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Non-Surgical Treatment Can Improve Quality Of Life

June 30, 2010 9:09 am | Comments

A new, effective, non-surgical treatment for uterine fibroids can help women with this condition maintain their fertility, an American scientist told the 26th annual meeting of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology in Rome. Dr. Alicia Armstrong, Chief, Gynecologic Services, National Institutes of Health (NIH) said that the outcome of two Phase II clinical trials of ulipristal acetate (UPA) had significant implications for both infertility and general gynecology patients.

Better Bionic Eyes and Ears

June 30, 2010 8:58 am | by by Fresh Science, with reporting by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, Product Design & Development | Comments

A researcher from the University of New South Wales (UNSW) has created conductive bioplastics which will transform the performance of bionic devices like the cochlear ear and the proposed bionic eye. “Our plastics will lead to smaller devices that use safer smaller currents and that encourage nerve interaction,” says biomedical engineer Rylie Green.

Initiative Aims At Understanding Physiological Changes Of Bariatric Surgery

June 30, 2010 8:36 am | Comments

Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc. (EES) recently announced it has renewed its research collaboration agreement with the University of Cincinnati (UC) and its Metabolic Diseases Institute (MDI). The three-year, $13.5M grant extension, is part of the EES Metabolic Applied Research Strategy (MARS), which also includes research from GI Metabolism Laboratory and Weight Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).

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Lower Back Pain And Surgery

June 29, 2010 6:18 am | Comments

A literature review, led by Dr. Joseph Lee, published in the June 2010 issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS) suggests that a herniated disk is one of the most frequent causes of low back and leg pain in adults, but surgery is not for everyone. Between 60 and 80 percent of people will experience low back pain at some point in their lives.

New Strategy To Reduce Bleeding Complications In Sight

June 29, 2010 6:12 am | Comments

In a pilot study, researchers find a fibrinogen concentrate may be effective in reducing the risk of haemorrhage during and after surgery. June 29, 2010 A joint clinical trial conducted by the University Hospital and the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, found that an element in human blood, fibrinogen, is likely more vital to the blood’s clotting ability in connection with heart surgery than previously considered.

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Less Invasive, Imaging-Guided Biopsies On The Rise

June 29, 2010 6:09 am | Comments

Advanced imaging technologies have helped shift biopsy techniques away from more invasive approaches toward imaging-guided percutaneous—or through the skin—techniques, according to a new study appearing online and in the September print edition of the journal Radiology . The first percutaneous needle biopsy of the liver was reported in 1923, and the technique developed into an invaluable diagnostic tool in many organ systems.

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Australia Convicts U.S. Doctor For 3 Surgery Deaths

June 29, 2010 5:58 am | Comments

Rohan Sullivan, AP An American doctor accused of botching a string of operations while he was the chief surgeon at an Australian hospital has been found guilty of killing three of his patients and grievously harming another. Jayant Patel, 60, was ordered into police custody until sentencing after a jury returned guilty verdicts on all charges against him.

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Surgically Repaired Knees Do Not Decrease Risk Of Osteoarthritis

June 29, 2010 5:41 am | Comments

Arthroscopic surgical repair of torn anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) or meniscal cartilage injuries in the knee does not decrease the chances of developing osteoarthritis, according to a new study published online and in the August print issue of the journal Radiology . A decade after the initial injuries were diagnosed using MRI, localized knee osteoarthritis was evident in patients, regardless of whether or not the injuries had been surgically repaired.

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An Inside Look At Marilyn Monroe

June 28, 2010 6:28 am | Comments

(AP)  The apparently endless market for images of Marilyn Monroe now extends to inside the bombshell's body. A set of three Monroe chest X-rays from a 1954 hospital visit sold for $45,000 at the Hollywood Legends auction at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. Julien's Auctions, which sold the X-rays, estimated that they would only fetch a total of about $3,000.

Hospitals Fail To Report Over 900 "Sentinel Events"

June 28, 2010 6:23 am | Comments

A newspaper's investigation into two years of data from Las Vegas-area hospitals shows patients suffered more preventable injuries, life-threatening infections or other harm more frequently than was initially reported. The data published in a copyrighted story by the Las Vegas Sun was drawn from records of 425,0000 inpatient visits in a state database.

Bill Spares Doctors From Medicare Cuts

June 28, 2010 6:10 am | Comments

On Friday President Barack Obama signed a bill that temporarily spares doctors from a 21 percent reduction in Medicare payments. The measure delays cuts through the end of November while lawmakers work on a more permanent solution. There was some urgency to approve the $6.5 billion bill, as Medicare officials announced last week that the program would begin processing claims it had already received for June at the lower rate.

Americans - A Salty Lot

June 28, 2010 5:39 am | Comments

Mike Stobbe, AP Most U.S. adults should eat less than a teaspoon of salt each day, but a new government report says just 1 in 18 meet that goal. Health officials go on to advise that 70 percent of adults – including people with high blood pressure, all African-Americans and everyone over 40 – should actually limit their salt intake to a more restrictive two-thirds of a teaspoon.

Statins Aid Lower Post-Surgical Cancer Recurrence

June 28, 2010 5:32 am | Comments

Men who use statins to lower their cholesterol are 30 percent less likely to see their prostate cancer come back after surgery compared to men who do not use the drugs, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center. They also found that higher doses of the drugs were associated with a lower risk of recurrence.

Tummy Tuck Top Surgical Procedure

June 25, 2010 6:08 am | Comments

Tummy Tuck procedures have been on the rise over the last 10 years, amounting to an 84 percent increase since 2000, and has been in the top five plastic surgeries since 2005, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Hugh McLean says the trend holds true for Toronto and his clinic in Mississauga, where the procedure has seen an even sharper rise in popularity.

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Jackson's Former Doc Can Continue Practicing, For Now

June 25, 2010 5:54 am | Comments

Ken Ritter, AP The Nevada medical license of Michael Jackson's former physician is safe under an agreement struck with prosecutors on a back child support case. Dr. Conrad Murray, 57, had faced the loss of his license to practice medicine in Nevada under a state law that provides for suspension of professional licenses for non-payment of child support.

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