Patients report decreased pain and improved breathing following treatment of their hilar tumors with robotic radiosurgery, but researchers say the therapy falls short of improving survival. Still, the study, conducted by researchers at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, represents the first of its kind to document the use of radiosurgery for hilar tumors and presents a novel therapy option.
Accuray Incorporated, (Nasdaq: ARAY) announces that studies underway at two leading academic institutions using CyberKnife radiosurgery in breast cancer treatment. These two studies, from the University of Texas Southwestern and Fox Chase Cancer Center, will be presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in San Diego from October 31 to November 4.
Malcolm Ritter, AP Science Writer NEW YORK (AP) — The risk of concussions from football and some other sports is so serious that a qualified athletic trainer should always be on the field — at adult and children's games, and even at practice, a major doctors group said Monday. Following that advice from the American Academy of Neurology would be a dramatic change for youth sports programs, most of which don't have certified trainers.
Anti-inflammatory drugs currently used to treat diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis may also help prevent cognitive problems after surgery, according to a new study by researchers at Imperial College London and University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The research also reveals for the first time that a specific inflammatory response in the brain may explain why many patients experience memory loss or other forms of cognitive dysfunction after surgery or critical illness.
November 2, 2010 According to a report published in the October issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, a grant-funded program tailored to provide advanced minimally invasive surgery skills to young, underrepresented minority surgeons, is helping address shortages of minority faculty members at U.
Associated Press PIKEVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina man is celebrating successful cancer surgery in an unusual way: by seeking world record status for the tumor doctors removed from his abdomen. The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that Eugene Tyner of Pikeville has applied to the Guinness Book of World Records for the status of heaviest cancerous kidney ever removed.
Medline Industries, Inc. announced today that it is funding ten new research projects in its second round of Prevention Above All Discoveries Grants focused on reducing the medical risks and harms associated with hospital-acquired conditions. To date the program has provided over $1.1 million in funding to front-line healthcare workers researching evidence-based solutions.
BERLIN (AP) — Still wondering what to get that special someone for the holidays? Why not "earrings with giraffe tail slices" from German anatomist Guenter von Hagens' new online shop for euro41.53 ($57.55)? Von Hagens, famous for his "Body Worlds" traveling exhibition of preserved human bodies and body parts, said Friday his new Internet shop is going online Nov.
Study from Rhode Island Hospital identifies an unusual yet financially impactful condition November 1, 2010 PROVIDENCE, RI – A new study from Rhode Island Hospital found that 33 individuals were responsible for 305 cases of medical intervention to remove foreign bodies that were intentionally swallowed, resulting in more than $2 million in estimated hospital costs.
For pancreatic cancer patients unable to undergo surgery – the only known cure for this form of cancer – a highly targeted cancer radiation therapy may help slow cancer progression and lessen disease symptoms, according to researchers at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Called stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT), the study found it was able to delay pancreatic cancer progression locally, on average, by almost six months.
Ansell Healthcare announces the launch of the Ansell Protects Program, a major new initiative aimed at helping healthcare facilities understand the risks associated with chemical allergies and providing solutions for them. It is estimated that hand dermatitis affects up to 33% of all nurses, costing the U.
SAO PAULO (AP) — A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald's must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds (30 kilograms) while working there for a dozen years. The 32-year-old man said he felt forced to sample the food each day to ensure quality standards remained high, because McDonald's hired "mystery clients" to randomly visit restaurants and report on the food, service and cleanliness.
Virtual Incision Corporation announces financing and the opening of its corporate headquarters as it works to develop in vivo single incision laparoscopic robotic surgical devices for abdominal and pelvic procedures October 29, 2010 Virtual Incision Corporation, a developer of in vivo robots for use in single incision laparoscopic surgery, today announced it has completed a $2 million Series A financing led by PrairieGold Venture Partners and Bluestem Capital.
ROME (AP) — Three surgeons have been convicted of performing unnecessary operations in what the Italian media has dubbed a "clinic of horrors." The sentences were handed down Friday after a trial in which prosecutors produced evidence that unneeded operations including amputations were performed on 83 patients at the Santa Rita clinic in Milan with the aim of getting large reimbursements from the state health system.
Chi-Chi Zhang, Associated Press BEIJING (AP) — China's Red Cross asked citizens around the country Friday to urgently donate blood because of an acute shortage that has prompted delays in some surgeries. An emergency notice on the agency's website said blood was in especially short supply this year and called for emergency measures, such as blood drives, in Beijing and the provinces of Yunnan, Shandong, Jilin, Hubei and Guangdong.