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Babies In The Womb Helped By Spina Bifida Surgery

September 8, 2014 11:38 am | by Estela Villanueva-Whitman, Des Moines Register | News | Comments

Chelsy and Jeff King knew little about spina bifida when an ultrasound showed signs of the condition midway through pregnancy. They soon learned that the defect could be repaired before their baby was even born. The routine ultrasound at 19 weeks of pregnancy detected an opening in the baby’s spine. Chelsy went online to research spina bifida and learned about a surgical procedure that could be performed in utero.

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When Weight-Loss Surgery Doesn't Work

September 8, 2014 11:16 am | by Penn Medicine | Blogs | Comments

Weight-loss surgery isn’t a magic pill, or a quick fix to lose a lot of weight. Just ask anyone who has had bariatric surgery and they will tell you it is a lot of work. And, like anything that requires a lot of work, there are times when it can be too challenging. When you feel like giving up.

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Variation In Hospitalizations From ER Costs Billions

September 8, 2014 10:45 am | News | Comments

It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms. But what happens next is no laughing matter, according to a new University of Michigan study published in Health Affairs. While one patient may get treated and released from the emergency department, the other gets sent upstairs to a hospital bed – at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

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Bureaucracy Consumes One-Quarter Of US Hospitals' Budgets

September 8, 2014 10:08 am | News | Comments

A study of hospital administrative costs in eight nations published today in the September issue of Health Affairs finds that hospital bureaucracy consumed 25.3 percent of hospital budgets in the U.S. in 2011, far more than in other nations. The researchers analyzed detailed accounting data that hospitals reported to each nation's government. The data covered virtually all hospitals in each nation.

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Study: One Facial Operation Can Safely Address Major Aspects Of Aging

September 8, 2014 9:43 am | News | Comments

A total facial rejuvenation that combines three procedures to address the multiple signs of an aging face and neck can be performed safely at one time, a new study shows. Total facial rejuvenation, which combines an extensive facelift to tighten skin and muscle; specialized, midface implants to restore fullness; and laser resurfacing to reduce skin's irregular texture and discoloration, can be safely performed at one time.

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Codman Neuro Expands Global Footprint in Asia Pacific

September 5, 2014 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Codman Neuro*, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced regulatory approval from the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety (MFDS), and the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) for the company’s REVIVE™ SE Thrombectomy Device, a next-generation self-expanding clot removal device intended to restore blood flow in patients with acute ischemic stroke secondary to intracranial occlusive vessel disease.

Breast Cancer Has Pharma’s Largest and Most Innovative Drug Pipeline

September 5, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

The breast cancer therapeutics pipeline boasts a high degree of innovation in first-in-class molecules, with many new technologies holding the potential to transform the clinical and commercial treatment landscape over the coming decade, says business intelligence provider GBI Research.

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FDA OKs Merck Drug, First In New Cancer Drug Class

September 5, 2014 11:40 am | News | Comments

Merck & Co. on Thursday won the first U.S. approval for a new kind of cancer drug with big advantages over chemotherapy and other older cancer treatments. Experts called the news "game-changing" for patients with the deadly skin cancer, which is becoming more common and kills nearly 10,000 Americans each year.

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Cosmetic Surgery Regret Is On The Rise

September 5, 2014 11:24 am | by PRWeb | Blogs | Comments

According to New York City Facial Plastic Surgeon Sam Rizk, “At this point, about fifty percent of the procedures I perform are revision surgery. Although rhinoplasty has historically been the number one revision procedure, patients are also seeking secondary facelifts, neck lifts and blepharoplasties (eyelid surgery) in record numbers.”

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3D Printing Aids in Complex Brain Surgery of Brazilian Baby

September 5, 2014 10:55 am | by Eddie Krassenstein, 3DPrint.com | News | Comments

Dr. Hélio Rubens Machado, a neurosurgeon at the Medical School of the University of São Paulo in Brazil, was recently faced with quite the challenge, in performing surgery on a young child who was born with Sturge-Weber syndrome. With the help of CTI though, he was able to take a 3D scan of the child’s head and brain, and then 3D print it out to use as a reference prior to, and during surgery.

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Study: Breast Surgery A Definitive And Safe Treatment For Elderly

September 5, 2014 10:21 am | News | Comments

A study conducted by National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) has shown that age per se is not a contraindication to breast cancer surgery, and such surgeries may be safely performed for women aged 80 years and above. The study explores the safety of breast cancer surgery in women aged 80 years and above.

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Reconstructive Surgery: Many Options After Bone Cancer Treatment

September 4, 2014 12:27 pm | News | Comments

Most people having bone cancer might consider having plastic or reconstructive surgery after treatment. This helps in repairing the damage resulting from the cancerous tumor being removed from the cartilage, bone, surrounding soft tissues and ligaments. The process of removing the cancer can result in the patient being scarred and disfigured and plastic or reconstructive surgery could be necessary to repair the damage.

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Medline Launches Stronger Bonded Wrap For Sterilization Process

September 4, 2014 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sterilization wrap has come a long way since it was first introduced more than 85 years ago to maintain sterility for surgical instruments and devices. Now Medline is introducing Gemini wrap, the next generation of sterilization wrap shown to have greater material strength than the competition to ensure the integrity of the sterilization process. 

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Surgery Could Be Breakthrough For Epilepsy Sufferers

September 4, 2014 11:41 am | by Jocelyn Maminta | News | Comments

There’s a breakthrough in surgery for epilepsy patients, reported wtnh.com Wednesday. And, Yale New Haven Hospital is the only one in the Northeast, offering it. It is the end of a long journey and the beginning of a hopeful one for Chelsea Murallo, living with epilepsy since she was two-years-old. She is in early on this Tuesday, prepping for innovative brain surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

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Retired Military Dog Needs Help For Livesaving Surgery

September 4, 2014 11:23 am | by CBS Denver | News | Comments

He is a retired military working dog who only has a few months left to live — unless he gets a lifesaving operation that will cost thousands of dollars, reported CBS Denver on Wednesday. Kay now lives in Brighton, Colo.,  but spent years in the military, and his owners say euthanization just isn’t an option — so they’re turning to the public for help.

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