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Leading Expert Talks Over Kcentra Study

March 30, 2015 | by Rebecca Rudolph, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Surgical Products (SP) connected with lead study author Joshua N. Goldstein, M.D., Ph.D., attending physician in the Department of Emergency Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, to discuss his impressions of the study.

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C. difficile Rates Highest in Northeast Region, Spring Season

April 28, 2015 4:30 pm | by Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology (APIC) | Comments

Rates of infection with the deadly superbug Clostridium difficile were highest in the Northeast region of the country and in the spring season over the last 10 years.


Researchers Solve Mystery of Deadly Transplant Infection

April 28, 2015 1:58 pm | by Northwestern Memorial Hospital | Comments

When Harlan Dorbin passed away from a rare infection one month after his successful lung transplant surgery, his surgeon turned to Dorbin's sister and made a promise.


Liver Donors Report Temporary Lower Sexual Function Following Surgery

April 28, 2015 11:01 am | by WILEY | Comments

Results suggest that donor education prior to surgery may improve recovery and ease concerns about sexual function following the transplant.


Consumer Group Sues Cigna, Alleges Discrimination

April 28, 2015 10:56 am | by Kelli Kennedy, Associated Press | Comments

A consumer advocacy group has filed a class-action lawsuit against Cigna saying a new policy discriminates against people with HIV and AIDS and violates the federal health law by requiring them to get their medications from its mail-order pharmacy.


Patient Portals Could Widen Health Disparities

April 28, 2015 9:14 am | by Northwestern University | Comments

"Patient portals that offer access to electronic medical records could help individuals better manage their health care and personal needs, but people with less access to and comfort with computers are at risk of not receiving these benefits and will eventually be left behind," said a study author.


Medtronic Must Stop Most Sales of Synchromed Drug Pumps

April 28, 2015 9:10 am | by Matthew Perrone, Associated Press | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration says Medtronic must stop most sales of its implantable drug pumps after years of uncorrected problems. 


Mind-Controlled Robots Take Directions from Tiny Brain Implants

April 27, 2015 10:50 am | by GE Reports staff | Comments

Hutchinson controlled the robot with a technology called brain-computer interface, which uses tiny electrodes implanted in the regions of the brain that control hand and arm movements. 


'Chemo Brain' is Real, Say UBC Researchers

April 27, 2015 10:45 am | by University of British Columbia | Comments

What they found is that the minds of people with chemo-brain lack the ability for sustained focused thought.


Two-thirds of World Has No Access to Safe, Affordable Surgery

April 27, 2015 10:40 am | by The Lancet | Comments

The Commission reveals that five billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable surgery and anaesthesia when they need it, and access is worst in low-income and lower-middle income countries, where as many as nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical care.


Surgeons Identify Link Between Migraines, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

April 27, 2015 10:34 am | by UT Southwestern Medical Center | Comments

Plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern Medical Center have demonstrated for the first time an association between migraines and carpal tunnel syndrome, with migraines more than twice as prevalent in those with carpal tunnel syndrome as those without, according to the study.


Hospitals Can Do More to Prevent C. diff Infections, a Study Reports

April 24, 2015 10:00 am | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

While nearly all of the 398 hospitals in the study use a variety of measures to protect their patients from the bug, 48 percent haven't adopted strict limits on the use of antibiotics and other drugs that can allow Clostridium defficile to flourish.


Q&A: Researcher Says c-FLOW Offers Go-To Solution

April 24, 2015 9:35 am | by Rebecca Rudolph, editor | Comments

"One of the most important challenges we face, as neurocritical care and stroke doctors, is to develop a way to directly and continuously measure cerebral blood flow in patients," he said.


Stem-Cell-Based Therapy Promising for Treatment of Breast Cancer Metastases in the Brain

April 24, 2015 8:55 am | by Massachusetts General Hospital | Comments

In their search for novel, tumor-specific therapies that could target multiple brain metastases without damaging adjacent tissues, the research team first developed a mouse model that more closely mimics what is seen in patients. 


Malaria Vaccine is a Letdown but Could Reduce Cases

April 24, 2015 8:49 am | by Maria Cheng, Associated Press | Comments

Despite the dismal results — it protects about one-third of children vaccinated — developers are moving ahead to get it approved because it could still help protect some children from getting the mosquito-spread disease.


Surgery has 'Excellent' Outcomes For Lower-Grade Brain Blood Vessel Malformations

April 23, 2015 12:14 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

Arteriovenous malformations are congenital defects consisting of an abnormal tangle of blood vessels. When AVMs are located in the brain, there is a risk that they may rupture and bleed, causing potentially life-threatening hemorrhagic stroke.



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