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Imaging Technique Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | Comments

In 2014, prostate cancer was the leading cause of newly diagnosed cancers in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. In the January 6 issue of the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, a team of scientists and physicians, describe a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging - and may have significant implications for how patients with prostate cancer are ultimately treated.

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Court to Hear Case of Teen Refusing Chemotherapy

January 7, 2015 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

When a 17-year-old girl refused medical treatment for cancer and her mother agreed with her decision, state officials took custody of her and forced her to undergo what they called life-saving chemotherapy. ...         

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Smokers, Obese Carry Much Higher Health-Care Costs Than Peers

January 6, 2015 12:06 pm | Comments

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports. ...      

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Surgery For Obesity Linked to Longer Survival

January 6, 2015 11:47 am | Comments

Obese people seem likely to live longer if they have bariatric surgery (for obesity) than if they don't--with 53 percent lower risk of dying from any cause at five to 14 years after the procedure. So concluded a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) involving 2,500 obese patients and nearly 7,500 matched controls. ...   

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Glowing Nanotechnology Guides Cancer Surgery, Kills Malignant Cells

January 6, 2015 11:30 am | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed. ...   

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Conjoined Twins Recovering From First Separation Surgery

January 6, 2015 10:58 am | by Jacob Long, First Coast News | Comments

Doctors along with the parents of conjoined twins, Carter and Conner Mirabal, held a news conference Monday at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. According to Dr. Dan Robie, a pediatric surgeon at Nemours Children's Clinic, the first challenge during surgery for Carter and Conner was the underdeveloped abdominal wall that left the intestines exposed. ...  

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Outpatient Surgery Center Draws Opposition From Hospital

January 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Elizabeth Kim, Stamford Advocate | Comments

As the health care industry evolves, outpatient surgical centers have become increasingly familiar. Rather than going to a hospital, patients who need routine surgical procedures can have them performed at a private facility, usually in a nondescript office complex, and walk out the same day. ...    

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Bites to the Hand Worse Than Previously Thought

January 5, 2015 11:55 am | Comments

Hand injuries are frequently caused by human and animal bites, prompting as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year. ...                 

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Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | Comments

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. ...          

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Study IDs Risk Factors Linking Low Birth Weight to Diabetes

January 5, 2015 11:21 am | Comments

Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults. ...                      

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Megadyne Honored for Receiving ESP Award

January 5, 2015 11:03 am | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products, The Electrosurgical Authorityand full-solution electrosurgical equipment and accessory developer and manufacturer, has won third place honors in the safety category in the 2014 Excellence in Surgical Products (ESP) Awards. ...     

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Less Alcohol, More Plants Key to Reducing Obesity-Related Cancers

January 5, 2015 10:51 am | Comments

Low alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet, both healthy habits aligning with current cancer prevention guidelines, are associated with reducing the risk of obesity-related cancers, a New York University study shows. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Causes & Control. ...       

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Surgery Center Safety Continues to Be Scrutinized

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Sandra G.Boodman, Washington Post | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation -- at an outpatient surgery center. "My first thought was 'Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?'" recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt "very trepidatious" about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

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More Than 1.5 Million Cancer Deaths Prevented With Dropping Mortality

January 2, 2015 12:52 pm | Comments

The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report finds that a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades led to the avoidance of more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak rates had persisted. ...     

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Marathon Bombing Survivor Takes First Steps After Surgery

January 2, 2015 12:37 pm | by Nancy Chen, NBC Boston | Comments

Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah DiMartino's reached a major milestone by taking her first steps since having surgery to remove her left leg last month. ...                

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