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Scientists Aim To Give Botox a Safer Facelift

October 2, 2014 11:50 am | Comments

New insights into botulinum neurotoxins and their interactions with cells are moving scientists ever closer to safer forms of Botox and a better understanding of the dangerous disease known as botulism. By comparing all known structures of botulinum neurotoxins, researchers writing in the Cell Press journal Trends in Biochemical Sciences on Oct. 1 suggest new ways to improve the safety and efficacy of Botox injections.

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Brain Surgery With Sound Shows 'A Lot of Promise'

October 2, 2014 11:27 am | by Molly Shen, KomoNews.com | Comments

In the first of its kind surgery in the world, doctors at Seattle's Swedish Neuroscience Institute used a specialized cap to direct more than a thousand ultrasound beams onto a metastatic tumor, deep in a patient's brain. Dr. Stephen Monteith was the lead surgeon and is a co-investigator on the trial examining the safety of using focused ultrasound to treat metastatic brain tumors....

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Hospitals With Aggressive Treatment Styles Had Lower Failure to Rescue Rates

October 2, 2014 10:57 am | Comments

Hospitals with aggressive treatment styles, also known as high hospital care intensity (HCI), had lower rates of patients dying from a major complication (failure to rescue) but longer hospitalizations, writes Kyle H. Sheetz, M.D., M.S., of the Center for Healthcare Outcomes and Policy, Ann Arbor, Mich., and colleagues.

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US Sunshine Act Will Enlighten Patients, But Many Physicians Remain in the Dark

October 2, 2014 10:03 am | Comments

On Sept. 30, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the Open Payments database to the US public. This forms part of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act, which requires drug and device manufacturers to provide transparency into payments made to physicians, surgeons and other health professionals in exchange for their services ...

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Strict Blood Sugar Control After Heart Surgery May Not Be Necessary

October 1, 2014 1:05 pm | Comments

Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery may not have to follow a strict blood sugar management strategy after surgery, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of the publication The Annals of Thoracic Surgery ...

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Non-Traditional Donor Lungs Appear Safe For Transplant

October 1, 2014 11:57 am | Comments

Patients receiving lungs from donors whose cause of death was asphyxiation or drowning have similar outcomes and long-term survival as patients receiving lungs from traditional donors, according to a study in the October 2014 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery ...

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Doctors Remove 55-Pound Tumor From Woman’s Back After 10-Hour Surgery

October 1, 2014 11:37 am | by Richard James, BuzzFeed | Comments

Surgeons in southern China have successfully removed a huge tumour from a 35-year-old woman’s back. According to the Rex news agency, the woman, Yan, had tumours all over her body, but the largest stretched from her right shoulder to her ankle ...

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Teen With Down Syndrome Crowned Homecoming King Months After Brain Surgery

October 1, 2014 11:14 am | by Brad Galli, WXYZ-TV Detroit | Comments

To know Evan Parker, you would never guess what he's been through. "From the lowest of lows, to the highest of highs. That's what it feels like right now," his father Rick said Tuesday. Over the weekend, the 18-year old was crowned homecoming king at Salem High School in Plymouth, Mich. It was a celebration of a young man who's transformed his senior class ...

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'Smart' Bandage Emits Glow To Show Healing

October 1, 2014 10:30 am | Comments

Inspired by a desire to help wounded soldiers, an international, multidisciplinary team of researchers led by Assistant Professor Conor L. Evans at the Wellman Center for Photomedicine of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School (HMS) has created a paint-on, see-through, "smart" bandage that glows to indicate a wound's tissue oxygenation concentration ... 

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Hybrid 'Patch' Could Replace Heart Transplants

September 30, 2014 12:22 pm | Comments

Because heart cells cannot multiply and cardiac muscles contain few stem cells, heart tissue is unable to repair itself after a heart attack. Now Tel Aviv University researchers are literally setting a new gold standard in cardiac tissue engineering ...

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Reintroducing Aprotinin In Cardiac Surgery May Put Patients at Risk

September 30, 2014 12:10 pm | Comments

Cardiac surgery patients may be at risk because of a decision by Health Canada and the European Medicines Agency to reintroduce the use of aprotinin after its withdrawal from the worldwide market in 2007, assert the authors of a previous major trial that found a substantially increased risk of death associated with the drug ...

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Sony Focuses On Latest In Hybrid OR Technology

September 30, 2014 11:18 am | by Surgical Products Staff | Comments

In the September-October print issue of Surgical Products, our cover story focused on technology and patient care solutions driving Hybrid OR integration. Continuing this week, SP is running standalone Q&As from interviews related to our cover story. Today we feature Evan Krachman, Sony Electronics, Medical Systems Division. Here are Krachman's responses:

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Study: Back Surgery Offers Long-Term Societal Benefits

September 30, 2014 10:46 am | by Josh Sandberg, OrthoSpineNews | Comments

Back pain is a significant problem in America. In 2010, more than 10 million people experienced back pain. More than 200,000 of these patients are diagnosed with a herniated disc. Employees who experience back pain miss an average of 26 days of work and spend nearly 34 days in bed each year. While at work, back pain can affect productivity ...

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Report: Risk of Opioids Outweigh Benefits For Pain

September 30, 2014 10:16 am | Comments

According to a new position statement from the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), the risk of death, overdose, addiction or serious side effects with prescription opioids outweigh the benefits in chronic, non-cancer conditions such as headache, fibromyalgia and chronic low back pain. The position paper is published in the September 30, 2014, print issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology ... 

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New Tool Assesses Skill Development In Robotic Surgery

September 29, 2014 12:00 pm | Comments

A new standardized assessment provides a useful tool for tracking surgeons' progress as they develop the skills needed to perform robot-assisted microsurgery, reports a study in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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