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Reseachers Discover Gene That Can Predict Aggressive Prostate Cancer

October 2, 2014 5:54 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a biomarker living next door to the KLK3 gene that can predict which GS7 prostate cancer patients will have a more aggressive form of cancer. The results were reported in the journal of Clinical Cancer Research, a publication of the American Association of Cancer Research.

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Discovery Could Help Prevent Brain Tumors in Children

October 2, 2014 5:45 pm | News | Comments

Scientists at the IRCM discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumor found in children. The team, led by Frédéric Charron, PhD, found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage, which causes the cancer to develop ... 

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Common Painkillers Combined With Other Drugs May Cause High Risk of Bleeding

October 2, 2014 5:35 pm | News | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as ibuprofen and aspirin — increase one's risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. When taken in combination with other drugs, this risk is significantly higher, according to new research appearing in the October issue of Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

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Treatment To Reduce Blood Clots In Surgery Examined

October 2, 2014 5:15 pm | News | Comments

The effectiveness of a treatment to reduce blood clots among otolaryngology patients admitted for surgery appears to differ based on patient risk and the procedure. The report was written by Vinita Bahl, D.M.D., M.P.P., of the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, and colleagues ... 

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Girl's Family Seeks Reversal of Brain-Death Ruling

October 2, 2014 4:23 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The family of a California teenager declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, reported the Associated Press. The family's attorney, Chris Dolan, argued in court papers filed this week that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is no longer brain-dead and shows significant signs of life ...

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MRSA Biofilms In Joint Fluid Make Infections Tough To Tackle

October 2, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Physicians have long speculated at the hard-to-treat nature of joint infection. In an article published in Journal of Infectious Diseases, Thomas Jefferson University scientists, in collaboration with scientists at the National Institutes of Health, come one step closer to understanding why these infections are so tough to tackle.

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Scientists Aim To Give Botox a Safer Facelift

October 2, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

New insights into botulinum neurotoxins and their interactions with cells are moving scientists ever closer to safer forms of Botox and a better understanding of the dangerous disease known as botulism. By comparing all known structures of botulinum neurotoxins, researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Biochemical Sciences on Oct. 1 suggest new ways to improve the safety and efficacy of Botox injections.

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Brain Surgery With Sound Shows 'A Lot of Promise'

October 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Molly Shen, KomoNews.com | News | Comments

In the first of its kind surgery in the world, doctors at Seattle's Swedish Neuroscience Institute used a specialized cap to direct more than a thousand ultrasound beams onto a metastatic tumor, deep in a patient's brain. Dr. Stephen Monteith was the lead surgeon and is a co-investigator on the trial examining the safety of using focused ultrasound to treat metastatic brain tumors....

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Hospitals With Aggressive Treatment Styles Had Lower Failure to Rescue Rates

October 2, 2014 10:57 am | News | Comments

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity (HCI), had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication (failure to rescue) but longer hospitalizations, writes Kyle H. Sheetz, M.D., M.S., of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, Ann Arbor, Mich., and colleagues.

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PDI Presents Sani-Hands Instant Hand Sanitizing Wipes

October 2, 2014 10:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

New evidence-based recommendations released from the Society of Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) and the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA) recognize the clinical efficacy of alcohol-based hand wipes and their added benefit as “a convenient option for bed-bound patients, first responders, and others who cannot easily get to sinks or wall-mounted dispensers.”

US Sunshine Act Will Enlighten Patients, But Many Physicians Remain in the Dark

October 2, 2014 10:03 am | News | Comments

On Sept. 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Open Payments database to the US public. This forms part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which requires drug and device manufacturers to provide transparency into payments made to physicians, surgeons and other health professionals in exchange for their services ...

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Perkins Healthcare Technologies Presents OR Vision

October 1, 2014 1:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

OR Vision, an advanced IP-based OR integration system, provides control of displays, video sources, lights, audio, music, communications, video recording and an online timeout verification checklist. According to Perkins Healthcare Technologies, surgical teams improve efficiency by accelerating room set up with customized preferences ... 

Strict Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery May Not Be Necessary

October 1, 2014 1:05 pm | News | Comments

Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery may not have to follow a strict blood sugar management strategy after surgery, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of the publication The Annals of Thoracic Surgery ...

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Non-Traditional Donor Lungs Appear Safe For Transplant

October 1, 2014 11:57 am | News | Comments

Patients receiving lungs from donors whose cause of death was asphyxiation or drowning have similar outcomes and long-term survival as patients receiving lungs from traditional donors, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery ...

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Doctors Remove 55-Pound Tumor From Woman’s Back After 10-Hour Surgery

October 1, 2014 11:37 am | by Richard James, BuzzFeed | News | Comments

Surgeons in southern China have successfully removed a huge tumour from a 35-year-old woman’s back. According to the Rex news agency, the woman, Yan, had tumours all over her body, but the largest stretched from her right shoulder to her ankle ...

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