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Stents Can Double Risk In Stroke Patients

September 10, 2010 6:22 am | Comments

Maria Cheng, AP Stroke patients over 70 who get stents to keep their arteries open may be doubling their risk of having another stroke or dying compared to patients who get surgery instead, a new study says. European researchers examined past studies from more than 3,400 stroke patients, including 1,725 who got stents and 1,708 who had surgery, and found that a patient's age makes a big difference in how effective stents are.

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Bariatric Procedures Can Prevent Diabetes, C-Section

September 10, 2010 6:14 am | Comments

Obese women who have bariatric surgical procedures before pregnancy were three times less likely to develop gestational diabetes (GDM) than women who have bariatric operations after delivery, according to new research findings published in the August issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons .

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New AAOS Guidelines For Hip And Knee Joint Infections

September 10, 2010 6:06 am | Comments

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) recently approved and released an evidence-based clinical practice guideline on the diagnosis of periprosthetic joint infections of the hip and knee. A periprosthetic joint infection occurs when bacteria or other foreign organisms enter the wound during or at any point following joint replacement surgery, sometimes even years after surgery.

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Weight Loss Can Trigger Toxins

September 10, 2010 5:48 am | Comments

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. Even more unique is that one report stemming from the survey and reported on in the International Journal of Obesity , indicates that the environmental pollutants trapped in fat cells could be released back into circulation when people shed a lot of weight.

Weight Loss Can Trigger Toxin Release

September 10, 2010 5:44 am | Comments

The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) is a program of studies designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States. The survey is unique in that it combines interviews and physical examinations. Even more unique is that one report stemming from the survey and reported on in the International Journal of Obesity , indicates that the environmental pollutants trapped in fat cells could be released back into circulation when people shed a lot of weight.

Exceeding Suction Performance

September 9, 2010 5:51 am | Comments

  The Patented Via-Guard® Suction System works to exceed standard performance wherever reliable suction is needed. The Atraumatic Tip enhances suction and range of use. The Via-Guard® adds the convenience of instant conversion to poole suction.

Pot Goes Public

September 9, 2010 5:47 am | Comments

  A television station in California airs the first ad promoting medical marijuana.

Brain Surgery Boot Camp

September 9, 2010 5:43 am | Comments

  Brain surgery boot camp is a new way of teaching neurosurgery residents how to operate before seeing the real thing in an OR.

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Preventing Blood Clots During Brain Surgery

September 8, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

One of the most severe complications of brain surgery is a life-threatening blood clot in the lungs, or a pulmonary embolism. A Loyola University Health System study published in the Journal of Neurosurgery suggests that screening methods typically used to access the risk of pulmonary embolisms may fall short.

Robotic Head And Neck Surgery Preserves Speech, Prevents Scarring

September 8, 2010 5:46 am | Comments

An incisionless robotic surgical procedure is offering patients a new option to remove certain head and neck cancer tumors without visible scarring, while preserving speech and the ability to eat. Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit is among the first in the country to perform TransOral Robotic Surgery (TORS) using the da Vinci® Surgical System.

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Laparoscopic Surgery Gaining Support During Pregnancy

September 8, 2010 5:38 am | Comments

Even pregnant women get appendicitis, but worries about the fetus sometimes give patients and surgeons pause about whether to operate using popular, minimally invasive techniques. A new study by San Antonio surgeons looked at the results of both laparoscopic and open surgery on pregnant women over several years and found them equally safe and effective for removing both gallbladders and appendixes.

Infant Makes History With Heart Surgery

September 8, 2010 5:28 am | Comments

Approximately two weeks after his birth, Zavin’s parents noticed something was not quite right. An examination found that his heart had a defect that was preventing proper circulation. He was flown by helicopter to the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, where physicians discovered his heart's major arteries were reversed, so red blood wasn't reaching much of his body.

Acid Burn Victim Recovers After Surgery

September 8, 2010 5:03 am | Comments

(AP)  A 28-year-old Vancouver, Washington woman who had acid thrown in her face has undergone surgery at a Portland hospital. Legacy Emanuel Medical Center spokeswoman Amber Shoebridge said that Bethany Storro's surgery went well and she was resting. Dr. Nick Eshraghi says he tested the substance and determined it was an extremely strong acid.

Infrared Light Opens New Approach To Fighting Cancer

September 8, 2010 4:26 am | Comments

A technique using near infrared light enables scientists to look deeper into the inner workings of cells, potentially opening up a new frontier in the fight against cancer and many other diseases, offers a study from University of Central Florida chemists, led by Professor Kevin Belfield. The technique uses near infrared light and fluorescent dye to take pictures of cells and tumors deep within tissue.

Double Transplant Patient Shows Off New Hand

September 7, 2010 5:13 am | Comments

Dylan Lovan, AP The recipient of a rare double hand transplant says he feels fantastic and can wiggle fingers on both his new hands. Richard Edwards made his first appearance on Thursday, about a week after he underwent a nearly 18-hour transplant procedure at a hospital in Louisville. The 55-year-old chiropractor from Edmond, Oklahoma had his hands severely burned in a fire in 2006.

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