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Special Election: Ambulance Takes Voter To Poll

November 5, 2010 6:36 am | Comments

(AP) A Philadelphia-area man didn't let an ambulance ride stop him from casting his vote. Eighty-three-year-old Charles Gorby persuaded an emergency crew to stop and let him vote Tuesday as they took him home after a two-week hospital stay. Since the polling place was only about a block from Gorby's Havertown home, the crew agreed.

Surgical And Non-Surgical Bicep Treatments Show Promise

November 5, 2010 6:08 am | Comments

A patient with a long head biceps (LHB) tendinopathy, which is a pain and/or tearing of the tendon, may also have a shoulder problem and/or a rotator cuff tear. Traditional treatments include both surgical and non-surgical approaches. “The surgeon’s goal in treating any long head biceps tendinopathy is to address the pain in a way that also respects the patient’s lifestyle.

More Women Opting To Remove Both Breasts

November 5, 2010 5:57 am | Comments

Surgeons conducting the largest study yet of women who have cancer in one breast but have both removed have found that this option has grown rapidly despite a lack of evidence that it improves long-term life expectancy. Their findings were recently reported in a study of almost 1.2 million women whose cases are documented in the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

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Keyhole Bowel Cancer Surgery Shown Safe And Effective

November 5, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

Laparoscopic or keyhole surgery is a safe, effective way of removing bowel tumours and should be offered to all patients undergoing surgery for colorectal cancer, state researchers from the University of Leeds. Patients who have laparoscopic surgery spend less time in the hospital and recover more quickly from the operation.

Less Invasive Approach To ACL Tears

November 3, 2010 6:20 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) High school freshman Nina McDonald recalls simply running for the ball during middle school soccer practice when she felt a pop in her knee, followed by excruciating pain. As she fell to the ground, she remembers thinking she would never be able to play her favorite sport again. Unfortunately, Nina's story is familiar to thousands of young female athletes across the country who have torn their anterior cruciate ligaments.

Amadeus One Step Closer To Clinical Setting

November 3, 2010 6:04 am | Comments

Titan Medical recently announced that it has signed an agreement with Sagentia, Inc., a leading technology and product development company, for the industrial design and development of certain core aspects related to the company's Amadeus robotic surgical system. Under the terms of the agreement, Sagentia will work with Titan to develop the core structure and mechanisms of the Surgeon Console, from front end needs analysis to manufacture of the Amadeus Platform.

10-Year-Old Gives Birth

November 3, 2010 5:56 am | Comments

(AP) A 10-year-old girl has given birth in southern Spain. Authorities are evaluating whether to let her and her family retain custody of the baby, an official said. The baby was born last week in the city of Jerez de la Frontera, said Micaela Navarro, the Andalusia region's social affairs minister.

Robotic Radiosurgery Offers Lung Tumor Solution

November 3, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

Patients report decreased pain and improved breathing following treatment of their hilar tumors with robotic radiosurgery, but researchers say the therapy falls short of improving survival. Still, the study, conducted by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, represents the first of its kind to document the use of radiosurgery for hilar tumors and presents a novel therapy option.

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Radiosurgery For Early-Stage Breast Cancer

November 2, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

Accuray Incorporated, (Nasdaq: ARAY) announces that studies underway at two leading academic institutions using CyberKnife radiosurgery in breast cancer treatment. These two studies, from the University of Texas Southwestern and Fox Chase Cancer Center, will be presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego from October 31 to November 4.

Brain Docs Raise Concussion Alarm For Kids' Sports

November 2, 2010 5:36 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The risk of concussions from football and some other sports is so serious that a qualified athletic trainer should always be on the field — at adult and children's games, and even at practice, a major doctors group said Monday. Following that advice from the American Academy of Neurology would be a dramatic change for youth sports programs, most of which don't have certified trainers.

Arthritis Drugs Could Help Prevent Post-Op Memory Loss

November 2, 2010 5:35 am | Comments

Anti-inflammatory drugs currently used to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis may also help prevent cognitive problems after surgery, according to a new study by researchers at Imperial College London and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The research also reveals for the first time that a specific inflammatory response in the brain may explain why many patients experience memory loss or other forms of cognitive dysfunction after surgery or critical illness.

Program Addresses Shortage Of Minorities In Academic Surgery

November 2, 2010 5:35 am | Comments

November 2, 2010 According to a report published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, a grant-funded program tailored to provide advanced minimally invasive surgery skills to young, underrepresented minority surgeons, is helping address shortages of minority faculty members at U.

Man Hopes Huge Tumor Is A Record Setter

November 1, 2010 7:22 am | Comments

Associated Press PIKEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man is celebrating successful cancer surgery in an unusual way: by seeking world record status for the tumor doctors removed from his abdomen. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Eugene Tyner of Pikeville has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for the status of heaviest cancerous kidney ever removed.

Grants Focus On Reducing Medical Risks, Hospital-Acquired Conditions

November 1, 2010 7:21 am | Comments

Medline Industries, Inc. announced today that it is funding ten new research projects in its second round of Prevention Above All Discoveries Grants focused on reducing the medical risks and harms associated with hospital-acquired conditions. To date the program has provided over $1.1 million in funding to front-line healthcare workers researching evidence-based solutions.

German Anatomist Now Selling Bodies Online

November 1, 2010 7:20 am | Comments

BERLIN (AP) — Still wondering what to get that special someone for the holidays? Why not "earrings with giraffe tail slices" from German anatomist Guenter von Hagens' new online shop for euro41.53 ($57.55)? Von Hagens, famous for his "Body Worlds" traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts, said Friday his new Internet shop is going online Nov.

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