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Llama-Derived Antibodies Open Door To Development Of C. Diff Treatments

January 30, 2014 10:10 am | Comments

Researchers have revealed the first molecular views showing how highly specific antibodies derived from llamas may provide a new method for controlling deadly infections from the opportunistic bacterial pathogen Clostridium difficile (C. difficile)...

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Gastric Banding Patients Should Closely Monitor Nutrition Following Surgery

January 30, 2014 9:58 am | Comments

The study, published in the Journal of Investigative Medicine, tracked a group of gastric banding patients and found that despite nutritional counseling over a three-month period, most still did not meet recommended daily requirements for important nutrients such as protein, vitamin D, and calcium...

Doctors Trying To Bring Former Formula One Champ Michael Schumacher Out Of Coma

January 30, 2014 9:42 am | by Rob Harris, AP Sports Writer | Comments

The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head injuries when he fell and hit the right side of his helmet on a rock in the French resort of Meribel on Dec. 29. The seven-time F1 champion has been in an induced coma in Grenoble University Hospital since then, although his condition stabilized following surgery after initially being described as critical...

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U.S. Facing Disconcerting Shortage Of IV Fluids

January 30, 2014 9:31 am | by Michelle Castillo | Comments

A nationwide shortage of intravenous (IV) solutions is concerning many health professionals. IV solutions, specifically sodium chloride 0.9 percent large volume intravenous solution or saline solution, are used to help rehydrate patients who are sick and help treat other conditions. Millions of bags of solution are used each week...

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The Department of Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital Awards More Than $270K In Grants To Launch New Research Investigations

January 29, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

The Department of Surgery at Texas Children's Hospital is excited to announce the 2014 Surgical Seed Grant Award recipients. These grants, of up to $50,000 per project, will allow surgery researchers to generate the preliminary data necessary for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant applications and other extramural funding...

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Automated System Could Efficiently Identify High-Risk Osteoporosis Patients

January 29, 2014 10:53 am | Comments

An automated system that identifies high-risk osteoporosis patients being treated for fractures and can generate letters encouraging follow-up is an effective way to promote osteoporosis intervention and prevent future fractures, according to Penn State College of Medicine researchers...

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Research: Voice May Change After Rhinoplasty

January 29, 2014 10:41 am | Comments

Patients who have undergone plastic surgery to change the appearance of their nose may also notice changes in the sound of their voice, reports a study. Changes in voice after rhinoplasty are perceptible to patients as well as to experts, but generally don't cause problems with speech function, according to the new research...

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Study: Neuroscientists Use Lightwaves To Improve Brain Tumor Surgery

January 29, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

First-of-its-kind research shows promise for developing a method of clearly identifying cancerous tissue during surgery on one of the most common and deadliest types of brain tumor. When expanded upon by further research, the findings offer the potential of improved outcome for those undergoing surgery to remove glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), a tumor that attacks tissue around nerve cells in the brain...

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Kentucky Hospital To Pay $16.5M For Submitting False, Fraudulent Claims

January 29, 2014 10:29 am | by Brett Barrouquere, Associated Press | Comments

A southern Kentucky hospital will pay $16.5 million to the federal government to settle claims that it submitted false or fraudulent Medicare and Kentucky Medicaid claims for completing surgeries to implant unnecessary coronary stents and pacemakers and perform coronary artery bypass grafting...

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Former Wyoming And Indiana Hospital Chief Gets 10 Years For Defrauding Hospitals

January 28, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Neary, Associated Press | Comments

A former administrator who pleaded guilty to defrauding hospitals in Wyoming and Indiana must serve more than 10 years in prison, a federal judge ordered Monday. U.S. District Judge Nancy Freudenthal sentenced Paul Cardwell to serve 121 months and pay restitution of nearly $1.7 million...

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Good Outcomes With Staged Surgery For Epilepsy In Children

January 28, 2014 10:12 am | Comments

"Staged epilepsy surgery with invasive electrode monitoring is safe in children with poorly localized medically refractory epilepsy," write Drs. Jonathan Roth and Howard Weiner of NYU Langone Medical Center, New York City, New York. Their 13-year review suggests that complication rates decrease further as surgeons gain experience with staged epilepsy surgery...

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Researchers Shed New Light On Double-Lung Transplants

January 28, 2014 10:01 am | Comments

In the largest retrospective study to date using data from the United Network for Organ Sharing database for adult double-lung transplants, Temple University School of Medicine researchers have shown that there is no statistically significant difference between rejection and mortality rates among double-lung transplant recipients when their transplanted organs came from donors whose blood-type was identical or compatible to their own...

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Johns Hopkins Study: Traumatic Spinal Cord Injuries On The Rise In U.S.

January 28, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

The number of serious traumatic spinal cord injuries is on the rise in the United States, and the leading cause no longer appears to be motor vehicle crashes, but falls, new Johns Hopkins research suggests. The same research shows, moreover, that rates of these injuries are rising fastest among older people, suggesting that efforts to prevent falls in the elderly could significantly curb the number of spinal injuries...

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Brain-Dead Texas Woman Taken Off Life Support

January 27, 2014 9:51 am | by Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press | Comments

A public battle over the fate of a brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman and her fetus ended quietly and privately as she was taken off life support and her family began preparing for her burial. John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth complied Sunday with a judge's order to pull any life-sustaining treatment from Marlise Munoz, who was declared brain-dead in November, but kept on machines for the sake of her fetus...

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Temple Surgeon Working To Bring New Stent For Aortic Aneurysms To Patients In The U.S.

January 27, 2014 9:36 am | Comments

Temple University Hospital (TUH) could be among the first U.S.-based hospitals to test a new device known as a multilayer stent in patients suffering from aortic aneurysm, a condition characterized by the formation of a potentially life-threatening bulge in the aorta... 

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