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Experts Discuss Potential For Radiosurgical Technique To Treat Cancer

April 28, 2010 7:55 am | Comments

Radiosurgical approaches to cancer treatment are showing promise in the treatment of lung, liver, and spinal tumors, according to four leading clinical experts who presented at a symposium in New York earlier this month. New approaches to image-guidance and motion management are making it possible to successfully target tumors that are typically hard to reach with a radiosurgical technique doctors call stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT).

Suspended Brain Surgeons Supported By Expert

April 28, 2010 6:43 am | Comments

Frank Eltman, AP An expert on a rare form of brain surgery is backing a Long Island hospital under scrutiny after two of its top physicians were suspended for leaving a patient on the operating table. In a review commissioned by North Shore/Long Island Jewish Health Systems, UCLA neurosurgeon James Ausman called the Long Island hospital's Chiari Institute “the finest center of its kind in the world.

Mr. Baseball To Undergo Heart Surgery

April 28, 2010 6:26 am | Comments

Chris Jenkins, AP Bob Uecker has made a 40-year career out of delighting baseball fans with his self-deprecating sense of humor. Even facing heart surgery at the end of the week, that didn't change. Addressing reporters, the Milwaukee Brewers radio announcer opened up by joking that he called a press conference to announce that he was joining the Brewers' active roster.

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5-Minute Test Could Save Thousands

April 28, 2010 6:14 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP A five-minute colon cancer test could reduce the number of deaths from the disease by about 40 percent, a new study says. British researchers followed more than 170,000 people for about 11 years. Of those, more than 40,000 had a flexi-scope test, an exam that removes polyps that could become cancerous.

Infection Control Better Investment Than Nuclear Weapons

April 28, 2010 6:02 am | Comments

For a fraction of the cost of maintaining a nuclear arsenal, the 11 nuclear power states (United States, Russia, United Kingdom, France, China, India, Pakistan, North Korea, Israel, Iran, and possibly Syria) could eliminate neglected infections within their borders—which account for up to 50 precent of the global disease burden, says an editorial published in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases .

Imaging Costs Rising Faster Than Cancer Care

April 28, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

The cost of imaging studies in cancer patients covered by Medicare is growing at twice the rate of the overall costs of cancer care in that group, according to scientists in the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI). A dramatic increase in PET scans is leading the way. Imaging is the fastest growing expense for Medicare, but until now, it has not been analyzed as a specific component of care within the cancer population.

Survivor Of 43-Hour Tumor Removal Surgery Passes

April 27, 2010 7:36 am | Comments

Robert Collison, 59, died on Friday at a hospital in Milwaukee four months after undergoing 43 hours of surgery in New York to remove a huge cancerous tumor. The operation, described in an article from Science Times , was performed by Dr. Tomoaki Kato, an expert in ex-vivo resection. He had to remove Collison’s liver, then re-implant it.

Transplants Could Benefit Kids With Cerebral Palsy

April 27, 2010 7:14 am | Comments

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).

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Avoiding Artificial Joints

April 27, 2010 7:03 am | Comments

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.

MIT Students Develop Negative Pressure Wound Treatment

April 27, 2010 6:48 am | Comments

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.

Organ Donation Assistance

April 27, 2010 6:28 am | Comments

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.

Senator Pushes CDC To Disclose Experts' Conflicts

April 26, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

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.

Tracheostomy Tubes Recalled After 3 Die

April 26, 2010 6:03 am | Comments

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.

Stem Cell Surgery Leftovers Could Repair Heart Muscle

April 26, 2010 5:49 am | Comments

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.

Siemens & Skytron Form Hybrid OR Partnership

April 26, 2010 5:41 am | Comments

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.

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