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Court to Hear Case of Teen Refusing Chemotherapy

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

Can ObamaCare Survive in 2015?

January 6, 2015 12:24 pm | by Dr. Jane M. Orient | Blogs | Comments

Now that Republicans have control of Congress, they could possibly keep their promise to repeal ObamaCare—except for two immediate obstacles. One of course is the threat of the Presidential veto. Another is the already apparent willingness of craven politicians to surrender pre-emptively. 

Glowing Nanotechnology Guides Cancer Surgery, Kills Malignant Cells

January 6, 2015 11:30 am | News | 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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Outpatient Surgery Center Draws Opposition From Hospital

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

Bites to the Hand Worse Than Previously Thought

January 5, 2015 11:55 am | News | 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. ...                 

Hospital Controls Avian Flu With Preparedness Measures

January 5, 2015 11:38 am | News | 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. ...          

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

January 5, 2015 10:51 am | News | 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. ...       

More Than 1.5 Million Cancer Deaths Prevented With Dropping Mortality

January 2, 2015 12:52 pm | News | 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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For Facial Transplant Patients, Blink Assessment Essential

December 30, 2014 12:32 pm | News | Comments

Face transplantation can dramatically enhance a patient's quality of life after severe facial trauma, but lack of attention to eyelid function and vision can leave patients with impaired vision, corneal exposure, eyelid retraction that occurs when the upper or lower eyelid pulls away from the eyeball, and other eyelid-related complications. ...   

New Test Measures Doctors' Ability to Deliver Patient-Centered Care

December 30, 2014 11:56 am | News | Comments

When health care providers take patients' perspectives into consideration, patients are more likely to be actively engaged in their treatment and more satisfied with their care. ...            

Scientists Help Put Bed Bugs to Bed - Forever

December 29, 2014 12:08 pm | News | Comments

The world owes a debt of gratitude to Simon Fraser University biologist Regine Gries. Her arms have provided a blood meal for more than a thousand bedbugs each week for five years while she and her husband, biology professor Gerhard Gries, searched for a way to conquer the global bedbug epidemic. ...   

Scientists Focus on How Lung Cancer Spreads

December 29, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

CANCER RESEARCH UK scientists have taken microscopic images revealing that the protein ties tethering cells together are severed in lung cancer cells - meaning they can break loose and spread, according to research published in Cell Reports on Dec. 24. ...   

Protein Could Target Ebola, Other Infections

December 29, 2014 11:28 am | News | Comments

A protein called GRP78 could be a universal therapeutic target for treating human diseases like brain cancer, Ebola, Influenza, Hepatitis and superbug bacteria such as MRSE and MRSA, according to a Virginia Commonwealth University-led pre-clinical study published this month in the Journal of Cellular Physiology. ...   

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Gallbladder Surgery: Many Patients Who Would Benefit The Most Don't Get It

December 29, 2014 11:11 am | News | Comments

Gallbladder removal is one of the most common operations performed in older adults. Yet, research from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston shows many patients who would benefit most from the surgery don't get it. ...     

Surgery Can Provide Elbow Pain Relief in Minutes

December 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Roxanne Stein, WPTV | News | Comments

A surgery to relieve pain in the elbow can now be completed in just a few minutes with minimal invasion. ...                          

Researchers Map Paths to Cancer Drug Resistance

December 23, 2014 4:07 pm | News | Comments

A team of researchers led by Duke Cancer Institute has identified key events that prompt certain cancer cells to develop resistance to otherwise lethal therapies.                  

'July Effect' Does Not Impact Stroke Outcomes

December 23, 2014 3:59 pm | News | Comments

Patients with strokes caused by blood clots -known as acute ischemic strokes- who were admitted in July had similar outcomes compared to patients admitted any other month, according to a new study. ...          

Skin Patch Could Help Heal, Prevent Diabetic Ulcers

December 23, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine say they have developed a safe and effective skin patch to deliver a drug that enhances the healing of diabetes-related ulcers. The patch, which they tested in mice, may also serve as a way to prevent ulcer formation. ...   

Researchers Find Alternate Drug Therapy Lowers Antibodies

December 23, 2014 3:38 pm | News | Comments

Findings of a three-year clinical trial led by University of Cincinnati (UC) transplant researchers suggest that a novel pre-operative drug therapy reduces antibodies in kidney patients with greater success than with traditional methods, with the potential to increase the patients' candidacy for kidney transplantation and decrease the likelihood of organ rejection. ... 

Opportunities Open to Develop Targeted Drug Therapy For Cardiac Arrhythmia

December 23, 2014 3:26 pm | News | Comments

In an orchestra, each instrument plays an important role in creating a beautiful piece of music. If just one instrument falls out of rhythm, a world-class symphony could sound more like a middle-school orchestra practice. Similarly, the heart is controlled by a complex system of electrical signals. If any of the signals fail, the results can be fatal. ...  

Molecular Mechanism Behind Health Benefits of Dietary Restriction Identified

December 23, 2014 3:07 pm | News | Comments

A new study led by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) researchers identifies a key molecular mechanism behind the health benefits of dietary restriction, or reduced food intake without malnutrition. ...         

Limit Imaging Scans For Headache? Neurosurgeons Concerned

December 23, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

Recent guidelines seeking to reduce the use of neuroimaging tests for patients with headaches run the risk of missing or delaying the diagnosis of brain tumors, according to a special article in the January issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. ...      

Emerging Health Threats to be Explored at MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS 2015

December 23, 2014 11:54 am | News | Comments

Even though TIME magazine named “the Ebola fighters” as the 2014 Person of the Year, the Ebola outbreak proved the health care community has work to do. At the MEDICAL WORLD AMERICAS (MWA) 2015 conference and expo, industry leaders will collaboratively discuss this and other pressing health care challenges, lessons learned and breakthrough innovations they can implement immediately. ...   

Using Laparoscopy For VP Shunt Replacement

December 23, 2014 11:45 am | News | Comments

Researchers conducted a prospective randomized controlled clinical trial at Bern University Hospital in Switzerland to compare a laparoscopic procedure with a mini-laparotomy for insertion of a peritoneal catheter during ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt surgery. ...      

Medical Facility Offers New Treatment for Atrial Fibrillation

December 23, 2014 11:30 am | News | Comments

Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center is now using a robotic navigation system to deliver an innovative new ablation procedure treatment for atrial fibrillation, the only Connecticut hospital currently performing this procedure. ...      

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