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Campus activity is present in the media, where we participate as experts to help the public understand health today and explain advances made by our professionals. You’ll also find stories about patients that offer another perspective of their reality. Here you‘ll find a collection of the most relevant news about Vall d'Hebron.
TVE
First paediatrics patient in Spain to have a heart-liver-kidney triple transplant
A 10-year-old girl who suffers from nephronophthisis (NPHP) type 9, a very rare disease, has become the first paediatrics patient in Spain to receive a heart, liver and kidney transplant. The child has a mutation in the gene NEK8, which causes alterations in organ development and fibrosis and sclerosis in the tissues of those organs.
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The New York Times
Audrey's heart beats on its own after six hours of being stopped
At Vall d'Hebron, professionals from the Intensive Care Medicine, Cardiac Surgery and Anaesthesia and Resuscitation departments worked together to apply the ECMO (extra-corporeal membrane oxygenation) technique to re-oxygenate tissues and warm the patient back up. After six hours of being stopped, Audrey's heart started beating on its own again.
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El País
Sexual and reproductive health programme for people with spinal cord injuries
Professional staff from the Spinal Cord Injury Unit within the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department, from the Gynaecology Department (assisted reproduction, obstetrics and foetal medicine) and from the Urology Department, as well as clinical psychologists from the Psychiatry Department offer a multi-disciplinary approach to people with spinal cord injuries who would like to have children.
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ABC
Vall d’Hebron, 5th best public hospital in Spain
The study also indicates that we have the 5th best management board according to hospital directors and that the directors of pharmaceutical companies consider Vall d'Hebron to have the best reputation in Spain. Our Paediatrics and Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology departments also stand out as the second best in Spain.
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La Vanguardia
Vall d’Hebron opens largest Ronald McDonald Family Room in Europe
This new space, the largest of its kind in Europe, offers a place within the hospital to relax and unwind for the families of children who have been admitted to the hospital. The room is expected to be used by more than 800 families of hospitalised children at Vall d'Hebron within the first year, amounting to around 2,000 adults and children, who will all be able to use the services provided for free.
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El Punt Avui
Dr Tabernero, Dr Montalbán and Dr Felip, among the most cited
The Web of Science Group, a company associated with Clarivate Analytics, publishes annual ranking of the most cited scientists in the world over the past year. To put together the ranking, they count citations during the last decade to identify the most influential researchers in different science and social science disciplines.
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Ara
Joint inauguration of the Vall d’Hebron and Sant Rafael Fragility Unit
The new Fragility Unit is designed according to the Hospital for the Elderly model and is aimed at elderly patients who are particularly fragile, with the aim of preventing functional decline in these patients and promoting maximum recovery.
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Catalunya Ràdio
Pioneering space to study the brains of patients who suffer from migraines
The centre, led by Dr Pozo-Rosich, head of the Vall d'Hebron Headache Unit, allows in-depth studies into the brain's response to its surroundings in order to advance our understanding of how a brain functions when a migraine is present and find new treatments to improve the lives of people affected by this silent disease.
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Antena 3
New, latest generation radiotherapy accelerator
The TrueBeam accelerator is the second piece of equipment that patients will benefit from thanks to a donation from the Amancio Ortega Foundation to Catalan public health. The first was the Halcyon accelerator for very rapid volumetric radiotherapy treatments, offering improved precision and safety, the first of its kind installed in Spain.
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La Vanguardia
Dr Tabernero, Chair of the European Society for Medical Oncology Congress
Dr Josep Tabernero, head of the Vall d'Hebron Oncology Department, Chair of ESMO and Director of the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology, in line with the increasingly integrated treatment of cancer that requires the participation of various specialists to achieve the best results for patients.
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La Sexta
Liver transplant to treat MNGIE disease
Vall d'Hebron is the first hospital in Spain to perform a liver transplant to treat mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy (MNGIE). This is a rare disease of mitochondrial origin with a prevalence of less than one per one million of the population.
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Betevé
New Centre for Global Health and Communicable Diseases
The new facility sees a total of 51 professionals continually working across five highly specialised areas: sexually transmitted diseases, global health and travel medicine, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of tuberculosis, paediatric care in these fields and a microbiological diagnosis laboratory.
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La Razón
Advanced Therapies and Haematology Unit opens
A pioneering unit in Spain, it is the only one of its kind dedicated solely to new cellular therapies against cancer, particularly blood cancer and lymph node cancers, such as CAR T-cell therapy. The new unit is supported by the Vila Casas Foundation.
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Ara
“Goodnight, Vall d’Hebron” improves night-time rest for patients
“Goodnight, Vall d’Hebron” is an initiative to improve night-time rest and restorative sleep in patients who have been admitted to hospital. Scientific research highlights that night-time rest is fundamental for the recovery of patients admitted to hospital. Proper night-time rest (i.e. at least six consecutive hours' sleep) has positive effects on a person's health.
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TV3
10-year-old Biel had heart surgery at Vall d'Hebron and is playing football again
Biel, a 10-year-old boy who played in the Peralada area, quit football because of a heart condition. He will now be able to go back to playing the sport thanks to paediatric cardiologists at Vall d'Hebron, who have fitted him with a pacemaker.
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ABC
Benchmark centre in distraction osteogenesis
Orthopaedic surgeons at Vall d'Hebron perform a technique known as 'distraction osteogenesis' to save limbs damaged by massive bone defects, especially in the femur or the tibia. In order to achieve successful outcomes, surgeons create planned bone fractures and dislocations so that the bones will regenerate.
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Telecinco
Women at greater risk of death from a heart attack
The research, led by Dr Antonia Sambola from the Vall d'Hebron Cardiology Department, shows that being a woman is a risk factor for ST-segment elevation acute myocardial infarction. The differences in mortality risk between women and men following a heart attack are not due to biological causes, but social factors.
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La Vanguardia
Neurorehabilitation Day Hospital celebrates 10th anniversary
The Neurorehabilitation Day Hospital offers integrated outpatient treatment for adult patients who have suffered a brain injury, for example due to a stroke or cranioencephalic trauma. The hospital, the first neurorehabilitation day hospital created as part of the Catalan public health service, is now 10 years old.
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El Periódico
Initiative to create first complete register of patients with sarcoma in Spain
The Vall d'Hebron Pathological Anatomy Department is promoting the creation of a Spanish network of expert sarcoma pathologists, as well as a register in order to improve diagnosis and treatment of one of the rarer forms of cancer (1% of the total), which includes up to 70 sub-types, making it difficult to detect.
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Betevé
Escribà bakery presents Mona de Pasqua (Catalan Easter cake) to Vall d’Hebron
The cake was accompanied by a charity lollipop created especially for the occasion that can now be bought in Escribà bakeries and in all Vall d'Hebron cafeterias and canteens. The money raised will go to research into childhood illnesses and improve the stay of younger patients at Vall d'Hebron.
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El Periódico
First pancreatic head resection using Da Vinci robot
Surgeons from the Vall d'Hebron Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery and Transplant Department become the first in Catalonia to perform duodenum-preserving pancreatic head resection using the Da Vinci robot. This procedure allows the surgery to be minimally invasive.
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Generació Digital TV3

Apps for Vall d'Hebron's patients and familiars

TV channel Tv3 dedicates a report to applications for Vall d'Hebron Hospital patients and relatives. We would like to highlight two of these: Scankids, designed to soothe children who need an x-ray exam; and the Vall d'Hebron app, where you can follow a relative's surgical procedure.
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Gaceta Médica

Echocardiograms aren't just for cardiologists

Echocardiogram is the diagnostic and monitoring technique most used in heart disease. Now it could also prove very useful in other fields, such as intensive care or anaesthesia, according to Dr Artur Evangelista, a cardiologist at Vall d'Hebron.
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Diari Ara

Expert Carer programme for child transplant patients

The Diari Ara newspaper attended a session of the Expert Caregiver programme at Vall d'Hebron Hospital, where parents who have already had a child undergo transplant offer their unique experience to other parents who are going through the same situation.
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Metrópoli Abierta

Cancer and chemo allergy: Marta’s twin 

Metrópoli Abierta explains the case of Marta, who was treated for breast cancer despite her allergy to chemotherapy. Coordination between the hospital's oncology and allergology departments was key to achieving a good outcome.
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TV3 

Vall d'Hebron Reforms

TN Comarques Barcelona explains the reform of Vall d'Hebron University Hospital over the next few years. Investment of €122 million to construct a new outpatient building and the new Vall d'Hebron Research Institute building.
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Cadena SER

Judit Mascó present the Charity scarf

The model visited the radio station to present the "Colour Dream" charity handkerchief, designed by artist Clàudia Valsells. The money raised will go towards breast cancer research conducted at the Vall d'Hebron Research Institute.
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Mujer Hoy

Female surgeons: a steady hand

Dr Elena Carreras, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Vall d'Hebron University Hospital, is one of the people chosen to feature in the report on renowned surgeons published by Mujer Hoy magazine.
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Betevé

The insides of digestion

The scientific education programme Deuwatts, which broadcasts Betevé, dedicates a programme to explaining how digestion works. Dr Fernando Azpiroz, Head of the Vall d'Hebron Digestive System Department, will feature in the programme.
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El Punt Avui

Some areas of the brain of people with ADHD are smaller

Dr Ramos-Quiroga, Head of Psychiatry at Vall d'Hebron, explains the result of a study that confirms the relationship between attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and brain maturation.
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TV3

Asthma and diesel particles

A study led by Dr Antonio Moreno, Head of Paediatric Pneumology at Vall d'Hebron Hospital, shows the direct relationship between pollution and childhood asthma. Diesel particles can increase the probability of suffering from a respiratory condition.
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El Periódico

Migraines

Migraines are not considered a chronic illness for the purposes of Social Security. Many people, however, suffer from recurring migraines to a debilitating degree. Patricia Pozo, neurologist at Vall d'Hebron Hospital, explains.
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Diario Médico

Bariatric surgical study

A new bariatric (weight loss) surgery technique allows advances in patients with morbid obesity. It achieves greater weight loss in cases where surgery has already been performed and did not have the desired outcome.
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Betevé

Surrogate mothers

Dr Julio Herrero, head of Assisted Reproduction at Vall d'Hebron, is in favour of regulating surrogate motherhood. Despite restrictive state law, Herrero appeals to a globalised world in which people with the resources to do so choose to travel abroad in order to find a surrogate mother.
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El País

Interview with Dr Tabernero

Dr Josep Tabernero, Director of the Vall d'Hebron Institute of Oncology, reminds us of the importance of healthy habits in order to keep cancer at bay. Quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption or doing exercise are some of the oncologist's recommendations.
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El Periódico

Psychooncology

The psychologist Irene Melsa cares for adult patients with cancer at Vall d'Hebron Hospital. She does not like the frivolity that patients are often forced to face when it comes to the illness and points to acceptance as a way to overcome their most difficult times.
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TeleMadrid

Treatment for cleft lip and palate

The oral and maxillofacial surgery team at Vall d'Hebron applies a technique that consists of inserting an acrylic plate into the mouths of one-week-old babies for the first time in Spain. This allows lip and palate growth to be guided before resorting to surgery.
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Agència EFE

Interview with Dr Ramon y Cajal

Cancer is an accumulation of genetic alterations. Only about twenty of these are known and can help with the diagnosis and finding ready-made treatments. Dr Ramón y Cajal, head of Pathological Anatomy at Vall d'Hebron, explains the process of researching the alterations that are yet to be identified.
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Vilaweb

Immigration and psychiatry

Post-traumatic stress, frustration and culture shock are some of the psychological factors present in the immigrant individuals Dr Francisco Collazos, head of the Vall d'Hebron University Hospital cross-cultural psychiatry programme, cares for.
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RNE

Sleep disorders

Odile Romero, neurophysiologist and head of the Sleep Unit at Vall d'Hebron Hospital, warns of bad sleeping habits among the population. In general, we undervalue and delay sleep to a pathological extent. She reminds us that rest is essential.
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Catalunya Ràdio

Homage to donors and transplant

Catalonia is a world leader in organ transplants. There are, however, insufficient donations to treat all patients. The Catalunya Ràdio morning show invites post transplant patients to tell their stories and raise awareness among listeners of the importance of being on the organ donor register.
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