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Conjoined Twin Babies to Take First Step in Separation Surgery

October 13, 2014 10:55 am | by Amanda Orr, Reuters | Comments

Conjoined 6-month-old twin girls will begin to undergo tissue expansion this month to stretch skin that will be used to cover patches of their bodies when they are separated in a surgery planned for December. The tissue expansion for Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata is expected to take six to eight weeks ... 

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Report: Chewing Gum Before Surgery Safe

October 13, 2014 10:32 am | by Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter | Comments

It's safe to chew gum while fasting before surgery, researchers report. Patients are usually told not to eat or drink before surgery to prevent complications while they're under anesthesia, but it wasn't clear if the same was true for chewing gum ...

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Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery Helps Patients Keep Weight Off

October 13, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

Patients who have plastic surgery to reshape their bodies after bariatric procedures are able to maintain "significantly greater" weight loss than those who do not have surgery, according to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers ... 

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Rapid Control Interventions Key In Preventing Ebola Spread

October 10, 2014 12:13 pm | Comments

New Ebola research demonstrates that quick and forceful implementation of control interventions are necessary to control outbreaks and avoid far worse scenarios. Researchers analyzed up-to-date epidemiological data of Ebola cases in Nigeria as of Oct. 1, 2014, in order to estimate the case fatality rate, proportion of health care workers infected, transmission progression and impact of control interventions on the size of the epidemic ...

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Maryland School of Medicine Begins Ebola Vaccine Trials

October 10, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

Professor Myron M. Levine, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced that the CVD, in conjunction with its sister institution, The Center for Vaccine Development of Mali and the Ministry of Health of Mali, have begun a clinical trial in health care workers to evaluate a promising experimental Ebola vaccine ... 

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Twenty Years of Evidence Backs Bariatric Surgery

October 10, 2014 11:13 am | Comments

More than 20 years of evidence suggests that bariatric surgery produces greater weight loss and more type 2 diabetes remissions than nonsurgical treatments for the obese. The results, from a National Institutes of Health symposium held last year, support the idea that weight loss surgeries are effective and safe, at least within the first two to five years after surgery. But more studies of long term effects are needed, the authors say ...

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Mild Gallstone Pancreatitis: Admit To Medicine or Surgery?

October 10, 2014 10:54 am | Comments

Patients with mild gallstone pancreatitis who were admitted to the surgery service went to the operating room sooner and had shorter hospital stays and lower hospital costs than those admitted to the medicine service, in a new retrospective study ...

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Investigation Into GI Scope-Related Infections Changes National Guidelines

October 9, 2014 12:53 pm | Comments

National guidelines for the cleaning of certain gastrointestinal (GI) scopes are likely to be updated due to findings from UPMC's infection prevention team. The research and updated disinfection technique will be shared Saturday in Philadelphia at ID Week 2014, an annual meeting of health professionals in infectious disease fields ... 

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Study: College Athletes in Contact Sports More Likely to Carry MRSA

October 9, 2014 12:37 pm | Comments

Even if they don't show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other contact sports are more likely to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), suggests a study on MRSA and athletes, which is being presented at IDWeek 2014™. This puts them at higher risk for infection and increases the likelihood of spreading the bug, which can cause serious and even fatal infections ... 

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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms Now a Reality

October 9, 2014 12:14 pm | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities ...

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Expert Rejects Evidence of Life in Brain-Dead Girl

October 9, 2014 10:52 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

A court-appointed expert has told a California judge he sees no evidence that a 13-year-old girl is alive 10 months after a coroner signed her death certificate. The opinion was provided Monday in the case of Jahi McMath by Stanford University pediatric neurologist Paul Fisher. Jahi was declared brain dead on Dec. 12 after she went into cardiac arrest following surgery to treat sleep apnea ...

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The Risks of Performing Surgery During the Ebola Outbreak

October 9, 2014 10:35 am | by Karen Attiah, The Washington Post | Comments

Beyond the death toll from Ebola across West Africa the outbreak of the deadly virus has also caused serious complications to the provisions of other types of health care. People seeking access to health care for treatment of malaria cannot get help, pregnant women cannot get assistance delivering babies, and people cannot get access to routine immunizations ...

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Out of Africa…again? Infection Control in the Age of Ebola

October 9, 2014 10:06 am | by Dr. Douglas H. McConnell, Medical Director, OBP Medical | Comments

Once again, the medical community is taking notice of a highly contagious pathogen arising in Africa and potentially threatening all of mankind. The Ebola virus has now caused a very real pandemic that is wiping out villages and rapidly crossing borders in African nations. Those nations’ public health and social resources are challenge by this dangerous, aggressive killer ...

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Formerly Conjoined Twin From Panama On Road To Recovery

October 8, 2014 12:08 pm | by Lisa Sigell, CBSLA.com | Comments

A 2-year-old girl from Panama, who underwent surgery at a local hospital in Los Angeles, is on the road to recovery. Ana Paula was born a conjoined twin and underwent an operation 20 days later, which killed her twin and left her with a third leg and acute medical complications that could not be treated in her home country ...

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Universal Screening For MRSA May Be Too Costly

October 8, 2014 11:49 am | Comments

Numerous experts and policy makers have called for hospitals to screen patients for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and isolate anyone testing positive to prevent the spread of these so-called "Superbugs" in healthcare settings. Several states have enacted laws requiring patients be screened for MRSA upon admission ... 

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