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Revolutionary Probe Finds Cancer Cells For Surgeons

February 13, 2015 11:45 am | by McGill University | Comments

The hand-held Raman spectroscopy probe enables surgeons, for the first time, to accurately detect virtually all invasive brain cancer cells in real time during surgery.

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Brain Stents Show Huge Promise for Stroke Patients

February 13, 2015 11:19 am | by Marilynn Marchione, AP | Comments

Stroke experts are reporting a major advance: Stents similar to the ones used to open clogged heart arteries also can be used to clear a blood clot in the brain, greatly lowering the risk a patient will end up disabled.

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Radiotracer Helps Limit Biopsies in Patients with Head and Neck Cancer

February 13, 2015 10:25 am | by ESTRO | Comments

The biopsy of the first lymph node to which a cancer spreads has lead to more accurate diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Now a team of researchers has been able to identify the sentinel node in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma using a novel tracer. It's a challenging task because there are up to 150 different lymph nodes in the neck.

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Even as Sign-up Deadline Nears, Obamacare Facing a New Challenge

February 13, 2015 10:05 am | by Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, AP | Comments

A few tweaks from Congress would fix the problem but Republicans are unlikely to come to its rescue. Meanwhile, with the sign-up working relatively well, the administration seems on track to meet its target of 9.1 million people, but a pending Supreme Court case leaves many things in question.

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Non-FDA Approved Device Case Offers Warnings

February 12, 2015 10:31 am | by New York Times | Comments

A device called the OtisKnee was supposed to speed the surgical procedure and recovery. Rather, patients saw neither and, as it turned out, the OtisMed Corporation had been distributing the device without clearance from the FDA.

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In-Flight Blood Transfusions Increase Survival Rates of Trauma Patients

February 12, 2015 10:09 am | by American College of Surgeons | Comments

Air-lifted trauma victims who received transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood until they arrived at the trauma unit.

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Suit Seeks to Exempt Physicians from Assisted Suicide Law

February 12, 2015 9:58 am | by Sudhin Thanawala, AP | Comments

A cancer patient and five doctors have filed a lawsuit seeking to exempt physicians who help terminally ill patients end their lives. Physicians who provide such assistance are not helping the patient commit suicide, but providing the option of bringing about a peaceful death, according to the lawsuit.

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Neurointerventional Surgery Could Reduce Stroke Mortality

February 11, 2015 12:46 pm | by New England Journal of Medicine | Comments

Two new clinical trials on the treatment of stroke demonstrate that neurointerventional surgery significantly increases the number of patients who are able to live independently without major neurological disabilities.

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Customized Joint Implants Rising In Popularity Amongst Surgeons

February 11, 2015 12:17 pm | by AAOS | Comments

Provided that other factors are favorable, such as pricing, economics and availability, this demand will help facilitate growth of the market for custom implant instrumentation and cutting blocks.

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Rate of Latino Physicians Shrinks, Even as Population Grows

February 11, 2015 12:07 pm | by University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences | Comments

Researchers were surprised by the 22 percent drop in the rate of Latino physicians, a decline that was in stark contrast to the 49 percent increase in non-Hispanic white physicians over the same period.

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Most Effective Procedure for Extreme Obesity Comes With Warning

February 11, 2015 11:46 am | by University of Gothenburg | Comments

"Despite the greater efficacy of duodenal switch when it comes to weight reduction, our findings suggest that it should be used with caution, given the higher percentage of long-term adverse effects."

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Smaller Pre-Op Radiation Targets Reduce Side Effects

February 11, 2015 11:29 am | by Rush University Medical Center | Comments

Using advanced imaging technology to more precisely target radiation beams to treat soft tissue cancers (sarcomas) in the extremities significantly reduced long-term side effects without effecting survival rates.

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The Viability of Spinal Surgery in Patients Over 80

February 10, 2015 12:29 pm | by American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | Comments

Between 2000 and 2010 the U.S. population, age 80 and older, increased 22 percent to 11.2 million, and approximately 47 percent of Americans age 60 and older have spinal stenosis, a narrowing of the spinal canal due to the wear and tear associated with aging.

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Best Dressed: Doctor's Appearance Impacts Patient Perceptions

February 10, 2015 12:17 pm | by University of Michigan Health System | Comments

What should doctors wear? And how does something as simple as their choice of a suit, scrubs or slacks influence how patients view them? A new analysis takes a comprehensive look - and finds that the answer isn't as simple as you might think.

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U.S. Seeing Decline in Donor Hearts, Increase in Need

February 10, 2015 11:52 am | by American Journal of Transplantation | Comments

There was a significant decrease in donor heart acceptance from 44 percent in 1995 to 29 percent in 2006, and a subsequent increase to 32 percent in 2010. Older donor age, female sex and medical conditions predicted non-acceptance of hearts from donors.

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