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Radical MS Theory Stirs Interest

November 30, 2009 6:28 am | by by Michael Smith, North American Correspondent, MedPage Today | Comments

Can multiple sclerosis be treated with a simple surgical procedure? That question - raised by the research of an Italian physician - is causing a stir among those who study the condition, which has long been regarded as an autoimmune disease. Instead, according to Paolo Zamboni, MD, of the University of Ferrara, in Ferrara, Italy, MS may result from poor vascular circulation in the brain.

The Greatest Gift

November 30, 2009 6:14 am | Comments

Lauran Neergaard, AP Color-coded denim cloths cover the row upon row of black body bags atop cold metal tables. Blue means a body that eventually will go into a common grave. Tan, the family wants those remains back for burial, eventually. These are bodies donated to science, awaiting one of the most sensitive rites in becoming a doctor.

Patients Not Up For Risky Business

November 30, 2009 5:51 am | Comments

A study that will appear in the December issue of Arthritis Care & Research suggests that increasing patient responsibility for making medical decisions may decrease their willingness to accept risky treatment options. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 1.


Surgeon Pioneers 'Scarless' Thyroid Surgery

November 30, 2009 5:28 am | Comments

Tulane University surgeon performs a new form of endoscopic surgery to remove all or a portion of the thyroid or parathyroid glands without leaving a scar on the neck November 30, 2009 Tulane University School of Medicine surgeon Dr. Emad Kandil is one of the first in the country to perform a new form of endoscopic surgery that uses a small incision under the arm to remove all or a portion of the thyroid or parathyroid glands without leaving a scar on the neck, a release from the university reports.

Country Folk Replacing More Joints Than City Slickers

November 30, 2009 4:29 am | Comments

Southern Illinois researchers have determined that Medicare beneficiaries living in rural areas are 27 percent more likely than urban dwellers to have total knee or hip replacement surgeries. Researchers also found women more likely than men to undergo total joint replacement surgeries. Full findings appear in the December issue of Arthritis & Rheumatism .

Smart Phones Help Speed Up Diagnoses

November 30, 2009 4:09 am | Comments

A recent study from the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) states that radiologists can accurately diagnose acute appendicitis from a remote location with the use of a handheld device or mobile phone equipped with special software. “The goal is to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses, as well as to improve communications among different consulting physicians,” said the study's lead author, Asim F.

New Micro-Endoscope Design Seeks Out Early Signs Of Cancer

November 20, 2009 5:24 am | by by Aaron Hoover | Comments

While traditional endoscopes provide a peek inside patients’ bodies a University of Florida engineering researcher is designing one capable of a full inspection. Huikai Xie , an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, is working on replacing the scope’s cameras with scanners that “see” beneath the surface of tissues in revealing abnormal groups of cells or growth patterns before cancerous growths are big enough to be visible.

Weight Not Linked To Success Of Fibroid Surgery

November 20, 2009 5:22 am | Comments

Obese patients are no more likely to have post-operative complications than those of average weight when undergoing robotic surgery to remove uterine fibroids, according to a study at Henry Ford Hospital. “Performing laparoscopic myomectomy on an obese patient can present difficulties for the most experienced gynecologic surgeon,” says David Eisenstein, M.


A History Of Heart Disease

November 20, 2009 5:21 am | Comments

br>   Marilynn Marchione, AP You can't blame this one on McDonald’s: Researchers have found signs of heart disease in 3,500-year-old mummies. “We think of it as being caused by modern risk factors, such as fast food, smoking and a lack of exercise, but the findings show that these aren't the only reasons arteries clog”, said Dr.

One Of Formerly Conjoined Twins Talking

November 20, 2009 5:20 am | Comments

A Bangladeshi toddler separated earlier this week from her conjoined twin sister is talking and behaving normally after waking from a medically induced coma. Trishna is already doing well enough that she could leave intensive care, said Wirginia Maixner, director of neurosurgery at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia.

Nurse Sentenced For Demerol Tampering

November 20, 2009 5:18 am | Comments

Drea Lynne Gibson, a 43-year-old nurse at the Plastic Surgery Center in Bellevue, WA has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison and three years of supervised release. She had previously admitting to tampering with doses of Demerol, a narcotic pain medication. At sentencing U.S. District Judge Ricardo Martinez said, “Using Demerol for herself is one thing, stealing it is another.

Medical Electronics: 'An Art And A Science'

November 20, 2009 5:11 am | Comments

End-to-end integration of HD devices in the operating room ushers in a new era in disruptive technology providing real-time medicine and collaboration among healthcare providers November 20, 2009 Disruptive technologies, which refer to a product or service that revolutionizes screening, diagnostic, procedural, or medical/drug intervention capabilities can become the standards of care.

New Device Pits Survival Vs. Cost

November 18, 2009 5:07 am | Comments

Untitled Document November 18, 2009   Marilynn Marchione, AP For the first time, a miniature heart pump shows the potential to become a widely used, permanent treatment for many older people with severe heart failure. But can we afford it? In a study of 200 patients, the new device increased by four times the number who survived at least two years compared with an older pump that had drawbacks limiting its use, doctors reported Tuesday.

Yeah, We’ve Got A Vaccine For That

November 18, 2009 5:07 am | Comments

Untitled Document November 18, 2009   Linda A. Johnson, AP Malaria. Tuberculosis. Alzheimer's disease. AIDS. Pandemic flu. Genital herpes. Urinary tract infections. Grass allergies. Traveler's diarrhea. You name it, the pharmaceutical industry is working on a vaccine to prevent it, and many could be on the market in five years or less.

Kiss Drummer On Breast Cancer Awareness Beat

November 18, 2009 5:05 am | Comments

Untitled Document November 18, 2009 Wayne Parry, AP Lying in bed one night in 2007, Peter Criss felt something strange: a small lump on his left breast. “I thought, ‘It's a nodule, I'm a guy, I don't think it's anything more than that,’” he said.


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