Health in brief for Nov. 14

November 14, 2016 GMT

Agreement to save money for MUSC students

The Medical University of South Carolina agreed to increase access to higher education, including making its educational programs more affordable.

MUSC and the state Technical College System signed a Memorandum of Understanding last week that creates a pathway for students at technical colleges to come to MUSC after receiving their two-year degree.

Students who earn science degrees at any of South Carolina’s 16 technical schools can enter MUSC’s Bachelor of Science in Healthcare Studies program.

Choosing this pathway, instead of starting college at a four-year university, is expected to save a student $25,000, according to MUSC.

$800K to help SC trauma victims

Two Charleston organizations can receive up to $400,000 apiece over the next five years to help patients suffering from trauma.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration is awarding the money to the Medical University of South Carolina and to the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center.

The money will provide trauma treatment and services for those who suffer from child abuse, community violence, natural disaster and other incidents that have negative impacts on residents.

New CEO at Darkness to Light

The Charleston branch of Darkness to Light has named a CEO.

Katelyn Brewer has been named the new CEO of Darkness to Light. She brings years of nonprofit and public service experience to the organization.

She previously served as the chief operating officer of Fallen Patriots, as well as the director of strategic engagement for Africare, a group that works to help people in Africa to build sustainable, healthy communities.

Roper part of Alzheimer’s study

Roper St. Francis is one of 90 sites in North America selected to take part in a study that seeks prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

The hospital is recruiting patients who could be at high risk for Alzheimer’s due to their genetic background.

The study is part of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative and will take place over a five-year span. It will require more than 1,300 older adults, ages 60 to 75, who are at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s symptoms.

For more information, visit www.generationstudy.com.

MUSC doctors lead Hope Center volunteer effort

On Nov. 5, a group of local residents celebrated National Service Week by donating items and resources to Hope Lodge, a local home operated by the American Cancer Society.

The local effort was spearheaded by Dr. Shanmugam P. Selvam and others affiliated with the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina.

The volunteers cleaned the kitchen, windows, and stairways of the home. They also vacuumed couches, made the beds, and swept the property.

Derrek Asberry