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Hall Of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly Expects Surgery After Cancer Recurrence

March 26, 2014 9:48 am | by Carolyn Thompson, Associated Press | Comments

Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly is expected to have surgery again following the recurrence of cancer that his wife described as aggressive and "starting to spread." Doctors for the 54-year-old former Buffalo Bills star are leaning toward surgery...

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Small Wireless Pacemaker Is Safe, Effective In Early Testing

March 25, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

A new small, wireless self-contained pacemaker appears safe and feasible for use in patients, according to a small study in the American Heart Association journal Circulation. At six millimeters in diameter and about 42 millimeters long, the wireless device is smaller than a triple-A battery...

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Microfluidic Device With Artificial Arteries Measures Drugs' Influence On Blood Clotting

March 25, 2014 9:56 am | Comments

A new microfluidic method for evaluating drugs commonly used for preventing heart attacks has found that while aspirin can prevent dangerous blood clots in some at-risk patients, it may not be effective in all patients with narrowed arteries. The study, which involved 14 human subjects, used a device that simulated blood flowing through narrowed coronary arteries to assess effects of anti-clotting drugs...

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Genes May Explain Higher ACL Injuries In Girls

March 25, 2014 9:42 am | Comments

It's well known that female athletes suffer up to eight times more painful, season-ending anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injuries than their male counterparts. Now researchers from Akron Children's Hospital and the University of Akron believe genes may explain the difference...

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Boston Marathon Bombing Survivor Dances Again

March 24, 2014 10:25 am | Comments

Despite losing part of her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombing last year, a professional dancer is back on stage. Adrianne Haslet-Davis, 33, from Boston, performed for first time since the being injured on Wednesday at the 2014 TED Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia...

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In Rats, Diffuse Brain Damage Can Occur With No Signs Of 'Concussion'

March 24, 2014 10:16 am | Comments

A standard experimental model of concussion in rats causes substantial brain damage—but no behavioral changes comparable to those seen in patients with concussion, reports a study. The results highlight the "disconnect" between preclinical and clinical studies of concussion...

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Bariatric Surgery Decreases Risk Of Uterine Cancer

March 24, 2014 10:13 am | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and Moores Cancer Center report that bariatric surgery resulting in dramatic weight loss in formerly severely obese women reduces the risk of endometrial (uterine) cancer by 71 percent and as much as 81 percent if normal weight is maintained after surgery...

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Girl With Rare Case Of Medically Induced Obesity Has Surgery

March 24, 2014 10:00 am | Comments

A 12-year-old girl with a rare case of medically induced obesity that pushed her weight past 200 pounds is recovering after weight-loss surgery. Alexis Shapiro, from Cibolo, Texas, was sedated and on a ventilator late Friday after undergoing weight-loss surgery at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, NBC News reported...

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Cyber Attack Against Colorado Hospital Attempts To Steal 5,400 Patient Records

March 21, 2014 10:35 am | by Mike Schmidt, Editor, Surgical Products | Comments

Glenwood Spring-based Valley View Hospital announced it recently was the victim of a cyber attack where screenshots of hospital patient data were grabbed. The screenshots were hidden in an encrypted folder for potential transmission to criminals. 5,400 patients were affected...

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Simple EMG Classification Can Improve Outcome Of Nerve Transfer Surgery

March 21, 2014 9:29 am | Comments

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that electromyography (EMG) testing to determine the quality of donor nerves can improve the outcome of nerve transfer surgery to restore function in patients with a brachial plexus injury. EMG is a sophisticated test used to objectively measure muscle and nerve function...

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Study: Surgery After Major Stroke Also Improves Survival Odds In Elderly Patients

March 21, 2014 9:28 am | Comments

Patients who are over the age of 60 and have suffered a major stroke due to blockage of the middle cerebral artery benefit from hemicraniectomy. The procedure relieves increased pressure on the brain in the first 48 hours after the stroke. These patients’ chances of survival increase two-fold if they undergo surgery...

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White House Backs Off Quick Confirmation For New Surgeon General (For Now)

March 20, 2014 10:28 am | by Nedra Pickler, Associated Press | Comments

The White House is backing off its push for quick confirmation of President Barack Obama's pick to be surgeon general in the face of opposition from the National Rifle Association and concerns among Democrats up for re-election who don't want to take another tough vote on a controversial nominee...

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Study: Patients Enjoy Good Quality Of Life 10 Years After Esophagectomy And Gastric Pull-Up

March 20, 2014 9:12 am | Comments

A recent study concluded that pessimism about the long-term quality of life after an esophagectomy on the part of treating physicians and patients is unwarranted. Esophagectomy with gastric pull-up is a surgical procedure in which the stomach is used to replace the esophagus...

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Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Among U.S. Children On The Rise

March 20, 2014 9:06 am | Comments

Infections caused by a specific type of antibiotic-resistant bacteria are on the rise in U.S. children, according to new study published in the Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society. While still rare, the bacteria are increasingly found in children of all ages, especially those 1-5 years old, raising concerns about dwindling treatment options...

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NHL Player Has Heart Surgery After Collapsing During Game

March 20, 2014 8:58 am | Comments

Rich Peverley has been released from an Ohio hospital after undergoing successful surgery to correct an abnormal heart rhythm, just more than a week after the Dallas Stars forward collapsed on the bench during a game...     

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