A Local Trial Could Lead to an Oral Diabetes Medication

A new medicine from Oramed might rid diabetes treatment of needles for the 30 million Americans who have the disease. The treatment may be a way to avoid the pain and fear that accompany injections while more efficiently delivering the medication. Nadav Kidron, the CEO of Oramed Pharmaceuticals, is leading a team who is working on this new delivery method. FDA trials in Dallas and around the country may lead to the end of using needles in the treatment of Type 2 diabetes. Oral delivery of the medication is not only less painful, but more efficient, Kidron says. It is… Full Story

M.D. Anderson’s Dr. James Allison Awarded Nobel Prize

Houston can call one of its top physicians a Nobel Prize winner. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Dr. James P. Allison won the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his breakthrough cancer research this week, the New York Times reports. Allison, 70, worked toward aiding the immune system’s ability to attack cancer by suppressing the proteins that resist the immune’s system’s ability to fight cancer cells. Normally, cancer treatment involves three plans of attack: surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy. But the Nobel committee at the Karolinska Institute called Allison’s immune system treatment “an entirely new principle for cancer therapy,” according… Full Story

Medical City Plano Adds Single-Dose Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

A new treatment at Medical City Plano is reducing breast cancer treatment from eight weeks to eight minutes. For early-stage breast cancer patients, the new procedure involves surgery and radiation using iCAD’s Xoft Electronic Brachytherapy System. The FDA-approved treatment uses a miniaturized x-ray to deliver a precise, concentrated dose of radiation to a tumor site directly after surgery, or lumpectomy. The radiation treats the remaining tumor that wasn’t removed during the surgery. The treatment isn’t limited to breast cancer, but can be used for non-melanoma skin cancer and gynecological cancer as well. Worldwide, more than 10,000 patients have been successfully treated.… Full Story

Texas Health Dallas Has A New Nurse-Assisting Robot

Texas Health Dallas will soon deploy, on a pilot basis, a new artificial intelligence-fueled nurse-assisting robot named Moxi, which the system says could help it free up its nursing and other staff members to do the more important work. Texas Health Resources will first explore whether Moxi, built by Austin company Diligent Robotics, can effectively ease the burden in a neurology and stroke unit in Dallas. From Texas Health: On a typical day, someone on the nursing or support staff at Texas Health Dallas may have to fill shelves in supply rooms, set up and stock patient rooms, run labs… Full Story

Health Wildcatters Grad Receives National Science Foundation Grant

Health Wildcatters graduate VenoStent will line its pockets a bit to continue developing an external wrap to help reduce dialysis access site failures by reinforcing the veins. The company has been awarded a National Science Foundation Small Business Technology Transfer grant. The $224,500 award will go toward research and development work on—I’ll quote from the news release here—“the biomechanics and hemodynamic effects that an external stent can have on venous access site geometries.” VenoStent is the product of two recent Vanderbilt University graduate program alums, Tim Boire (CEO) and Geoffrey Lucks (CFO). The company was a graduate of the 2017… Full Story

Amid News That Others Like It Have Struggled, DFW’s Lone Proton Therapy Center Says It’s Viable, With Room For Growth

Coming up on three years since it first started treating patients, the Texas Center for Proton Therapy has administered proton beam therapy to 1,000 people. It’s a rate that’s kept the $105 million facility financially viable, even as it seeks to take on higher volumes moving forward, the center says. “I think patient volumes have been pretty consistent with what I was expecting coming in,” says Dr. Andrew Lee, who heads the facility. “This is not my first proton center. Just personally, I’ve been very pleased and honored to be part of the team that’s brought proton therapy to the… Full Story

UT Southwestern Surgeon Becomes Second in the U.S. To Perform New, Catheter-based Aneurysm Repair

Doctors at UT Southwestern Medical Center became the first in Texas—and the second in the U.S.—to perform a new procedure to repair the aortic arch above the heart without opening the chest, an approach that the lead surgeon says could start to take off in the wake of his first success. In April Dr. Carlos Timaran, a vascular surgeon at UT Southwestern, performed the minimally invasive procedure on 77-year-old James Isbon, who had been suffering from an aneurysm in his aortic arch. The method requires two small neck incisions and needle-hole access in the groin. Timaran worked with cardiovascular surgeons… Full Story

With A New State Law In Place, DFW Is Gearing Up For Telemedicine Expansion

Three years ago, Addison-based Concentra Occupational Health watched as Nevada joined other U.S. states in adding a telemedicine parity law. Such laws say that private insurers have to reimburse telemedicine visits the same way they do in-person visits. Nevada’s rule even specifically mentioned workers’ compensation, a key for Concentra. The shifting regulatory environment in that state and elsewhere would eventually provide reason enough for Concentra to enter the market, introducing a telemedicine product in 2017. A Concentra executive told me that it’s been well-received, prompting the company to expand within the telemed arena. The company provides workers’ compensation injury care… Full Story

Startup With Platform To Take Retinal Video Wins Health Wildcatters Pitch Competition

The 2018 Healthcare Dealmakers Conference took place this week at the Adolphus Hotel in Dallas, and a healthcare startup went home a little richer. Insight Optics, which has a technology that allows primary care providers to take retinal videos to send off to eye-care specialists, won the Health Wildcatters pitch competition, as Dallas Innovates reports. Eleven startups were in the running. As the winner, Insight Optics takes home $14,000 in cash and in-kind services. Read more on the three-year-old startup, which is “co-located” in Dallas and Atlanta, at Dallas Innovates.

Read this D Magazine Feature on Deep Brain Stimulation

If you’re like me—and you’re not, because you’re a doctor or nurse or something else brilliant—you’ll be surprised to hear that it’s actually possible and at times advisable for a surgeon to drill a hole in a person’s head while that person is still fully awake. I am still astonished by that little factoid. It’s one of many that made reporting this feature for D Magazine so fun. To accompany the magazine’s Collin County Doctors series—view the best of them, as selected by their peers, here—I wrote about deep brain stimulation, a procedure once tagged by Smithsonian as “the most… Full Story