A unique cell type that supports and surrounds (ensheathes) neurons within the nose (olfactory system) known as olfactory ensheathing cells (OECs), possess the ability to regenerate, are relatively easy to obtain, and have become prime candidates for transplantation to repair a number of lesions in the central nervous system (CNS).
Although the human body has an amazing capacity to repair itself, our joints are surprisingly fragile. The cost for a new hip or knee, the joints most commonly replaced, is $30,000 to $40,000, with out-of-pocket costs being $3,000 to $4,000. The population is getting older, more people are overweight, and an increasing number of children and young adults are playing serious sports and getting seriously injured — all factors that contribute to osteoarthritis.
Doctors have known for a while that suction, or negative pressure, is an effective treatment for open wounds. In addition to quicker healing, there is also the benefit of less frequent bandage changing. But in the developing world, there are problems with the expense of these systems and the availability of reliable electrical systems.
A new tool may help neurologists predict which coma patients could be candidates for organ donation, according to a study published in Neurology ®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. Coma patients and others with irreversible brain injuries are often potential organ donors because their other organs are usually healthy.
Matthew Perrone, AP A top congressional watchdog is pushing the Centers for Disease Control to do more to catch financial conflicts that could sway the opinions of scientists who make public health recommendations. Republican Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to the agency last week asking what CDC is doing to better monitor and disclose financial ties of experts who serve on its 17 medical advisory committees.
Christine Simmons, AP A Massachusetts company is recalling tracheostomy tubes used to help patients on ventilators breathe after receiving reports that three people died while using them. The company told the Food and Drug Administration that there were also about 1,200 complaints of leaks involving the recalled devices, said FDA spokesman Tom Gasparoli, adding the agency is investigating the deaths and complaints.
Scientists have succeeded in extracting vital stem cells from sections of vein removed for heart bypass surgery. Researchers funded by the British Heart Foundation (BHF) found that these stem cells can stimulate new blood vessels to grow, which could potentially help repair damaged heart muscle after a heart attack.
Skytron has announced a collaborative agreement with Siemens to deliver hybrid operating rooms for minimally invasive surgical procedures, targeting the specific areas of vascular and cardiovascular surgeries. The hybrid room solutions combine imaging systems from the Siemens Artis zee® family, including the robotic-assisted Artis zeego®, with Skytron’s surgery room equipment and fiber optic, digital OR integration system.
Daniel Woolls, Associated Press Writer MADRID (AP) — A hospital in Spain said it has carried out the world's first full-face transplant, giving a young man who lost his in an accident a new nose, skin, jaws, cheekbones, teeth and other features. The operation was carried out by a 30-member medical team in late March and took 24 hours to perform, according to Vall d'Hebron Hospital in Barcelona.
The standard practice of cooling and then re-warming a patient to prevent organ damage during cardiac bypass surgery may impair the body's mechanism that controls blood flow to the brain, potentially increasing the patient's risk of stroke, new research from Johns Hopkins suggests. “For reasons we don't yet understand, it appears that during re-warming, an auto-regulation mechanism that protects the brain from fluctuations in the body's blood pressure can malfunction,” says Brijen Joshi, M.
On March 31, French authorities banned the manufacture, use and export of PIP breast implants after complaints of high rupture rates. Now, plastic surgeons worldwide have been advised to prepare all women implanted with silicone breast implants made by Poly Implant Prothse (PIP) on the need to remove them.
Steris has just announced the availability of additional information to aid customers in their transition to the new sterilization equipment and process. This includes: A new website with a number of downloadable tools, including the Certificate of Medical Necessity (or CN) that customers must submit to continue receiving sterilant, accessories and parts throughout the 18-month transition period.
Stephanie Reitz, AP Politicians long ago discovered the uses of Facebook. East Haven, CT Mayor April Capone Almon found something else there – a constituent who needed her kidney. Capone Almon, 35, had more than 1,600 friends on Facebook last year when she saw one of them, Carlos Sanchez, post a status update saying his friends and relatives had all been tested and couldn't donate a kidney.
Three is a very important number to Dr. David Samadi, Chief of Robotics and Minimally Invasive Surgery at The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Considered a mystical number, Samadi has incorporated this number in his robotic prostatectomy practice . Having performed 3,000 successful prostate cancer treatments in his work, Samadi's experience is unparalleled.
Beth Rucker, Associated Press Writer KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Almost a year before he was accused in a deadly shooting outside a hospital, Abdo Ibssa violently attacked a stranger he suspected was saying something bad about him in a store, according to a lawyer who filed a lawsuit in the case.