Rheumatic Heart Disease Study Featured on Cincinnati Edition

Post Date: December 10, 2021

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Andrea Beaton, MD

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Emmy Okello, MD

The principal investigators for a study showing penicillin significantly reduced rheumatic heart disease progression in children discussed their findings on Dec. 8, 2021, on WVXU’s Cincinnati Edition, hosted by Michael Monks.

Andrea Beaton, MD, of Cincinnati Children’s and Emmy Okello, MD, FACC, of the Uganda Heart Institute, published their study the New England Journal of Medicine on Nov. 13, 2021, which involved 818 children in Uganda. The two spoke to WVXU about the trial and its importance in eradicating a disease that disproportionally affects those in low-resource settings and affects more than 40.5 million people worldwide. In addition, Beaton and Okello explained how their findings demonstrate the critical need for proper screenings, like echocardiograms, as a public health tool.

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