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New Protocol Could Extend Preservation Of Donor Livers

June 30, 2014 9:14 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

A system developed by investigators at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) Center for Engineering in Medicine allowed successful transplantation of rat livers after preservation for as long as four days, more than tripling the length of time organs currently can be preserved...

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ER Patient Attempts To Smuggle Medical Supplies

June 27, 2014 11:12 am | Comments

A 60-year-old man treated in the emergency room is suspected of trying to walk out with bed sheets, latex gloves, a bloody syringe, oxygen tubing, towels, washcloths, medical wrap, pulse oximeters, alcohol wipes and 15 packages of lubricant. He was confronted by hospital security before the police were called.

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New Pain Relief Drug Could Reduce Consumption, Costs & Recovery Times

June 27, 2014 11:03 am | Comments

Pacira Pharmaceuticals recently announced results designed to compare post-surgical narcotic use and outcomes associated with EXPAREL (bupivacaine liposome injectable suspension) as the foundation of a multi-modal analgesic regimen, versus a standard opioid-based pain management regimen.

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Increased Nearsightedness Linked To Higher Education Levels And More Years Spent In School

June 26, 2014 10:32 am | by American Academy of Ophthalmology | Comments

German researchers have found strong evidence that attaining a higher level of education and spending more years in school are two factors associated with a greater prevalence and severity of nearsightedness, or myopia...         

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Revisions Needed To Safeguard IVs Against Bloodstream Infections

June 26, 2014 9:41 am | by American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (A.S.P.E.N.) | Comments

Current guidelines to help prevent bloodstream infections during intravenous feeding may need revisions to strengthen protections for patients, a new study finds. Researchers at the United Kingdom's University of Southampton found that current guidelines do not account for other independent factors that can affect the growth of potentially deadly microorganisms...

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Doctors Overlook Positive Impacts Of Healthy Building Design, Construction, And Maintenance

June 26, 2014 9:36 am | by McGraw Hill Construction | Comments

The critical connection between a healthy building environment and patient health is often missed by the one group of professionals who may matter most - physicians, according to a new SmartMarket report by McGraw Hill Construction, sponsored by the American Institute of Architects and United Technologies...

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Continued Use Of Low-Dose Aspirin May Lower Pancreatic Cancer Risk

June 26, 2014 9:12 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | Comments

The longer a person took low-dose aspirin, the lower his or her risk for developing pancreatic cancer, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research...

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Designer T Cells Fight Viruses After Transplants

June 26, 2014 9:08 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

Bone marrow transplants save thousands of lives but patients are vulnerable to severe viral infections in the months afterward, until their new immune system kicks in. Now scientists are developing protection for that risky period...    

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Early Surgical Follow-Up Can Cut Hospital Readmissions

June 26, 2014 8:59 am | by University of Utah Health Sciences | Comments

Patients who have post-operative complications following high-risk surgery have a significantly lower risk of being readmitted to the hospital within 30 days if they go see their primary care physician soon following discharge, a new study in JAMA Surgery shows...

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New Material Improves Wound Healing, Keeps Bacteria From Sticking

June 25, 2014 10:06 am | by American Chemical Society | Comments

As many patients know, treating wounds has become far more sophisticated than sewing stitches and applying gauze, but dressings still have shortcomings. Now scientists are reporting the next step in the evolution of wound treatment with a material that leads to faster healing than existing commercial dressings and prevents potentially harmful bacteria from sticking...

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French Doctor Acquitted For Helping Seven Patients Die

June 25, 2014 9:55 am | by Lori Hinnant, Associated Press | Comments

A French doctor was acquitted Wednesday of poisoning charges after giving lethal injections to help seven terminally ill patients die, adding urgency to the growing debate on who can decide when a person is beyond treatment...        

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Current Standard Of Care For Flesh-Eating Bacteria Is "Tragically Inadequate"

June 25, 2014 9:47 am | by National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation | Comments

The National Necrotizing Fasciitis Foundation (NNFF) today announced a campaign to raise awareness of the tragic inadequacy of the current standard of care for necrotizing fasciitis, or 'flesh-eating' infection —and to push for the adoption of new treatments for this deadly condition...

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Patent Issued To Exthera Medical, Whose Seraph Technology Is Designed To Combat Drug-Resistant ‘Superbugs’

June 25, 2014 9:37 am | by ExThera Medical | Comments

ExThera Medical Corporation announced today that U.S. Patent No. 8,758,286 has been issued to the Company relating to its Seraph Microbind Affinity Blood Filter (Seraph). ExThera Medical also announced that it has listed an executive summary of its business at www.HealthiosXchange (H/X), an equity-based portal for accredited investors that raises funds under Rule 506 (b)...

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Successful Surgery After Wrong Cancer Diagnosis

June 25, 2014 9:24 am | by Bruce Schreiner, Associated Press | Comments

A Kentucky medical team has painstakingly repaired the disfiguring injuries to a woman's face, caused by radiation treatments for a cancer she never had that caused a gaping hole in her cheek and made her an outcast in a former Soviet republic...

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3-D Computer Model Helps Refine Deep Brain Stimulation Therapy

June 25, 2014 9:06 am | by Cedars-Sinai Medical Center | Comments

Although deep brain stimulation can be an effective therapy for dystonia – a potentially crippling movement disorder – the treatment isn't always effective, or benefits may not be immediate. Precise placement of DBS electrodes is one of several factors that can affect results, but few studies have attempted to identify the "sweet spot," where electrode placement yields the best results...

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