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Study: Blood Test Serves As 'Crystal Ball' For Heart Transplant Patients

February 19, 2014 6:55 am | Comments

A new UCLA-led study shows that a blood test commonly used to determine whether heart transplant recipients are rejecting their new organ can also predict potential rejection-related problems in the future...         

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Online Doctor Reviews Not Commonly Researched By Patients

February 19, 2014 6:48 am | by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press | Comments

Doctor ratings are less popular than those of toasters, cars, and movies when it comes to online consumer sites. That's according to a survey that found most adults hadn't checked online physician reviews — and most said a conveniently located office and accepting patients' health insurance was more important...

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Researchers Develop Sticky Nanoparticles To Fight Heart Disease

February 18, 2014 11:09 am | Comments

Clemson University researchers have developed nanoparticles that can deliver drugs targeting damaged arteries, a non-invasive method to fight heart disease. The researchers, led by Clemson bioengineering professor Naren Vyavahare, hope their advanced nanoparticles could be used alongside stents or in lieu of them...

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Russian Olympic Skier Breaks Back, Undergoes 6 1/2-Hour Surgery

February 18, 2014 10:06 am | by Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer | Comments

Olympic skicross racer Maria Komissarova has been airlifted to Germany for further treatment after surgery on her fractured spine, the Russian freestyle ski federation said Sunday. The 23-year-old Komissarova crashed during a training run Saturday, fracturing the 12th dorsal vertebrae in her lower-middle back, and underwent emergency surgery lasting 6 ½ hours...

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Researchers Developing Technology To Link Patient Records Between Hospitals, Medical Flight Crews

February 18, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

Although trauma, heart, and stroke patients benefit from being transferred from a local hospital to a higher-level care facility, it’s unclear why patients transferred with non-urgent medical conditions show at least a 30 percent higher death rate than had they stayed put, according to researchers from Case Western Reserve University’s nursing school...

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Researchers Recommend Mobile Compression Device To Prevent Blood Clots After Joint Surgery

February 18, 2014 9:50 am | Comments

A study published today as the lead article in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery determined that after lower extremity joint replacement surgery a mobile compression device was just as effective as blood thinners in preventing deep vein thrombosis (DVT), but without negative side effects including bleeding complications...

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Kidney Transplant: Donors May Risk ESRD

February 14, 2014 2:15 pm | by Kristina Fiore | Comments

People who donate one of their kidneys have an increased risk of developing end-stage renal disease (ESRD), although the overall magnitude of that risk is small, researchers found...          

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FDA Rejects Wider Use Of J&J Xarelto For Third Time

February 14, 2014 1:56 pm | Comments

Johnson & Johnson said Friday that the Food and Drug Administration has rejected — for a third time — its application to expand use of the blood thinner Xarelto to reduce dangerous blood clots and related problems in patients with coronary artery disease...

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Ice Worker Hit By Olympic Bobsled Is Stable After Surgery

February 14, 2014 12:48 pm | by Stephen Wilson, AP Sports Writer | Comments

The Russian ice worker struck by a speeding bobsled was conscious and in stable condition Friday after undergoing surgery on two broken legs, Olympic organizers said. IOC and Sochi officials said they are still investigating why the worker was on the track and didn't hear the warning signals about the sled approaching...

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Biomarker Identified For Noncancerous Pancreatic Cysts

February 14, 2014 12:35 pm | Comments

Researchers at the Indiana University School of Medicine have discovered a highly accurate, noninvasive test to identify benign pancreatic cysts, which could spare patients years of nerve-racking trips to the doctor or potentially dangerous surgery...

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Muscle Loss Ups Mortality And Sepsis Risk In Liver Transplant Candidates

February 14, 2014 7:47 am | Comments

Japanese researchers have determined that sarcopenia—a loss of skeletal muscle mass—increases risk of sepsis and mortality risk in patients undergoing live donor liver transplantation. While sarcopenia, defined as loss of muscle connected to bones, is associated with aging, studies have shown it can occur in patients with chronic diseases such as cancer, liver disease, and malnutrition...

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Assisted Suicide Charge Dropped Against Pennsylvania Nurse

February 14, 2014 7:34 am | by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press | Comments

A Pennsylvania judge threw out an assisted suicide charge Tuesday against a nurse accused of handing her 93-year-old terminally ill father a bottle of morphine, a decision that brought elation and relief to the defendant and her family one year to the day after his death...

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U.S., 26 Countries Launch Effort To Fight Outbreaks

February 14, 2014 7:25 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | Comments

The U.S. and 26 other countries began a new effort Thursday to prevent and fight outbreaks of dangerous infectious diseases before they spread around the globe. U.S. health officials called the Global Health Security Agenda a priority because too many countries lack the health infrastructure necessary to spot a new infection rapidly and sound the alarm before it has time to gain a foothold and even spread into other countries...

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Formula One Champion Michael Schumacher Still Waking Up From Coma

February 14, 2014 7:07 am | Comments

Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is still in the process of waking up from an induced coma following a skiing accident more than six weeks ago, his manager said Thursday. The 45-year-old Schumacher suffered serious head injuries Dec. 29 when he fell and hit the right side of his head on a rock. The German has been treated in the Grenoble University Hospital since then...

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Study: Metal Implants May Cut Chemo Side Effects

February 14, 2014 6:51 am | Comments

Cancer patients could one day experience fewer side effects from chemotherapy following a discovery that opens the door for more targeted treatments. Researchers have identified a possible way of treating tumors that would see doctors place harmless metal implants at the cancer site...

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