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Leading Expert Talks Over Kcentra Study

March 30, 2015 | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Surgical Products (SP) connected with lead study author Joshua N. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, to discuss his impressions of the study.

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Hospitals Can Do More to Prevent C. diff Infections, a Study Reports

April 24, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from the bug, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics and other drugs that can allow Clostridium defficile to flourish.

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Q&A: Researcher Says c-FLOW Offers Go-To Solution

April 24, 2015 9:35 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Comments

"One of the most important challenges we face, as neurocritical care and stroke doctors, is to develop a way to directly and continuously measure cerebral blood flow in patients," he said.

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Stem-Cell-Based Therapy Promising for Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastases in the Brain

April 24, 2015 8:55 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

In their search for novel, tumor-specific therapies that could target multiple brain metastases without damaging adjacent tissues, the research team first developed a mouse model that more closely mimics what is seen in patients. 

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Malaria Vaccine is a Letdown but Could Reduce Cases

April 24, 2015 8:49 am | by Maria Cheng, Associated Press | Comments

Despite the dismal results — it protects about one-third of children vaccinated — developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could still help protect some children from getting the mosquito-spread disease.

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Surgery has 'Excellent' Outcomes For Lower-Grade Brain Blood Vessel Malformations

April 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Arteriovenous malformations are congenital defects consisting of an abnormal tangle of blood vessels. When AVMs are located in the brain, there is a risk that they may rupture and bleed, causing potentially life-threatening hemorrhagic stroke.

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VA Pledges Broad Review of Claims Processing

April 23, 2015 9:26 am | by Hope Yen, Associated Press | Comments

The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it has launched a top-down review of its handling of disability claims and pledged to punish those who falsify data as pressure mounted on Capitol Hill for personnel changes amid mismanagement investigations in Philadelphia and other VA facilities.

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Stem Cells That Prevent Birth Defect Also Repair Facial Injury

April 23, 2015 9:22 am | by University of Southern California | Comments

Researchers have pinpointed a primary cause of a rare skull disorder in infants, and the discovery could help wounded soldiers, car-wreck victims and other patients recover from disfiguring facial injuries. 

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Device Could Potentialy Enhance the Viability of Donor Livers

April 23, 2015 9:16 am | by EUROPEAN ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF THE LIVER | Comments

Many centers are reluctant to use DCD livers since they might jeopardize graft function post-transplantation.

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Increasing Antibiotic Shortages Raise Concerns

April 23, 2015 9:10 am | by INFECTIOUS DISEASES SOCIETY OF AMERICA | Comments

Analyzing data from the University of Utah Drug Information Service database, a national database of drug shortages, the researchers found that 148 antibiotics experienced shortages during the study period, with an upward trend starting in 2007. 

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Triple Negative Breast Cancer in African-American Women has Distinct Difference

April 22, 2015 9:36 am | by GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER | Comments

A new study reveals specific genetic alterations that appears to impact their prognosis and ultimately survival rates.

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A Recipe for Long-lasting Liver Donations

April 22, 2015 9:17 am | by RIKEN | Comments

Lengthening these times is a high-priority goal in transplant research, and the team at RIKEN was able to do so using a 3D organ-perfusion system that supplies oxygen to the donor organ and keeps it at an ideal temperature.

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Scientists Examine Wound Healing at Molecular Level

April 21, 2015 10:51 am | by GOETHE UNIVERSITY FRANKFURT | Comments

In order to prevent death by bleeding or infection, every wound (skin opening) must close at some point. The events leading to skin closure had been unclear for many years.

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AHRQ Report: Quality of Care and Patient Safety Are Improving

April 21, 2015 9:18 am | by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality | Comments

This year’s report has been consolidated and tracks performance measures that align with the National Quality Strategy. 

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Physicians Want Dr. Oz Gone From Columbia Medical Faculty

April 21, 2015 9:06 am | by Verena Dobnik, Associated Press | Comments

 "Dr. Oz has repeatedly shown disdain for science and for evidence-based medicine," said a letter the 10 physicians sent to a Columbia dean earlier this week.

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Inside Knowledge: Superfast Imaging Machine Takes Young Patients on a Pirate Ship While Doctors Work

April 21, 2015 9:01 am | by GE Reports staff | Comments

Last year, however, some physicians started using a superfast CT scanner made by GE that allows them to analyze the bone structure in great detail. Images acquired by the machine can help clinicians improve the surgery planning process.

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