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Orthopaedic & Spine Center Hosts Innovative Spinal Surgery

June 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Orthopaedic & Spine Center | News | Comments

Raj N. Sureja, MD, of Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, recently became the first doctor in Virginia, and one of the first doctors in the U.S., to use the new Stryker TroFlex Curved Needle to treat a vertebral compression fracture (VCF) patient during a Balloon Kyphoplasty procedure...

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Researchers Use Human Stem Cells To Create Light-Sensitive Retina In A Dish

June 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | News | Comments

Using a type of human stem cell, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have created a three-dimensional complement of human retinal tissue in the laboratory, which notably includes functioning photoreceptor cells capable of responding to light, the first step in the process of converting it into visual images...

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VA Confesses To "Integrity Issue"

June 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Alan Fram, AP | News | Comments

A House bill, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would let veterans facing delayed appointments or living more than 40 miles from a VA facility get care from non-agency providers for the next two years. It would also ban bonuses for all VA employees through 2016.

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Conjoined Twins Celebrate 18th Birthday

June 10, 2014 11:59 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP | News | Comments

Crystal Copeland, the twins' mother, will never forget the day she learned she was pregnant with conjoined twins. Between 40 and 60 percent are stillborn, and some 35 percent survive one day. "At the time, if you Googled conjoined twins all you got was circus acts and babies that died," Copeland said.

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Anesthesiologist Suspended For Allegedly Sexting During Surgery

June 10, 2014 11:50 am | News | Comments

A Seattle physician accused of sexting during surgeries and improperly accessing medical images for personal gratification has been suspended. He is suspected of frequently sharing personal, and often sexually explicit, text messages while surgeries were taking place.

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Pre-Operative SPECT/CT Shows More Cancer

June 10, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

Study findings showed that SPECT/CT breast cancer imaging caught 13 percent more cancerous sentinel nodes, 11.5 percent more sentinel nodes when imaging for melanoma, and 29.2 percent more nodes were imaged using SPECT/CT to detect pelvic cancer than with planar imaging.

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New Post-Operative Brain State Identified

June 10, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

New research suggests that the recovery from deep anesthesia after surgery is not the smooth, linear process accepted by many. Instead, there are dynamic way stations, or states of activity, the brain must temporarily occupy on the way to full recovery.

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Rural Clinics Increasingly Turn To Telemedicine

June 6, 2014 3:13 pm | by Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Fifty years in farming had given Tom Soukup a few brushes with his own mortality, but after a cow pinned him against a wall, death felt closer than ever. He lay on the muddy ground and began to pray, every gasp feeling like a stab to the chest...

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The Pink Pad

June 6, 2014 3:01 pm | by Xodus Medical, Inc. | Xodus Medical | Product Releases | Comments

The Pink Pad by Xodus Medical, Inc. is the safest, most effective Trendelenburg positioning system for all procedures that require steep table adjustments. The Pink Pad’s patented material protects the patient's head, neck, and shoulders from nerve damage and skin abrasion, while its unique high coefficient of friction virtually eliminates the risk of sliding during surgery. The Pink Pad offers clinicians a best practice Trendelenburg positioning solution for even the most challenging cases.

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What Is The Source Of Deteriorating Patient Care?

June 6, 2014 2:48 pm | by Val Jones, MD | Blogs | Comments

For the past couple of years I’ve been working as a traveling physician in 13 states across the U.S. I chose to adopt the locum tenens lifestyle because I enjoy the challenge of working with diverse teams of peers and patient populations. I believe that this kind of work makes me a better doctor, as I am exposed to the widest possible array of technology, specialist experience, and diagnostic (and logistical) conundrums...

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New Single-Dose Antibiotic May Help Battle Superbug MRSA

June 6, 2014 1:15 pm | by CBS News | Videos | Comments

A single dose of a newly developed antibiotic may be just as effective as a longer course of standard antibiotics for the treatment of serious skin infections, including drug-resistant MRSA...               

Biomarkers Accurately Distinguish Mesothelioma From Non-Cancerous Tissue

June 6, 2014 12:57 pm | by Elsevier Health Sciences | News | Comments

Scientists have identified four biomarkers that may help resolve the difficult differential diagnosis between malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM) and non-cancerous pleural tissue with reactive mesothelial proliferations (RMPs). This is a frequent differential diagnostic problem in pleural biopsy samples taken from patients with clinical suspicion of MPM...

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Our Ability To Identify The Source Of Pain Varies Across The Body

June 6, 2014 12:49 pm | by University College London | Articles | Comments

"Where does it hurt?" is the first question asked to any person in pain. A new UCL study defines for the first time how our ability to identify where it hurts, called "spatial acuity," varies across the body, being most sensitive at the forehead and fingertips...

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Endoscope With Oxygen Sensor Detects Pancreatic Cancer

June 6, 2014 11:55 am | by Mayo Clinic | News | Comments

An optical blood oxygen sensor attached to an endoscope is able to identify pancreatic cancer in patients via a simple endoscopic procedure, according to researchers at Mayo Clinic in Florida...           

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VA Chief: 18 Vets Left Off Waiting List Have Died

June 6, 2014 11:27 am | by Matthew Daly and Terry Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

An additional 18 veterans in the Phoenix area whose names were kept off an official electronic Veterans Affairs appointment list have died, the agency's acting secretary said Thursday — the latest revelation in a growing scandal over long patient waits for care and falsified records covering up the delays at VA hospitals and clinics nationwide...

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