Johns Hopkins Gazette: January 13, 1997 Form

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Medical News

Imaging method results in better care for hands

Magnetic resonance images of abnormal blood vessels in the hand can help determine the best treatment without invasive procedures or radiation, a study including Johns Hopkins concludes.

"Magnetic resonance angiography and magnetic resonance imaging were clearly effective in managing vascular malformations," said Kyle D. Bickel, a co-author of the 10-patient study and an assistant professor of plastic surgery and orthopedic surgery at Hopkins. The abnormal clusters of arteries and veins can be painful, and unsightly, and can weaken the hand as they enlarge over time.

Results are published in the January issue of The Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

"The results let us determine which growths could be surgically removed and predict which patients would have long-term success," Bickel said. Four patients had surgery, and six were treated with special garments that compressed the growths over a long period.

Other News

Awards go to popular Kenya radio youth program

An awards ceremony and dinner in December honored the success of the Kenya Broadcasting Cooperation production team for its work on the radio program Youth Variety Show. The show's co-sponsors represent a unique alliance between the Johns Hopkins University Population Communication Services, UNFPA and Johnson & Johnson (K), Ltd. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of awards by Minister for Health Joshua Angatia and Phyllis Piotrow, director of the Johns Hopkins University Center for Communication Programs.

Those present lauded the Youth Variety Show as a fine program that continues to provide young people nationally and in neighboring countries with information about health and sexuality issues in an entertaining and interactive format. "[The] Youth Variety Show should continue as long as there are young people in Kenya," Piotrow said.

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