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Joan Rivers' Doctor Snapped Selfie During Throat Surgery

September 17, 2014 11:28 am | by Ginger Adams Otis, New York Daily News | Comments

Joan Rivers’ personal doctor stopped to take a selfie in the procedure room while the famous comedienne was under anesthesia, just moments before she went into cardiac arrest, CNN reported Tuesday. Rivers, 81, was getting a routine scoping of her throat at Yorkville Endoscopy Aug. 28 when her own physician performed an unplanned biopsy on her vocal cords, a source told the Daily News.

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Insurance Coverage, Provider Preference Affect Who Gets Bariatric Surgery

September 17, 2014 11:12 am | by Beth Kutscher, Modern Healthcare | Comments

Wide variations in whether Medicare patients undergo bariatric surgery to treat obesity suggest that insurance coverage and provider preference are heavily influencing who has access to the procedure, a new report indicates. What the report didn't find, however, was a correlation between the bariatric surgery rate and the rate of diabetes and obesity in the community.

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Research Reveals Reasons Behind Ethnic Rhinoplasty Plastic Surgery Complications

September 17, 2014 10:55 am | Comments

Rhinoplasty surgery, also known as "nose reshaping" or "nose job" was the second most requested cosmetic surgical procedure for 2013, according to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  Yet, nose reshaping is considered one of the most complex of facial plastic surgery procedures for a surgeon to perform. 

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New Radiosurgery Technology Provides Highly Accurate Treatment, Patient Comfort

September 17, 2014 10:17 am | Comments

A new stereotactic radiosurgery system provides the same or a higher level of accuracy in targeting cancer tumors – but offers greater comfort to patients and the ability to treat multiple tumors at once – when compared to other radiation therapy stereotactic systems. The study shows the Edge™ Radiosurgery Suite is able to target cancer tumors within 1 mm, providing sub-millimeter accuracy with extreme precision.

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Ebola Outbreak 'Out Of All Proportion' And Severity Cannot Be Predicated

September 16, 2014 11:52 am | Comments

A mathematical model that replicates Ebola outbreaks can no longer be used to ascertain the eventual scale of the current epidemic, finds research conducted by the University of Warwick. Dr. Thomas House, of the University's Warwick Mathematics Institute, developed a model that incorporated data from past outbreaks that successfully replicated their eventual scale.

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Scientists Create Therapy-Grade Stem Cells Using New Cocktail

September 16, 2014 11:36 am | Comments

Researchers at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem have developed a new cocktail that is highly effective at coaxing adult cells to become quality pluripotent stem cells. The resulting cells, called induced pluripotent stem cells, could be used to replace those lost to damage or disease.

Select Group of Lung Cancer Patients Achieve Long-Term Survival After Aggressive Treatments

September 16, 2014 10:44 am | Comments

A large, international analysis of patients with stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) indicates that a patient's overall survival rate can be related to factors including the timing of when metastases develop and lymph node involvement, and that aggressive treatment for "low-risk" patients leads to a five-year OS rate of 47.8 percent, according to research presented at the American Society for Radiation Oncology's Annual Meeting.

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Study: Test for Molecular Subtyping of Breast Cancer Is a Better Guide to Pre-Surgical Treatment

September 16, 2014 10:24 am | Comments

In findings that could eventually change the way breast cancer is treated, a study reports that the BluePrint genomic test provides more accurate information about the molecular subtype of breast cancer than does conventional IHC-FISH pathology testing. The results were reported at the recent American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium (#BCS14), held Sept. 4-6 in San Francisco.

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Largest Study Of Awareness During General Anaesthesia Identifies Risk Factors

September 15, 2014 12:05 pm | Comments

Accidental awareness is one of the most feared complications of general anaesthesia for both patients and anaesthetists. Patients report this failure of general anaesthesia in approximately 1 in every 19,000 cases, according to a report published in Anaesthesia.

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Covidien Begins Enrollment For Two Neurovascular Solutions Trials

September 15, 2014 11:27 am | Comments

Covidien plc announced today the start of enrollment in two clinical trials designed to further underscore the safety and effectiveness of the company’s advanced neurovascular solutions. The PREMIER study will enroll up to 141 patients in 20 global sites and is designed to assess the safety and effectiveness of the Pipeline device in the treatment of unruptured, small and medium wide-necked intracranial aneurysms (IAs).

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Considering Surgery? Some Healthcare Providers Offer Warranties

September 15, 2014 11:08 am | by Lisa Zamosky, Los Angeles Times | Comments

When Carolyn Rondou needed knee replacement surgery in 2012, she decided to have the procedure done at Hoag Orthopedic Institute in Irvine, even though there were several hospitals closer to her home in Fullerton. Rondou, a 66-year-old oncology nurse, says Hoag's reputation for quality factored heavily into her decision to have her procedure done there. But something else sweetened the pot: Her surgery came with a warranty.

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Hurdles For Obama Health Law In Second Sign-Up Season

September 15, 2014 10:34 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Potential complications await consumers as President Barack Obama's health care law approaches its second open enrollment season, just two months away, Nov. 15- Feb. 15. Don't expect a repeat of last year's website meltdown, but the new sign-up period could expose underlying problems with the law itself that are less easily fixed than a computer system.

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Data From Landmark Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Trial Released

September 15, 2014 10:08 am | Comments

New data from a landmark clinical trial found that after five years, transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) demonstrated a persistent mortality benefit, improved functional status, and resulted in a lower rate of repeat hospitalizations when compared with standard therapy for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are not candidates for surgery.

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'Electronic Skin' Could Improve Early Breast Cancer Detection

September 12, 2014 11:37 am | Comments

For detecting cancer, manual breast exams seem low-tech compared to other methods such as MRI. But scientists are now developing an "electronic skin" that "feels" and images small lumps that fingers can miss. Knowing the size and shape of a lump could allow for earlier identification of breast cancer, which could save lives.

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Man Saved By Doctor Who Walked Through Snow Storm Dies

September 12, 2014 11:28 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The wife of an Army veteran whose life was saved by a brain surgeon who walked for miles to reach him during a snowstorm says the man has died. Andrea Robinson of Leeds, Ala., tells Al.com that her 55-year-old husband, Tony Anthony Robinson, died last Thursday of congestive heart failure.

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