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New Approach To Cellulite Reduction

July 25, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

Dr. Christine Petti, a board-certified Los Angeles plastic surgeon , was one of six national authors of an FDA study that was recently presented, Multi-Center Evaluation for the Treatment of Cellulite Using a New Minimally Invasive Laser Approach , at the annual meeting of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) in Vancouver, Canada.

Guilty Plea Finally Entered From Fleeing "Surgeon"

July 25, 2012 7:12 am | Comments

(AP) A former northwestern Indiana nose surgeon who disappeared while vacationing in Greece and was captured five years later on an Italian mountainside has pleaded guilty to 22 counts of healthcare fraud, his second attempt at a plea deal. Mark Weinberger pleaded guilty on Monday before U.


Aspirin Protects Against Barrett's Esophagus

July 24, 2012 7:47 am | Comments

Aspirin use appears to reduce the risk of Barrett's esophagus (BE), the largest known risk factor for esophageal cancer, according to a new study in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology, the official clinical practice journal of the American Gastroenterological Association. "The protective effect of aspirin use appears robust because the analyses suggests a dose-response relationship in which high-dose aspirin was significantly associated with decreased Barrett's esophagus risk," said Chin Hur, MD, MPH, of the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute for Technology Assessment and lead author of this study.


Bloodstream Scavenger Inhibits Clotting, Stops Bleeding

July 24, 2012 7:43 am | Comments

A compound that mops up debris of damaged cells from the bloodstream may be the first in a new class of drugs designed to address one of medicine's most difficult challenges - stopping the formation of blood clots without triggering equally threatening bleeding. In a mouse study published online in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , Duke University Medical Center scientists report that the experimental compound called PAMAM G-3 actually prevents activation of the process that leads to the formation of dangerous blood clots, while avoiding any impact on the factors that are essential to normal blood clot formation.

Increased Heart Attack Risk With Hip, Knee Surgeries

July 24, 2012 7:38 am | Comments

Total hip replacement (THR) and total knee replacement (TKR) surgeries were associated with increased risk of acute myocardial infarction in the first two weeks after the surgical procedures, according to a report published online by Archives of Internal Medicine, a JAMA Network publication.


More Neurosurgeons Could Reduce Vehicle Accident Deaths

July 24, 2012 7:29 am | Comments

Researchers at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire have found an association between increasing the distribution of neurosurgeons throughout the United States and decreasing the risk of death from motor vehicle accidents (MVAs). The findings of their study are described in the article Increased population density of neurosurgeons associated with decreased risk of death from MVAs in the United States by Atman Desai, M.

Researchers Develop Surgical Laser Technology To Fight Cancer

July 23, 2012 7:51 am | Comments

Researchers at the Center for Laser Applications at the University of Tennessee Space Institute in Tullahoma have developed a technology that goes on a "seek and destroy" mission for cancerous tumors. They have harnessed the power of lasers to find, map and non-invasively destruct cancerous tumors.

Managing And Treating Barrett's Dysplasia And Adenocarcinoma

July 23, 2012 7:45 am | Comments

The world's largest review of all the evidence on the best way of managing and treating common pre-cancerous and cancerous conditions of the oesophagus (gullet) has found that good endoscopy equipment, more endoscopic surgery, and more tissue sampling are required to improve care for patients.


Lungs Response To Ventilators Like An Infection

July 23, 2012 7:37 am | Comments

When hospital patients need assistance breathing and are placed on a mechanical ventilator for days at a time, their lungs react to the pressure generated by the ventilator with an out-of-control immune response that can lead to excessive inflammation, new research suggests. While learning that lungs perceive the ventilation as an infection, researchers also discovered potential drug targets that might reduce the resulting inflammation - a tiny piece of RNA and two proteins that have roles in the immune response.

Tech In Hep C Case Worked In Up To Three Different States

July 23, 2012 7:27 am | Comments

Holly Ramer, AP A traveling hospital technician accused of causing a hepatitis C outbreak in New Hampshire previously worked in Maryland and Michigan healthcare facilities, officials said Friday. A spokesman for The Johns Hopkins Hospital said David Kwiatkowski worked in the cardiac catheterization lab at the Baltimore hospital from July 2009 to January 2010.


Why Can’t Medicine Seem To Fix Simple Mistakes?

July 23, 2012 6:58 am | Comments

NYU's Langone Medical Center announced this week that it was adopting new procedures after the death of a 12-year old boy from septic shock. The hospital's emergency room sent Rory Staunton home in March and then failed to notify his doctor or family of lab results showing he was suffering from a raging infection.


Spinal Injuries Respond To Cell Transplantation

July 20, 2012 7:38 am | Comments

A study published in a recent issue of Cell Medicine reports on the therapeutic efficacy of stem cell transplantation for spinal cord injury (SCI). Transplantation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), multi-potent stem cells with the ability to differentiate into a variety of cell types with renewal capacities, has been found to enhance laboratory animal function after induced spinal cord injury.

Newer Hip Reconstruction Technique Provides Good Outcomes For Athletes

July 20, 2012 7:32 am | Comments

A common, painful hip condition in elite athletes may be able to be repaired with an improved surgical technique, according to researchers presenting their work at the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine's Annual Meeting in Baltimore. "In our review of 21 male, elite athletes who had a hip pain and instability issues (hypoplastic or labrum tear), 81 percent returned to play at a similar level as before they were hurt, after receiving an arthroscopic reconstruction technique using an ipsilateral iliotibial band autograft," said research author, Marc J.

Understanding Complications Following Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion

July 20, 2012 7:27 am | Comments

Surgeons from the Instituto de Patologia da Coluna in Sao Paulo, Brazil have found that an innovative minimally invasive surgical procedure performed to achieve two-level axial lumbar interbody fusion produced immediate successful results, but within two years complications set in, making the procedure far less desirable.


Intuitive Surgical Profit Rises As da Vinci Sales Grow

July 20, 2012 7:19 am | Comments

(AP) — Intuitive Surgical Inc.'s net income rose 32 percent in the second quarter as it sold more da Vinci robotic surgical systems for use in gynecology, urology and other procedures. The company said Thursday that it sold 150 da Vinci systems during the quarter, up from 129 last year, and said the devices were used in more surgical procedures compared with a year ago.



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