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Enova Illumination Celebrates 10 Years, New Series

April 28, 2015 | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

One decade ago, the first LED surgical headlight was launched by Envoa Illumination, then named Enova Medical Technologies. For its 10th anniversary, Enova Illumination launched its brightest generation of headlights yet – the Cyclops series.

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Researchers Solve Mystery of Deadly Transplant Infection

April 28, 2015 1:58 pm | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | News | Comments

When Harlan Dorbin passed away from a rare infection one month after his successful lung transplant surgery, his surgeon turned to Dorbin's sister and made a promise.

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Medtronic Must Stop Most Sales of Synchromed Drug Pumps

April 28, 2015 9:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says Medtronic must stop most sales of its implantable drug pumps after years of uncorrected problems. 

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Real-Time Biopsy Would Save Time, Alleviate Worry

April 27, 2015 10:59 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Articles | Comments

The biopsy device will be able to take samples of cells during surgery and, within a second, let the surgeon know what kind of cells they are. 

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Mind-Controlled Robots Take Directions from Tiny Brain Implants

April 27, 2015 10:50 am | by GE Reports staff | News | Comments

Hutchinson controlled the robot with a technology called brain-computer interface, which uses tiny electrodes implanted in the regions of the brain that control hand and arm movements. 

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'Chemo Brain' is Real, Say UBC Researchers

April 27, 2015 10:45 am | by University of British Columbia | News | Comments

What they found is that the minds of people with chemo-brain lack the ability for sustained focused thought.

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Two-thirds of World Has No Access to Safe, Affordable Surgery

April 27, 2015 10:40 am | by The Lancet | News | Comments

The Commission reveals that five billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable surgery and anaesthesia when they need it, and access is worst in low-income and lower-middle income countries, where as many as nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical care.

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Surgeons Identify Link Between Migraines, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

April 27, 2015 10:34 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | News | Comments

Plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time an association between migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome, with migraines more than twice as prevalent in those with carpal tunnel syndrome as those without, according to the study.

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Hospitals Can Do More to Prevent C. diff Infections, a Study Reports

April 24, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | News | Comments

While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from the bug, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics and other drugs that can allow Clostridium defficile to flourish.

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Q&A: Researcher Says c-FLOW Offers Go-To Solution

April 24, 2015 9:35 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | News | Comments

"One of the most important challenges we face, as neurocritical care and stroke doctors, is to develop a way to directly and continuously measure cerebral blood flow in patients," he said.

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Stem-Cell-Based Therapy Promising for Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastases in the Brain

April 24, 2015 8:55 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | News | Comments

In their search for novel, tumor-specific therapies that could target multiple brain metastases without damaging adjacent tissues, the research team first developed a mouse model that more closely mimics what is seen in patients. 

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Malaria Vaccine is a Letdown but Could Reduce Cases

April 24, 2015 8:49 am | by Maria Cheng, Associated Press | News | Comments

Despite the dismal results — it protects about one-third of children vaccinated — developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could still help protect some children from getting the mosquito-spread disease.

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Surgery has 'Excellent' Outcomes For Lower-Grade Brain Blood Vessel Malformations

April 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | News | Comments

Arteriovenous malformations are congenital defects consisting of an abnormal tangle of blood vessels. When AVMs are located in the brain, there is a risk that they may rupture and bleed, causing potentially life-threatening hemorrhagic stroke.

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The Transformation of Healthcare Attire and its Role in Protecting Providers and Patients

April 23, 2015 9:43 am | by ​Amber Mitchell, DrPH, MPH, CPH and Bill Borwegen, MPH | Blogs | Comments

In November 2014 the Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) issued updated recommended practices for surgical attire. While the recommendations include the use of surgical masks and cover apparel, perhaps most interesting with respect to new science is the focus on scrub attire. 

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VA Pledges Broad Review of Claims Processing

April 23, 2015 9:26 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it has launched a top-down review of its handling of disability claims and pledged to punish those who falsify data as pressure mounted on Capitol Hill for personnel changes amid mismanagement investigations in Philadelphia and other VA facilities.

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Stem Cells That Prevent Birth Defect Also Repair Facial Injury

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Southern California | News | Comments

Researchers have pinpointed a primary cause of a rare skull disorder in infants, and the discovery could help wounded soldiers, car-wreck victims and other patients recover from disfiguring facial injuries. 

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