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Biomarker Identified For Noncancerous Pancreatic Cysts

February 14, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts, which could spare patients years of nerve-racking trips to the doctor or potentially dangerous surgery...

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Muscle Loss Ups Mortality And Sepsis Risk In Liver Transplant Candidates

February 14, 2014 7:47 am | Comments

Japanese researchers have determined that sarcopenia—a loss of skeletal muscle mass—increases risk of sepsis and mortality risk in patients undergoing live donor liver transplantation. While sarcopenia, defined as loss of muscle connected to bones, is associated with aging, studies have shown it can occur in patients with chronic diseases such as cancer, liver disease, and malnutrition...

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Assisted Suicide Charge Dropped Against Pennsylvania Nurse

February 14, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | Comments

A Pennsylvania judge threw out an assisted suicide charge Tuesday against a nurse accused of handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of morphine, a decision that brought elation and relief to the defendant and her family one year to the day after his death...

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U.S., 26 Countries Launch Effort To Fight Outbreaks

February 14, 2014 7:25 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe. U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries...

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Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher Still Waking Up From Coma

February 14, 2014 7:07 am | Comments

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still in the process of waking up from an induced coma following a skiing accident more than six weeks ago, his manager said Thursday. The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head injuries Dec. 29 when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock. The German has been treated in the Grenoble University Hospital since then...

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Study: Metal Implants May Cut Chemo Side Effects

February 14, 2014 6:51 am | Comments

Cancer patients could one day experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy following a discovery that opens the door for more targeted treatments. Researchers have identified a possible way of treating tumors that would see doctors place harmless metal implants at the cancer site...

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Surgeon Prints New Pelvis For Victim Of Bone Cancer

February 13, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Farmer and Cherrill Hicks | Comments

A British surgeon has used the latest 3D-printing techniques to create a new pelvis for a man who had lost half his original one to cancer. The patient is now able to walk with the aid of a stick after the transplant of the first pelvis of its kind...

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Most People Have Access To Stroke Care, But Few Get Recommended Treatment

February 13, 2014 10:21 am | Comments

Four out of five people in the United States live within an hour's drive of a hospital equipped to treat acute stroke — yet very few get recommended treatment, according to recent research...              

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FDA Panel Rejects Medicines Co.'s Anti-Clotting Drug Cangrelor

February 13, 2014 9:30 am | Comments

A panel of federal health advisers on Wednesday voted against approval of the Medicines Co.'s anti-clotting drug cangrelor. The Food and Drug Administration's panel of heart experts voted 7-2 against recommending the drug to prevent blood clots in patients who have undergone surgical stenting procedures to open narrowed or blocked coronary arteries...

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Study: Implant Stiffness Is A Major Cause Of Foreign Body Reactions

February 13, 2014 9:13 am | Comments

Surgical implants are widely used in modern medicine but their effectiveness is often compromised by how our bodies react to them. Now, scientists at the University of Cambridge have discovered that implant stiffness is a major cause of this so-called foreign body reaction...

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Research: Sedation Before Nerve Block Increases Risk, Not Pain Relief

February 13, 2014 9:02 am | Comments

New research suggests that sedating patients before a nerve block needed to diagnose or treat chronic pain increases costs, risks and unnecessary surgeries, and sedation does nothing to increase patient satisfaction or long-term pain control...

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Stroke Risk Tied To Cold, Humidity, Weather Swings

February 12, 2014 11:15 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | Comments

Researchers analyzed local climate trends and hospital records on millions of Americans. They found that cold weather, high humidity and big daily temperature swings seem to land more people in the hospital with strokes. As it got warmer, risk fell...

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Double Mastectomy Halves Death Risk For Women With BRCA-Related Breast Cancer

February 12, 2014 10:23 am | Comments

Women with BRCA-related breast cancer who have a double mastectomy are nearly 50 percent less likely to die of breast cancer within 20 years of diagnosis compared to women who have a single mastectomy, according to a new study led by Women's College Hospital's Kelly Metcalfe...

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Study: Obese Children More Likely To Have Complex Elbow Fractures, Further Complications

February 12, 2014 9:57 am | Comments

According to new research, obese children who sustain a supracondylar humeral (above the elbow) fracture can be expected to have more complex fractures and experience more postoperative complications than children of a normal weight...

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NY Scientist Designs New Chemical Agents Meant To Revolutionize Post-Op Patient Care

February 11, 2014 9:51 am | Comments

A University of York scientist's experience in seeing his partner in hospital recovering from a double lung transplant prompted him to design and synthesize new chemical agents that could revolutionize post-operative patient care. Professor Dave Smith, of the University's Department of Chemistry, led an international team which developed the agents that bind and potentially remove the anti-coagulant heparin...

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