March 29, 2011 SPECIAL EDITION
For Canadian geneticist, Gairdner Wightman award could be a precursor to the Nobel Prize
The Huntington Society of Canada, located in Kitchener Ontario, applauds the choice of Huntington’s researcher Dr. Michael Hayden as the 2011 recipient of the Canada Gairdner Wightman award.
The $100,000 prize — one of the world’s most prestigious medical awards — could presage even bigger things to come. More than a quarter of Gairdner winners go on to achieve a Nobel Prize.
“For more than two decades, we’ve supported Dr. Hayden’s groundbreaking work on Huntington disease,” says Huntington Society of Canada CEO and Executive Director Bev Heim-Myers. “As an organization we are proud to be affiliated with such excellence. Dr Hayden’s work has had, and will continue to have, global impact on Huntington disease.”
Ariel Walker, co-founder of the Huntington Society of Canada and long-time Cambridge resident, is quick to add her congratulations. “On behalf of the thousands of Canadians living with Huntington disease, I congratulate Dr. Hayden on this honour,” says Walker. “For them, and for Huntington’s families around the world, his research provides very real hope that we will cure this fatal disease.”
In 1993, the Vancouver geneticist helped to discover the gene responsible for Huntington disease (HD), a neurodegenerative disorder that slowly destroys both mind and body. In 2006, his team successfully prevented the disease in mice.
Today, Dr. Hayden is the world’s most cited expert in HD. He heads up the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Human Genetics and Molecular Medicine. His long string of awards includes the
Prestigious Medical Prize Winner Has Local Ties
Dueling ‘Best Hospital’ Ratings
WebMD Health News
March 29, 2011 — U.S. News & World Report has released its list of the best hospitals in 52 U.S. cities on the heels of Thomson Reuters’ “100 Top Hospitals” list.
The two companies have released dueling “best-hospital” lists for years. U.S. News & World Report releases its top-hospitals list over the summer, while the Thomson Reuters list comes out in the spring.
But this year, U.S. News & World Report has a surprise. Building on data from its 2010 “best” list among the nation’s 4,852 hospitals, it’s now offering a list of the best hospitals in U.S. cities with a population of 1 million or more.
Hospitals that make the U.S. News & World Report metro list are ranked first by the number of medical specialties in which they are among the best in the nation. Then they are ranked by the number of medical specialties in which they score among the top 25% of all U.S. hospitals.
Hospitals with at least one national ranking outscore hospitals that may be better in various other specialties but aren’t nationally ranked in any of them. Children’s hospitals are not included in the report.
“Consequently, the No. 1 hospital in a metro area is not necessarily the best in town for all patients,” notes U.S. News & World Report editor Avery Comarow in a news release. “We expect that savvy consumers will consider not merely a hospital’s overall rank in the metro area, but its expertise in the specialty relevant to their care.”
Given this warning, here’s the list from U.S. News & World Report of the top-ranked hospitals in the five largest metro areas:
New York City
- New York-Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell
- NYU Langone Medical Center
- Mount Sinai Medical Center
- Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
- Hospital for Special Surgery
- Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
- USC University Hospital
- University of California, Irvine Medical Center
- Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital
- University of Chicago Medical Center
- Rush University Medical Center
- Loyola University Medical Center
- University of Illinois Medical Center at Chicago
- University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
- Baylor University Medical Center
- Parkland Memorial Hospital
- Baylor Institute for Rehabilitation
- Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
- Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
- Christiana Care
- Temple University Hospital
- Hahnemann University Hospital
Top 100 U.S. Hospitals
The Thomson Reuters ratings use a very different system. The report considers 2,914 non-federal U.S. hospitals.
The report evaluates hospitals according to 10 criteria: deaths; medical complications; patient safety; average patient stay; hospital costs per patient; hospital profitability; patient satisfaction; adherence to clinical standards of care; post-discharge mortality; and death and readmission rates for acute myocardial infarction (heart attack), heart failure, and pneumonia.
Will a Gadget Help You Sleep?
We crave sleep, and yet most of us don’t get enough of it. Those who try often don’t get a quality snooze. In fact, 43% of Americans between the ages of 13 and 64 say they rarely or never get a good night’s sleep on weeknights, according to a recent poll by the National Sleep Foundation.
Many people look to gadgets to help them get their ZZZs, but fun as they might be, they’re no substitute for good sleep habits like going to bed at the same time every night, minimizing caffeine, and relaxing before bedtime.
“Gadgets can be helpful, but their effectiveness does not supersede sleep awareness and good sleep and circadian hygiene,” says Gianluca Tosini, MD, director of the Circadian Rhythm and Sleep Disorders Program at the Neuroscience Institute and chairman of the department of pharmacology at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta.
Still, some devices can help, or at least trigger a sleep-inducing placebo effect. Here’s a look at some of the high- and low-tech gadgets and devices that can promote sound sleep.