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CT Helps With Bullet Trajectories/Surgical Approaches

January 12, 2011 5:12 am | Comments

Multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) provides an efficient, effective way to analyze wounds from bullets and explosive devices, according to a study published online and in the March issue of Radiology . "The information provided by MDCT has the potential to improve patient care and aid in both military and civilian forensic investigations," said the study's lead author, Les R.

Acne Bug Could Be The Source Of Other Infections

January 12, 2011 4:58 am | Comments

Previously, researchers thought the detection of P. acnes at the site of infections was due to contamination from the skin. For example, an infection at a site within the body after surgery, could have been caused by bacteria transferred to an open wound from the skin during an operation. However, recent research has contradicted this, suggesting P.

U.S.'s First Accredited Robotic Surgery Training Institute

January 12, 2011 4:50 am | Comments

Roswell Park Cancer Institute near Buffalo, NY has received the first accreditation in this country as a training institute in robot-assisted surgery.The accreditation from the Societe Internationale d’Urologie (SIU) allows the hospital to participate in a scholarship program for young urologists, providing for three-month mini fellowships.


One Year After Haiti Devastation, Doctors To Perform Life-Saving Surgery

January 11, 2011 5:52 am | Comments

The devastating earthquakes that struck Haiti last January saved at least one life – that of Lovely Ajuste, a Port-au-Prince teen.  Ms. Ajuste sought treatment for a severe cough and shortness of breath in the days following the disaster that has left her homeless. Mahalia Desruisseaux, M.

5-Year Outcomes On Radiosurgery Favorable For Prostate Cancer

January 11, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

Accuray Incorporated (Nasdaq: ARAY), in the field of radiosurgery, announces the first published five-year outcomes on low risk prostate cancer patients treated with the CyberKnife@ Robotic Radiosurgery System. The multi-center study, published in the January 10, 2011 issue of Radiation Oncology, found that 93 percent of patients had no recurrence of their cancer at a median follow-up of five years, a rate that compares favorably to results obtained with other treatment modalities, including surgery and conventional radiation therapy.

AHA: Require Students To Get CPR Training

January 11, 2011 5:51 am | Comments

Jamie Stengle, Associated Press DALLAS (AP) — Learning CPR at school has given 14-year-old Olivia Frierson more confidence when she babysits or helps out at a church nursery. "I'm not as worried if something would happen," said Olivia, a ninth-grader at Shaker Heights High School in suburban Cleveland.

Congresswoman Raises 2 Fingers, Gives Thumbs-up

January 11, 2011 5:50 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP Science Writer TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Doctors treating U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said Monday the congresswoman was responding to verbal commands by raising two fingers of her left hand and even managed to give a thumbs-up. Giffords, 40, is in critical condition in the intensive care unit of Tucson's University Medical Center after she was shot through the head Saturday during a meet-and-greet with voters outside a supermarket.

New Rules May Help Increase Home Dialysis

January 10, 2011 6:53 am | Comments

Alicia Chang, AP Rodney Sokoloski used to get up before dawn three times a week and drive two hours from his high desert home to the Los Angeles suburb of Torrance to get hooked up to a dialysis machine. The blood-cleansing treatment was time-consuming and often left him feeling drained even before his workday began.


Doctor's Ordeal: A Different View Of Somalia

January 10, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

Farah Abdi Warsame & Katharine Houreld, AP Dr. Hawa Abdi has treated sick and wounded Somalis since 1983, through famine and civil war. But it only took one day for Islamist rebels to wreck her life's work. And only a week for her to rediscover an older, more civil Somali society that has survived despite the horrors that have beset her east African homeland.

Optimistic Outlook, Long Recovery For Arizona Rep.

January 10, 2011 6:25 am | Comments

Amanda Lee Myers & Lauran Neergaard, AP Recovering from a gunshot wound to the head depends on the bullet's path, and while doctors are optimistic about Rep. Gabrielle Giffords' odds, it can take months to tell the damage. Doctors say the bullet traveled the length of the left side of the Arizona congresswoman's brain, entering the back of the skull and exiting the front.

Web-Based Curriculum Improves Resident's Healthcare IQ

January 10, 2011 6:13 am | Comments

According to a report published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons , surgery residents improved their knowledge of health care business concepts and principles with the use of a web-based curriculum. The expectation is for residents to “demonstrate an awareness of and responsiveness to the larger context and system of health care, as well as the ability to call effectively on other resources in the system to provide optimal health care.

Radiosurgery Can Help With OCD

January 10, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

According to a study in the January issue of Neurosurgery, patients with extremely severe obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) may find relief with radiosurgery procedures. Dr. Douglas Kondziolka and colleagues at the University of Pittsburgh report promising results in three patients with very severe, "medically refractory" OCD.


Sisters Who Will Share Kidney Released From Prison

January 7, 2011 7:26 am | Comments

Holbrook Mohr, Associated Press Jamie, foreground, Gladys Scott wave from a vehicle as they leave the Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Pearl, Miss., Friday, Jan. 7, 2011. Two sisters whose life sentences were suspended on the condition that one donate a kidney to the other were released from a Mississippi prison on Friday after serving 16 years for an armed robbery.

Will Autism Fraud Report Be A Vaccine Booster?

January 7, 2011 5:50 am | by Mike Stobbe, AP Medical Writer | Comments

ATLANTA (AP) — This week more shame was heaped upon the discredited British researcher whose work gave rise to the childhood-vaccines-cause-autism movement, as a prominent medical journal published a report that the man had faked his data. But will it make a difference? Some believe the latest news will finally destroy the reputation of researcher Andrew Wakefield and put an end to the claim of scientific underpinnings for the anti-vaccine movement.

Students Who Posted Placenta Photo Reinstated

January 7, 2011 5:04 am | Comments

Heather Hollingsworth, Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City college said Thursday that it would allow four nursing students booted out for posting photos of themselves with a human placenta on Facebook to return to school following a federal judge's ruling reinstating one of the students.


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