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Tumors Might Grow Faster at Night

October 6, 2014 11:21 am | Comments

In a surprise finding that was recently published in Nature Communications, Weizmann Institute of Science researchers showed that nighttime is the right time for cancer to grow and spread in the body. Their findings suggest that administering certain treatments in time with the body’s day-night cycle could boost their efficiency ...

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A New Way To Extract Bone-Making Cells From Fat Tissue

October 6, 2014 11:01 am | Comments

Within our fat lives a variety of cells with the potential to become bone, cartilage, or more fat if properly prompted. This makes adipose tissue, in theory, a readily available reservoir for regenerative therapies such as bone healing if doctors can get enough of those cells and compel them to produce bone ...

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AORN Recommends 3 Strategies to Strengthen Fire Safety Planning in the OR

October 6, 2014 10:25 am | Comments

October 5 begins Fire Prevention Week. For most ORs across the country, this is the time of year for fire safety drills and education—excellent steps toward preventing surgical fires. Yet, 550–650 surgical fires still occur annually in procedural environments where the three elements of the fire triangle come together ...

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BD to Acquire CareFusion for $12.2 Billion

October 6, 2014 10:04 am | Comments

BD and CareFusion announced Sunday a definitive agreement under which BD will acquire CareFusion for $58 per share in cash and stock, or a total of $12.2 billion, to create a global leader in medication management and patient safety solutions.  The agreement has been unanimously approved by the boards of both companies. 

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5 Ways To Contain Ebola In The U.S.

October 3, 2014 10:37 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP | Comments

Here are the top five things the Center for Disease Control is doing to help prevent the spread of the ebola virus. Texas health officials have confined four people to their home, under guard, after they had close contact with an Ebola patient in Dallas.

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Reseachers Discover Gene That Can Predict Aggressive Prostate Cancer

October 2, 2014 5:54 pm | Comments

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have identified a biomarker living next door to the KLK3 gene that can predict which GS7 prostate cancer patients will have a more aggressive form of cancer. The results were reported in the journal of Clinical Cancer Research, a publication of the American Association of Cancer Research.

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Discovery Could Help Prevent Brain Tumors in Children

October 2, 2014 5:45 pm | Comments

Scientists at the IRCM discovered a mechanism that promotes the progression of medulloblastoma, the most common brain tumor found in children. The team, led by Frédéric Charron, PhD, found that a protein known as Sonic Hedgehog induces DNA damage, which causes the cancer to develop ... 

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Common Painkillers Combined With Other Drugs May Cause High Risk of Bleeding

October 2, 2014 5:35 pm | Comments

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) — such as ibuprofen and aspirin — increase one's risk of upper gastrointestinal bleeding. When taken in combination with other drugs, this risk is significantly higher, according to new research appearing in the October issue of Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

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Treatment To Reduce Blood Clots In Surgery Examined

October 2, 2014 5:15 pm | Comments

The effectiveness of a treatment to reduce blood clots among otolaryngology patients admitted for surgery appears to differ based on patient risk and the procedure. The report was written by Vinita Bahl, D.M.D., M.P.P., of the University of Michigan Health System, Ann Arbor, and colleagues ... 

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Girl's Family Seeks Reversal of Brain-Death Ruling

October 2, 2014 4:23 pm | by the Associated Press | Comments

The family of a California teenager declared brain-dead after suffering complications from sleep apnea surgery is seeking an unprecedented court order declaring her alive, reported the Associated Press. The family's attorney, Chris Dolan, argued in court papers filed this week that 13-year-old Jahi McMath is no longer brain-dead and shows significant signs of life ...

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MRSA Biofilms In Joint Fluid Make Infections Tough To Tackle

October 2, 2014 12:12 pm | Comments

Physicians have long speculated at the hard-to-treat nature of joint infection. In an article published in Journal of Infectious Diseases, Thomas Jefferson University scientists, in collaboration with scientists at the National Institutes of Health, come one step closer to understanding why these infections are so tough to tackle.

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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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