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German Court Orders Vaccination Cynic To Pay For Virus Proof

March 13, 2015 11:59 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

A German court has ruled that a prominent anti-vaccination advocate must pay a doctor 100,000 euros ($105,720) in prize money he had promised to anyone who could prove measles is a virus.

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Synthetic Spider Silk Could Have Wide Medical Applications

March 12, 2015 2:20 pm | Comments

The Stockholm-based biomaterials company Spiber Technologies AB is working to apply spider silk in several medical fields, including cardiology, heart tissue regeneration, bone reconstruction, skin cell growth and vaccines.

Less Liver Removed, Fewer Complications

March 12, 2015 2:11 pm | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

A new Journal of the American College of Surgeons study shows that a surgical approach focused on preserving liver tissue in patients undergoing a liver operation leads to lower mortality rates and fewer complications.

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How Much Cancer Imaging is Too Much?

March 12, 2015 1:55 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

A study concluded that regional culture and infrastructure could contribute to an inappropriate level of prostate and breast cancer imaging.

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ACA May Reduce ER Visits; Doesn't Affect Hospitalizations

March 12, 2015 1:48 pm | by American College of Emergency Physicians | Comments

Two patient groups created by the Affordable Care Act had slightly fewer emergency department visits than they had before health care reform. However, there was no change in the rate of the most expensive types of emergency visits: those that lead to hospitalization.

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One-Year TAVR Outcomes Available

March 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

David R. Holmes Jr., M.D., of Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., and colleagues examined 1-year outcomes for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) patients who had 30-day outcomes previously reported. 

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Ensuring Respect and Dignity in the ICU

March 11, 2015 12:40 pm | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Identifying loss of dignity and lack of respectful treatment as preventable harms in health care, researchers at Johns Hopkins have taken on the ambitious task of defining and ensuring respectful care in the high-stakes environment of the intensive care unit.

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Injured Kidneys Can Be Used for Transplants

March 11, 2015 12:36 pm | by Yale University | Comments

Kidneys from deceased donors that have acute injuries are frequently discarded instead of being used for transplant. However, a Yale-led study finds that such kidneys may be more viable than previously thought, and should be considered to meet the growing demand for organ transplants.

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Injectable Polymer Could Keep Soldiers, Trauma Patients From Bleeding to Death

March 11, 2015 12:33 pm | by University of Washington | Comments

University of Washington researchers have developed a new injectable polymer that strengthens blood clots, called PolySTAT. Administered in a simple shot, the polymer finds any unseen or internal injuries and starts working immediately.

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Surgery Not Preferable for Broken Shoulders

March 10, 2015 1:26 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Among patients with a displaced fracture in the upper arm near the shoulder (proximal humeral), there was no significant difference between surgical treatment and nonsurgical treatment in patient-reported outcomes over two years following the fracture.

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Michigan Men Receive Heart, Lungs from Same Donor

March 10, 2015 1:21 pm | by The Associated Press | Comments

A bond between two longtime family friends has deepened after the Michigan men received organs from the same donor.

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MyRounding and AORN Announce Partnership

March 10, 2015 1:13 pm | by AORN | Comments

myAORNguidelines is a new product that will enable operating room managers and administrators to analyze and sustain compliance with AORN's evidence-based Guidelines for Perioperative Practice.

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SF Surgeons Complete Surgeries in Kidney Transplant Chain

March 9, 2015 1:10 pm | by Kristin J. Bender, The Associated Press | Comments

Surgeons at a San Francisco hospital have completed all the operations in an organ donation chain that gave six patients new kidneys.

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Have a Sense of Purpose in Life? It May Protect Your Heart

March 9, 2015 12:55 pm | by The Mount Sinai Hospital | Comments

Having a high sense of purpose in life may lower your risk of heart disease and stroke, according to a new study led by researchers at Mount Sinai St. Luke's and Mount Sinai Roosevelt and presented on March 6 at the American Heart Association's EPI/Lifestyle 2015 Scientific Sessions in Baltimore.

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Minimally Invasive Device Meets Gold Standard

March 9, 2015 12:50 pm | by Ceterix Orthopaedics | Comments

Ceterix Orthopaedics today announced publication of positive findings from two biomechanical studies of the company’s proprietary NovoStitch suture passer for meniscus repair in Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery.

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