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6 Patients, 6 Donors Prepare for Rare Kidney Swap Chain

March 5, 2015 | by The Associated Press | Comments

In a rare series of interlinked operations, six patients are getting kidney transplants from six donors at a San Francisco hospital.

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New Approaches Improve Buttock Augmentation and Vaginal Rejuvenation Surgeries

March 4, 2015 1:03 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

A closer look at improvements to two of the fastest-growing plastic surgery procedures: gluteoplasty or butt augmentation, and labiaplasty to address cosmetic and functional concerns with the vagina.

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Obesity is Associated with Brain's Neurotransmitters

March 4, 2015 12:59 pm | by Aalto University | Comments

Researchers at Aalto University and University of Turku have revealed how obesity is associated with altered opioid neurotransmission in the brain.

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Questioning Sedative Use During General Anesthesia

March 4, 2015 12:38 pm | by The JAMA Network Journals | Comments

A randomized trial suggests that the use of sedatives did not improve patient experiences the day after surgery, and could be associated with the need for a breathing tube to be left in for longer periods of time, as well as slower rates of cognitive recovery.

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Honoring a Pioneer in Fetal Surgery

March 3, 2015 1:08 pm | by Children's Hospital of Philadelphia | Comments

Gross Prize from the Philadelphia Academy of Surgery Recognizes N. Scott Adzick, M.D. as a World Leader in Fetal Surgery.

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Less Invasive Procedure Aids Infants with Head Shape Abnormalities

March 3, 2015 12:58 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

A new approach means more than three-fourths of infants with skull flattening related to sleep position can achieve a normal head shape without the need for helmet therapy.

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Application of Magnetic Force Enhances Laparoscopic Surgery

March 3, 2015 12:52 pm | by Vanderbilt University | Comments

Pietro Valdastri is convinced that the clever application of magnetic force can make minimally invasive surgery easier and more effective.

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DoD Awards Grant for Non-Antibiotic Infection Therapy

March 3, 2015 12:46 pm | by Neumedicines | Comments

Neumedicines has been awarded a DoD grant for a clinical trial assessing the safety and efficacy of a prophylactic immunotherapy in surgical wounds, for the purpose of avoiding infection.

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Nurse Who Survived Ebola Sues Dallas Hospital System

March 3, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jamie Stengle, Associated Press | Comments

The Dallas hospital that treated the first patient to be diagnosed in the U.S. with Ebola lied to Congress when it said its staff was trained to handle the deadly virus, a nurse who contracted the disease contends in a lawsuit filed Monday.

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Google Glass Shows Promising Uses in Plastic Surgery

March 2, 2015 12:06 pm | by Wolters Kluwer Health | Comments

The "wearable technology" Google Glass has a wide range of possible applications in plastic surgery — with the potential to enhance surgical training, medical documentation and patient safety.

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Arrested 'Body Sculptor' Says Clients Chose Her Over Surgeons

March 2, 2015 11:56 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

An aspiring hip-hop artist who boasts about her talent for underground "body sculpting" has one last chance to impress a jury before the panel weighs murder charges against her in a dancer's death.

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Cardinal Health Offers $1.94 Billion For J&J Business Unit

March 2, 2015 11:53 am | Comments

Cardinal Health is offering to buy a unit of Johnson & Johnson that makes heart devices for approximately $1.94 billion.

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Study: Participating in ACS NSQIP Provides Surgical Outcome Improvements Over Time

March 2, 2015 11:47 am | by American College Of Surgeons | Comments

A new study finds that the majority of hospitals in the program continue to see improvements over time.

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One in Three Women Could Be Spared Chronic Pain After Breast Cancer Surgery

February 27, 2015 12:53 pm | by St. Michael's Hospital | Comments

One in every three women undergoing a mastectomy could potentially be spared chronic post-operative pain if anesthesiologists used a regional anesthetic technique in combination with standard care, according to a new study.

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Study: Many Transplant Surgeons Suffer Burnout

February 27, 2015 12:47 pm | by Henry Ford Health System | Comments

Despite saving thousands of lives yearly, nearly half of organ transplant surgeons report a low sense of personal accomplishment and 40 percent feel emotionally exhausted, according to a national study on transplant surgeon burnout.

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Better Insurance Access Leads to More Hip, Knee Replacements Among Minorities

February 27, 2015 12:35 pm | by Boston University Medical Center | Comments

Researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC) have found that the expansion of insurance coverage in Massachusetts increased the number of elective knee and hip replacement procedures by 4.7 percent, with greater increases among black and Hispanic patients.

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