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Biologists Find Gene That Could Stop Tumors in Their Tracks

October 14, 2014 11:20 am | Comments

The dirt in your backyard may hold the key to isolating cancerous tumors and to potential new treatments for a host of cancers.University of Iowa researchers have found a gene in a soil-dwelling amoeba that functions similarly to the main tumor-fighting gene found in humans, called PTEN ...

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UVA Neurosurgeon Leads Partnership for Safer High-Tech Surgery

October 14, 2014 11:00 am | Comments

A University of Virginia Health System physician is playing a key role in advancing the safety and quality of advanced brain surgery. In an initiative coordinated by UVA neurological surgeon Jason Sheehan the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Society for Radiation Oncology are developing a first-of-its-kind patient registry in order to establish national benchmarks for stereotactic radiosurgery ...

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Study: Significant Increase in Post-Surgical Complications

October 14, 2014 10:14 am | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, announced the publication in Critical Care of an analysis on the clinical and economic impacts of post-surgical complications in patients undergoing major surgery ...

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Impact of Mental Stress on the Heart Varies for Men, Women

October 13, 2014 11:44 am | Comments

Men and women have different cardiovascular and psychological reactions to mental stress, according to a study of men and women who were already being treated for heart disease. The study, published was today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology ...

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Researchers Look at Impact of Patient-to-Physician Messaging

October 13, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

Email has become one of the most widespread forms of communication, with its streamlined interactions benefiting both businesses and individuals. With the advent of secure patient web portals and the faith that online access has the potential to improve care, the medical industry is slowly catching up ... 

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Conjoined Twin Babies to Take First Step in Separation Surgery

October 13, 2014 10:55 am | by Amanda Orr, Reuters | Comments

Conjoined 6-month-old twin girls will begin to undergo tissue expansion this month to stretch skin that will be used to cover patches of their bodies when they are separated in a surgery planned for December. The tissue expansion for Knatalye Hope Mata and Adeline Faith Mata is expected to take six to eight weeks ... 

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Report: Chewing Gum Before Surgery Safe

October 13, 2014 10:32 am | by Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter | Comments

It's safe to chew gum while fasting before surgery, researchers report. Patients are usually told not to eat or drink before surgery to prevent complications while they're under anesthesia, but it wasn't clear if the same was true for chewing gum ...

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Body Contouring After Bariatric Surgery Helps Patients Keep Weight Off

October 13, 2014 10:07 am | Comments

Patients who have plastic surgery to reshape their bodies after bariatric procedures are able to maintain "significantly greater" weight loss than those who do not have surgery, according to a new study by Henry Ford Hospital researchers ... 

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Rapid Control Interventions Key In Preventing Ebola Spread

October 10, 2014 12:13 pm | Comments

New Ebola research demonstrates that quick and forceful implementation of control interventions are necessary to control outbreaks and avoid far worse scenarios. Researchers analyzed up-to-date epidemiological data of Ebola cases in Nigeria as of Oct. 1, 2014, in order to estimate the case fatality rate, proportion of health care workers infected, transmission progression and impact of control interventions on the size of the epidemic ...

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Maryland School of Medicine Begins Ebola Vaccine Trials

October 10, 2014 11:54 am | Comments

Professor Myron M. Levine, MD, Director of the Center for Vaccine Development (CVD) at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, and UM SOM Dean E. Albert Reece MD, PhD, MBA, announced that the CVD, in conjunction with its sister institution, The Center for Vaccine Development of Mali and the Ministry of Health of Mali, have begun a clinical trial in health care workers to evaluate a promising experimental Ebola vaccine ... 

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Twenty Years of Evidence Backs Bariatric Surgery

October 10, 2014 11:13 am | Comments

More than 20 years of evidence suggests that bariatric surgery produces greater weight loss and more type 2 diabetes remissions than nonsurgical treatments for the obese. The results, from a National Institutes of Health symposium held last year, support the idea that weight loss surgeries are effective and safe, at least within the first two to five years after surgery. But more studies of long term effects are needed, the authors say ...

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Mild Gallstone Pancreatitis: Admit To Medicine or Surgery?

October 10, 2014 10:54 am | Comments

Patients with mild gallstone pancreatitis who were admitted to the surgery service went to the operating room sooner and had shorter hospital stays and lower hospital costs than those admitted to the medicine service, in a new retrospective study ...

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Investigation Into GI Scope-Related Infections Changes National Guidelines

October 9, 2014 12:53 pm | Comments

National guidelines for the cleaning of certain gastrointestinal (GI) scopes are likely to be updated due to findings from UPMC's infection prevention team. The research and updated disinfection technique will be shared Saturday in Philadelphia at ID Week 2014, an annual meeting of health professionals in infectious disease fields ... 

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Study: College Athletes in Contact Sports More Likely to Carry MRSA

October 9, 2014 12:37 pm | Comments

Even if they don't show signs of infection, college athletes who play football, soccer and other contact sports are more likely to carry the superbug methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), suggests a study on MRSA and athletes, which is being presented at IDWeek 2014™. This puts them at higher risk for infection and increases the likelihood of spreading the bug, which can cause serious and even fatal infections ... 

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Mind-Controlled Prosthetic Arms Now a Reality

October 9, 2014 12:14 pm | Comments

For the first time, robotic prostheses controlled via implanted neuromuscular interfaces have become a clinical reality. A novel osseointegrated (bone-anchored) implant system gives patients new opportunities in their daily life and professional activities ...

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