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BRCA Test Results Affect Patients' Breast Cancer Surgery Plans

June 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Brown University | Comments

A new study reports that among women with breast cancer who undergo recommended testing before surgery, more than 7 in 10 who test positive will change their surgical plan, typically opting for a more extensive procedure such as a double mastectomy and sometimes ovary removal...

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Jury Rules In Favor Of Hospital, Surgeon After Patient Falls Off OR Table

June 12, 2014 11:06 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

A Cheyenne, WY jury ruled in favor of a local medical center and a trauma surgeon in a malpractice case brought about by woman who fell off an operating table during a 2010 gall bladder surgical procedure. Jurors cleared Cheyenne Regional Medical Center and Dr. Richard Fermelia of any negligence, and they dismissed Samantha Garcia of Nebraska’s claim that the hospital did not protect her from falling during the surgery...

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Frailty Can Help Predict Complications, Death In Older Trauma Patients

June 12, 2014 10:29 am | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

Measuring frailty using the Frailty Index (FI) can be a predictor of in-hospital complications, need for discharge to a skilled nursing facility or in-hospital death in older patients following physical trauma...           

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Childhood Cancer Survivors Hospitalized Frequently Years After Cancer Treatment

June 12, 2014 10:18 am | by American Association for Cancer Research | Comments

Survivors of childhood cancers were hospitalized more often and for longer durations because of blood disorders and other problems, many years after cancer treatment was completed, compared with the general population, according to a published study...

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Survivors Of Childhood Liver Transplant At Risk Of Becoming 'Skinny Fat'

June 12, 2014 10:09 am | by Liver Transplantation | Comments

New research reports that survivors of childhood liver transplant remain nutritionally compromised over the long-term. Findings published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society, indicate that the recipients' return to normal weight post-transplant was due to an increase in fat mass as body cell mass remained low...

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FBI Director: FBI Probing VA After Scathing Report

June 12, 2014 9:55 am | by Eric Tucker, Associated Press | Comments

The FBI has opened a criminal investigation into the Department of Veterans Affairs after a scathing watchdog report that found sweeping problems in the medical system for military veterans, FBI Director James Comey said Wednesday. In response to questioning at a House Judiciary Committee hearing, Comey said the investigation was being led by the FBI's office in Phoenix...

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Survey Sheds Light On Common Practice For Incompletely Resected Lung Cancer

June 11, 2014 11:20 am | by European Society for Medical Oncology | Comments

A landmark survey of more than 700 specialists provides crucial real-world insight into the treatments most oncologists choose for lung cancer patients whose tumour has been incompletely resected, an expert from the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) says...

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Endonovo Therapeutics To Develop Next Generation, Off-The-Shelf, Cell Free Regenerative Products

June 11, 2014 10:20 am | by Marketwired | Comments

Endonovo Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company developing innovative regenerative therapies, announced today that it has created technologies to pursue the development and manufacturing of next generation regenerative products that no longer require the administration of stem cells...

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Cardiovascular Systems Enrolls First Patient In Coast Study

June 11, 2014 10:12 am | by Cardiovascular Systems, Inc. | Comments

Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., announced that the first patient has been enrolled in its Coronary Orbital Atherectomy System Trial trial. Taking place in the United States and Japan, the study is designed to assess the safety and efficacy, as well as economic outcomes, of CSI’s new micro crown Orbital Atherectomy System in treating severely calcified coronary lesions in patients suffering from Coronary Artery Disease...

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First-Of-Its-Kind Pediatric Research And Funding Collaboration

June 11, 2014 9:57 am | by Kineta | Comments

Seattle Children's Research Institute and biotechnology company Kineta, Inc. today launched the Alliance for Children's Therapeutics (ACT), a first-of-its-kind pediatric research and funding collaboration designed to speed development of new medications for children and teens with lupus nephritis and other autoimmune diseases like multiple sclerosis, Type 1 diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis...

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Orthopaedic & Spine Center Hosts Innovative Spinal Surgery

June 11, 2014 9:42 am | by Orthopaedic & Spine Center | Comments

Raj N. Sureja, MD, of Orthopaedic & Spine Center in Newport News, Virginia, recently became the first doctor in Virginia, and one of the first doctors in the U.S., to use the new Stryker TroFlex Curved Needle to treat a vertebral compression fracture (VCF) patient during a Balloon Kyphoplasty procedure...

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Researchers Use Human Stem Cells To Create Light-Sensitive Retina In A Dish

June 11, 2014 9:35 am | by Johns Hopkins Medicine | Comments

Using a type of human stem cell, Johns Hopkins researchers say they have created a three-dimensional complement of human retinal tissue in the laboratory, which notably includes functioning photoreceptor cells capable of responding to light, the first step in the process of converting it into visual images...

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VA Confesses To "Integrity Issue"

June 10, 2014 12:22 pm | by Alan Fram, AP | Comments

A House bill, sponsored by Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., would let veterans facing delayed appointments or living more than 40 miles from a VA facility get care from non-agency providers for the next two years. It would also ban bonuses for all VA employees through 2016.

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Conjoined Twins Celebrate 18th Birthday

June 10, 2014 11:59 am | by Ramit Plushnick-Masti, AP | Comments

Crystal Copeland, the twins' mother, will never forget the day she learned she was pregnant with conjoined twins. Between 40 and 60 percent are stillborn, and some 35 percent survive one day. "At the time, if you Googled conjoined twins all you got was circus acts and babies that died," Copeland said.

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Anesthesiologist Suspended For Allegedly Sexting During Surgery

June 10, 2014 11:50 am | Comments

A Seattle physician accused of sexting during surgeries and improperly accessing medical images for personal gratification has been suspended. He is suspected of frequently sharing personal, and often sexually explicit, text messages while surgeries were taking place.

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