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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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Mammograms May Cut Breast Cancer Deaths By 28 Percent

June 18, 2014 10:55 am | by Maria Cheng, AP Medical Writer | Comments

In the latest major study to consider whether the dangers of mammograms outweigh the benefits, experts say the tests can reduce the chances of dying from breast cancer by nearly 30 percent and that national screening programs should continue. The debate over the value of mammograms has raged in recent years...

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Surgeries Help Ukrainian Boy To Walk

June 18, 2014 10:32 am | by Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press | Comments

Ihor Lakatosh struggles to describe his life before the surgeries, when his severe burns went untreated for years in his native Ukraine, leaving him with one arm fused to his body, unable to walk and abandoned by his mother...        

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Groundbreaking Research Finds Human Sweat Can Reduce Bacteria Defenses

June 18, 2014 10:01 am | by University of Leicester | Comments

Sweaty hands can reduce the effectiveness of bacteria-fighting brass objects in hospitals and schools after just an hour of coming into contact with them, according to scientists at the University of Leicester...               

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Ramsey Boy Doing Well After Laser Ablation Surgery On Previously "Inoperable" Brain Tumor

June 18, 2014 9:46 am | by Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota | Comments

A rare brain tumor in a previously inoperable area of an 8-year-old boy's brain remains dormant nearly four months after a second laser ablation surgery, Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota reported today upon the story being featured on the nationally syndicated talk show, The Doctors...

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Anonymous Peer Feedback Through Social Networking Helped Residents Improve Their Skills

June 18, 2014 9:33 am | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

Surgical residents who received anonymous feedback from their peers through a social networking site on their robotic surgery skills improved more than those who did not receive any peer feedback on their procedures, UCLA researchers found...    

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