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GameStop CEO Had Surgery to Remove Cancerous Brain Tumor

August 20, 2014 11:17 am | Comments

GameStop Corp., the largest specialty retailer of video games, said Chief Executive Officer Paul Raines underwent surgery to identify and remove a small cancerous tumor from his brain. The tumor, located in “an easily accessible” part of the brain, was found early and doctors said his prospects to make a full recovery are good, the company said in a filing today. Raines, 50, will now undergo preventative chemotherapy.

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Blocking 'Chili Pepper' Receptor Could Lead to New Pain Medication

August 20, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

Biting into a chili pepper causes a burning spiciness that is irresistible to some, but intolerable to others. Scientists exploring the chili pepper's effect are using their findings to develop a new drug candidate for many kinds of pain, which can be caused by inflammation or other problems. They reported their progress on the compound, which is being tested in clinical trials, in ACS' Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.

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Laser Surgery Shows Promise Halting Seizures in Epilepsy Sufferers

August 20, 2014 10:52 am | Comments

A year ago, Justin Wan often couldn't make it more a week without an epileptic attack and his senses were dulled by heavy doses of anti-seizure medications. But today, the only outward sign that he suffered from debilitating seizures is a small staple scar on the top of his head, hidden by a headful of thick black hair - where surgeons in December inserted a tiny laser that zapped out a lesion in his brain. He hasn't had a seizure since.

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Is China's 50 percent C-section delivery rate too high?

August 20, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

Efforts must be made to decrease China's increasing caesarean section rate, suggests a new commentary published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology (BJOG). China has one of the highest C-section rates in the world. Of 16 million babies born in 2010, about half were by caesarean. The current Chinese language literature on caesarean rates reports total caesarean rates ranging from 36% to 58%.

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North Korean Women Get Cosmetic Surgery to Work Abroad

August 19, 2014 12:34 pm | Comments

Cosmetic surgery procedures common in South Korea are becoming increasingly popular in the North, sources inside the country have told DailyNK. Previously, North Koreans were expected to abide by strict codes of conduct on appearance and avoid any trends seen as anti-socialist, but under the young leader Kim Jong-un, these appear to be easing – a move observers say is designed to show his rule as a modern and progressive.

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Transcatheter Mitral Valve Repair Rivals Surgery

August 19, 2014 12:24 pm | Comments

Survival rates with catheter-based mitral valve repair are comparable to classic surgery and better than conservative management in high-surgical-risk patients with severe mitral valve regurgitation, researchers reported. Researchers Martin J. Swaans, MD, of St. Antonius Hospital, Nieuwegein, the Netherlands, and colleagues wrote about the study in the journal JACC: Cardiovascular Interventions.

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Palmer Has Successful Pacemaker Implant Surgery

August 19, 2014 12:02 pm | Comments

The GOLF Channel reported that golf legend Arnold Palmer had a pacemaker implanted Monday in Pittsburgh and is resting comfortably, according to a Facebook post on the Arnold Palmer Invitational page and on his own website. Palmer, one of golf's all-time greats, will turn 85 on Sept. 10.

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Deaths Rise With Shift to Outpatient Procedures for Urology Surgeries

August 19, 2014 11:50 am | Comments

As hospitals have shifted an array of common urological surgeries from inpatient procedures to outpatient, potentially preventable deaths have increased following complications. The study also identified older, sicker, minority patients and those with public insurance as more likely to die after a potentially recognizable or preventable complication.

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Michigan Girl Mauled by Raccoon Finishes Surgeries

August 19, 2014 11:29 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

Charlotte Ponce, whose face was mauled by a pet raccoon when she was a baby, is celebrating the completion of two years' worth of reconstructive surgical procedures. Since August 2012, she has had her upper lip repaired, her nose rebuilt and been given a new right ear. She underwent skin graft surgery last week on the arm where her ear was harvested.

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Postsurgical Cognitive Side Effects Still a Concern

August 19, 2014 11:17 am | Comments

A nationwide survey of Swedish anesthesiologists and nurse anesthetists has found there is low awareness of the risks of cognitive side effects following surgery. Furthermore, only around half of the respondents used depth-of-anesthesia monitors. According to the survey results, less attention is being paid to cognitive side effects following surgery, yet these complications can have major implications for the patient.

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Report: Clinics Fail to Warn Patients of Laser Eye Dangers

August 18, 2014 12:10 pm | Comments

The dangers of laser eye surgery are not being properly explained to people desperate to improve their vision. One in three consultations by clinics offering the treatment were of poor quality, according to a Which? investigation. The consumer watchdog found that the relatively low prices promised by the major chains in their marketing are not what they seem, while some outlets sting customers with unexpected fees.

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Violinist Plays Through Brain Surgery

August 18, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

When Roger Frisch noticed hand tremors back in 2009, it was no small deal - as a professional violinist, steady hands are absolutely imperative to his work. The solution? Deep brain stimulation, to be administered by brain surgeons at the Mayo Clinic Neural Engineering Lab.

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Pigs' Hearts Transplanted Into Baboons Viable More Than a Year

August 18, 2014 11:38 am | Comments

Investigators from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have successfully transplanted hearts from genetically engineered piglets into baboons' abdomens and had the hearts survive for more than one year, twice as long as previously reported. "This has potential for paving the way for the use of animal organs for transplantation into humans," said Dr. Muhammad M. Mohiuddin. 

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High-Intensity Exercise Safe and Effective in Heart Transplant Recipients

August 18, 2014 11:09 am | Comments

High-intensity exercise can help stable heart transplant patients reach higher levels of exercise capacity, and gain better control of their blood pressure than moderate intensity exercise, investigators report in a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. 

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California Hospital Offers New FDA-Approved Transcatheter Heart Valve Therapy

August 18, 2014 10:53 am | Comments

El Camino Hospital became one of the first hospitals in California to adopt a new minimally invasive system to treat patients with narrowed, failing aortic heart valves who are considered to be at high risk to undergo surgery. El Camino Hospital was one of 45 U.S. sites involved in the High Risk Study of the CoreValve U.S. Pivotal Trial, which led to the FDA approval of the CoreValve System.

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