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3-D Imaging Facilitates Face Transplantation

November 29, 2011 7:11 am | Comments

By combining conventional medical imaging with some of the same 3-D modeling techniques used in Hollywood movies, researchers are offering new hope to victims of serious facial injuries. Results of a new study on human face transplantation, led by Darren M. Smith, M.D., plastic surgery resident at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), were presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).

Valvular Surgery Helps Patients With Infective Endocarditis And Heart Failure

November 29, 2011 7:02 am | Comments

Among patients with infective endocarditis (an infection of the heart lining which may involve the heart valves) and heart failure, about two-thirds undergo valvular surgery, which is associated with a significant reduction in the risk of death in the hospital and at one year, according to a study in the November 23/30 issue of JAMA .

Medical Imaging Can Bring Clarity To Critical Healthcare Decisions

November 29, 2011 6:12 am | Comments

(PRNewswire) Amid increased scrutiny over medical imaging scans and the use of radiation, a new survey reveals that awareness and familiarity with medical imaging tests lead to clearer decisions for U.S. adults about their healthcare. The survey, released by the Siemens Radiation Reduction Alliance (SIERRA) evaluated the decision-making process of participants in response to situations where a medical scan is recommended by a physician.


Slovakian Doctors Threaten To Leave Over Low Pay

November 29, 2011 5:56 am | Comments

(AP) — Slovakia has declared a state of emergency in more than a dozen hospitals to ensure that healthcare is not compromised after thousands of doctors resigned from public hospitals over low pay. Prime Minister Iveta Radicova, speaking after an emergency government meeting on the crisis, said the measures involve 15 hospitals across the country, including two clinics in the capital, Bratislava.

Artificial Pancreas Could Be 'Holy Grail' For Type 1 Diabetics

November 28, 2011 9:01 am | by Saundra Young, CNN Medical Senior Producer | Comments

(CNN)  -- Kerry Morgan was just 3 years old when she participated in her first clinical trial for type 1 diabetes prevention. She didn't have the disease, but her 7-year old sister did and there was concern that she might develop it, too. During the trial she was given one shot of insulin a day in the hope that it would stave off the disease, but a year later, she was officially diagnosed.

Clinical Trial Approved For Adhesion Prevention

November 28, 2011 8:54 am | Comments

BUSINESS WIRE)-- AdeTherapeutics, Inc. received Health Canada approval in November to conduct a double-blind randomized placebo controlled study in 30 patients to test its therapeutic to reduce adhesion (scar tissue) formation following laparoscopic procedure to remove an ectopic pregnancy. The trial will be conducted at teaching hospitals in Canada with first patient enrolment expected in December 2011.


Bendavia Research Presented At AHA Annual Meeting

November 28, 2011 8:49 am | Comments

(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Stealth Peptides Inc. (Stealth), a privately held biopharmaceutical company developing innovative mitochondrial therapies for diseases with unmet medical needs, reported today on a presentation of Bendavia study findings by cardiologist Dr. Robert Kloner, who presented data from three independent labs during the American Heart Association's (AHA) annual meeting.


Call For Proposals In Study Of Experimental MS Therapy

November 28, 2011 8:42 am | Comments

HALIFAX — The federal government is ready to accept research proposals for an early-phase patient trial of an experimental procedure that's been touted as a potential therapy for people with multiple sclerosis. Health Minister Leona Aglukkaq announced the call Friday for research proposals to study the so-called liberation therapy during the federal, provincial and territorial health ministers meeting in Halifax.


U.S. Outspends Other Countries On Health Care

November 23, 2011 4:39 am | by Julie Appleby | Comments

The United States far outpaces other countries in how much it spends on health care, although Americans have a lower rate of doctor visits and hospitalizations than most of the other 34 member countries of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. In its Health at a Glance 2011 report, out today, the OECD shows that the United States spent about $7,960 per person on health care in 2009 – about 2.

Probation For Program That Transplanted Infected Kidney

November 23, 2011 3:59 am | Comments

PITTSBURGH — The Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network and the United Network for Organ Sharing have placed the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center's transplant program on probation for up to a year because a living female donor had hepatitis when her kidney was transplanted into her male partner.


First Patient Dosed in Cervical Region in Stem Cell Trial

November 23, 2011 3:51 am | Comments

/PRNewswire/ -- Neuralstem, Inc. announced that the first patient to receive stem cells in the cervical (upper back) region of the spine was treated on Friday in its ongoing trial to test the safety of its spinal cord neural stem cells in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease).

More Allege Botched Buttocks Surgery By Fake Doc

November 23, 2011 3:44 am | Comments

MIAMI (AP) — Florida health officials say several possible victims have come forward alleging a woman posing as a doctor pumped their buttocks with cement, mineral oil and flat-tire sealant. Oneal Ron Morris was arrested Friday for practicing medicine without a license with serious bodily injury for performing that procedure on a woman last year.


BMI Associated With Short-Term Post-Op Mortality Rates

November 22, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

Body Mass Index (BMI) appears to be associated with 30-day mortality risk following surgical procedures, and patients with a BMI of less than 23.1 appear to be at highest risk of death, according to a report published Online First by Archives of Surgery , one of the JAMA/Archives journals. "Recent reports suggest that the prevalence of obesity among U.


Improved Electrical Stimulation Method Could Help Damaged Nerves

November 22, 2011 5:25 am | Comments

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) was developed to help return lost function to patients with upper and lower extremity injuries and spinal cord injuries, among other applications. However, the devices, which work by stimulating neuronal activity in nerve-damaged patients, have a potential shortcoming in that the electrical currents needed for the treatment to work can also send errant signals to surrounding nerves, resulting in painful side effects.

Woman Who Was Mauled By Chimp Praised For New Face

November 22, 2011 5:16 am | Comments

(AP) — A Connecticut woman who was mauled by an out-of-control chimpanzee says she's venturing out more after a face transplant, and that her new face is getting compliments. Charla Nash told NBC's Today show that she's returning to more of her normal life and her donor face has begun molding to her underlying bone structure.


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