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First Patient Dosed in Cervical Region in Stem Cell Trial

November 23, 2011 3:51 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. announced that the first patient to receive stem cells in the cervical (upper back) region of the spine was treated on Friday in its ongoing trial to test the safety of its spinal cord neural stem cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease).

More Allege Botched Buttocks Surgery By Fake Doc

November 23, 2011 3:44 am | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Florida health officials say several possible victims have come forward alleging a woman posing as a doctor pumped their buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. Oneal Ron Morris was arrested Friday for practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury for performing that procedure on a woman last year.

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BMI Associated With Short-Term Post-Op Mortality Rates

November 22, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Body Mass Index (BMI) appears to be associated with 30-day mortality risk following surgical procedures, and patients with a BMI of less than 23.1 appear to be at highest risk of death, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Recent reports suggest that the prevalence of obesity among U.

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Improved Electrical Stimulation Method Could Help Damaged Nerves

November 22, 2011 5:25 am | Comments

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) was developed to help return lost function to patients with upper and lower extremity injuries and spinal cord injuries, among other applications. However, the devices, which work by stimulating neuronal activity in nerve-damaged patients, have a potential shortcoming in that the electrical currents needed for the treatment to work can also send errant signals to surrounding nerves, resulting in painful side effects.

Woman Who Was Mauled By Chimp Praised For New Face

November 22, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

(AP) — A Connecticut woman who was mauled by an out-of-control chimpanzee says she's venturing out more after a face transplant, and that her new face is getting compliments. Charla Nash told NBC's Today show that she's returning to more of her normal life and her donor face has begun molding to her underlying bone structure.

FDA Permits Selling Of System For Repairing Failed, Problematic Aneurysms

November 22, 2011 5:11 am | Comments

PRNewswire-USNewswire/ The U.S.Food and Drug Administration today allowed marketing of the first system that can repair a failed or problematic aortic endograft - a fabric tube used to repair a dangerously large aortic aneurysm. The FDA's action will provide surgeons with a minimally-invasive option for repair of aortic endografts (endovascular grafts) that are not properly positioned.

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Execs Get Prison Time For Fatal Bone Cement Trial

November 22, 2011 5:01 am | Comments

Maryclaire Dale, AP The pursuit of profits blinded executives of a medical devices company to the "the sanctity of human life," a federal judge said Monday in sentencing them to prison for unapproved testing of bone cement that left three people dead. The Synthes North America officials are among the first corporate officials sent to prison for misdemeanor pleas as "responsible corporate officers" under the 1975 Park Doctrine.

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South Asian Patients Require Three Times As Much Repeat Angioplasty

November 21, 2011 6:26 am | Comments

South Asian patients with coronary artery disease were almost three times as likely to be re-admitted to the hospital for further interventional treatment to arterial plaque than their White European counterparts, according to research in the December issue of IJCP, the International Journal of Clinical Practice .

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Prison Sought For Device Execs In Deadly Medical Trial Case

November 21, 2011 6:16 am | Comments

Maryclaire Dale, AP Four white-collar defendants hope to avoid prison when they are sentenced for conducting unapproved medical trials that left three patients dead. The former executives of Snythes Inc., a medical-device company with U.S. headquarters in suburban Philadelphia, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor as "responsible corporate officers.

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Fake Surgeon Injected Cement, Oil And Tire Sealant Into Woman

November 21, 2011 6:05 am | Comments

Kelli Kennedy, AP A woman who wanted to work at a nightclub started searching for someone who could perform plastic surgery at a cheap price. Police say what she found was a woman posing as a doctor who filled her buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. The suspect — who police say was born a man and identifies as a woman — apparently performed the surgery on herself, and investigators say she may have victimized others.

Breast Reduction Has Higher Complication Rate In Older Women

November 21, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Complications following breast reduction surgery, particularly infections, are more common in women older than 50, reports a study in the December issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). The increased complication rate in older women likely reflects age-related changes in hormone levels, according to the new research by ASPS Member Surgeon Michele A.

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Hysterectomy Increases Risk For Earlier Menopause

November 18, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

In a finding that confirms what many obstetricians and gynecologists suspected, Duke University researchers report that younger women who undergo hysterectomies face a nearly two-fold increased risk for developing menopause early. The study, published in the December issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology , is the largest analysis to track over time the actual hormonal impact of woman who had hysterectomies and compare them to women whose uteruses remained intact.

New Paper Explores Role Of EBTs

November 18, 2011 6:42 am | Comments

The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE) and the American Society for Metabolic & Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS) have issued a new white paper on the potential role of endoscopic bariatric therapies (EBTs) in treating obesity and obesity-related diseases like Type 2 diabetes.

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Survey Shows Healthcare Executives Prioritizing Perioperative Cost Reduction Efforts

November 18, 2011 6:33 am | Comments

PRNewswire - An annual survey of hospital executives highlights the increased importance of reducing costs in the perioperative department. Seventy-eight percent of the survey's respondents are considering or planning projects to reduce perioperative costs in the next year, a 34 percent increase in OR cost reduction projects since 2010.

Surgical Leaders Create Spine Research Foundation

November 18, 2011 6:19 am | Comments

PRNewswire/USNewswire - Two flagship foundations for advancing spine care through support for research, the Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation (NREF) and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), announced today a collaborative grant program that will broadly cultivate multidisciplinary clinical spine research.

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