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Many Women Who Get Hysterectomy May Not Need Procedure

January 7, 2015 11:16 am | Comments

It is estimated that one in three women in the United States will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Although the numbers of hysterectomies are decreasing, a new study of more than three thousand women in Michigan who underwent hysterectomy for benign indications reveals that alternatives to hysterectomy are being underused and that treatment guidelines are often not followed. ...   

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Imaging Technique Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | Comments

In 2014, prostate cancer was the leading cause of newly diagnosed cancers in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. In the January 6 issue of the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, a team of scientists and physicians, describe a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging - and may have significant implications for how patients with prostate cancer are ultimately treated.

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Court to Hear Case of Teen Refusing Chemotherapy

January 7, 2015 10:30 am | by the Associated Press | Comments

When a 17-year-old girl refused medical treatment for cancer and her mother agreed with her decision, state officials took custody of her and forced her to undergo what they called life-saving chemotherapy. ...         

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Smokers, Obese Carry Much Higher Health-Care Costs Than Peers

January 6, 2015 12:06 pm | Comments

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports. ...      

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Surgery For Obesity Linked to Longer Survival

January 6, 2015 11:47 am | Comments

Obese people seem likely to live longer if they have bariatric surgery (for obesity) than if they don't--with 53 percent lower risk of dying from any cause at five to 14 years after the procedure. So concluded a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) involving 2,500 obese patients and nearly 7,500 matched controls. ...   

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Glowing Nanotechnology Guides Cancer Surgery, Kills Malignant Cells

January 6, 2015 11:30 am | Comments

Researchers at Oregon State University have developed a new way to selectively insert compounds into cancer cells - a system that will help surgeons identify malignant tissues and then, in combination with phototherapy, kill any remaining cancer cells after a tumor is removed. ...   

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Conjoined Twins Recovering From First Separation Surgery

January 6, 2015 10:58 am | by Jacob Long, First Coast News | Comments

Doctors along with the parents of conjoined twins, Carter and Conner Mirabal, held a news conference Monday at Wolfson Children's Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla. According to Dr. Dan Robie, a pediatric surgeon at Nemours Children's Clinic, the first challenge during surgery for Carter and Conner was the underdeveloped abdominal wall that left the intestines exposed. ...  

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Outpatient Surgery Center Draws Opposition From Hospital

January 6, 2015 10:22 am | by Elizabeth Kim, Stamford Advocate | Comments

As the health care industry evolves, outpatient surgical centers have become increasingly familiar. Rather than going to a hospital, patients who need routine surgical procedures can have them performed at a private facility, usually in a nondescript office complex, and walk out the same day. ...    

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Bites to the Hand Worse Than Previously Thought

January 5, 2015 11:55 am | Comments

Hand injuries are frequently caused by human and animal bites, prompting as many as 330,000 emergency department visits in the United States each year. ...                 

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Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | Comments

A proactive infection prevention plan implemented widely in a Hong Kong healthcare system was a significant factor preventing the spread of influenza strain A H7N9, otherwise known as Avian flu. ...          

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Study IDs Risk Factors Linking Low Birth Weight to Diabetes

January 5, 2015 11:21 am | Comments

Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults. ...                      

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Megadyne Honored for Receiving ESP Award

January 5, 2015 11:03 am | Comments

Megadyne Medical Products, The Electrosurgical Authorityand full-solution electrosurgical equipment and accessory developer and manufacturer, has won third place honors in the safety category in the 2014 Excellence in Surgical Products (ESP) Awards. ...     

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Less Alcohol, More Plants Key to Reducing Obesity-Related Cancers

January 5, 2015 10:51 am | Comments

Low alcohol consumption and a plant-based diet, both healthy habits aligning with current cancer prevention guidelines, are associated with reducing the risk of obesity-related cancers, a New York University study shows. The findings appear in the journal Cancer Causes & Control. ...       

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Surgery Center Safety Continues to Be Scrutinized

January 5, 2015 10:25 am | by Sandra G.Boodman, Washington Post | Comments

Wendy Salo was alarmed when she learned where her doctor had scheduled her gynecologic operation -- at an outpatient surgery center. "My first thought was 'Am I not important enough to go to a real hospital?'" recalled Salo, 48, a supermarket department manager who said she felt "very trepidatious" about having her ovaries removed outside a hospital. ...   

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More Than 1.5 Million Cancer Deaths Prevented With Dropping Mortality

January 2, 2015 12:52 pm | Comments

The American Cancer Society's annual cancer statistics report finds that a 22% drop in cancer mortality over two decades led to the avoidance of more than 1.5 million cancer deaths that would have occurred if peak rates had persisted. ...     

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