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Breaking Triple-Negative Breast Cancers

March 19, 2012 7:42 am | Comments

Putting the brakes on an abundant growth-promoting protein causes breast tumors to regress, according to a study published in the Journal of Experimental Medicine . Triple-negative breast tumors lack all of the known growth receptors that serve as treatment targets in other types of breast cancer, making this the most clinically challenging subtype of the disease.

Pleurectomy/Decortication Preferred Surgical Procedure

March 19, 2012 7:36 am | Comments

Patients with early stage malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), a cancer that develops in the lining of the lungs, may be eligible for aggressive multi-modality therapy involving surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy. There are two main approaches, and controversy has existed about which approach is superior.

MRI Improves Pulmonary Embolism Detection

March 19, 2012 7:30 am | Comments

New research shows that the addition of two magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sequences to a common MR angiography technique significantly improves detection of pulmonary embolism. Results of the study are published online in the journal Radiology . Pulmonary embolism occurs when a blood clot travels to the lung and blocks the pulmonary artery or one of its main branches.

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Feds To Halt Texas Women's Health Program Funding

March 19, 2012 7:22 am | Comments

Will Weissert, AP The federal government on Thursday began making good on its promise to cut off all funding for the Texas Medicaid Women's Health Program amid an escalating fight over the state's ban on funding for clinics affiliated with abortion providers. In a letter to state officials, Cindy Mann, director of the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said her agency regretted the move.

Why Isn’t Everyone Excited About Robotic Assisted Surgery?

March 19, 2012 7:03 am | by Kelly Wright, MD | Comments

It’s cool. So cool, that President Obama used one. So cool, it’s been on the cover of  Newsweek . It’s been in multiple television commercials, radio advertisements, highway billboards, and was even coined one of the top 14 medical breakthroughs of 2011 by  Boston Magazine , a city teeming with medical innovation.

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More UK Women Discover Faulty Implants

March 16, 2012 7:23 am | Comments

(AP) — Britain's health ministry says an additional 7,000 women were fitted with potentially faulty French-made breast implants, raising the total in the U.K. to about 47,000. The ministry said Thursday that the new cases follow confirmation by French authorities that implants manufactured before 2001 by the now-defunct French company Poly Implant Prothese, or PIP, also may have contained non-medical grade silicone.

Hero Neurosurgeon Granted U.S. Citizenship

March 16, 2012 7:19 am | Comments

Tamara Lush, AP An otherwise routine citizenship ceremony was extra special for a Florida immigration officer who presented a naturalization certificate to a doctor from Peru who saved her life with an emergency brain surgery. In front of 450 people from 75 countries gathered in the Tampa Convention Center, immigration services officer Melissa Wingerd presented Dr.

A Gift Of Scrubs For Philippine Nurses

March 16, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Uniforms and scrubs no longer used by Adena Health System nurses have found a new use in the Philippines, inside the San Juan Medical Hospital, which serves some of the poorest people in that country. Christina Cain, a registered nurse on the Adena Medical Center's 3A Medical-Surgical Unit conducted a "scrubs drive" earlier this year and last month hand-delivered more than 100 scrubs and uniforms to the hospital staff in Manila.

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Urology Practice Offers Pizza With Vasectomy

March 16, 2012 7:04 am | Comments

(AP) — Get a vasectomy, eat some pizza and watch some basketball. That's the idea behind a promotion by a Massachusetts urologists group that's offering a free pizza to vasectomy patients during March Madness. An administrator with Urology Associates of Cape Cod says it's a light-hearted way to raise awareness about the procedure and drum up business.

New Treatment Option For C. diff: Fecal Transplantation

March 14, 2012 6:53 am | Comments

Fecal transplantation through colonoscopy is an effective treatment for recurrent Clostridium difficile infection, according to a new study in Gastroenterology , the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. Additionally, the mortality rate in this study does not appear to be greater than in some previously reported series, suggesting that fecal transplantation itself seems to be a rather safe procedure.

Beating Heart Surgery May Increase Patient Risk

March 14, 2012 6:45 am | Comments

Coronary artery bypass surgery performed while the heart is still beating may carry an increased likelihood of death, according to a systematic review by Cochrane researchers. The researchers suggest beating heart surgery should not be recommended except in specific cases where stopping the heart might be risky.

Higher Alcohol Screening Scores Lead To More Post-Op Care

March 14, 2012 6:38 am | Comments

According to the results of a new study published in the March 2012 issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , patients who score highest on the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test–Consumption (AUDIT-C) experience longer post-operative hospital stays and more days in the intensive care unit (ICU).

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New Charges Filed In Toxic Tush Case

March 14, 2012 6:15 am | Comments

(AP) — A Florida woman accused by authorities of illegally injecting toxic substances such as flat-tire sealant and glue into women's buttocks as an enhancement procedure is facing new charges. Broward Sheriff's Office deputies say 32-year-old Oneal Ron Morris faces unlicensed practice of medicine and related charges after three new victims were identified.

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New Heart Protocol Helps Avoid Transplant

March 13, 2012 7:31 am | Comments

Some patients with advanced heart failure caused by cardiomyopathy, the deterioration of function of the heart muscle, are getting a new lease on life thanks to an innovative treatment program at Jewish Hospital, a part of KentuckyOne Health, and the University of Louisville.  Led by Emma Birks, M.

Teen Receives Double Organ Transplant

March 13, 2012 7:24 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) Texas Children's Hospital announced today that doctors recently performed a rare double organ transplant to save the life of Tyler Nelson, a 17-year-old with cystic fibrosis. The Houston native endured a 16-month wait for lungs and a liver. Tyler received those life-saving organs at Texas Children's Hospital in Houston on February 29.

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