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Perfect Focus Through Thick Layers May Bring Better Vision To Surgery

September 11, 2014 10:56 am | Comments

In a first-of-its-kind demonstration, published today in The Optical Society's (OSA) new high-impact journal Optica, a team of researchers has developed a powerful technique to focus laser light through even the murkiest of surroundings without the need for a guide star. This innovation, a specialized version of an adaptive optics microscope, can resolve a point less than one thousandth of a millimeter across.

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Meridian Surgical Partners Agrees To Pay $3.32 Million In Settlement

September 11, 2014 10:33 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Meridian Surgical Partners, LLC, a national operator of outpatient ambulatory surgery centers, announced today that it has settled a qui tam lawsuit brought by a former employee at one of its centers. While denying any liability, Meridian agreed to pay the U.S. government $3.32 million, a small fraction of the $100 million originally demanded by the plaintiff, Thomas Reed Simmons.

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Study: Parents Likely To Choose Less Expensive Laparoscopy For Appendicitis

September 11, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

Consumer price comparison is almost nonexistent in the U.S. health care system, but a new study shows that when given the choice between a less costly "open" operation or a pricier laparoscopy for their children's appendicitis, parents were almost twice as likely to choose the less expensive procedure – when they were aware of the cost difference.

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Study: Living Liver Donors Fearful Of Donations

September 10, 2014 12:05 pm | Comments

Living donors are important to increasing the number of viable grafts for liver transplantation. A new study published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, found that ambivalence is common among donor candidates. However, providing social support may help minimize the donors' concerns regarding donation.

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Baby Boy With Eight Limbs Recovering Well After Surgery

September 10, 2014 11:36 am | by Amanda Williams, The Daily Mail | Comments

A baby boy born with eight limbs is said to be recovering well after doctors removed his 'parasitic twin', reported The Daily Mail on Wednesday. Three-month old baby Pail Mukisa was born with four legs and four arms in Nabigingo, a small village in eastern Uganda.

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Joan Rivers' Surgery Went Wrong After Own Doctor Performed Irregular Biopsy

September 10, 2014 11:18 am | Comments

The routine medical procedure that Joan Rivers underwent last month that led to her tragic death a week later went catastrophically wrong when her own personal doctor performed a surprise biopsy on her vocal cords, according to a source with knowledge of the legendary comic's death. According to the source, she had not signed off on the biopsy before undergoing surgery at Yorkville Endoscopy in Manhattan on Aug. 28.

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Some Patients 'Wake Up' During Surgery

September 10, 2014 11:00 am | by Smitha Mundasad, Health Reporter, BBC News | Comments

More than 300 people a year in the UK and Ireland report they have been conscious during surgery - despite being given general anaesthesia, reported BBC.com on Wednesday. In the largest study of its kind, scientists suggests this happens in one in every 19,000 operations. They found episodes were more likely when women were given general anaesthesia for Caesarean sections or patients were given certain drugs.

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Body Donation Programs In Three States Scrutinized

September 10, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

Authorities are investigating programs in at least three states that collect bodies donated for scientific research, medical training and other purposes. An FBI official in Detroit confirmed that the bureau is looking at an Oregon research center, and investigators have raided facilities in Michigan and Arizona. Besides confirming the existence of an investigation, authorities have been tight-lipped about what they are examining and why.

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Scientists Reach Milestone To Build Replacement Kidneys In Lab

September 9, 2014 11:59 am | Comments

Regenerative medicine researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have addressed a major challenge in the quest to build replacement kidneys in the lab. Working with human-sized pig kidneys, the scientists developed the most successful method to date to keep blood vessels in the new organs open and flowing with blood.

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Joan Rivers' Death Puts Spotlight on Surgery Safety

September 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Kathleen Doheny, everydayhealth.com | Comments

Comedienne Joan Rivers' death on Sept. 4 following complications from a routine surgical procedure has triggered speculation about what might have occurred during the outpatient procedure that apparently led to her cardiac arrest and death.

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Study: Stem Cells Can Work To Treat Lung Disease

September 9, 2014 10:39 am | Comments

A new study has revealed how stem cells work to improve lung function in acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Previous studies have shown that stem cells can reduce lung inflammation and restore some function in ARDS, but experts are not sure how this occurs. The study, presented at the European Respiratory Society's International Congress, brings us a step closer to understanding the mechanisms that occur within an injured lung.

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Collaborative Study Finds New Approach For Treating Esophageal Cancer

September 9, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

Drawing on their clinical and scientific experience, researchers at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center have identified a new strategy for attacking esophageal adenocarcinoma (EAC), one of the most deadly forms of cancer.

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Bone Cancer Surgery Team Sees Success In Application Of Surgical Aid

September 9, 2014 9:45 am | Comments

An ortho-oncology team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center successfully adapted a shoulder surgical aid (the Spider Limb Positioner) to conduct a left hip disarticulation on a melanoma patient as described in a case report published online in Medical Devices.

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Babies In The Womb Helped By Spina Bifida Surgery

September 8, 2014 11:38 am | by Estela Villanueva-Whitman, Des Moines Register | Comments

Chelsy and Jeff King knew little about spina bifida when an ultrasound showed signs of the condition midway through pregnancy. They soon learned that the defect could be repaired before their baby was even born. The routine ultrasound at 19 weeks of pregnancy detected an opening in the baby’s spine. Chelsy went online to research spina bifida and learned about a surgical procedure that could be performed in utero.

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Variation In Hospitalizations From ER Costs Billions

September 8, 2014 10:45 am | Comments

It sounds like the setup for a joke: Two identical patients go to two different hospital emergency entrances, complaining of the same symptoms. But what happens next is no laughing matter, according to a new University of Michigan study published in Health Affairs. While one patient may get treated and released from the emergency department, the other gets sent upstairs to a hospital bed – at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars.

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