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The First Demonstration Of A Self-Powered Cardiac Pacemaker

June 23, 2014 10:51 am | by The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Comments

As the number of pacemakers implanted each year reaches into the millions worldwide, improving the lifespan of pacemaker batteries has been of great concern for developers and manufacturers. Currently, pacemaker batteries last seven years on average, requiring frequent replacements, which may pose patients to a potential risk involved in medical procedures...

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BPA Stimulates Growth Of Breast Cancer Cells, Diminishes Effect Of Treatment

June 23, 2014 10:15 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

Bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical commonly used in plastics, appears to increase the proliferation of breast cancer cells, according to Duke Medicine researchers presenting at an annual meeting of endocrine scientists...          

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Audit Seeks Investigation Of Inmate Sterilizations

June 23, 2014 10:03 am | by Don Thompson, Associated Press | Comments

California's medical board and Department of Public Health have been asked to investigate 17 doctors and eight hospitals involved in the illegal sterilizations of female prison inmates, based on a critical state audit released Thursday...    

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Long-Term Care Must Be Improved To Aid Rising Numbers With Dementia

June 23, 2014 9:55 am | by RAND Corporation | Comments

As millions of Americans struggle to help loved ones with dementia, policymakers should consider more ways to improve long-term services and supports for the soaring numbers of people with the debilitating condition and their caregivers, a new RAND Corporation study says -- and it offers possible ways to do so...

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World Laparoscopy Hospital Announces Forthcoming Laparoscopic Surgery Training Programs

June 23, 2014 9:35 am | by World Laparoscopy Hospital | Comments

World Laparoscopy Hospital (WLH) is a premier institution, offering university recognized courses in the fields of laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery. This unique interactive course will provide surgeons and gynecologist the essential practical experience of laparoscopic surgery...

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Children's Research Institute Finds Key To Identifying, Enriching Mesenchymal Stem Cells

June 23, 2014 9:30 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

The Children's Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern (CRI) has identified a biomarker that enables researchers to accurately characterize the properties and function of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in the body...        

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False Negative Results Found In Prognostic Testing For Breast Cancer

June 19, 2014 2:28 pm | by The Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth | Comments

A recent study evaluating HER2 testing in a large cohort of women with breast cancer found important limitations in the conventional way HER2 testing is performed in the US and internationally. Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center physicians and researchers retested tumor samples from a large group of women and found that 22 out of 530 women had their tumor type incorrectly classified...

African American Women With Breast Cancer Less Likely To Have Newer, Recommended Surgical Procedure

June 19, 2014 1:38 pm | by University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center | Comments

African American women with early stage, invasive breast cancer were 12 percent less likely than Caucasian women with the same diagnosis to receive a minimally-invasive technique, axillary sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy, even as the procedure had become the standard of surgical practice, according to research...

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Long-Term Follow-Up After Bariatric Surgery Shows Greater Rate Of Diabetes Remission

June 19, 2014 1:32 pm | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

In a study that included long-term follow-up of obese patients with type 2 diabetes, bariatric surgery was associated with more frequent diabetes remission and fewer complications than patients who received usual care, according to a study in the June 11 issue of JAMA, a diabetes theme issue...

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Hospital Ordered To Pay MRI Company $52M In Lawsuit

June 19, 2014 1:25 pm | by Kimberlee Kruesi, Associated Press | Comments

The Idaho Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision Tuesday ordering a Boise hospital to pay more than $52 million for violating a contract it had with an MRI company. The decision is the latest development in St. Alphonsus Regional Medical Center's lawsuit, involving one of the largest awards to come out of Idaho district courts. The hospital had appealed the multimillion-dollar verdict returned in 2011...

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VA Chief: More Vets Wait 30 Days For Appointment

June 19, 2014 1:15 pm | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Comments

About 10 percent of veterans seeking medical care at VA hospitals and clinics have to wait at least 30 days for an appointment — more than twice the percentage of veterans the government said last week were forced to endure long waits, the acting veterans affairs secretary said Wednesday...

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Opioid Use Prior To Spine Surgery Linked To Diminished Patient-Reported Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:42 am | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

A new study links the use of opioid pain relievers (prescription medications, such as Percocet) to less improvement and higher levels of dissatisfaction following spine surgery...                       

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Beta-Blockers Before Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Surgery Not Associated With Better Outcomes

June 19, 2014 9:35 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Use of beta (β)-blockers in patients who have not had a recent heart attack but were undergoing nonemergency coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery was not associated with better outcomes...                               

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Study Shows Cost-Effectiveness Of Smoking Cessation Counseling During Hospitalization

June 19, 2014 9:28 am | by University of Ottawa Heart Institute | Comments

In a recent study, researchers at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute have demonstrated the cost-effectiveness of the Ottawa Model for Smoking Cessation (OMSC), an intervention that includes in-hospital counseling, pharmacotherapy, and post-hospital follow-up, compared to usual care among smokers hospitalized with acute myocardial infarction, unstable angina, heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease...

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Study Examines How Brain 'Reboots' Itself To Consciousness After Anesthesia

June 19, 2014 9:22 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

One of the great mysteries of anesthesia is how patients can be temporarily rendered completely unresponsive during surgery and then wake up again, with their memories and skills intact. A new study and colleagues provides important clues about the processes used by structurally normal brains to navigate from unconsciousness back to consciousness...

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