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Non-Cardiac Surgery Found Safe For Patients With Heart Device

April 18, 2011 6:36 am | Comments

Non-cardiac surgery can be performed safely in patients with a heart device typically implanted into patients waiting for a transplant, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Left ventricular assist devices (LVAD) are mechanical pumps implanted in the chest to help a weakened heart pump blood.

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Brain Bypass Surgery Helps Restore Lost Tissue

April 18, 2011 6:27 am | Comments

Neurosurgeons at the Krembil Neuroscience Center, Toronto Western Hospital, have initiated the restoration of lost brain tissue through brain bypass surgery in patients where blood flow to the brain is impaired by cerebrovascular disease. The study, which involved 29 patients, was published online in the journal Stroke .

New Patient Guidelines For Heart Device

April 18, 2011 6:10 am | Comments

A series of new guidelines for cardiac specialists has been developed to determine when heart failure patients should receive a mechanical heart-pumping device. "The new guidelines will likely affect who is referred for a mechanical circulatory support device, and how early in the process a physician would consider implanting a left ventricular assist device," says Jeffrey A.

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Stomach Bug Outbreak Affected 13 NBA Teams

April 18, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP U.S. health officials say last fall's outbreak of a stomach virus that swept through pro basketball teams sickened 21 players on 13 teams. They were infected with the norovirus, highly contagious and known for spreading on cruise ships. The federal researchers didn't name the teams, but media reports have said players with a stomach bug at the time included four on the Orlando Magic, including star center Dwight Howard.

Safety Of Stored Blood A Chief Concern For Transfusions

April 15, 2011 6:31 am | Comments

In light of recent studies that suggest the use of stored blood during transfusions may cause adverse effects in patients, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) funded a number of research projects to examine the safety of transfusing older red cells and the impact of stored blood on respiratory gases.

Study: Wound Dressing With Silver Kills MRSA, Other ‘Superbugs’

April 15, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

Silver-containing sodium carboxymethyl cellulose wound dressing killed range of bacteria in vitro that represent significant risks for patients in hospitals and other health facilities April 15, 2011 ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, today announced new in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of highly-resistant bacteria, commonly referred to as ‘superbugs.

How Can Metabolic Surgery Cure Diabetes So Fast?

April 15, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

No one can explain this strange phenomenon. The majority of type 2 diabetics who undergo metabolic surgery recover from diabetes only a few days after the procedure, long before any weight loss has occurred. Now researchers at Lund University Diabetes Center plan to find out what is happening by studying both patients and pigs before and after metabolic surgery.

Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery Effective In Children

April 15, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

  Surgical approaches that reduce incision size and recovery time from thyroid surgery work well in children, physician-scientists report. "It brings parents comfort to know it's going to be a small incision, an outpatient surgery with no drains or staples on the skin. We just use some glue for the skin and the recovery is very rapid," said Dr.

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Jamaica First Stop On U.S. Hospital Ship's Tour

April 15, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

David McFadden, Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — An enormous U.S. Navy hospital ship brought state-of-the-art medical care to Jamaica on Thursday, the first stop of a five-month goodwill mission to nine countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. The 894-foot (272-meter) white ship emblazoned with bright red crosses carries more than 600 personnel who will provide free surgical procedures, pediatric and dental care, and eye treatment to roughly 100,000 patients in nine countries, said U.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Experts Advise Storage Of Blood Cells From Japan Nuke Workers

April 15, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer In this March 23, 2011 file photo released by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Intraoperative Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

April 13, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Northwestern Medicine physicians are currently utilizing a new treatment option for breast cancer that allows women to receive a full dose of radiation therapy during breast conserving surgery. Traditionally, women who opt to have a lumpectomy must first have surgery then undergo approximately six weeks of radiation.

ACS Launches Online Community To Connect Rural Surgeons

April 13, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

The community will offer a range of collaborative tools to connect the surgeons and facilitate the sharing of advice, research, and other resources. Since many rural surgeons work alone, without access to leading experts at large medical institutions, this private online site will transform how they communicate with each other, regardless of geographic distances.

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No Risk In Delaying Surgery For Low-Grade Prostate Cancer

April 13, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

A Johns Hopkins study of 769 men from across the United States recently diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer shows that forgoing immediate surgery to remove the tumor or radiation poses no added risk of death. Delaying treatment is fine, the results show, so long as the cancer's progression and tumor growth are closely monitored through "active surveillance" and there is no dramatic worsening of the disease over time.

Government Begins New Push To Improve Hospital Safety

April 13, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are beginning a new push to improve hospital safety — aiming to save 60,000 lives over the next three years and save money at the same time. Hospitals are dangerous places, rife with infections and opportunities for medical mistakes. Yet some hospitals have dramatically reduced those harms, and lowered their bills as patients go home faster.

Anatomic Differences Found After Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy

April 12, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have concluded that the anatomy of the pelvis following robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) is considerably different when compared to the anatomy of the pelvis following an open prostatectomy (OP). These findings, which are the first to ever compare pelvic anatomy following RARP and OP surgery, may have implications for patients requiring post-operative radiation.

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