"We have now established what decides whether (bacteria) swim or not - and that determines whether they form biofilms or not," explains Mikkel Girke Jørgensen and continues: "Prospects for the pharmaceutical industry are huge. This increased understanding of biofilm formation may be the first step in creating new ways to treat complicated infections in the future. "
A sizable percentage of women who undergo mastectomies for breast cancer continue to suffer bothersome pain from the surgery for at least 10 years, researchers said. Of the 369 patients who were followed for as long as 10 years, 19.5 percent reported post-mastectomy neuropathic pain.
Angelina Jolie says that she has had a preventive double mastectomy after learning she carried a gene that made it extremely likely she would get breast cancer. The Oscar-winning actress and partner to Brad Pitt made the announcement in the form of an op-ed she authored for Tuesday's New York Times.
A 76-year-old man had the wrong kidney removed by a surgeon at a prominent New York City Hospital, officials confirmed Friday. A surgeon at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City has been relieved of his duties at the hospital after removing the wrong kidney from the man who had been on dialysis because of two diseased kidneys.
A recent study published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology (William A. Rutala, Ph.D., MPH, et al., 2013) confirms the ability of a new UV-C-reflective wall coating to dramatically reduce the time necessary to decontaminate a room using the UV-C-emitting device TRU-D SmartUVC.
Use Of TYRX Antibacterial Envelope Associated With Extremely Low 90-Day Cardiac Device Infection RatesMay 13, 2013 2:54 pm | Comments
Use of TYRX, Inc.’s AIGISRx Antibacterial Envelope reduced major infection rates by more than 90 percent in patients undergoing Cardiovascular Implantable Electronic Device (CIED) replacement procedures compared to similar high-risk cohorts, according to a recent clinical study.
Healthmark Industries has announced that Jhosue Vasquez is the winner of the 2013 Decontaminator of the Year Award. Vasquez is a CSSD Technician at the Mount Auburn Hospital located in Cambridge, MA. He has 10 years of experience in the Sterile Processing field.
Marc Fucarile lost his right leg above the knee in the Boston Marathon bombing, and doctors are still fighting to save his shattered left one. He has second- and third-degree burns and a piece of shrapnel lodged in his heart. He's lost track of how many surgeries he's had, with more still ahead. But he won't allow the pain or the uncertainty of his future shake his spirit or destroy his faith in humanity.
The reduction in blood pressure following renal artery denervation is projected to significantly decrease long-term cardiovascular events, a modeling study found. The 10-year relative risk (RR) reduction for cardiovascular events was highest in 40-year-olds and lowest in 70-year-olds, while the absolute event reduction was highest in 70-year-olds and lowest in 40-year-olds.
Growing evidence from experimental studies and clinical trials suggests a fundamental role of hypoxia in solid tumors. The mechanisms leading to hypoxia include the rapid rate of tumor growth, poor tumor perfusion, or transiently disrupted tumor blood flow. Now, scientists have discovered a previously uncharacterized mechanism that contributes to – and may influence - the temporal and spatial distribution of tumor hypoxia.
Ambient background noise-whether it is the sound of loud surgical equipment, talkative team members, or music-is a patient and surgical safety factor that can affect auditory processing among surgeons and the members of their team in the operating room (OR), according to a new study.
Laparoscopy for treatment of pelvic lesions was equally safe whether performed conventionally or with robotic assistance, but cost favors conventional minimally-invasive surgery. Overall, there was a 7 percent major postoperative complication rate among patients who received conventional video-assisted laparoscopy and a 10 percent rate among patients who underwent minimally invasive robotic surgery.
General anesthesia may not be necessary during cryoablation procedures for atrial fibrillation, a small study suggested. Conscious sedation with dexmedetomidine (Precedex) plus some fentanyl and midazolam (Versed) was enough to keep patients comfortable through the procedure without any recollection afterward of the painful phrenic nerve pacing involved.
A new Canadian study shows that operating without interrupting warfarin treatment at the time of cardiac device surgery is safe and markedly reduces the incidence of clinically significant hematomas compared to the current standard of care.
A new "solder" for laser welding of tissue during surgical operations has great potential to produce stronger seals and expand use of this alternative to conventional sutures and stapling in intestinal surgery, scientists are reporting.