SEMINOLE - Dr. Alexis Lipton, a Seminole native and a physician at A Place for Women Obstetrics & Gynecology, is a finalist for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Suncoast Chapter’s 2015 Woman of the Year.
As a finalist, she’s in the midst of a 10-week fundraising campaign for the organization. Her personal goal for the campaign, which kicked off March 5 and ends May 16, is $30,000.
Lipton has been involved with the organization intermittently for 15 years, since her mother died from leukemia. Last year, she joined the Board of Trustees.
She was only 18, a student at the University of Central Florida, when she got the call that her mother was in the hospital. She was told her mother was fine and they were running several tests. It was weeks before Christmas break. So she decided to await the results at school.
Not much later, she got a second phone call. Her mother had leukemia.
“The kind you don’t want,” Lipton said.
Her mother was an active person, a kickboxer, “in the prime of her life,” Lipton said. Her mother underwent aggressive chemotherapy to battle the disease. Even though she’d sleep for several hours after the treatment, she’d still get out of bed to spend the rest of the day with her family and to enjoy life. “That’s just the kind of person she was. She was an inspiration to me then and she’s an inspiration to me now.”
LARGO - LENSAR Inc. recently received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a suite of five new application technologies integrated into the company’s flagship product, the LENSAR Laser System.
Robert J. Weinstock, M.D. reported that the first global treatments with the LENSAR Laser System with Streamline software were conducted April 1 at the Eye Institute of West Florida. Weinstock is director of cataract and refractive services at the Eye Institute of West Florida and The Weinstock Laser Eye Center.
According to a press release from LENSAR, the LENSAR Laser System with Streamline is the first femtosecond laser cataract platform to enable automation of several surgical procedure planning and execution elements with the introduction of five new application upgrades that include wireless integration with the Cassini Corneal Shape Analyzer, iris registration, cataract density imaging, customized fragmentation patterns and arcuate incision planning.
The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes.
The department acknowledged the 2015 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool March 25 released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at www.floridacharts.com.
CLEARWATER - Swim Across America - Tampa Bay, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for cancer research, prevention and treatment through swimming-related events, will host its fourth annual open-water fundraising swim Saturday, May 30, 7:45 a.m., at Pier 60 on Clearwater Beach.
The event benefits Moffitt Cancer Center.
Three-time Olympic champion Brooke Bennett will serve as honorary chair for the fourth year.
TAMPA - Clinical trials held at Moffitt Cancer Center have helped lead to the Food and Drug Administration approval of Opidivo (nivolumab), the first and only immunotherapy for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer.
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. Non-small cell lung cancer affects seven out of eight lung cancer patients. The most common type of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer occurs when cancer forms in the cells of the lung.
Opdivo shuts down the PD-1 pathway. PD-1 is a protein that inhibits the body’s immune system from attacking cancerous cells. The immunotherapy is approved for patients with metastatic squamous non-small cell lung cancer with progressed disease on or after being treated with platinum-based chemotherapy.
LARGO - Largo Medical Center is the first hospital in Pinellas County to offer a new minimally invasive procedure to treat peripheral arterial disease in the upper leg, a serious and common condition associated with an increased risk for heart attack and stroke.
Recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, drug-coated balloons are a new type of medical device used to treat PAD in the upper legs once medical management has failed.
Merrill Krolick, D.O., interventional cardiologist, performed the first procedure at Largo Medical Center March 2 on 80-year-old Chris Wagner of Largo.
ST. PETERSBURG - Northside Hospital recently introduced a pet therapy program.
The program involves volunteer handlers and their pet dogs visiting all of the medical units in the hospital during the week, as well as on evenings and weekends. The handlers check in at the nursing desk to inquire if there are any patients or families who might like a visit from one of the dogs. Restrictions on visitations include isolation rooms and those who are allergic.
It’s a mystery! Success seems to elude many people. Some feel they have failed at a task, with a person or in their lives, in general. We all hope for success. We plan and think out our decisions carefully. Fates befall us and our humanness creeps in to muddy the water. We can blame karma or blame ourselves, and in the process we set the stage for the next perceived failure. The aforementioned is a common path trod by countless with heads hung low. They ask, “Why are other people successful and not me?”
In this article, I will unveil the mystery, shining light on the pathway to success and solving the riddle. It may appear some people are destined for success, and perhaps they were intended to walk the road that provided them wealth, fame or an attractive mate. But, are they successful? Who gets to define success?
In the past, you may have had a relationship that exploded in a blaze of heartache, and the reasonable thing to do was to end the connection. Failure, right? Well, it is an opportunity to feel defeated, or it is a chance to learn. There are only two things that stop the learning process: death or the decision not to learn from an experience.
Ah, pregnancy. It’s a rich tapestry of new experiences, especially for first-time moms, full of joy and awe and inspiration ... and fear and terror and a host of unpleasantness that is, at some times, unimaginable.
There are lots of journeys you take in life in which you know what to expect at the onset. But, as I can tell you from personal experience, pregnancy is not one such journey. Now into my seventh month of pregnancy, I can honestly tell you that nothing could have properly prepared me for the ups and downs I’ve experienced. And while I’ve still a ways to go on my journey to motherhood, I’ve compiled a few tips to getting through the first few months of the most epic trip of your life.
ST. PETERSBURG - Frank Knight began donating blood as a ROTC student at Florida State University in 1959.
His subsequent 40-year career as a teacher in Pinellas County schools took a variety of courses, but one constant was a commitment to donating whole blood and platelets. Now, at the age of 75, Knight, who lives in St. Petersburg, achieved his 130-gallon donor milestone by donating platelets on March 9 at OneBlood’s Tyrone Donor Center.
Knight’s donations have helped to save or sustain more than 1,000 lives and potentially even saved his own. In March of 2004, during his pre-donation wellness check-up, it was determined that his pulse was irregular. Instead of giving platelets that day, he drove to his doctor where they discovered he had heart arrhythmia. After receiving a pacemaker to regulate his heartbeat, Knight returned to being a regular donor to keep other hearts throbbing.
TARPON SPRINGS - Florida Hospital North Pinellas has been recognized as a Get With The Guidelines - Stroke Gold Plus hospital by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association.
To receive the gold award, hospitals must have 85 percent adherence to achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals. The indicators include:
- Percent of acute ischemic stroke patients who arrive at the hospital within 120 minutes of time last known well and for whom IV t-PA was initiated at this hospital within 180 minutes of time last known well.