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Study: Some Pancreatic Cancer Treatments May Be Going After The Wrong Targets

May 23, 2014 9:09 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

New research represents a significant change in the understanding of how pancreatic cancer grows – and how it might be defeated. Unlike other types of cancer, pancreatic cancer produces a lot of scar tissue and inflammation. For years, researchers believed that this scar tissue, called desmoplasia, helped the tumor grow, and they've designed treatments to attack this...

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UCI School Of Medicine First To Integrate Google Glass Into Curriculum

May 22, 2014 10:53 am | by UC Irvine | Comments

As physicians and surgeons explore how to use Google Glass, the UC Irvine School of Medicine is taking steps to become the first in the nation to integrate the wearable computer into its four-year curriculum – from first- and second-year anatomy courses and clinical skills training to third- and fourth-year hospital rotations...

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Seattle Surgeon Accused Of Misconduct Surrenders License

May 22, 2014 10:36 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A Seattle surgeon has surrendered his medical license amid an investigation by the Medical Quality Assurance Commission that alleges he gave questionable testimony regarding proposed legislation. Administrative charges were filed against Dr. David Heimbach, a former chief of Harborview Medical Center’s burn unit, this past March...

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U-M Study: Most Women Who Have Double Mastectomy Don't Need It

May 22, 2014 9:51 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

About 70 percent of women who have both breasts removed following a breast cancer diagnosis do so despite a very low risk of facing cancer in the healthy breast, new research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center finds...  

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Surgical-Site Infections Associated With Excess Costs At Veterans Affairs Hospitals

May 22, 2014 9:39 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Surgical-site infections (SSIs) acquired by patients in Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals are associated with costs nearly twice as high compared to patients who do not have this complication. The greatest SSI-related costs are among patients undergoing neurosurgery...

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Soil Bacteria May Provide Clues To Curbing Antibiotic Resistance

May 22, 2014 9:35 am | by Washington University School of Medicine | Comments

Drug-resistant bacteria annually sicken 2 million Americans and kill at least 23,000. A driving force behind this growing public health threat is the ability of bacteria to share genes that provide antibiotic resistance. Bacteria that naturally live in the soil have a vast collection of genes to fight off antibiotics, but they are much less likely to share these genes, a new study has revealed...

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Non-Invasive Lithotripsy Leads To More Treatment For Kidney Stones

May 21, 2014 10:50 am | by Duke University Medical Center | Comments

When it comes to treating kidney stones, less invasive may not always be better, according to new research from Duke Medicine. In a direct comparison of shock wave lithotripsy vs. ureteroscopy – the two predominant methods of removing kidney stones – researchers found that ureteroscopy resulted in fewer repeat treatments...

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Hospital Employee Who Shot Two Over Workload Gets 20 Years

May 21, 2014 10:44 am | by Dave Collins, Associated Press | Comments

A former maintenance worker at a Connecticut hospital was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday for shooting and permanently wounding two supervisors in 2012 after being disciplined for refusing to accept extra work duties. Victor Valcarcel, 66, agreed to the sentence when he pleaded guilty in February to felony assault in connection with the shootings at the Hospital for Special Care in New Britain...

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Inspector General: VA Investigations Expanded To 26 Facilities

May 21, 2014 7:59 am | by Matthew Daly, Associated Press | Comments

The number of VA facilities under investigation after complaints about falsified records and treatment delays has more than doubled in recent days, the Office of Inspector General at the Veterans Affairs Department said late Tuesday...   

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New LSU Hospital Financing Plan Headed To Feds

May 21, 2014 7:45 am | by Associated Press | Comments

Louisiana's health department is submitting a revised financing plan for Gov. Bobby Jindal's hospital privatization deals to the federal government. The new proposal wouldn't change existing reimbursement rates to the private managers that have taken over the LSU facilities. It would, however, establish that hospitals providing services previously overseen by LSU are a new category with a special reimbursement rate...

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Simulated Learning In Medical Education Improves Patient Care And Outcomes

May 20, 2014 11:16 am | by Loyola University Health System | Comments

The use of simulation techniques in medical education, such as lifelike mannequins and computer systems, results in improved patient care, better outcomes and other benefits, according to a study led by a Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine researcher...

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Surgery Completed To Implant 3D Printed Hip

May 20, 2014 11:01 am | by University of Southampton | Comments

Doctors and scientists in Southampton have completed their first hip surgery with a 3D printed implant and bone stem cell graft. The 3D printed hip, made from titanium, was designed using the patient's CT scan and CAD CAM (computer aided design and computer aided manufacturing) technology, meaning it was designed to the patient's exact specifications and measurements...

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Tiger Woods: Surgery Erased Doubts About Return

May 20, 2014 10:50 am | by Joseph White, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Tiger Woods still doesn't know when he'll return. For a while, he didn't know whether he would return at all. Woods said Monday his back injury became so debilitating this year it caused him to doubt his ability to play golf again. Woods said the doubt was erased after microdiscectomy surgery March 31...

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Stanford Engineer Invents A Way To Beam Power To Medical Chips Inside The Body

May 20, 2014 10:36 am | by Stanford School of Engineering | Comments

A Stanford electrical engineer has invented a way to wirelessly transfer power deep inside the body, and then use this power to run tiny electronic medical devices such as pacemakers, nerve stimulators, or new sensors and gadgets yet to be developed...

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Study Examines Effect Of Increased Blood Flow During, After Major Surgery

May 20, 2014 10:27 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

In a study that included high-risk patients undergoing major gastrointestinal surgery, the use of a cardiac-output guided intervention to improve hemodynamics (blood flow and blood pressure) during and after surgery did not reduce complications and the risk of death after 30 days, compared with usual care...

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