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'Watch' Cites Concern About Flexible Reamer Breakage in ACL Reconstruction

October 23, 2014 11:42 am | Comments

JBJS Case Connector, an online case journal published by the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, has issued a "Watch" regarding concerns over flexible reamer breakage during anatomic single-bundle ACL reconstruction. Flexible reamers help surgeons achieve optimal femoral-tunnel parameters, but they are prone to breakage in certain situations, as the "Watch" article explains ...

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How People View Their Weight Influences Bariatric Surgery Success

October 23, 2014 11:23 am | Comments

Negative feelings about one’s own weight, known as internalized weight bias, influence the success people have after undergoing weight loss surgery, according to research appearing in the journal Obesity Surgery, published by Springer ...

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Study: Readmission After Colorectal Cancer Surgery a Quality Measure

October 23, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

No significant variation was found in hospital readmission rates after colorectal cancer surgery when the data was adjusted to account for patient characteristics, coexisting illnesses and operation types, which may prompt questions about the use of readmission rates as a measure of hospital quality ...

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Can Bariatric Surgery Lead to Severe Headache?

October 23, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

Bariatric surgery may be a risk factor for a condition that causes severe headaches, according to a study published in the October 22, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. In the study, gastric bypass surgery and gastric banding surgery were associated with later developing a condition called spontaneous intracranial hypotension in a small percentage of people ...

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New Treatment Resolves Hazardous Airway Complication for Child

October 22, 2014 12:11 pm | Comments

A case study published recently in the journal Pediatrics describes an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that treated plastic bronchitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, in a six-year-old boy with a heart condition. Using new lymphatic imaging tools and catheterization techniques, physician-researchers eliminated bronchial casts, which are an accumulation of lymphatic material that clogged the child's airway ...

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Getting Healthier Before Surgery Gives Patients Jump Start on Recovery

October 22, 2014 11:25 am | Comments

Following a conditioning, nutritional, and relaxation program before surgery is more helpful than waiting until after surgery to rehabilitate. Colorectal cancer patients who participated in a "prehabilitation" program before surgery recovered more quickly than those who only did traditional rehabilitation afterward, according to research published in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. 

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Large Variation in Cesarean Rates Across US Hospitals

October 22, 2014 10:40 am | Comments

Cesarean delivery is the most common inpatient surgery in the United States. US cesarean rates increased from 20.7% in 1996 to 32.9% in 2009 but have since stabilized, with 1.3 million American women having had a cesarean delivery in 2011. Rates of cesarean delivery vary across hospitals, and understanding reasons for the variation could help shed light on practices related to cesarean delivery ...

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UC Davis Awarded $1.5M to Innovate Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers

October 22, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery. This innovation aims to preserve a patient’s quality of life and improve survival rates ...

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High School Students Develop Screening Tools to Detect Lung and Heart Disease

October 21, 2014 12:12 pm | Comments

Two Michigan high school students, sisters Ilina and Medha Krishen, have developed screening tools using electronic stethoscopes to detect lung and heart disease. The sisters will present their findings at CHEST 2014 in Austin, Texas next week ...

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Meet The Man Who's Using Physics To Make Surgery Safer

October 21, 2014 11:38 am | by Chase Peterson-Withorn, Forbes | Comments

For those of us who remember Capri Suns, we undoubtedly recall struggling to insert the straw without piercing the back of the pouch. Believe it or not, the same thing occurs in surgery, according to Nikolai Begg, and it’s been a problem for over a century ...

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Why Does Ebola Kill Some and Not Others?

October 21, 2014 10:45 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in West Africa. Even there, not everyone dies ...

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Paralyzed Man Walks Again After Pioneering Surgery

October 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Quinn, The Guardian | Comments

A man who was completely paralyzed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow ...

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Tear Duct Implant Effective at Reducing Pain in Cataract Surgery Patients

October 20, 2014 11:55 am | Comments

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology ...

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Zimmer's Samudio: 'Crucial For All Healthcare Workers to Work Together' in Ebola fight

October 20, 2014 11:27 am | Comments

In our continuing coverage of how the Ebola virus is affecting medical facilities, Candace L. Samudio, longtime healthcare professional and clinical excellence team leader in the surgical division at Zimmer, provides insight on the importance of surgical helmet systems and stresses the need for ORs and ERs to work together ... 

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NBC's Snyderman Faces Credibility Issues

October 20, 2014 10:34 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The quarantine against possible Ebola exposure ends this week for Dr. Nancy Snyderman, but the troubles clearly aren't over for NBC News' chief medical editor. An admitted lapse in the quarantine, combined with a curiously imprecise explanation, unleashed a furious response. NBC must now decide whether Snyderman's credibility is too damaged for her to continue reporting on Ebola or other medical issues and, if so, for how long ...

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