News Archive (2010)

Dr. John A. Kearney, Jr. joins the team of experts for the "10-week Get Healthy Series" with The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com.

Our expert team will help you lose weight and get fit

Connie Midey - Mar. 8, 2010 03:46 PM
The Arizona Republic

More than the start of a new year, spring is the season of hope.

There's time, we hope, to look our trim-and-glowing best for the class reunion this summer. Time to get in shape for volleyball on the beach or a hike in Sedona's Boynton Canyon. Time to lower blood pressure and cholesterol before our annual physical and the inevitable (and, yes, deserved) doctor's lecture that follows.

Time to get with the program.

Today, The Arizona Republic and azcentral.com begin a 10-week series that could give you the impetus you've been looking for since throwing up your hands in despair of ever reaching the health goals you set every Jan. 1.

Nine experts, including a psychologist and a Watchers group leader, in the roles of best friends who tell you what you need - but may not want - to hear, will act as health and fitness coaches for 10 Arizonans.

The 10 have volunteered to share their stories in the coming Sundays. You may recognize your life in theirs and in the obstacles to good they wrestle with.

You'll meet people with not enough time to exercise or to plan and cook healthful meals. Whose stress drives them to reach for the remote control and a pint of Ben & Jerry's after work and errands and household chores finally are finished for the day. Who yearn for a little motivation and support.

And you might feel motivated to follow in their footsteps as they test the advice and encouraging words directed to them by the experts, some of whom have been there themselves.

Physician Emily Zaragoza Lao, medical director of the Family Medicine Center at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix, gained 80 pounds while pregnant with her first son. At the start of her second pregnancy, she still carried 50 of the excess pounds.

"I had a grandmother who always said, 'You're eating for two, dear,' and a doctor who never told me 80 pounds was too much to gain," Zaragoza says. "And I was in medical school, in residency, and there really wasn't enough time to exercise and diet."

Life became even more demanding as she and her husband raised their sons, now teenagers, and she pursued a master's degree in business administration and dealt with health scares of her own, all the while practicing medicine.

Losing the weight wasn't easy, nor was maintaining the loss. But her struggle has inspired many patients in the years since, including a 78-year-old woman who recently lost 50 pounds. Zaragoza hopes it will do the same for the 10 project participants - and for you, following along at home.

Dr. John Kearney, sports-medicine specialist

The CORE Institute (Center for Orthopedic Research and Education), six Arizona locations; medical director, Arizona Sports Medicine Society. thecoreinstitute.com

"Prioritize spending the necessary time, energy and money on eating right and staying active. Ultimately, this investment in your health will help you live a more fulfilling, fruitful and productive life."


Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench to Speak at Health & Medical.

The Arizona Technology Council announced that Major League Baseball Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, presented by Stryker Orthopaedics, is the keynote luncheon speaker at the first annual Arizona Health & Medical Technology (AZHMT) Expo being held March 25, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Glendale, Ariz.

Sponsors of the event include The CORE Institute, also called the Center for Orthopedic Research and Education, and Grandview Terrace, a life-care community.

"As a former professional athlete that has undergone joint replacement, I can testify to the importance of doing your homework and staying on top of the trends in healthcare," said Bench. "This unique Expo is a prime opportunity to hear firsthand how technology is changing the way we take care of our bodies inside and out."

The AZHMT Expo will focus on healthcare topics and the latest technology advances in the medical field. Attendees will benefit from informative breakout sessions led by top experts, free health screenings, and one-on-one networking throughout an exhibit area. Exhibitors include: Arizona Telemedicine Program, Hospice of the Valley, Logistixs Group, OhYeah, OneNeck IT Services, PADT Medical, Roskamp Sun Health Life Care Communities, Rowpar Pharmaceuticals, Secure Trak, Stryker, Southwestern Eye Center, Swing Orthopedic and Sports Physical Therapy, Inc., TGen, The CORE Institute, and Trans- West Network Solutions.

"By launching our first annual Health & Medical Technology Expo, we are broadening our focus on health care and life sciences because ultimately, technology can help manage cost and efficiency and improve patient care," said Steven G. Zylstra, president and CEO of the Arizona Technology Council. "The work of our member companies encompasses a wide range of products and services, and we felt it was important to share the latest healthcare innovations with the Arizona community at large."

"The CORE Institute felt it was important to support the Council's effort to raise awareness in Arizona about today's healthcare technology," said Dr. David J. Jacofsky, MD, The CORE Institute. "By putting the cutting-edge technology and experts right at people's fingertips, we hope to educate others on how we are improving the lives of patients."

The Arizona Technology Council is a private, not-for-profit trade association founded to connect, represent and support the state's expanding technology industry.

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New Hip Replacement Surgery Can Mean Shorter Recovery.

SE Valley Living

Ask The Expert
Q: I understand there is a new hip replacement procedure using a special surgical table. What is it and is it an option for total hip replacement?

A: Hip replacement surgery is recommended for patients suffering from severe hip pain that limits their daily activities. The relatively new surgical method, called the direct-anterior approach, has an easier, less painful recovery for the patient.

The direct-anterior total hip arthroplasty is the only surgical approach that allows the procedure to be performed without having to cut any of the muscles or tendons. It is the most tissue-preserving approach for total hip arthroplasty.

To perform direct-anterior hip surgery, the patient lies on their back with their leg extended and rotated so that just the portion of the hip to be replaced is exposed. No damage is done to the important hip muscles.

Patients who have undergone this procedure have had a variety of experiences during the post-operative period. Most notable is a rapid recovery, which enables patients in many cases to walk unaided or without a walker within one to two weeks following surgery. In most cases, patients are discharged two to three days after surgery with no post-operative restrictions. They experience less pain and walk without a limp in days rather than weeks after surgery.

Additionally, the benefits of the direct-anterior total hip replacement are faster recovery in the early post-operative period, smaller incision with minimal muscle trauma and less scarring, smaller risk with a dislocation and no post-operative restrictions on hip motion.

Steven Myerthall, M.D., is an orthopedic surgeon with privileges at Chandler Regional and Mercy Gilbert Medical Centers.For a doctor referral, please call ResourceLink toll-free at 1.877.728.5414.

Post Surgery Wireless Skin Patch License Agreement Signed.

WASHINGTON and SUN CITY WEST, Ariz., Feb 02, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ ---- Gentag, Inc. and The CORE Institute(R) are pleased to announce the signing of a license agreement to develop and commercialize a disposable wireless skin patch to allow patients to self monitor themselves in the comfort of their homes after orthopedic surgery in hospitals through the use of cell phones. The technology will help reduce post-orthopedic surgical-related medical costs by reducing the time spent in hospitals and detecting possible problems much earlier with less pain and risk, and costing much less than existing technology.

The technology combines advanced MEMS sensors and Gentag's disposable wireless platform sensor that is directly compatible with cell phonesintegrating standard NFC-ISO 15693 hybrid reader chip technology. Such cell phones include the iPhone via a soon-to-be released RFID retrofit, thereby ensuring broad access by consumers to the technology. Clinical trials are expected to begin in 2010.

"The CORE Institute(R), their physicians and research team have the required medical expertise and involvement in the orthopedics arena to bring this new technology through the FDA approval process to benefit patients worldwide," announced Dr. John Peeters, the founder of Gentag. "We are pleased to sign this agreement and look forward to supporting The CORE Institute(R) and its partners to commercialize this new technology and other related technologies."

"The CORE Institute(R) is pleased to secure the funding required for the final development of this important technology platform that will decrease the cost of care, while improving patient safety and outcomes, by giving patients the tools to detect post orthopedic surgery complications in the comfort of their homes," announced David Jacofsky, MD, the Chairman and CEO of The CORE Institute(R).

Gentag, Inc. and Altivera, LLC are IP and technology development companies focusing on the development of innovative, low-cost wireless technologies to improve health worldwide. The company owns unique intellectual property relating to cell phone-sensor combinations and wireless sensor networks.

The Center for Orthopedic Research and Education, The CORE Institute(R), delivers comprehensive orthopedic care, one patient at a time. Their fellowship-trained physicians provide specialized care in the areas of surgical, non-surgical and rehabilitative hip, knee, shoulder, wrist, hand, elbow and ankle procedures, sports medicine, arthroscopy, fracture management, orthopedic traumatology, complex articular cartilage restoration, orthopedic oncology, foot and ankle reconstruction, non-surgical spine care and pain management. The CORE Institute team is dedicated to providing technologically-advanced surgical techniques and rehabilitation in six locations in Arizona. With state-of-the art research labs, their clinical and research teams are dedicated to pioneering research that expands orthopedic knowledge, products and services.

For more information, visit https://www.thecoreinstitute.com/ and http://www.gentag.com/

SOURCE Gentag, Inc.