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Study: Surgery After Major Stroke Also Improves Survival Odds In Elderly Patients

March 21, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

Patients who are over the age of 60 and have suffered a major stroke due to blockage of the middle cerebral artery benefit from hemicraniectomy. The procedure relieves increased pressure on the brain in the first 48 hours after the stroke. These patients’ chances of survival increase two-fold if they undergo surgery...

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White House Backs Off Quick Confirmation For New Surgeon General (For Now)

March 20, 2014 10:28 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | Comments

The White House is backing off its push for quick confirmation of President Barack Obama's pick to be surgeon general in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association and concerns among Democrats up for re-election who don't want to take another tough vote on a controversial nominee...

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Study: Patients Enjoy Good Quality Of Life 10 Years After Esophagectomy And Gastric Pull-Up

March 20, 2014 9:12 am | Comments

A recent study concluded that pessimism about the long-term quality of life after an esophagectomy on the part of treating physicians and patients is unwarranted. Esophagectomy with gastric pull-up is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is used to replace the esophagus...

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Among U.S. Children On The Rise

March 20, 2014 9:06 am | Comments

Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options...

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NHL Player Has Heart Surgery After Collapsing During Game

March 20, 2014 8:58 am | Comments

Rich Peverley has been released from an Ohio hospital after undergoing successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game...     

Older People Tend To Suffer Memory Lapses, Other Types Of Cognitive Impairment After Surgery

March 19, 2014 10:36 am | Comments

Older persons, in particular, tend to suffer from memory lapses and other types of cognitive impairment after undergoing surgical procedures (postoperative cognitive dysfunction, POCD). Surgery has been performed on older patients much more commonly in recent years than ever before, and their pre- and postoperative care has become an important matter...

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Study: Losing Or Gaining Weight After Joint Replacement Affects How Well Patients Do

March 19, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

While many overweight patients have the best intentions to lose weight after joint replacement, a study at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that although some are able to achieve this goal, equal numbers of patients actually gain weight after hip or knee replacement. Researchers also determined that patients who lose weight do better in terms of function and activity level two years down the road... 

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New Baby Gorilla Delivered By Rare C-Section Has Pneumonia

March 19, 2014 9:26 am | Comments

A baby gorilla delivered by a rare emergency cesarean section last week at the San Diego Zoo has pneumonia and is receiving round-the-clock care. Zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons the female gorilla was receiving oxygen and other treatment on Tuesday. She says the gorilla is sleeps a lot but is getting stronger day by day and vets are cautiously optimistic about her condition...

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Archaeologists Discover The Earliest Complete Example Of Human With Cancer

March 18, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

Archaeologists have found the oldest complete example in the world of a human with metastatic cancer in a 3,000 year-old skeleton. The skeleton of the young adult male was found by a Durham University PhD student in a tomb in modern Sudan in 2013 and dates back to 1200BC...

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Brains May 'Remember' Odor Experienced While Under General Anesthesia

March 18, 2014 11:03 am | Comments

Previous research has led to the belief that sensory information is received by the brain under general anesthesia but not perceived by it. These new findings suggest the brain not only receives sensory information, but also registers the information at the cellular level while anesthetized without behavioral reporting of the same information after recovering from anesthesia...

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Researchers Devise New, Stretchable Antenna For Wearable Health Monitoring

March 18, 2014 10:05 am | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a new, stretchable antenna that can be incorporated into wearable technologies, such as health monitoring devices. The extremely flexible antennas contain silver nanowires and can be incorporated into wearable health monitoring devices...

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Bone Lengthening Technique Proves Useful In Patients With Cleft Palate

March 18, 2014 9:21 am | Comments

Dr. Emeka Nkenke of Erlangen University Hospital, Germany, and colleagues, report on the use of distraction osteogenesis to lengthen the maxilla (upper jaw) bone in patients with cleft lip and palate. In this technique, hardware is placed to gradually "stretch" bone in the desired direction...

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Scientists Build 'Molecular Drill Bits' To Fight Superbugs

March 18, 2014 9:17 am | Comments

In response to drug-resistant "superbugs" that send millions of people to hospitals around the world, scientists are building tiny, "molecular drill bits" that kill bacteria by bursting through their protective cell walls. They presented some of the latest developments on these drill bits, better known to scientists as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), at the 247th National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS)...

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Kimberly-Clark And 3M Announce U.S.-Based Infection Prevention Solutions Agreement

March 17, 2014 10:54 am | Comments

Kimberly-Clark Health Care and 3M Infection Prevention Division today announced a unique alliance to deliver best-in-class surgical and infection prevention solutions to hospitals and healthcare facilities in the U.S...          

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Surgery For Early Stage Pancreatic Cancer Remains Under-Utilized

March 17, 2014 9:56 am | Comments

"Surgery is potentially curative for patients with early stage pancreatic cancer however utilization has not increased over the past 22 years," said Julian Kim, MD, senior author of the study and Chief of Surgical Oncology at UH Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center...

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