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Blacks, Women Face Larger Burden From CVD Risks

August 12, 2014 11:22 am | Comments

The impact of major cardiovascular risk factors combined is greater in women than men and in blacks than whites. While the gender gap may be narrowing, differences by race may be increasing. Researchers studied population attributable risk changes for the five major modifiable cardiovascular risk factors — high cholesterol, smoking, high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes.

Doctors Remove Woman's 130-Pound Tumor

August 12, 2014 10:51 am | Comments

Mexican doctors say they have removed a 130-pound (60-kilogram) tumor from the body of a 51-year-old woman who had been unable to leave her home for two years. Dr. Gilberto Inzulza says a team of surgeons needed four hours to remove the giant tumor from the body of Mercedes Talamantes.

Glue Produced by Sandcastle Worm Could Prevent Fetal Surgery

August 11, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments

In creating an adhesive patterned after glue produced by the lowly underwater sandcastle worm, researchers reported they may have solved the problem of premature births that sometimes result from fetal surgery. It also could open up numerous opportunities to safely perform more complex fetal surgeries in the future.

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Study: 1 of 5 Orthopaedic Trauma Patients Went 'Doctor Shopping'

August 11, 2014 11:51 am | Comments

“Doctor shopping,” the growing practice of obtaining narcotic prescriptions from multiple providers, has led to measurable increases in drug use among postoperative trauma patients. “There has been an alarming rise in opioid use in our country, and the diversion of opioids for non-therapeutic uses is dramatically increasing,” said lead study author, orthopaedic surgeon Brent J. Morris, MD.

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Research Shows Promise for New Nerve Repair Technique

August 11, 2014 11:25 am | Comments

A multicenter study including University of Kentucky researchers found that a new nerve repair technique yields better results and fewer side effects than other existing techniques. Participants with nerve injuries were randomized into either conduit or allograft repair groups. Following the surgeries, independent blind observers performed standardized assessments at set time points to determine the degree of sensory or motor recovery.

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New Study Sheds Light on Emergency Gallbladder Removal

August 11, 2014 11:05 am | Comments

A new Mayo Clinic study found that 1 in 5 patients who went to the emergency room with gallbladder pain and were sent home to schedule surgery returned to the ER within 30 days needing emergency gallbladder removal. The surgical complication rate rises with the time lag before surgery, the researchers say.

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Study Shows Tool Effective in Evaluating Doctor's Bedside Manner

August 11, 2014 10:49 am | Comments

According to the study, nearly 90 percent of residents who were surveyed on the effectiveness of the tool thought that the scenarios reflected the reality of what they would encounter in general practice, and more than 80 percent agreed that it would help them prepare for their final exam.

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Stem Cells Show Promise for Stroke in Pilot Study

August 8, 2014 12:11 pm | Comments

A stroke therapy using stem cells extracted from patients' bone marrow has shown promising results in the first trial of its kind in humans. Four out of five patients had the most severe type of stroke: only four percent of people who experience this kind of stroke are expected to be alive and independent six months later. In the trial, all four of these patients were alive and three were independent after six months.

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Grafted Stem Cells Show Dramatic Growth in Rat Spinal Cord Injuries

August 8, 2014 11:59 am | Comments

Scientists report that neurons derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) and grafted into rats after a spinal cord injury produced cells with tens of thousands of axons extending virtually the entire length of the animals' central nervous system. Scientist Paul Lu, PhD, said the axons extended through the white matter of the injury sites, frequently penetrating adjacent gray matter to form synapses with rat neurons.

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Study: Laparoscopic Surgical Gallbladder Removal Safe for Children

August 8, 2014 11:40 am | Comments

A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers recommends laparoscopic cholecystectomies (surgical removal of the gallbladder) for pediatric patients suffering from gallstones and other gallbladder diseases. The study analyzed 202 cases of laparoscopic cholecystectomy performed on children below 18 years of age between the years 1990 and 2010.

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Disposable Biosensor May Help Determine Which Patients Can Be Fed After Surgery

August 8, 2014 11:22 am | Comments

A disposal, plastic listening device that attaches to the abdomen may help doctors definitively determine which post-operative patients should be fed and which should not, an invention that may improve outcomes, decrease healthcare costs and shorten hospital stays. If successful the device could also be used to help diagnose irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, in addition to helping obese people lose weight.

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Judge Tosses Suit Claiming Botched Circumcision

August 8, 2014 11:06 am | Comments

A judge threw out a lawsuit filed by an Alabama man who claims a botched circumcision resulted in the amputation of his penis, ruling Thursday that the complaint wasn't specific under state malpractice law. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 59, has numerous health problems including diabetes that have led to the amputation of his legs. Attorneys for the doctors and hospital contend the medical procedure alleged in the suit never happened.

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Cell Mechanics May Prove Vital in Cancer Behavior

August 7, 2014 12:00 pm | Comments

Cancer cells that break away from tumors to go looking for a new home may prefer to settle into a soft bed, according to new findings from researchers at the University of Illinois. Some particularly enterprising cancer cells can cause a cancer to spread to other organs, called metastasis, or evade treatment to resurface after a patient is thought to be in remission.

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Study: Cell Regulation Gene Causes Kidney Cancer in Children

August 7, 2014 11:40 am | Comments

Mutations in a gene that helps regulate when genes are switched on and off in cells have been found to cause rare cases of Wilms tumor, the most common kidney cancer occurring in children. The researchers studied the genes of 35 families with more than one case of Wilms tumor, recruited to the study through a network of collaborators from across the world.

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ConforMIS' Knee Implant Boasts Strong Results in Studies

August 7, 2014 11:23 am | Comments

ConforMIS, a medical device company providing the only truly customized total knee implant systems for patients, today announced results from two in vivo clinical studies comparing the motion patterns of patients treated with ConforMIS’ iTotal® versus off-the-shelf knee implants. The studies involved the first-ever use of an advanced real-time mobile x-ray fluoroscopy system designed to measure a wider range of natural movements.

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