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Surgery Saves Santa's Holiday

December 17, 2012 11:57 am | by Chance Ryan | Comments

For more than 24 years, Paul Crochet, 73, of Houma, LA, has played the role of Santa at Southland Mall, entertaining kids with his natural Claus-like features and jolly Cajun accent. But when Crochet sought relief from aortic stenosis, he learned his only option would be an unconventional trial surgery.

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Cohera Medical Receives IDE Approval to Begin First No-Drain Clinical Study of TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive in the U.S.

December 14, 2012 3:09 pm | Comments

Cohera Medical, Inc.®, a leading innovator and developer of absorbable surgical adhesives and sealants, announced today that it has received approval from the United States Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”) to begin the first no-drain clinical trial for its TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive product in the U.S.

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Improving Patient Data Security On Mobile Devices

December 14, 2012 1:27 pm | Comments

Launched by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today, a new education initiative and set of online tools provide healthcare providers and organizations practical tips on ways to protect their patients’ protected health information when using mobile devices such as laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

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New Kidney Cancer Procedure Utilizes Robotic Approach

December 14, 2012 1:12 pm | Comments

Urologists at Henry Ford Hospital have developed a new technique that could make minimally invasive robotic partial nephrectomy procedures the norm, rather than the exception for kidney cancer patients. The technique spares the kidney, eliminates long hospital stays and provides better outcomes by giving the surgeon more time to perform the procedure.

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Dogs Sniffing Out Superbugs

December 14, 2012 12:58 pm | Comments

A two-year old male beagle (called Cliff) was trained to identify C. difficile in stool samples and in patients with C. difficile infection. He was taught to indicate the presence of the specific scent by sitting or lying down.  The dog's detection abilities were formally tested, and he correctly identified all 50 positive samples and 47 out of 50 negative samples.

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New Heart Procedure Promising, But More Evidence Needed

December 14, 2012 12:45 pm | Comments

A new heart valve procedure intended to treat patients with severe aortic stenosis and individuals who are at high risk for surgical complications or death is gaining traction in the U.S.

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Clinical Trials Positive For Joint Fusing Device

December 12, 2012 1:33 pm | Comments

SI-BONE, Inc., a medical device company that is pioneering the use of a minimally invasive surgical (MIS) device to fuse the sacroiliac (SI) joint announced today the publication of the first peer-reviewed journal article on the iFuse Implant System for the treatment of sacroiliac joint disruptions or degenerative sacroiliitis.

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New Vaccine Offers Post-Op Treatment For Cancer Patients

December 12, 2012 1:24 pm | Comments

Surgery removes the actual tumor while chemotherapy is aimed at destroying any cancer cells left in the body. Wake Forest Baptist is also among several medical centers nationwide participating in a new clinical trial. And so, every two weeks along with her chemotherapy, Thorn receives a dose of medicine considered "immunotherapy " designed to make any pancreatic cancer cells seem like a foreign body.

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Employees Share Of Insurance Premiums Up 74 Percent

December 12, 2012 12:35 pm | Comments

Average premiums for employer-sponsored family health insurance plans rose 62 percent between 2003 and 201. Workers are also paying more out-of-pocket, as their share of health insurance premiums rose by 74 percent on average and deductibles more than doubled, up 117 percent between 2003 and 2011.

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Hospital Resumes Kidney Transplants Following Accidental Disposal

December 12, 2012 12:13 pm | by Mitch Stacy, Associated Press | Comments

The Ohio hospital where an operating nurse accidentally disposed of a viable kidney will resume live kidney transplants in the next few weeks, officials said. Live kidney transplants at the University of Toledo Medical Center had been voluntarily halted after the Aug. 10 incident.

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Price Can Equate To Patient Perceptions On Quality

December 11, 2012 12:43 pm | Comments

Consumers assume their risk of getting a serious illness is higher when medications are cheaper because they believe that prices for life-saving products are based on need and not profit.

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Pain-Predicting Genes

December 11, 2012 12:33 pm | Comments

Scientists in Australia and Austria have described a "network map" of genes involved in pain perception, with remarkable similarity from fruit flies to people. The work should help identify new analgesic drugs.

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Brain Angioplasty, Stents Effective For Stroke Patients

December 11, 2012 12:17 pm | Comments

Some stroke patients may benefit from cerebral angioplasty and stent placement, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology.

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One-Week Old Treated With Shunting, Cranial Reduction For Macrocephaly

December 11, 2012 12:05 pm | Comments

Neurosurgeons recently achieved excellent physical and aesthetic results in an infant born with extreme macrocephaly due to hydrocephalus This was accomplished with implantation of a ventriculoperitoneal shunt followed by an operation to stabilize and reduce the size of the baby's head.

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The Greatest Resource You've Never Heard Of

December 10, 2012 12:54 pm | Comments

It's the medical resource behind discoveries that have affected patients around the globe, treasured by researchers and funded by the National Institutes of Health for nearly 50 years: the Rochester Epidemiology Project.

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