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Revolutionary 'Metamaterial' Has Potential To Reshape Neurosurgery

April 28, 2014 8:56 am | Comments

The development of graphene—a highly advanced metamaterial with many unique and varied properties—may lead to exciting new applications in the diagnosis and treatment of neurological diseases, according to a report that was published late last week... 

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Unanswered Questions Remain About Radiological Tech Who Filed False Mammogram Results

April 28, 2014 8:39 am | by Kate Brumback, Associated Press | Comments

The tech, Rachael Rapraeger, pleaded guilty earlier this month to 10 misdemeanor charges of reckless conduct and one felony charge of computer forgery. She was sentenced to serve up to six months in a detention center, to serve 10 years on probation during which she can't work in the healthcare field and to pay a $12,500 fine...

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Engineering Breakthrough Will Allow Cancer Researchers to Create Live Tumors With A 3D Printer

April 28, 2014 8:11 am | by Drexel University | Comments

Using a mixture of cervical cancer cells and a hydrogel substance that resembles an ointment balm, a person can print out a tumor model that can be used for studying their growth and response to treatment. This living model will give cancer researchers a better look at how tumors behave and a more accurate measure of how they respond to treatment...

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Researchers: Patient Satisfaction More Associated With Impressions Of Improvement Than Actual Pain

April 28, 2014 7:39 am | by University of Basel | Comments

An international research group analyzed patient satisfaction with pain treatment after surgery. The study based on an extensive multi-national dataset shows that patients actively involved in their treatment report higher levels of satisfaction. Overall, satisfaction seems to be less associated with actual pain but rather with impressions of improvement...

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Baker's Yeast Gives Scientists Better Understanding Of Drug Interactions

April 25, 2014 9:46 am | by Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute | Comments

“Many aspects of both yeast and human genomes have remained the same since they diverged from a common ancestor around one billion years ago,” says Dr. Frederick Roth. “When a specific combination of drugs has a surprising effect on yeast growth there is no guarantee that it will do the same thing to human cells. But it does give us a general idea of how often drugs are able to enhance or suppress each other's effectiveness...”

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New Approach For Surgery Patients Cuts Hospital Stays, Costs

April 25, 2014 9:35 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Changes in managing patients before, during, and after colorectal surgery cut hospital stays by two days and reduced readmission rates, according to researchers who led a study of the approach at Duke University Hospital...     

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New Ultrasound Device May Aid In Detecting Risk For Heart Attack, Stroke

April 25, 2014 9:19 am | by NC State University | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill have developed an ultrasound device that could help identify arterial plaque that is at high risk of breaking off and causing heart attack or stroke...

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Surgeon Gets $10 Million In Whistleblower-Retaliation Settlement

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

The former chairman of UCLA’s orthopedic surgery department will receive $10 million from University of California regents after a settlement was reached Tuesday in a high-profile whistleblower-retaliation case involving Dr. Robert Pedowitz, the medical school, and other parties...

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Study Finds Physical Signs Of Depression Common Among ICU Survivors

April 24, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

Depression affects more than one out of three survivors of critical illness, according to a Vanderbilt study. The majority of patients experience their symptoms physically rather than mentally...         

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Study Suggests Ways To Widen Access To Fecal Transplants For C. Diff Infections

April 24, 2014 9:44 am | Comments

Using frozen stool from healthy, unrelated donors was safe and effective in treating patients with serious, relapsing diarrhea caused by Clostridium difficile, according to a new pilot study. The findings suggest approaches that may make this promising treatment more readily available to patients...

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Three American Doctors Killed In Afghanistan

April 24, 2014 9:38 am | by Amir Shah and Kay Johnson, Associated Press | Comments

An Afghan security guard opened fire on a group of foreign doctors at a Kabul hospital on Thursday morning, killing three American physicians and wounding a U.S. nurse, officials said. Two of the dead Americans were a father and son. The third American was a Cure International doctor who had worked in Kabul for seven years...

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Texas Children's Hospital Fetal Center Performs Successful Open Fetal Surgery To Treat Fatal Condition

April 23, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

Physicians at Texas Children's Fetal Center proudly announce the birth of Baby Cabellotrejo, a boy born healthy at Texas Children's Pavilion for Women following a complex pregnancy that included open fetal surgery. Early in the pregnancy, doctors diagnosed baby boy Cabellotrejo with a very large lung mass, called congenital cystic adenomatoid malformation...

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ICU Patient Allegedly Sold Heroin From Hospital Bed

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

A woman in western Pennsylvania is accused of selling heroin from a hospital intensive care unit and a hospital room. Spokeswoman Jennifer Miele for Excela Westmoreland Hospital in Greensburg says hospital security became suspicious of the large number of people flowing in and out of the woman's room...

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NY Hospital Patient Burnt, Injured After Electronic Cigarette Fire

April 23, 2014 9:23 am | Comments

A New York hospital is reinforcing its ban on electronic cigarettes after a patient on oxygen was burned by a fire that erupted while she was puffing on one of the devices. Syracuse Fire Department officials say the exact cause of last month's fire at St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center has not yet been determined. However, hospital officials say the patient had a battery-powered e-cigarette...

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Two Nurses Wounded In Separate Stabbings At Calif. Hospitals

April 23, 2014 9:10 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Two nurses were wounded in a pair of unrelated attacks at two Los Angeles-area medical centers this past Sunday. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the incidents occurred at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center in Sylmar and Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Torrance. Both nurses are currently recovering from their injuries...

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