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Tailor-Made Cancer Treatments? New Technique Paves the Way

December 18, 2014 | News | Comments

In a development that could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage treatment of the disease, University of Michigan researchers have devised a reliable way to grow a certain type of cancer cells from patients outside the body for study. ...         

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Ocean Bio-Chem's New Disinfectant Effective and Safe Against Viruses, Germs, Bacteria

December 19, 2014 12:39 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Ocean Bio-Chem, Inc. said earlier this week in an interview with CEOLIVE.TV that its new product, Performacide®, kills bacteria, mold, mildew and non-enveloped viruses that the CDC has issued guidance on including a disinfectant for Ebola. ...    

Board Rules Hospitals Can Still Perform Angioplasty Without License

December 19, 2014 12:30 pm | by Susan K. Livio, NJ.com | News | Comments

A New Jersey state health board voted today to continue to allow 11 hospitals to perform the artery-clearing procedure known as angioplasty without holding a license to perform heart surgery. ...             

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Near 700-Pound Woman Prepares for Gastric Bypass Surgery

December 19, 2014 12:06 pm | by Dana Dovey, Medical Daily | News | Comments

Amber is 24 years old and weighs nearly 700 pounds. She is one of the newest individuals to share her struggle with weight on TLC’s My 600-Pound Life. The show will follow Amber as she prepares to undergo a risky gastric bypass surgery in a desperate attempt to lose weight and save her life. ...

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U.S. Laparoscopic Device Market Will Reach Over $4.3 Billion by 2023

December 19, 2014 10:56 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Decision Resources Group finds that the laparoscopic device market in the United States will increase to a value of over $4.3 billion by 2023. Growth will be primarily driven by expansion in the large direct energy device market. In particular, premium-priced advanced direct energy devices will be increasingly adopted due to the advantages they offer and as new products are launched. ...  

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Oxygen Suction Can Reduce Risk of Surgical Fires in Dental Procedures

December 19, 2014 10:25 am | News | Comments

The oxygen-enriched environment of surgical procedures creates the risk of fire. As many as 600 operating room fires occur each year in the United States despite a decline in the use of flammable anesthetics. To ensure the safety of dental surgical procedures, a new study investigated the use of suction to prevent combustion. ...    

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Cells That Enhance Tumor Growth Identified

December 19, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. ...               

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New Technology Advances Eye Tracking For Brain Injuries

December 18, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study published online recently in the Journal of Neurosurgery. ...     

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Laparoscopic Surgery For Bladder Cancer Leads to Good Long-Term Control

December 18, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Long-term survival rates following laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer are comparable to those of open surgery, according to a study published in BJU International. ...                   

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Study: Growing Shortage of Stroke Specialists

December 17, 2014 12:19 pm | News | Comments

Although stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States, there's an increasing shortage of neurologists who specialize in stroke care. ...             

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Intra-Arterial Treatment For Clot Removal Is More Effective At Treating Stroke

December 17, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Study results released today in The New England Journal of Medicine gave the world of stroke care more evidence that physicians are winning the battle against this debilitating disease, which affects as many as one in six people. ...       

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Promising Treatment Could Fight Cancer, Other Diseases

December 17, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Promising treatments known as biologics are on the market and under development for many serious illnesses such as cancer, but some of them come with high risks, even lethal ones. ...           

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Woman Gets New Life With Mind-Controlled Robot Arm

December 17, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes. ...   

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Veteran Finally Gets Simple Surgery After Year-Long Wait

December 17, 2014 10:42 am | by Melissa Blasius, KUSA News | News | Comments

Thomas Amabile had cataract surgery Tuesday after a yearlong ordeal with the Denver VA Hospital, which highlights ongoing lapses in patient scheduling. ...                 

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Operating Tunes: How Music Helps Surgery

December 17, 2014 10:14 am | by Julie Beck, The Atlantic | News | Comments

The third episode of the hospital comedy Scrubs starts with a tense moment in the operating room between attending surgeon Dr. Wen and his intern Dr. Turk. ...                

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Obama's Care vs. ObamaCare

December 16, 2014 12:25 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Blogs | Comments

The whole country has heard the saga of the President’s sore throat. Many people who have a similar problem—or a true emergency—might compare his treatment with theirs. ...                     

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