USF Magazine Summer 2013

Volume 55 | Number 2



Novel Therapy for Heart Failure

| Florida Hospital Tampa

Two Tampa-area institutions are the first in the region to enroll patients in a nationwide clinical trial of a novel gene therapy to treat heart failure. The therapy could promote tissue regeneration by encouraging the body to deploy more stem cells to the injury site.

The STOP-HF trial brings together cardiovascular specialists at USF Health and the Florida Hospital Pepin Heart Institute and Dr. Kiran C. Patel Research Institute.

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Study Delivers Good News

| Florida Hospital Tampa

A national March of Dimes program to reduce unnecessary early deliveries is proving highly effective.

USF Health faculty were among the authors of a national study in which the rate of elective early-term deliveries (inductions of labor and Cesarean sections without a medical reason) in 25 participating hospitals fell from 27.8 percent to 4.8 percent during the year-long project period — an 83 percent decline.

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