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Mali Could Be Next Ebola Target

November 17, 2014 11:49 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

It all started with a sick nurse, whose positive test for Ebola came only after her death. In a busy clinic that treats Mali's elite as well as wounded U.N. peacekeepers, what patient transmitted the virus?         

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Drugs That Prevent Clots May Protect Organs During Transplantation

November 17, 2014 11:23 am | Comments

Organs can become significantly damaged during transplantation, but a new article published in the BJS (British Journal of Surgery) offers a protective strategy that could keep them safe and allow them to function optimally after the procedure. ...      

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Half of STEMI Heart Attack Patients May Have Additional Clogged Arteries

November 17, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

A blocked artery causes a deadly kind of heart attack known as STEMI, and a rapid response to clear the blockage saves lives. But in more than half of cases studied recently by Duke Medicine researchers, one or both of the patient's other arteries were also obstructed, raising questions about whether and when additional procedures might be undertaken.

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Surgeon With Ebola Dies in Nebraska Hospital

November 17, 2014 10:46 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

A surgeon who contracted Ebola in his native Sierra Leone died Monday while being treated in a biocontainment unit at a Nebraska hospital, the facility said. Dr. Martin Salia died of the disease shortly after 4 a.m., Nebraska Medical Center spokesman Taylor Wilson said. ...   

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Bad Drugs Likely Killed Indian Women

November 17, 2014 10:17 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women who underwent sterilization procedures in central India after autopsies ruled out any surgery faults, according to officials. ...                             

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Study Offers New Clue Into How Anesthesia Works

November 14, 2014 12:03 pm | Comments

Anesthesia, long considered a blessing to patients and surgeons, has been a mystery for much of its 160-plus-year history in the operating room ...                    

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Organ Sales Prove Costly to People of Nepal

November 14, 2014 11:50 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Under crushing financial strain, Kumar Budathoki sold one of his kidneys to organ traffickers for $5,000, a sum he hoped would help set him up for a lifetime free of money problems. Instead, he got a lifetime of health problems — and only a fraction of the money promised to him by a shady broker in Hokshe, a village of tiny farms and mud huts that has been the center of the illegal organ trade in Nepal for more than a decade ...

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3D Printing Could Revolutionize Burn Treatment

November 14, 2014 11:28 am | by Alexander Trowbridge, CBS News | Comments

Dr. Marc Jeschke, the head of one of Canada's largest burn treatment centers, had to admit the 3D skin printer in his hands didn't look revolutionary ...                       

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Groundbreaking Surgery Could Help Arizona Man Walk Again

November 13, 2014 10:41 am | by Foxnews.com | Comments

Doctors hope a Scottsdale, Ariz. man who severed his spine in a dirt bike accident will regain the ability to walk after becoming the first-ever patient to undergo a groundbreaking new spinal cord surgery.      

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Study Breaks Down How Kids Suffer Head Injuries

November 13, 2014 10:13 am | by Elizabethe Holland Durando, Washington University in St. Louis | Comments

A study in which more than 43,000 children were evaluated for head trauma offers an unprecedented picture of how children most frequently suffer head injuries, report physicians at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the University of California, Davis, School of Medicine.   

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Indian Doctor Arrested, Denies Role in Sterilization Deaths

November 13, 2014 9:49 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The doctor who conducted sterilization procedures after which 13 women died in central India was arrested, but insisted he didn't do anything wrong — even though he said he used to perform up to 10 times more surgeries a day than allowed ...  

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Innovative Approach to Treating Pancreatic Cancer Combines Chemo and Immuno Therapy

November 12, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

VCU Massey Cancer Center and VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM) researchers discovered a unique approach to treating pancreatic cancer that may be potentially safe and effective. The treatment method involves immunochemotherapy - a combination of chemotherapy and immunotherapy, which uses the patient's own immune system to help fight against disease ... 

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Genes Identify Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 12, 2014 10:34 am | Comments

Acute rejection after kidney transplantation occurs in about 15%-20% of patients despite immunosuppressive therapy. Rejection is usually heralded by an increase in the patient's serum creatinine (a marker of kidney function), and a kidney biopsy is then performed to confirm whether rejection is taking place ... 

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Sterilization Deaths Show India's Healthcare Ills

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers' breasts ...              

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How To Prepare Your Child For Surgery

November 11, 2014 1:41 pm | by Deborah Goodman, Deseret News | Comments

One of the greatest stressors for parents is when our children have to undergo surgical procedures. My experiences with children’s surgery have run the gamut —from minor things like tear duct openings for our youngest when he was one year old to a very complicated open heart surgery for our third child when he was only a week old ... 

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