Raelin Storey writing for South Florida Business Journal uncovers the emerging healthcare innovation hub that the Hollywood Florida areas is becoming with a focus on Memorial Healthcare System. A clinical trial for an innovative bioelectronic device to treat patients with rheumatoid arthritis is now underway at Memorial Healthcare System headquartered in Hollywood. “Our neurosurgery team was the first in the country to implant the SetPoint Medical device in this multicenter national trial,” said Dr. Heather Spader, director of pediatric neurosurgery research at Memorial’s Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital across from Memorial Regional Hospital. “It delivers targeted electrical pulses to the vagus nerve that triggers the body’s biological response, creating a systemic pain-fighting effect. Early clinical data suggests this therapy is well tolerated, and we hope it may help people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis where other treatment protocols have been unsuccessful.”

 

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