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3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors? 3D Printing Cancer Cells To Mimic Tumors

April 11, 2014 10:40 am | News | Comments

A group of researchers in China and the U.S. have successfully created a 3D model of a cancerous tumor using a 3D printer. The model, which consists of a scaffold of fibrous proteins coated in cervical cancer cells, has provided a realistic 3D representation of a tumor's environment and could help in the discovery of new drugs and cast new light on how tumors develop, grow, and spread throughout the body...

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For Sick, Elderly Patients, Surgical Decision Making 'Takes A Village'

April 11, 2014 10:33 am | News | Comments

Surgical decision making for sick, elderly patients should be orchestrated by a multidisciplinary team, including the patient, his or her family, the surgeon, primary care physician, nurses, and non-clinicians, such as social workers, advocates Laurent G. Glance, M.D., in a perspective piece published today in the New England Journal of Medicine...

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Feds Investigate Chopper Crash On New Mexico Hospital Roof

April 11, 2014 10:22 am | by Susan Montoya Bryan, Associated Press | News | Comments

Federal investigators spent Thursday scouring the rooftop of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center in search of clues as they tried to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof. Neither the pilot nor the two crew members on board were seriously hurt in Wednesday's crash, but the damaged helicopter remained on its side Thursday atop University of New Mexico Hospital...

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Doctors Thrilled With Progress Growing Body Parts In Lab

April 11, 2014 10:10 am | by Malcom Ritter and Maria Cheng, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Windpipes, bladders, blood vessels, and other structures have previously been created in part from a patient's own cells and then implanted. Eventually, scientists hope to tackle more complicated things like lungs and kidneys with this strategy, which is aimed at avoiding rejection of transplanted organs...

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Toddler Home Recovering After Five-Organ Transplant

April 10, 2014 10:47 am | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A Florida family is celebrating its first month home after a groundbreaking five-organ transplant surgery saved their 3-year-old boy's life. Mark Rivera of CBS News reports...              

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XLT-125 LED Surgical Headlight

April 10, 2014 10:29 am | by Enova Illumination | Product Releases | Comments

The XLT-125 LED Surgical Headlight from Enova Illumination provides superior co-axial articulation with/without loupes and has an adjustable aperture to create a spot size ranging from 2” to 6” in diameter. The light itself is 125,000+ lux of pure white homogenous light for true tissue rendition and deep cavity illumination and comes with attachable lenses/filters to customize color temperature and polarization.

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Medicare Database Reveals Top-Paid Doctors

April 10, 2014 10:18 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Serdar Tumgoren, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Medicare paid a tiny group of doctors $3 million or more apiece in 2012. One got nearly $21 million. Those are among the findings of an Associated Press analysis of physician data released Wednesday by the Obama administration, part of a move to open the books on healthcare financing...

Breakthrough Technology Can Repair Severe Tissue Damage

April 10, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

A breakthrough could speed recovery and limit disfigurement for patients who have suffered large soft tissue trauma – as occurs with serious injury or cancer surgery. By biomedically engineering a muscle flap that includes a patient's own blood vessels, the team created tissue that could be transferred to other parts of the body along with the patient's blood supply...

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Spike In Postoperative Cardiac Surgery Deaths May Be Linked To 30-Day Survival Measurement

April 10, 2014 10:07 am | News | Comments

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark...

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Patients Over 65 Have More Complications After Colorectal Cancer Surgery

April 10, 2014 10:02 am | News | Comments

Most colorectal cancer surgeries are performed on patients older than 65 years, and older patients have worse outcomes than younger patients, although the total number of colon cancer operations has decreased in the past decade...    

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Scientists Employ 3D Printer To Build Human Heart

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Dylan Lovan, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

It may sound far-fetched, but scientists are attempting to build a human heart with a 3D printer. Ultimately, the goal is to create a new heart for a patient with their own cells that could be transplanted. It is an ambitious project to first, make a heart and then get it to work in a patient, and it could be years — perhaps decades — before a 3D printed heart would ever be put in a person...

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Medical Helicopter Crashes On Roof Of New Mexico Hospital

April 10, 2014 9:49 am | News | Comments

Investigators are trying to determine what caused a medical helicopter to crash while taking off from the roof of New Mexico's only top-level trauma center. Officials said all three people aboard escaped serious injury...    

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New Campaign Brings Awareness To Role Of HCW Attire In Pathogen Transmission

April 9, 2014 1:49 pm | News | Comments

To draw attention to the role healthcare worker attire can play in transmitting pathogens, Vestagen Technical Textiles, Inc. today launched a “Keep the Coat” awareness campaign. The effort intends to bring understanding that, with new technological advancements, what care providers wear can actually become a line of defense for them, their patients, and their families.

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Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System

April 9, 2014 10:59 am | by DePuy Synthes Power Tools | Product Releases | Comments

DePuy Synthes Power Tools announced the global launch of the Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System, a next generation high-speed electric drill with multiple attachments and accessories, designed for use in neurosurgery, otology, and spinal procedures. The new Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System includes a high-speed drill with 30 percent more power than the Anspach XMAX and EMAX 2 Plus systems.

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What Goes Through A Surgeon’s Mind After A Complication

April 9, 2014 10:43 am | by Sid Schwab, M.D. | Blogs | Comments

One of the hardest things about being a surgeon is the inevitability of complications. It’s true for any doctor; but with surgery, it’s as if they are lit in neon and given a soundtrack. At least to me. Aiming for perfection (as do we all) and beating myself up (more than healthier people) when I miss the mark, I found bad outcomes of nearly any magnitude deeply disturbing...

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