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Breast And Colorectal Cancers Remain More Aggressive in Children

October 30, 2014 | News | Comments

Breast and colorectal cancers rarely occur in children, but when they do, these conditions are more precarious, according to a pair of National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) studies presented this week at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons ... 

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Heart's Own Immune Cells Can Help It Heal

October 31, 2014 12:03 pm | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it heal after injury, according to new research in mice at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Most of the time when the heart is injured, these beneficial immune cells are supplanted by immune cells from the bone marrow, which are spurred to converge in the heart and cause inflammation that leads to further damage ...

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Scientists Trigger Self-Destruct Switch in Lung Cancer Cells

October 31, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

UK scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung cancer cells - paving the way for new treatments, according to research that will be presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) Cancer Conference in Liverpool next week ...

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Covidien Launches Reloadable Fixation Device

October 31, 2014 11:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Covidien recently announced the launch of ReliaTack articulating reloadable fixation device, the first and only of its kind for laparoscopic (minimally invasive) hernia repair. By offering 65-degree articulation, the ReliaTack device provides surgeons with greater access to weak spots within the abdominal wall, enabling them to more securely tack mesh into place.

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Heart Valve Surgery Grows For People In Their Nineties

October 31, 2014 11:04 am | by Larry Husten, Forbes.com | News | Comments

As people continue to live longer physicians are increasingly confronted with very elderly patients who have serious conditions that might benefit from surgery but who are at high risk for surgical complications. Published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, doctors at Mayo Clinic reviewed their experience with 59 patients age 90 or older who had severe aortic stenosis and underwent surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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Study: Elderly Face No Added Risk From Cosmetic Surgery

October 31, 2014 10:39 am | by Josh Brown, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients, according to a recent study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The doctors analyzed data from more than 129,000 patients during a five-year period and found no significant difference in the rate of complications for individuals older or younger than 65 ...

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Medicare Bought Meds For Dead People

October 31, 2014 10:11 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Call it drugs for the departed: Medicare's prescription program kept paying for costly medications even after patients were dead. The problem was traced back to a head-scratching bureaucratic rule that's now getting a second look. A report released Friday from the Health and Human Services Department's inspector general says the Medicare rule allows payment for prescriptions filled up to 32 days after a patient's death ...

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Mild Depressive Symptoms Weaken Spinal Stenosis Surgery Outcome

October 30, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery ...

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Ethicon Launches New Powered Endocutter

October 30, 2014 11:27 am | Product Releases | Comments

Earlier this week, Ethicon announced the launch of the ECHELON FLEX GST SYSTEM, a new powered stapler and reload system uniquely designed to provide a better grip on tissue for the least tissue slippage during firing.The device will be featured at The American College of Surgeons Clinical Conference in San Francisco this week.

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ACS Report: Multi-Procedural Technology Drives Innovation and Profitability

October 29, 2014 9:00 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director | Blogs | Comments

Walking the halls of the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress & Expo offers a number of opportunities. Embedded within the clamor of the show floor and pictured in part by the varying HD, 4K and 3D displays, are an array of new products promising to push the OR forward ....

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Prostate Cancer Medications Linked to Heart-Related Causes

October 29, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-related causes in men with congestive heart failure or prior heart attacks. Published in BJU International, the findings will help doctors and patients weigh the benefits and risks of the drugs.

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Most Internet Sources on Prostate Cancer Disagree With Expert Panel

October 29, 2014 8:24 am | News | Comments

Only 17 percent of top-ranked consumer health websites advise against screening for prostate cancer, a recommendation made more than two years ago by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), according to a study presented at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

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Robotically Assisted Bypass Surgery Reduces Complications

October 29, 2014 8:20 am | News | Comments

Robotically assisted coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is a rapidly evolving technology that shortens hospital stays and reduces the need for blood products, while decreasing recovery times, making the procedure safer and less risky, says a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress.

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Poor Access to General Surgeons Increases Children's Risk of Ruptured Appendix

October 29, 2014 2:05 am | News | Comments

Delayed treatment for appendicitis can often lead to a ruptured appendix. That's exactly what is more likely to happen to many children in North Carolina if they have to delay getting treatment because of poor access to general surgeons, according to new study findings presented this week at the American College of Surgeons 2014 Clinical Congress ...

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New Frailty Test Predicts Risk of Poor Outcomes in Elderly Patients

October 29, 2014 1:54 am | News | Comments

A simplified frailty index created by surgeons at Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Mich., is a reliable tool for assessing risk of mortality and serious complications in older patients considering total hip and knee replacement procedures, according to new study findings presented today at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons ...

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First Time at ACS an Eye-Opener

October 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, I saw many of the products we feature in the magazine and online, up close and personal. It was great to finally see what we've been covering in action and talk to many of the surgeons, product managers and PR representatives who are extremely passionate about their products. I even had the opportunity to test out a couple ...

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