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Personalized Brain Tumor Vaccine Helps Patients Live Longer

July 7, 2014 9:22 am | by Northwestern Medicine | Comments

Patients newly diagnosed with glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) and treated with an experimental cancer vaccine made from the patient's own tumor lived longer. Typically, newly diagnosed patients undergo surgery to remove their tumor followed by radiation and temozolomide, an oral chemotherapy drug.

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'Nanojuice' Could Improve How Doctors Examine The Gut

July 7, 2014 9:18 am | by University at Buffalo | Comments

Located deep in the human gut, the small intestine is not easy to examine. X-rays, MRIs and ultrasound images provide snapshots but each suffers limitations. Help is on the way. University at Buffalo researchers are developing a new imaging technique involving nanoparticles suspended in liquid to form "nanojuice" that patients would drink...

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Aurora Spine Announces First Surgery Using TiNano Interbody Cage

July 2, 2014 12:33 pm | by Marketwired | Comments

Aurora Spine Corporation announced today the first surgery using the Discovery™ interbody cage with TiNano™ plasma spray coating. The surgery, a multi-level case, was performed at Tri-City Medical Center in Oceanside, CA by Dr. Neville Alleyne...

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Unapproved Device Buys Time For New Pair Of Lungs

July 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs...                                

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NIH Creates Network To Tackle Mysterious Diseases

July 2, 2014 12:06 pm | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The government is expanding its "mystery disease" program, funding a network at six universities around the country to help diagnose patients with diseases so rare they've been told they're undiagnosable...                

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Squid Sucker Ring Teeth Material Could Aid Reconstructive Surgery

July 2, 2014 10:48 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

In a study published in the journal ACS Nano, researchers report that the proteins in these teeth could form the basis for a new generation of strong, but malleable, materials that could someday be used for reconstructive surgery, eco-friendly packaging and many other applications...

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First Order For Renaissance System With Brain Module

July 2, 2014 10:18 am | by Mazor Robotics Ltd. | Comments

Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative guidance systems and complementary products, announced today that it has received the first order for its Renaissance system since the commercial launch of the brain surgery module...     

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Bringing The Bling To Antibacterials

July 2, 2014 10:12 am | by American Institute of Physics | Comments

Bacteria love to colonize surfaces inside your body, but they have a hard time getting past your rugged, salty skin. Surgeries to implant medical devices often give such bacteria the opportunity needed to gain entry into the body cavity, allowing the implants themselves to act then as an ideal growing surface for biofilms...

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Size Matters In Capsule Endoscopy

July 2, 2014 9:45 am | by Coto Technology | Comments

Advances in medical diagnostics and electronic miniaturization have led to the development of a technology known as capsule endoscopy, the little pill that offers big opportunities for the diagnosis and treatment of all manner of GI tract conditions...

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Cuts To Unnecessary Blood Testing Bring Decreases In Healthcare Spending

July 2, 2014 9:11 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Researchers at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center used two relatively simple tactics to significantly reduce the number of unnecessary blood tests to assess symptoms of heart attack and chest pain and to achieve a large decrease in patient charges...

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Weekend Emergency Surgeries Deadlier For Children

July 2, 2014 9:04 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Children who undergo simple emergency surgeries, such as hernia repairs or appendix removals, on weekends are more likely to suffer complications and even die when compared to children getting the same kind of treatment during the week, according to results of a Johns Hopkins Children's Center study...

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OB VTE Safety Checklist Recommendations Well-Received At NPSF Congress

July 1, 2014 10:56 am | by Physician-Patient Alliance for Health & Safety | Comments

The Physician-Patient Alliance for Health and Safety (PPAHS) joined hundreds of other impassioned attendees in Orlando, Florida to attend the 16th Annual NPSF Patient Safety Class from May 14 through May 16, 2014...            

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Researchers Seek To Tackle Transplant Tolerance Using Patients' Own T Cells

July 1, 2014 10:31 am | by Northwestern Medicine | Comments

The first-in-human, Phase I clinical trial, known as TRACT (T-regs for adoptive cell transfer), recently enrolled its first three participants in late May at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in March, 2014...

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Tourniquets Make Comeback With American Police

July 1, 2014 9:55 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, Associated Press | Comments

Rushing into a Houston home, police officer Austin Huckabee encountered a drunken, combative man bleeding profusely on the kitchen floor. He quickly realized the blood was spurting in rhythm with the man's heart and cardiac arrest was just moments away...

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Improving The Quality Of Surgical Care In Rural Communities

July 1, 2014 9:40 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

On Friday, June 27, the American College of Surgeons (ACS) hosted the ACS Surgical Healthcare Quality Forum Iowa, featuring a panel of healthcare leaders who shared insights into the unique healthcare issues that rural areas face today, including workforce shortages, quality education and training for the next generation of rural surgeons, and access to trauma care...

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