programs, for Marion County’s clinical local community

Big advances, and significant programs, for Marion County’s clinical local community
Big advances, and significant programs, for Marion County’s clinical local community

With a rising population in Ocala and Marion County, authentic estate and organization advancement have kept pace all over 2021, and so has health and fitness treatment infrastructure.

From 2010 to 2020, the U.S. Census confirmed, Marion County grew 13.5% to almost 376,000 persons, and wellbeing care businesses like AdventHealth, Ocala Well being and UF Wellbeing have all expanded this 12 months or produced designs for foreseeable future expansions to serve the health-related desires of the developing populace. 

Below is a overview of the variations to the overall health treatment landscape of Marion County that took put this yr or are slated for the potential. 

Wellness treatment information:Marion County to swap land with Clinic District for new firehouse, ambulance depot

Weekly COVID-19 update:Marion County’s COVID-19 case rely is on the increase, and positivity has enhanced to 5%

Governor visits Ocala:DeSantis announces preventative COVID-19 monoclonal treatment offered on confined foundation

AdventHealth opens Belleview ER, plans treatment pavilions 

A rendering is shown of the AdventHealth Care Pavilion Heathbrooke, which will be completed in August 2022 at 3949 SW College Road in Ocala. It will have primary care, specialty care, a lab, a pharmacy, full imaging services and a cafe.

AdventHealth, the overall health care enterprise that operates AdventHealth Ocala, 1st built news in April with the invest in of the previous BMW, Porsche and Volkswagen dealership on Condition Road 200 for $4.5 million. 

The nonprofit declared its plans for the site in the tumble, which provided complete demolition and construction of a 25,000-sq.-foot one-prevent store for professional medical desires. It will be regarded as AdventHealth Treatment Pavilion Heathbrook and will have total imaging, a laboratory, a pharmacy, primary and specialty treatment, a café and youngsters club. 

Senior Govt Officer of Non-Acute Expert services John Johannessen said the approximated price tag is all around $22 million, and the setting up is planned to be completed all over August of 2022. After Heathbrook, the objective is for two a lot more care pavilions in the Ocala space to be concluded all around mid-2023. 

Traffic makes its way north on U.S. 441 in Belleview by the new AdventHealth Belleview 24-hour Emergency Room on Sept. 30. The new $18 million facility measures 13,000 square feet, has 12 beds, and will offer an array of services from board-certified emergency medicine physicians and nurses who specialize in emergency care for adults and children.

AdventHealth also opened an $18 million unexpected emergency place in Belleview in October. The 13,000-sq.-foot ER has 12 beds, two triage rooms, a laboratory, X-ray place, CT space, session area and pharmacy. 

“As we got to Ocala and Marion County back in 2018, I try to remember generating the declaration that it was our intent to enable wellbeing treatment accomplish a new stage, to definitely assist elevate health and fitness care in our local community,” AdventHealth Ocala’s main govt officer told the Star-Banner formerly. “That has been our single emphasis, our quite potent determination all through this.” 

AdventHealth will also have control of a former Marion County ambulance depot totaling 4,537 square toes following a land swap in between the county and Marion County Clinic District, which leases the hospital to AdventHealth. Its plans for the place have not been introduced. 

Ocala Regional Medical Middle celebrates $65 million expansion 

Ocala Wellness, which operates Marion County’s other two hospitals, Ocala Regional Clinical Hospital and West Marion Group Hospital (WMCH), announced designs in the summer time to extend ORMC

The $65 million renovation focuses on a new neurological intensive care unit and five cardiovascular procedural suites. The job will

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