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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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Study: Stretta Therapy for GERD Remains Highly Effective 10 Years After Treatment

March 17, 2014 9:50 am | Comments

"This 10 year follow-up study confirms the findings of safety, efficacy, and durability of Stretta that have been demonstrated in a multitude of other published studies since 2001," the study lead author, Mark Noar, MD, MPH of Endoscopic Microsurgery Associates PA, Heartburn & Reflux Study Center, stated.

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Rare C-Section Performed On Gorilla At San Diego Zoo

March 17, 2014 9:12 am | Comments

Veterinarians at the San Diego Zoo have performed an operation on a newborn gorilla that was delivered by cesarean section. The zoo says the 4.6-pound female was born Wednesday but seemed to have breathing problems. On Friday morning, a team fixed a collapsed lung that probably occurred during delivery...

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Patient Requests For Specific Drugs Have Major Impact On Prescribing, Reports Study

March 14, 2014 10:36 am | Comments

"A patient request for a specific medication dramatically increases the rate at which physicians prescribe that medication," according to the new research led by John B. McKinlay, PhD, of New England Research Institutes, Watertown, Mass. They add, "These results highlight potential negative impacts of DTC advertising and other forms of activation in medication requests..."

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Study: Blood Poisoning Increases The Risk Of Blood Clots

March 14, 2014 10:33 am | Comments

"We have followed more than 4,000 people who have been admitted with blood poisoning. The study shows that the risk of suffering a blood clot in either the brain or the heart is twice as high for patients with blood poisoning in relation to other patients who are also admitted with acute illnesses," says Michael Dalager-Pedersen , PhD student at Aarhus University and Registrar at Aalborg University Hospital...

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Healthcare.gov Sign-Ups All But Guaranteed To Fall Short Of Goal

March 14, 2014 10:20 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press | Comments

The Obama administration said Tuesday it's making steady progress on healthcare sign-ups, but the White House needs something close to a miracle to meet its goal of enrolling 6 million people by the end of this month. It could happen with a sustained surge in consumer demand and a foolproof website. But they're not seeing it yet, and time is running out...

FDA Chief Defends Controversial Painkiller As Criticism Intensifies

March 14, 2014 10:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, AP Health Writer | Comments

FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg told Senate lawmakers that the recently-launched Zohydro fills an "important and unique niche" for treating chronic pain. Her agency has been under fire for clearing the drug since December, amid concerns from lawmakers, addiction specialists, and others that the drug will exacerbate the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse...

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Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits, According To New Study

March 13, 2014 10:27 am | Comments

Past research has found herniated disc surgery to be an effective treatment option to ease the extreme back pain associated with herniation of a disc. However, until now, none of these studies accounted for lost productivity in the workplace. A new study, commissioned by AAOS and conducted by health economists, found surgery to be a cost-effective option for patients who used it, particularly because of its effect on productivity...

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