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Study: Wound Dressing With Silver Kills MRSA, Other ‘Superbugs’

April 15, 2011 6:30 am | Comments

Silver-containing sodium carboxymethyl cellulose wound dressing killed range of bacteria in vitro that represent significant risks for patients in hospitals and other health facilities April 15, 2011 ConvaTec, a world-leading developer and marketer of innovative medical technologies for community and hospital care, today announced new in vitro study results showing that a wound dressing containing ionic silver is able to kill several strains of highly-resistant bacteria, commonly referred to as ‘superbugs.

How Can Metabolic Surgery Cure Diabetes So Fast?

April 15, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

No one can explain this strange phenomenon. The majority of type 2 diabetics who undergo metabolic surgery recover from diabetes only a few days after the procedure, long before any weight loss has occurred. Now researchers at Lund University Diabetes Center plan to find out what is happening by studying both patients and pigs before and after metabolic surgery.

Minimally Invasive Thyroid Surgery Effective In Children

April 15, 2011 6:29 am | Comments

  Surgical approaches that reduce incision size and recovery time from thyroid surgery work well in children, physician-scientists report. "It brings parents comfort to know it's going to be a small incision, an outpatient surgery with no drains or staples on the skin. We just use some glue for the skin and the recovery is very rapid," said Dr.

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Jamaica First Stop On U.S. Hospital Ship's Tour

April 15, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

David McFadden, Associated Press KINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — An enormous U.S. Navy hospital ship brought state-of-the-art medical care to Jamaica on Thursday, the first stop of a five-month goodwill mission to nine countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. The 894-foot (272-meter) white ship emblazoned with bright red crosses carries more than 600 personnel who will provide free surgical procedures, pediatric and dental care, and eye treatment to roughly 100,000 patients in nine countries, said U.

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PHOTO OF THE DAY: Experts Advise Storage Of Blood Cells From Japan Nuke Workers

April 15, 2011 6:28 am | Comments

Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer In this March 23, 2011 file photo released by Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency, Tokyo Electric Power Co. workers collect data in the control room for Unit 1 and Unit 2 at the tsunami-crippled Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Okumamachi, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.

Intraoperative Radiation For Breast Cancer Patients

April 13, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

Northwestern Medicine physicians are currently utilizing a new treatment option for breast cancer that allows women to receive a full dose of radiation therapy during breast conserving surgery. Traditionally, women who opt to have a lumpectomy must first have surgery then undergo approximately six weeks of radiation.

ACS Launches Online Community To Connect Rural Surgeons

April 13, 2011 6:45 am | Comments

The community will offer a range of collaborative tools to connect the surgeons and facilitate the sharing of advice, research, and other resources. Since many rural surgeons work alone, without access to leading experts at large medical institutions, this private online site will transform how they communicate with each other, regardless of geographic distances.

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No Risk In Delaying Surgery For Low-Grade Prostate Cancer

April 13, 2011 6:44 am | Comments

A Johns Hopkins study of 769 men from across the United States recently diagnosed with low-grade prostate cancer shows that forgoing immediate surgery to remove the tumor or radiation poses no added risk of death. Delaying treatment is fine, the results show, so long as the cancer's progression and tumor growth are closely monitored through "active surveillance" and there is no dramatic worsening of the disease over time.

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Government Begins New Push To Improve Hospital Safety

April 13, 2011 6:43 am | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal health officials are beginning a new push to improve hospital safety — aiming to save 60,000 lives over the next three years and save money at the same time. Hospitals are dangerous places, rife with infections and opportunities for medical mistakes. Yet some hospitals have dramatically reduced those harms, and lowered their bills as patients go home faster.

Anatomic Differences Found After Robotic-Assisted Radical Prostatectomy

April 12, 2011 5:49 am | Comments

Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM) have concluded that the anatomy of the pelvis following robotic-assisted radical prostatectomy (RARP) is considerably different when compared to the anatomy of the pelvis following an open prostatectomy (OP). These findings, which are the first to ever compare pelvic anatomy following RARP and OP surgery, may have implications for patients requiring post-operative radiation.

New Surgery For Neck Pain May Be Best Option

April 12, 2011 5:48 am | Comments

A new surgery for cervical disc disease in the neck may restore range of motion and reduce repeat surgeries in some younger patients, according to a team of neurosurgeons from the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and several other medical centers that analyzed three large, randomized clinical trials comparing two different surgeries.

New Sepsis Discovery Goes Straight To The Heart

April 12, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

New research in the FASEB Journal suggests that intervening with neutralizing antibodies to C5a or its receptors could prevent development of cardiomyopathy in patients with sepsis April 12, 2011 New research published online in The FASEB Journal (http://www.fasebj.org) details research in rats and mice that offers hope for stopping the devastating, and often fatal, effects of sepsis in humans.

Docs Choose Riskier Care For Selves Than Patients

April 12, 2011 5:46 am | Comments

Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer CHICAGO (AP) — Physicians may choose riskier treatment for themselves than they'd recommend for their patients, according to a study that highlights a need for candid discussions about patients' preferences. The findings are important because patients faced with difficult medical decisions often ask their doctors, "What would you do?" The answer reflects the doctors' values — not necessarily those of the patient.

Millennium Surgical Expands Online Presence

April 11, 2011 7:20 am | Comments

Millennium Surgical, recently named one of the 100 Fastest Growing Privately-owned Companies in the Philadelphia region, is expanding its brand in the healthcare marketplace with the acquisition of the domain name SurgicalInstruments.com . The SurgicalInstruments.com domain provides greater access for surgical facilities to Millennium Surgical’s resources.

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Kidney Transplants Faring Better Than Previously Reported

April 11, 2011 5:47 am | Comments

A new study from Mayo Clinic, the largest long-term study of kidney transplant recipients published to date, demonstrates that progressive damage to kidney transplants may be less common and less severe than previously reported. The study, involving 797 patients transplanted between 1998 and 2004 and followed for at least five years, shows that 87 percent of patients have mild or no signs of progressive scar damage to the transplanted organ when biopsied at one year after transplant.

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