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From left, Veronica Avila with Ellen DeGeneres.

Ellen DeGeneres Gives South Florida Cancer Survivor the Surprise of a Lifetime

As a 12-year-old cancer survivor, Veronica Avila has already fought more than her share of difficult battles. But it was a visit to Los Angeles earlier this year that left the seventh-grader from Coconut Creek nearly speechless. It was then that Veronica got to meet one of her favorite performers — talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — during a live taping of her national show.

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Medical campus update: Hurricane Irma

The latest on Hurricane Irma and how it is affecting the medical campus.

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Physician treats child for possible concussion.

New Clinic Will Treat Children’s Concussions

To serve children under 16 who have suffered concussion from a non-sports- related injury, the University of Miami Sports Medicine Institute’s concussion program has launched its Pediatric Concussion Clinic, led by concussion expert Gillian Hotz, Ph.D. “Too often, younger children fall through the cracks and are not correctly diagnosed with concussion,” said Hotz.

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From left, Diego Venegas, M.D., advisor, Julio Barredo, M.D., international advisor, Patricia Garcia, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Minister of Health, Franklin Aldecoa, M.D., advisor, and Gino Venegas, M.D., senior advisor.

Sylvester Oncologist Dr. Julio Barredo Helps Peru Improve Outcomes of Kids with Leukemia

For Peruvian native Julio Barredo, M.D., director of children’s cancer programs at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, visits to his home country were often painful. He saw a cure rate of only 40 percent for the 700 children diagnosed annually with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, the most common childhood cancer. He knew that many of them were dying unnecessarily.

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Grant Funds Zika Care for Newborns in U.S. Virgin Islands

Buoyed by a $333,333 workforce development grant from the U.S. Health Resources & Services Administration, Robert C. Fifer, Ph.D., associate professor and director of audiology and speech-language pathology at the Mailman Center for Child Development, plans to set up a health care system to address diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of newborns with Zika infection in the St. Thomas, St. Croix and St. John islands.

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