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New Drug Shows Promise in Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

October 27, 2014 8:31 pm | News | Comments

A foot ulcer is typically a painful inconvenience to most people, but to a person with diabetes it could mean an infection, or worse, an amputation. But a research team at Stanford University has developed a drug delivered through a skin patch that not only helps foot wounds heal better, but also prevents those wounds from recurring, according to study results they presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress ...

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Is Surgery Safer at a Teaching Hospital?

October 27, 2014 8:11 pm | by Hannah Webster, US News and World Report | News | Comments

Like anything, it takes time and practice to become a qualified surgeon. But what is the appropriate balance of allowing residents to gain experience and giving patients the best care possible? U.S. News explored the risks and benefits to surgery at teaching hospitals: Do the benefits of surgery at a major academic institution outweigh the costs of patients being used as a teaching tool?

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Ebola and Human Error: A Proactive Approach For Medical Professionals

October 27, 2014 7:53 pm | News | Comments

As the Ebola situation continues to evolve in North America, the Practicing Perfection Institute, Inc. (PPI) and the international not-for-profit Human Performance Association, Inc. (HPA) have combined forces to offer proactive solutions for the prevention of infection and contamination to medical professionals and to the general public ...

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The Ebola Epidemic: Is There a Way Out?

October 27, 2014 11:02 am | News | Comments

Not everyone who contracts the Ebola virus dies, the survival rate is around 30% suggesting that some kind of immunity to the disease is possible. Experimental treatments and vaccines against Ebola exist but have not yet been tested in large groups for safety and efficacy (phase 2 trials).

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Chest Radiation To Treat Childhood Cancer Increases Patients' Risk of Getting Breast Cancer

October 27, 2014 10:52 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that patients who received chest radiation for Wilms tumor, a rare childhood cancer, face an increased risk of developing breast cancer later in life due to their radiation exposure. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that cancer screening guidelines might be re-evaluated to facilitate the early diagnosis and prompt treatment of breast cancer.

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Genetics Could Play Role in Narrowing of Aortic Valve

October 27, 2014 12:59 am | News | Comments

In an analysis that included approximately 35,000 participants, genetic predisposition to elevated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) was associated with aortic valve calcium and narrowing of the aortic valve, findings that support a causal association between LDL-C and aortic valve disease, according to a study appearing in JAMA ... 

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Only Six Percent of U.S. Hospitals Ready For Ebola Patient

October 27, 2014 12:43 am | News | Comments

Only 6 percent of U.S. hospitals are well-prepared to receive a patient with the Ebola virus, according to a survey of infection prevention experts at U.S. hospitals conducted October 10-15 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC).

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Newly Donated Blood Reduces Complications From Heart Surgery

October 27, 2014 12:23 am | News | Comments

Heart surgery patients who received newly donated blood have significantly fewer post-operative complications than those who received blood that had been donated more than two weeks before their surgery, a study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress has shown.

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Center Plans To Redefine Surgical Robotics

October 26, 2014 11:59 pm | by John Markoff, The New York Times | News | Comments

With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California-Berkeley will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, freeing doctors to concentrate on the most challenging and complex aspects of the operations they perform.

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Codman Neuro Launches First Disposable Forceps With Dual Irrigation

October 24, 2014 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

Codman Neuro*, a global leader in neurosurgery and part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of SPETZLERTM MALIS® Dual Irrigating Disposable Non-Stick Bipolar Forceps, the first disposable dual irrigating forceps for neurosurgery. The announcement was made here at the 2014 Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) Annual Meeting.

For Brain Hemorrhage, Risk of Death is Lower at High-Volume Hospitals

October 24, 2014 10:31 am | News | Comments

For patients with a severe type of stroke called subarachnoid hemorrhage (SAH), treatment at a hospital that treats a high volume of SAH cases is associated with a lower risk of death, reports a study in the November issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health ...

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Study: Paperwork Consumes One-Sixth of Physicians' Time, Erodes Morale

October 23, 2014 12:21 pm | News | Comments

The average U.S. doctor spends 16.6 percent of his or her working hours on non-patient-related paperwork, time that might otherwise be spent caring for patients. And the more time doctors spend on such bureaucratic tasks, the unhappier they are about having chosen medicine as a career ...

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ACS NSQIP Participating Hospitals Recognized for Achieving Meritorious Outcomes for Patient Care

October 23, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

The American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP®) has recognized 44 of their 445 participating hospitals for achieving meritorious outcomes for surgical patient care in 2013.  ACS NSQIP participating hospitals are required to track the outcomes of inpatient and outpatient surgical procedures and then analyze their results ...

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'Watch' Cites Concern About Flexible Reamer Breakage in ACL Reconstruction

October 23, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case journal published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding concerns over flexible reamer breakage during anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction. Flexible reamers help surgeons achieve optimal femoral-tunnel parameters, but they are prone to breakage in certain situations, as the "Watch" article explains ...

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How People View Their Weight Influences Bariatric Surgery Success

October 23, 2014 11:23 am | News | Comments

Negative feelings about one’s own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer ...

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