| March 5, 2011: “Art as Applied to Medicine” Exhibit Opening Reception at the University of Baltimore
Jennifer Fairman, along with her colleagues at JHU, will have medical illustration exhibited at the University of Baltimore. The Department of Art as Applied to Medicine, part of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, was the first program of its kind in the world. It was begun with an endowment from Henry Walters, Baltimore art collector, financier, and philanthropist, and directed by Max Brödel (1870-1941). The fully accredited two-year program currently houses 12 full-time students, each with access to a state-of-the-art computer lab with multiple workstations, platforms, peripherals, and resources. To understand how something works, it helps to be able to see it. Since 1911 the department has trained medical illustrators to help physicians and the world do exactly that. The amazing and beautiful illustrations shown in this exhibit are a testimony to the talents of both the students and the faculty in the program. Exhibition dates: February 23, 2011 through May 9, 2011.
| March 4, 2011: Exhibit illustrations for Greensboro North Carolina Health Science Center Health Quest Exhibit now in production
Fairman Studios created illustrations for the Greensboro North Carolina Health Science Center. In collaboration with Quatrafoil Associates, Fairman Studios created illustrations of various human anatomical systems to be used for display in the museum’s new Health Quest Exhibit. Quatrefoil Associates provides exhibit design and fabrication services to museums. This exhibit is set to open in June 2011!
|March 1, 2011: The Journal of American Family Physicians commisions cover art for it’s April 15, 2011 issue!The Journal of American Family Physicians’ February 2011 issue will feature the article, Treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease , which will be featured on the cover. Cover artwork will be created by Fairman Studios. Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia, affecting one-third of Americans over age 85. It is characterized by progressive memory loss and cognitive decline. Amyloid plaque accumulation, neurofibrillary tau tangles and depletion of acetylcholine are among the pathologic manifestations of AD. While there are no clearly effective preventive modalities currently, hypertension treatment, omega-3 fatty acid supplementation, physical activity and cognitive engagement demonstrate modest potential. Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are first-line medications and are associated with mild improvements in cognitive function, behavior and activities of daily living; the clinical relevance of these effects is unclear. The most common side effects of acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, confusion and cardiac arrhythmias. The N-methyl-D-aspartate inhibitor memantine can modestly improve measures of cognition, behavior, and activities of daily living in patients with moderate to severe AD with short-term use, and can be used in combination with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors. Memantine is generally well-tolerated, but it is controversial whether these benefits produce clinically meaningful improvement. While NMDA inhibitors and acetylcholinesterase inhibitors can slow the progression of AD, no pharmacologic agents reverse the symptoms. There is conflicting evidence regarding the benefit of selegiline, testosterone or ginkgo biloba. There is no evidence supporting beneficial effects of vitamin E, estrogen, or nonsteroidal anti-inflammatories. Atypical antipsychotics can improve some behavioral disturbances in patients with AD but have been associated with an increase in mortality rates in elderly patients with dementia.|
|February 16, 2011: Spine illustrations created for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Spine Center.
The Spine Center at Beth Israel Deaconess has contacted Fairman Studios to illustrate an illustration to be used in various collateral materials for the center. The Beth Israel Deaconess Spine Center is a comprehensive spine center, quickly guiding patients to the right care at the right time in convenient locations. Their multi-specialty teamwork is unique in the Boston area. All of the Spine Center specialists are board-certified and faculty of Harvard Medical School, with advanced training and experience to deliver leading-edge care.
| February 17, 2011: American College of Rhuematology commisions illustrations for patient education fact-sheets
The American College of Rheumatology is an organization of physicians, health professionals, and scientists that advances rheumatology through programs of education, research, and advocacy that foster excellence in the care of people with arthritis and rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases.Supplemented with medical art created by Fairman Studios, the ACR and ARHP have prepared information for patients about 22 rheumatic diseases, about the caregivers who treat patients with arthritis, and about several common medications used to treat rheumatic diseases.
|February 1, 2011: Peyronie’s Disease Repair Illustrations created for Center for Reconstructive Urology Fairman Studios is currently developing Peyronie’s Disease Repair urological Illustrations for the Center for Reconstructive Urology. The Center for Reconstructive Urology, located at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), provides tertiary care to patients who require referral for diseases of the urethra and male external genitalia.|
|January 12, 2011: Logo and other branding materials created for the Creative Counseling Center Fairman Studios is currently developing branding materials for the newly launched Creative Counseling Center in Hampton, VA. Creative Counseling Center, Inc. is a new practice located conveniently on Todds Lane in Hampton, Virginia. The practice is composed of two full-time licensed therapists who bring over 25 years of combined experience to the field of therapy. The practice specializes in working with kids, teens, and their families.|
|January 10 2011: Malaria The Forever War’s Special Issue – Killer in the Blood: Mapping Malaria’s Lethal Lifecycle 3 page spread is completed and published! After several weeks of many late nights rendering the malaria lifecycle, the 3 page spread is now on newstands at the Bloomberg School of Public Health. Plasmodium has been virtually unstoppable. But as the following pages testify, breakthroughs in genetics, parasitology, entomology, drug development, satellite technology and other areas have summoned new hopes against our old enemy. That humble start spawns personal and global misery. The few parasites that invade a person can quickly expand to trillions, overwhelming the human body. The effect manifests in the dulled eyes of blinded children, the paroxysms of fever and chills racking the victim, the deaths of children and pregnant women, and the hobbled productivity of entire nations. Each year, malaria causes nearly 800,000 deaths and 225 million clinical cases. Were it not such a horror, the Plasmodium parasite would be one of the wonders of the world. The resilient shape-shifter constantly adapts to its surroundings, masters sexual and asexual reproduction, slips past the immunological defenses of the Anopheles mosquito and human beings, rides in the belly of its arthropod ally to new victims. A testament to evolutionary engineering, the parasite has a solution to every barrier it meets. And so, Plasmodium has been virtually unstoppable. Humanity’s last global attempt at malaria’s eradication in the 1950s ended in shambles. Bright hopes were extinguished by the parasite’s resilience (and the mosquito’s growing resistance to insecticides). However, the malaria story does not end there. We Homo sapiens have our own brand of resilience, innovation and tricks for survival. As the following pages testify, breakthroughs in genetics, parasitology, entomology, drug development, satellite technology and other areas have summoned new hopes against our old enemy.An interactive version fo the spread can be viewed online!|
|January 8, 2011: Fairman Studios develops Dermabond illustration for Ethicon in collaboration with TribalDDB. Fairman Studios has been collaborating with TribalDDB to create histological illustrations showing the repair of layers of skin, (with subcutaneous tissue, muscle and organ space) using Dermabond. DERMABOND(R)is a liquid skin adhesive used by doctors to close wounds. It may not be appropriate for all wounds or skin surfaces such as eyes and mouth, or for people with certain skin sensitivities.|
|January 8, 2011: Fairman Studios develops MegaCell illustration for KEW Group, LLC. Fairman Studios has been collaborating with Jeff Elton the founder, vice chairman, and CEO of KEW Group, LLC a newly formed Personalized Medicine and oncology care delivery company. Fairman Studios is developing mechanism of action illustration for Kew and MegaCell.|
| January 6, 2011: Illustrations created for Kyphon/Medtronic Surgical Guide for Tibial Plateau fractures
More illustrations are created for Kyphon, now a subsidiary of Medtronic. Balloon kyphoplasty has been shown to benefit patients with osteoporotic or cancer-induced VCF. Pain, functional and radiographic outcomes of care have been shown to be statistically superior to conventional non-surgical management. The procedure has been shown to significantly improve patient quality of life and ability to perform activities of daily living, as well as reduce the number of days lost to bedrest. Balloon kyphoplasty is a percutaneous procedure that can be performed inpatient or outpatient with little or no postoperative rehabilitation necessary. Patient satisfaction with the technique is excellent with little, if any, procedural discomfort. Balloon kyphoplasty has an excellent safety profile, with most studies demonstrating a very low rate of procedure-related adverse events. As of June 30, 2007 approximately 340,000 patients and 400,000 spinal fractures worldwide have been treated with balloon kyphoplasty.
|February 1, 2011: Skeletal system illustration created for Palio’s Epocrates campaign Skeletal system illustration created for Palio’s Epocrates campaign. More details to come… external genitalia.|
|January 2, 2011: Flap-Graft and Graft-Graft Illustrations created for Center for Reconstructive Urology Fairman Studios is currently developing Flap-Graft and Graft-Graft urological Illustrations for the Center for Reconstructive Urology. The Center for Reconstructive Urology, located at the University of California, Irvine (UCI), provides tertiary care to patients who require referral for diseases of the urethra and male external genitalia.|
|January 1, 2011: The Journal of American Family Physicians commisions cover art for it’s February 15, 2011 issue!The Journal of American Family Physicians’ February 2011 issue will feature the article, Health Maintenance in School Aged Children Part I History, Physical Exam, Screening, and Immunizations for Children from Kindergarten to Early Adolescence , which will be featured on the cover. Cover artwork will be created by Fairman Studios. The goal of the well child exam is to promote health, detect disease, and counsel to prevent injury and future health problems. A complete history should address any concerns from the patient and family, and screen for healthy lifestyle habits including diet, physical activity, daily screen time, hours of sleep per night, dental care, and safety habits. School performance can be used for developmental surveillance. A full physical exam is expected, however, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recommends against routine scoliosis screening and testicular exam. Children should be screened for obesity defined as a Body Mass Index at or above the 95th percentile for age and sex, and obese children should be provided resources for intensive behavioral interventions. Though the evidence is mixed regarding screening for hypertension before age 18, many experts recommend checking blood pressure yearly beginning at age three. The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends vision and hearing screening yearly to every other year in this age group. There is insufficient evidence to recommend dyslipidemia screening, or for screening for depression before age 12. All children should receive at least 400 International Units of vitamin D daily, with higher doses indicated in children with vitamin D deficiency. Children who live in areas with inadequate fluoride in the water should receive a daily fluoride supplement. Age-appropriate immunizations should be given, and children should be caught-up on missed immunizations. A follow-up article is devoted to counseling recommendations for this age group.|
| December 31, 2010: Fairman Studios wishes everyone a Happy New Year as it finishes it’s 11th year!
Happy New Year and thanks again for yet another successful year!! Fairman Studios is currently entering it’s 12th year of business and is updating it’s “What’s New Section”. As can be seen by the entries already posted below, a lot of work has been done in 2010 is already geared up to be another year filled with many interesting and exciting projects. More to come on our 2011 page, also being updated.
March 9, 2011: David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA commisions surgical illustrations for orthopaedic journal article. Fairman Studios is creating illustrations to show the revision of transtibial ACL reconstruction with anteromedial femoral reaming of an independent femoral tunnel. The illustration will be used for a journal article that discusses this specific technique in orthopaedic surgery. A schematic of femoral tunnel position in revision of transtibial ACL reconstruction with anteromedial portal drilling will be created. The divergent nature of the revision femoral tunnel often ensures that even a tunnel that begins just ‘lower’ on the wall adjacent to the transtibial femoral tunnel will remain intact with a bridge of bone between tunnels.
March 8, 2011: Fairman Studios develops Dermabond illustration for Ethicon in collaboration with TribalDDB. Fairman Studios has been collaborating with TribalDDB to surgical illustrations showing the repair of layers of skin using Dermabond for a technique brochure. DERMABOND(R)is a liquid skin adhesive used by doctors to close wounds. It may not be appropriate for all wounds or skin surfaces such as eyes and mouth, or for people with certain skin sensitivities.