Dr. Drasko Simovic of the EMG Laboratory named to prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List

Castle Connolly

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has selected Dr. Drasko Simovic for inclusion in its highly selective 2014 Top Doctors list.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a highly regarded healthcare research and information company that identifies top doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about physicians. The Top Doctor list is based on an extensive nominating process in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers. Their credentials and qualifications are then carefully reviewed and evaluated by a physician-led research team and key personnel who select the honorees...

"It is such an honor to receive this recognition from my peers as our mission as always been to earn the trust and confidence of our colleagues and to provide referring physicians with the highest level of Electrodiagnostic Medicine," says Dr. Simovic...more

This news was featured in hundreds of national media outlets

Dr. Drasko Simovic of the EMG Laboratory named to prestigious Castle Connolly Top Doctors® List

Castle Connolly

LAWRENCE and HYANNIS, Mass., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Castle Connolly Medical Ltd., America's trusted source for identifying Top Doctors, has selected Dr. Drasko Simovic for inclusion in its highly selective 2014 Top Doctors list.

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. is a highly regarded healthcare research and information company that identifies top doctors in America and provides consumers with detailed information about physicians. The Top Doctor list is based on an extensive nominating process in which doctors who excel in their specialties are selected by their peers. Their credentials and qualifications are then carefully reviewed and evaluated by a physician-led research team and key personnel who select the honorees. Doctors cannot pay to be included on a Castle Connolly Top Doctors® list and they cannot nominate themselves.

In addition to peer nominations, a physician-led research team makes thousands of phone calls each year to leading specialists, chairs of clinical departments and others involved in healthcare, gathering further information regarding the top specialists for various diseases and procedures. All told, fewer than 36,000 physicians - less than 5% of the nation's licensed physicians - have been selected as Castle Connolly Top Doctors in their regions for their specialties.

"It is such an honor to receive this recognition from my peers as our mission as always been to earn the trust and confidence of our colleagues and to provide referring physicians with the highest level of Electrodiagnostic Medicine," says Dr. Simovic. "A thorough and properly conducted EMG test is a key diagnostic step as physicians select the best course of treatment for their patients. We are grateful physicians choose us to be part of that important process and are committed to continuing to provide excellent service to the medical community."

EMG Laboratory, led by Dr Simovic, was awarded the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine's (AANEM) highest level of recognition, Accreditation with Exemplary Status. Electrodiagnostic Medicine helps diagnose conditions with symptoms including pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness from problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy, pinched nerves, and low back and neck pain to complex diseases such as muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease. EMG Laboratory has provided advanced testing of nerves and muscles to communities in and around Merrimack Valley and Cape Cod since 1997.

About Dr. Simovic

Drasko Simovic, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology at Tufts University is a graduate of the Boston University Residency Program in Neurology. He completed two sub-specialty fellowships at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts University, in Boston, MA. He is Board Certified in Neurology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology and Disability Analysis. He is the Medical Director of EMG Laboratory, an AANEM Accredited Laboratory with Exemplary Status. His clinical and research achievements have been featured in national and international scientific and popular media. Dr. Simovic has also been honored by numerous Patient's Choice Award®, Most Compassionate Doctor Award®, and he was also features in BostonSuper Doctors®.

About EMG Laboratory

Serving communities in and around Merrimack Valley, MA and Hyannis, MA for many years, EMG Laboratory provides the highest levels of patient care and diagnostic support for referring physicians in its state-of-the-art facility. EMG Laboratory, a multi-lingual environment, specializes in sophisticated Electromyography and nerve conduction testing that provides information about a range of nerves and muscles disorders. The highly detailed information and meticulous analysis that follows are critical to understanding the complete neuromuscular condition, which assists physicians in selecting an effective treatment plan. Visit www.emglaboratory.com for information about EMG Laboratory and Dr. Simovic.


VITALS AWARD

VITALS AWARD

Vitals is pleased to announce that Dr. Drasko Simovic has been honored with the prestigious 2013 Compassionate Doctor Award. The accolade, which recognizes physician excellence, is given only to doctors who receive outstanding patient reviews throughout the calendar year. Each year, nearly 150 million patients across the U.S. access Vitals and UCompareHealthCare to provide feedback about their experiences with their physicians… more

This news was featured in hundreds of national media outlets

Patients Honor Dr. Drasko Simovic for Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award

VITALS AWARD

Dr. Drasko Simovic of Lawrence and Hyannis, MA is ranked among the top physicians in the nation based on patient reviews.

LAWRENCE and HYANNIS, Mass., March 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Vitals is pleased to announce that Dr. Drasko Simovic has been honored with the prestigious 2013 Compassionate Doctor Award. The accolade, which recognizes physician excellence, is given only to doctors who receive outstanding patient reviews throughout the calendar year. Of the nation's 870,000 active physicians, only 3 percent were accorded the Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award in 2013.

Each year, nearly 150 million patients across the U.S. access Vitals and UCompareHealthCare to provide feedback about their experiences with their physicians. The Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award is bestowed on doctors who have an average rating of at least a 3.5 out of 4.0 in the category of bedside manner. All winning doctors must also have a medical license in good standing with no sanctions.

To learn more about the doctor and see the award, please visit Dr. Drasko Simovic's profile on Vitals.com.
Following the announcement of Dr. Drasko Simovic's selection for the Vitals Compassionate Doctor Award, American Registry added Dr. Simovic to The Registry™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor's custom wall plaque is shown here.

About Vitals

Vitals believes that technology makes better health possible. We are a leader in providing online tools and actionable data that enable healthcare consumers to make more informed decisions about the cost and quality of their medical care. Through health plans, hospitals and our leading consumer websites, Vitals helps more than 150 million people each year access information for better, more affordable care.

About Drasko Simovic: a short profile by and about the honoree: Dr. Simovic has completed his neurology residency at Boston University, followed by two fellowships in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, Tufts University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Disability Analysis. His clinical and research achievements have been published in national and international scientific and popular media. Dr. Simovic is the Medical Director of EMG Laboratory, an AANEM Accredited Laboratory with Exemplary Status.

SOURCE: American Registry


Director of EMG Laboratory Honored by his Peers

Super Doctors logo

Dr. Drasko Simovic, medical director of the EMG Laboratory, was selected by his peers as an outstanding doctor in Boston area. After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by Key Professional Media, Inc., the results were published in Boston Super Doctors, a special section in the September 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine.

Each year Key Professional Media invites doctors to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Physicians are asked to consider the following question: "If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?" The research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for doctors who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements...more

This news was featured in hundreds of national media outlets

PR Newswire: news distribution, targeting and monitoring

Director of EMG Laboratory Honored by his Peers

Meriting a place among the Super Doctors® is a distinction reserved for a select few

HYANNIS, Mass. and LAWRENCE, Mass., Sept. 30, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Dr. Drasko Simovic, medical director of the EMG Laboratory, was selected by his peers as an outstanding doctor in Boston area. After an extensive nomination and research process conducted by Key Professional Media, Inc., the results were published in Boston Super Doctors®, a special section in the September 2013 issue of The New York Times Magazine®.

Each year Key Professional Media invites doctors to nominate colleagues they know to be exceptional in their specified field. Physicians are asked to consider the following question: "If you needed medical care in one of the following specialties, which doctor would you choose?" The research staff also contributes to the pool of candidates by searching medical databases, online sources, and publications for doctors who have attained certain credentials, honors or professional achievements.

Candidates are evaluated on many indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Years of experience, hospital appointments, fellowships, leadership positions, academic achievements/positions, board certifications, publications, honors and awards and other outstanding achievement are all taken into account. This is followed by a "Blue Ribbon" panel review, and a final selection scrutiny that leads to only the highest-scoring doctors to be included on the Super Doctors list.

"I am very grateful that my colleagues have nominated me and that they have confidence in our services. Our focus is to provide the highest level of Electrodiagnostic Medicine, assisting our referring physicians in establishing accurate diagnosis by performing an EMG test, which in turn allows for a selection of the best course of treatment for their patients," said Dr. Simovic. "It is a great professional achievement for me to earn my colleagues' trust, and I am honored that they feel comfortable in my diagnostic abilities even if they personally needed neurodiagnostic testing".

Dr. Simovic has completed his neurology residency at Boston University, followed by two fellowships in Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Clinical Neurophysiology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Boston, Tufts University School of Medicine. He is Board Certified in Neurology, Clinical Neurophysiology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine and Disability Analysis. His clinical and research achievements have been published in national and international scientific and popular media. Dr. Simovic has also been honored by numerous Patient's Choice Awards®.

EMG Laboratory, led by Dr Simovic, was awarded the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine's (AANEM) highest level of recognition, Accreditation with Exemplary Status. Electrodiagnostic Medicine helps diagnose conditions with symptoms including pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness from problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy, pinched nerves, and low back and neck pain to complex diseases such as muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's disease. EMG Laboratory has provided advanced testing of nerves and muscles to communities in and around Merrimack Valley and Cape Cod since 1997.

About AANEM

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (www.aanem.org) is dedicated to advancing neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and electrodiagnostic medicine. Its 5,000 physician members work to improve the care of patients with muscle and nerve disorders.

About EMG Laboratory

Serving communities in and around Merrimack Valley, MA and Cape Cod, MA for many years, EMG Laboratory provides the highest levels of patient care and diagnostic support for referring physicians. EMG Laboratory, a multi-lingual environment, specializes in sophisticated Electromyography and nerve conduction testing that provides information about a range of nerves and muscles disorders. The highly detailed information and meticulous analysis that follows are critical to understanding the complete neuromuscular condition, which assists physicians in selecting an effective treatment plan. Visit www.emglaboratory.com for information about EMG Laboratory and Dr. Simovic.


EMG Laboratory Attains Prestigious National Accreditation for Clinical Excellence in Neuromuscular Diagnosis

EMG Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility for electrodiagnostic medicine, was awarded the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine's (AANEM) highest level of recognition, Accreditation with Exemplary Status. EMG Laboratory has provided advanced testing of nerves and muscles to communities in and around Merrimack Valley and Cape Cod since 1997. Currently, it is the first and only electrodiagnostic laboratory with such accreditation to serve these communities...

"This accreditation validates the quality of Dr. Simovic's work as superior," said Allan H. Ropper, M.D., Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Woman's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. "He's a dedicated and highly qualified specialist with a strong commitment to electrophysiology and to the patients he treats. He's thoughtful about how he conducts studies, tailors the study logically, and provides referring physicians diagnoses with certainty. Such certainty is important. It helps referring physicians make well-informed decisions about a clear course of patient treatment."...more

This news was featured in over 200 US and International media outlets

PR Newswire: news distribution, targeting and monitoring

EMG Laboratory Attains Prestigious National Accreditation for Clinical Excellence in Neuromuscular Diagnosis

One of First EMG Laboratories in the United States to Be Awarded Honor

HYANNIS and LAWRENCE, Mass., Aug. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- EMG Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility for electrodiagnostic medicine, was awarded the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine's (AANEM) highest level of recognition, Accreditation with Exemplary Status. EMG Laboratory has provided advanced testing of nerves and muscles to communities in and around Merrimack Valley and Cape Cod since 1997. Currently, it is the first and only electrodiagnostic laboratory with such accreditation to serve these communities.

Led by Drasko Simovic, M.D., EMG Laboratory is one of only 17 EMG laboratories nationwide to achieve the AANEM's peer-reviewed accreditation for high-quality performance, integrity and patient care, exceeding a rigorous set of measures of excellence.

"This accreditation validates the quality of Dr. Simovic's work as superior," said Allan H. Ropper, M.D., M.D., Executive Vice Chairman, Department of Neurology, Brigham and Woman's Hospital, Harvard Medical School. "He's a dedicated and highly qualified specialist with a strong commitment to electrophysiology and to the patients he treats. He's thoughtful about how he conducts studies, tailors the study logically, and provides referring physicians diagnoses with certainty. Such certainty is important. It helps referring physicians make well-informed decisions about a clear course of patient treatment."

Dr. Simovic uses techniques from major U.S. academic centers. He completed Boston University's Affiliated Hospitals Residency Program in Neurology and two fellowships in electrodiagnostic medicine and clinical neurophysiology at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, MA.

He is one of the few Boston-area specialists Board Certified in four specialties: Neurology (ABPN), Electrodiagnostic Medicine (ABEM), Clinical Neurophysiology (ABPN-CN), and Disability Analysis (ABDA). An Assistant Professor of Neurology at Tufts University's School of Medicine, Dr. Simovic has co-authored ground-breaking research in gene therapy and diabetic neuropathy and published research in novel electrodiagnostic techniques.

"We are pleased to receive this accreditation and recognition from the AANEM," said Dr. Simovic. "Electrodiagnostic medicine is my passion. I receive gratification in my daily work by helping patients along the path of wellness and establishing correct diagnoses. Once we know the name of our 'medical enemy,' it's much easier for physicians to use the appropriate therapeutic tools. My dedication to providing test results to referring physicians on the same day the test is conducted helps doctors provide the best care to their patients."

Electrodiagnostic medicine helps diagnose conditions with symptoms including pain, numbness, tingling and/or weakness from problems such as carpal tunnel syndrome, neuropathy, pinched nerves, and low back and neck pain to complex diseases such as muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's Disease.

About AANEM

The American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (www.aanem.org) is dedicated to advancing neuromuscular, musculoskeletal, and electrodiagnostic medicine. Its 5,000 physician members work to improve the care of patients with muscle and nerve disorders.

About EMG Laboratory

Serving communities in and around Merrimack Valley, MA and Hyannis, MA for many years, EMG Laboratory provides the highest levels of patient care and diagnostic support for referring physicians in its state-of-the-art facility. EMG Laboratory, a multi-lingual environment, specializes in sophisticated Electromyography and nerve conduction testing that provides information about a range of nerves and muscles disorders. The highly detailed information and meticulous analysis that follows are critical to understanding the complete neuromuscular condition, which assists physicians in selecting an effective treatment plan. Visit www.emglaboratory.com for information about EMG Laboratory and Dr. Simovic.


Patients Honor Dr. Drasko Simovic for Compassion

Dr. Drasko Simovic of Lawrence and Hyannis, MA is ranked among the top physicians in the nation based on patient reviews.

Patients' Choice has announced that Dr. Drasko Simovic was one of a select few physicians honored with the prestigious 2011 Compassionate Doctor Certification.

Each year, nearly 100 million patients across the U.S. access websites like Vitals, UCompareHealthCare, and Patients' Choice to provide feedback about experiences with their physicians.

Only those physicians with near perfect overall and bedside manner scores, as voted by their patients, are selected for the Compassionate Doctor recognition. Of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, only 3% were accorded this honor in 2011...more

This news was featured in hundreds of national media outlets

PR Newswire: news distribution, targeting and monitoring

Patients Honor Dr. Drasko Simovic for Compassion

Dr. Drasko Simovic of Lawrence and Hyannis, MA is ranked among the top physicians in the nation based on patient reviews.

LAWRENCE and HYANNIS, Mass., April 4, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Patients' Choice has announced that Dr. Drasko Simovic was one of a select few physicians honored with the prestigious 2011 Compassionate Doctor Certification.

Each year, nearly 100 million patients across the U.S. access websites like Vitals (www.vitals.com), UCompareHealthCare (www.ucomparehealthcare.com) , and Patients' Choice (www.patientschoice.org) to provide feedback about experiences with their physicians.

Only those physicians with near perfect overall and bedside manner scores, as voted by their patients, are selected for the Compassionate Doctor recognition. Of the nation's 720,000 active physicians, only 3% were accorded this honor in 2011.

The Compassionate Doctor certification is part of the Patients' Choice recognition program, where patients rate and vote for their favorite doctors.

Dr. Drasko Simovic commented on the recognition: "This is quite an honor for me. I am very pleased to have been selected and grateful to my patients who went out of their way to rate me and give me positive reviews."

About Dr. Drasko Simovic: a short profile by and about the honoree:

Drasko Simovic, M.D., Assistant Professor of Neurology at Tufts University is a graduate of the Boston University Residency Program in Neurology. He completed two sub-specialty fellowships at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center, Tufts University, in Boston, MA. He is Board Certified in Neurology, Electrodiagnostic Medicine, Clinical Neurophysiology and Disability Analysis. He is the Medical Director of EMG Laboratory, an AANEM Accredited Laboratory with Exemplary Status. His clinical and research achievements have been featured in national and international scientific and popular media.

For more information on this Compassionate Doctor, please visit Dr. Drasko Simovic's profile on PatientsChoice.org.

Following the publication of Dr. Drasko Simovic's selection as a Compassionate Doctor, American Registry seconded the honor and added Dr. Simovic to The Registry™ of Business Excellence. An exclusive recognition plaque has been designed to commemorate the honor. The doctor's custom wall plaque is shown here.

For more information on Dr. Drasko Simovic, located in Lawrence and Hyannis, MA please call 978-687-2586, or visit www.emglaboratory.com.

This press release was written by American Registry, LLC with approval by and/or contributions from Dr. Simovic and was distributed by PR Newswire, a subsidiary of UBM plc.

Patients' Choice provides in depth information on doctors in your area who have been recognized and awarded for outstanding patient care and expertise. The Compassionate Doctor certification is the honor role of physicians who have received the highest overall and bedside manner ratings by their patients.

American Registry, LLC, recognizes excellence in top businesses and professionals. The Registry™ includes over 2 million significant business and professional recognitions. For more information, search The Registry at www.americanregistry.com.


MVB Business Magazine

MVB Business Magazine logo

The Truth About Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

Most people have heard of carpal tunnel syndrome, but not everyone knows when they have a condition in which the median nerve in the wrist is compressed by the overused, swollen tendons and wrist ligaments. The compression causes pain, numbness and tingling in the hand.

Simply put, the problem is a pinched nerve, which people often don't realize. "They're always surprised that it's the nerve that is pinched" Dr. Simovic said. "For whatever reason, there's a misconception."...


Boston Globe

Boston Globe logo

The findings, reported in this month's Archives of Neurology, were derived from Dr. Jeffrey Isner's study of patients with arterial disease severe enough to possibly require amputation. Funded by Genzyme, the study's aim was to improve circulation by injecting vascular endothelial growth factor to grow blood vessels. One patient, whom Dr. Drasko Simovic called "very observant," noticed that the numbness that used to spread across much of his leg had shrunk to a small patch...


Boston Herald

Boston Herald logo

A progressive medical condition that has caused serious nerve damage in 20 million Americans may now be reversible thanks to a new gene treatment recently developed by doctors at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center. "Up to this point, there were no options in hopes of reversing the condition," said lead researcher Dr. Drasko Simovic...


Cape Cod Times

Cape Cod Times logo

Couple make the best of ALS as research continues

ALS currently affects about 100 people on Cape Cod, about 400 people statewide and about 30,000 in the U.S. The disease destroys the nerve cells that control muscles, ultimately causing complete paralysis while leaving mental function intact, according to Dr. Drasko Simovic…

Typically the initial weakness affects the arms more than the legs, which is then followed with difficulties swallowing and speech dysfunction, he said. Death usually results from respiratory failure, he added…

The diagnosis of ALS is a "rule-out" procedure. There is no simple blood test for the disease. People who are suspected of having ALS are generally put through a series of tests to rule out other neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis, strokes or even carpal tunnel syndrome, said Dr. Simovic…

An electromyogram, which measures the signals that run between nerves and muscles and the electrical activity inside muscles, is used when doctors suspect ALS. A final diagnosis is the result of the tests, the patient's medical history, and physician's examination, according to Dr. Simovic…Scientists still do not know what causes ALS, but there are some suspects, said Dr. Simovic. "Most likely the disease is caused by genetic susceptibility combined with, for now, unknown environmental factors."

Only one drug, riluzole, has been found to be somewhat effective against the disease, said Dr. Simovic. It may increase survival by three months, but has no effect on strength, respiration or quality of life, he said…The process of finding a cure "will be a length tedious one," said Dr. Simovic. "But, many investigative efforts are being made all around the world."


Popular Science

Popular Science logo

A Gene That Heals

Researches at Tufts University in Massachusetts have discovered that placing a gene that is associated with blood vessel growth in a solution and injecting it into affected area restores sensation in the limbs. Researcher Dr. Simovic has a hunch that the gene stimulates blood vessel growth directly; however, he says, it might also repair nerves, either by boosting the growth of microscopic blood vessels in nerve walls or by promoting the growth of the nerves themselves...


Health News

Doctors who were trying to grow new blood vessels with gene therapy found a welcome side effect: The therapy repaired what they thought was permanent nerve damage.

The patients had poor circulation in their legs, several due to diabetes. Without treatment, they faced possible amputation. They already had ischemia, or a serious lack of blood flow to their legs. When the lack of blood is severe, nerves can be permanently damaged. At least doctors thought it was permanent.

The doctors injected the patients with a gene therapy called vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) to attempt to grow back some of the damaged blood vessels.

The Boston Globe reported that one of the patients, who the doctors called "very observant," noticed that the numbness in his leg had decreased considerably.

The research was published in the May issue of Archives of Neurology, and was led by Dr. Drasko Simovic, assistant professor of neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine…


HỘI CHỨNG ỐNG CỔ TAY

Drasko Simovic, David H. Weinberg: Carpal tunnel syndrome. Arch Neurol/vol 57, May 2000, p:754-755.

Hội chứng ống cổ tay (Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – CTS) là bệnh tổn thương một dây thần kinh hay gặp nhất trên lâm sàng. Mặc dù ngày nay bệnh được biết đầy đủ, nhưng cũng phải mất gần 100 năm từ những đánh giá ban đầu cho tới khi sinh lý bệnh học của bệnh được chấp nhận là do chèn ép dây thần kinh giữa ở cổ tay. Mô tả ban đầu..


Hot Topics in Medicine

Studies of the use of gene therapy for revascularization in peripheral vascular disease patients were described at AHA by Dr. Drasko Simovic of St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (Boston, Massachusetts). Simovic’s studies involved the intramuscular injection of a gene encoding for VEGF in patients suffering from peripheral neuropathy of the leg.

Of a total of 22 patients evaluated at three months, 63% had improved neurological symptoms, and 50% had an improvement in nerve motor amplitude. Furthermore, the ankle-brachial index improved in eight of 10 patients. The studies indicated that some reversal of diabetic neuropathy occurred due to gene treatment, whereas reversal of neuropathy in the legs has generally been considered to be irreversible...


BioSpace News: Nerve regeneration

BioSpace News

Doctors Report Nerve Repair In Gene Therapy

Doctors trying to grow new blood vessels in the legs of patients with poor circulation yesterday reported an unexpected result: In 10 of 19 patients, the gene therapy treatment appeared to repair nerve damage that is usually considered irreversible. Researchers at St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, led by Dr. Drasko Simovic, assistant professor of neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine, cautioned that the results are preliminary, since the study had no control group and some results could be attributable to a placebo effect..


局部缺血神經變性病新療法 編譯:呂敏禎,TrustMed國際新聞編譯中心 寄給朋友

Chinese script support is needed to properly display the text

這項報告由Drasko Simovic博士領導,報 告中表示,在治療後6個月,有63%的病患,其 腿部的神經損害情形有所改善;有 53%的病患 ,其神經反應方面有所改善;在17位病患中, 有19件腿部情況被完全治癒的醫治病


De Nationale Gezondheidslijn - De Medische Startpagina

Gene therapy with a blood vessel growth factor appears to improve the painful nerve damage that sometimes occurs when artery disease reduces blood supply to the legs, Massachusetts researchers report...


Eagle Tribune

Eagle Tribune

A neurologist who works part time in Lawrence has just announced research that offers the first-ever evidence of reversing nerve damage in the legs by using gene therapy. The new study marks an exciting possibility for medicine, showing for the first time that it is possible to regrow nerves in the legs...


Wired News

Wired News

The research was published in the May issue of Archives of Neurology, and was led by Dr. Drasko Simovic, assistant professor of neurology at Tufts University School of Medicine. To find out if VEGF gene therapy can repair nerves directly, or if it is stimulated blood vessel growth that engenders the repair, the researchers are now planning a controlled trial...


Reuters Word Health News

Reuters Word Health News

Gene Therapy Promising for Painful Nerve Condition

Gene therapy with a blood vessel growth factor appears to improve the painful nerve damage that sometimes occurs when artery disease reduces blood supply to the legs, Massachusetts researchers report.

"Our findings suggest that ischemic neuropathy may be a reversible condition, even for diabetics, who tend to have the most severe cases of neuropathy," Simovic said in a statement. "The notion that it may be possible to reverse the damage of peripheral nerves that were considered irreparable could have an immense impact on public health." …


Click here for an updated search by Google