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Anti-Clot Compound Again Shows Bleeding Risk

February 7, 2012 5:26 am | Comments

WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J. (AP) — An experimental anti-clotting drug that Merck & Co. is developing increased risk of bleeding internally in a study, the second time it's shown that dangerous side effect. Merck says the top-line results from a study called TRA-2P show vorapaxar, when added to standard anticlotting therapy, reduces risk of heart attack, stroke, death from heart disease or emergency heart surgery.

InspireMD Announces Positive Clinical Data From Trial of MGuardT

February 6, 2012 8:18 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- InspireMD, Inc., a medical device company focusing on the development and commercialization of its proprietary stent platform technology for use in patients with Acute Myocardial Infarctions, announced positive clinical results from an investigator-sponsored controlled randomized trial conducted in Chile.

Diagnostics Technology In Brain Cancer Advanced Through Collaboration

February 6, 2012 8:12 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (ABC2) and Exosome Diagnostics are collaborating with leading academic medical centers to accelerate clinical validation of Exosome's blood and cerebrospinal fluid-based molecular diagnostics technology in brain cancer. The collaboration will explore the capabilities of Exosome RNA biofluid-based diagnostic technology for early identification, progression monitoring and disease risk stratification in glioma, the most common form of brain cancer.

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New Minimally Invasive Hip Retractor Revolutionizes Anterior Hip Replacement Procedures

February 6, 2012 8:04 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- TeDan Surgical Innovations, industry leader in surgical access instrumentation, announces the launch of the Phantom Series MIS Anterior Hip Retractor System. TeDan Surgical's revolutionary hip retractor utilizes a system of adjustable surgical arms with attachable retractors, enabling surgeons to perform the entire procedure without a fracture table or a surgical assistant.

Evergreen Neurologist Co-Authors New Study Linking Coffee, Genetics and Parkinson's Disease Prevention

February 6, 2012 7:59 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- A recent study co-authored byEvergreen Healthcare neurologist Dr. Pinky Agarwal finds good news for coffee drinkers: consuming caffeinated coffee may significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease in some men and women depending on their genetics, according to research recently published by the Public Library of Science.

Dr. Oz Cites The Benefits Of Gastric Bypass, Even For Non-Obese

February 3, 2012 7:03 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Dr.Mehmet Oz recently dedicated an entire episode of his TV show to the benefits of gastric bypass surgery. As Dr. Oz pointed out, only about one percent of people who qualify for gastric bypass surgery opt for the procedure - a small percentage given the strides made in improving the safety of this surgery.

"They Use You Up", States Hall Of Famer Tony Dorset

February 3, 2012 6:51 am | Comments

Howard Fendrich, Martha Irvine & Nancy Armour, AP The helmet-to-helmet shot knocked Tony Dorsett out cold in the second quarter of a 1984 Cowboys-Eagles game, the hardest hit he ever took during his Hall of Fame NFL career. "It was like a freight train hitting a Volkswagen," Dorsett says now.

Wrong Number Helps Stroke Victim

February 3, 2012 6:23 am | Comments

(AP) — An Ohio woman called the wrong number when she was experiencing a medical attack but still found help a couple of time zones away. Seventy-year-old Loretta Smith felt her right side go numb and fell to the floor at her home in Cuyahoga Falls last weekend. She says she was able to grab the phone with her left hand and thought she was calling her son.

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Nine-Year-Old Bouncing Back After Six Organ Transplants

February 3, 2012 6:17 am | Comments

Clarke Canfield, AP A nine-year-old Maine girl is home from a Boston hospital healthy, active and with high hopes, along with a new stomach, liver, spleen, small intestine, pancreas, and part of an esophagus to replace the ones that were being choked by a huge tumor. It's believed to be the first-ever transplant of an esophagus and the largest number of organs transplanted at one time in New England.

Hospital Bloodstream Infection Data Made Public

February 1, 2012 5:43 am | Comments

(PRNewswire-USNewswire) The Department of Health & Human Services is now disclosing, for the first time, how hospitals across the country compare when it comes to central line associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) in intensive care units. CLABSI information for each hospital is posted on the federal Hospital Compare website and will be updated quarterly.

Rate of Follow-up Surgeries After Partial Mastectomy Varies Greatly

February 1, 2012 5:36 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) A new study reveals substantial differences - by both surgeon and institution - in the rates of follow-up surgeries for women who underwent a partial mastectomy for treatment of breast cancer. Those differences, which cannot be explained by a patient's medical or treatment history, could affect both cancer recurrence and overall survival rates, according to the study led by Laurence McCahill, M.

Study Questions Proton Therapy For Prostate Cancer

February 1, 2012 5:29 am | Comments

Marilynn Marchione, AP Research suggests proton therapy might have more side effects than traditional radiation. A study of Medicare records found that men treated with proton beams later had one-third more bowel problems, such as bleeding and blockages, than similar men given conventional radiation.

Stents And Surgery Show Low Re-Blockage Rate

February 1, 2012 5:19 am | Comments

(GLOBE NEWSWIRE) Opening blocked neck arteries with a metal stent or surgery were equally durable, states research presented at the American Stroke Association's International Stroke Conference 2012. Two years after the procedures, less than seven percent of patients had developed repeat blockages (restenosis), researchers said.

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Teenage Bariatric Surgery Helping Prevent Obesity-Related Disease

January 31, 2012 6:22 am | Comments

Today, about one in five children in the United States are obese, meaning that in just one generation alone that number has quadrupled in the U.S. Doctors at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, who perform weight loss surgery on adolescents, took a look at their patient population in a retrospective study published in the January 2012 print edition of Pediatric Blood & Cancer .

Fat Grafting And Implants Show Promise In Initial Breast Cancer Study

January 31, 2012 6:10 am | Comments

For breast cancer patients who have undergone radiation therapy, a new technique consisting of fat injection followed by implant placement may provide a much-needed alternative for breast reconstruction, reports a study in the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery , the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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