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Genes Identify Kidney Transplant Rejection

November 12, 2014 10:34 am | News | Comments

Acute rejection after kidney transplantation occurs in about 15%-20% of patients despite immunosuppressive therapy. Rejection is usually heralded by an increase in the patient's serum creatinine (a marker of kidney function), and a kidney biopsy is then performed to confirm whether rejection is taking place ... 

Sterilization Deaths Show India's Healthcare Ills

November 12, 2014 10:10 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The women were poor, from villages in central India where the promise of a few dollars is all but impossible to resist. Many had babies so young they were still nursing at their mothers' breasts ...              

How To Prepare Your Child For Surgery

November 11, 2014 1:41 pm | by Deborah Goodman, Deseret News | News | Comments

One of the greatest stressors for parents is when our children have to undergo surgical procedures. My experiences with children’s surgery have run the gamut —from minor things like tear duct openings for our youngest when he was one year old to a very complicated open heart surgery for our third child when he was only a week old ... 

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Eight Women Dead in India After Sterilization Surgery

November 11, 2014 11:28 am | by Rishi Iyengar, Time.com | News | Comments

Eight women died on Monday in the Indian state of Chattisgarh following government-sponsored sterilization surgery, according to a state medical official.                 

Weight-Loss Surgery Has Low Complication Rates

November 7, 2014 10:40 am | by Robert Preidt, HealthDay Reporter | News | Comments

People with type 2 diabetes who undergo a weight-loss procedure called laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery have a low risk for complications or death, according to a new study.                      

Treatment for Amputees Remains a Challenge

November 7, 2014 9:57 am | News | Comments

Army doctors in the First World War were helpless to stop soldiers who lost limbs from suffering in pain, according to researchers. A century on, improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have made the loss of limbs common among military casualties once again, but while prosthetic technology has improved dramatically, there is still a shortage of effective treatments for pain caused by damaged nerves ... 

2014 ESP Award Winner, Third Place, Safety, Megadyne's Patient Return Electrode

November 6, 2014 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Megadyne's Mega Soft Universal Patient Return Electrode is simply set on the operating room table, virtually eliminating the small disposable sticky pad that can damage the patient’s skin.

2014 ESP Award Winner, Second Place, Safety, ProReveal from Ultra Clean Systems

November 6, 2014 12:07 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The ProReveal, by Ultra Clean Systems, is a highly sensitive fluorescence-based protein detection test system for checking the presence of residual protein on surgical instruments.

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2014 ESP Award Winner, First Place, Safety, New Pig Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat

November 6, 2014 11:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

New Pig offers their Grippy Surgical Absorbent Mat with features that include:                        

Arm Pain in Young Baseball Players Common, Preventable

November 6, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

he most in-dept survey of its kind found that arm pain is common among supposedly healthy young baseball players and nearly half have been encouraged to keep playing despite arm pain. The findings suggest that more detailed and individualized screening is needed to prevent overuse injury in young ballplayers ...

New Approach Proposed for Single Ventricle Heart Surgery for Infants

November 6, 2014 10:32 am | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, are proposing a new surgical intervention for children born with a single ventricle in their heart—instead of the usual two. The new approach would potentially reduce the number of surgeries the patients have to undergo in the first six months of life from two to just one ...

Radiation a Risk For Brain Tumors in Young People

November 5, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

In people under age 30, radiation is a risk factor for a type of brain tumor called a meningioma, a Loyola University Medical Center study has found.                                        

Mexican Boy to Have Tumor Surgery in U.S.

November 5, 2014 12:04 pm | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

An 11-year-old Mexican boy suffering from a massive tumor, who drew international attention after U.S. Homeland Security Investigations helped him get treatment in New Mexico, is scheduled to have a series of surgeries in Albuquerque to remove the large growth on his shoulder ...    

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Surgery For Sleep Apnea Improves Ashthma Control

November 5, 2014 10:44 am | News | Comments

Surgical removal of the tonsils and adenoids in children suffering from sleep apnea is associated with decreased asthma severity, according to the first large study of the connection, published in the journal PLOS Medicine ...          

Researchers Discover Why Anesthetics Can Cause Long-Term Memory Loss

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine have shown why anesthetics can cause long-term memory loss, a discovery that can have serious implications for post-operative patients ...                  

Stryker to Pay $1.43 Billion in Hip Replacement Lawsuit

November 4, 2014 10:59 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Medical implant maker Stryker will pay at least $1.43 billion to settle thousands of lawsuits from patients who had to have surgery to remove problematic hip implants, under a deal announced Monday. The agreement, brokered by a New Jersey Superior Court judge, resolves state and federal lawsuits against the maker of orthopedics ...

Inhaled Ebola Vaccine May Offer Long-Term Protection

November 3, 2014 3:12 pm | News | Comments

A potentially breathable, respiratory vaccine in development has been shown to provide long-term protection for non-human primates against the deadly Ebola virus, as reported this week in the online edition of the journal Molecular Pharmaceutics ...

2014 ESP Award Winner - New Pig

November 3, 2014 2:35 pm | Videos | Comments

New Pig’s PIG® Grippy® Surgical Absorbent Mat wins First Place-Safety Products for innovation in staff safety.  Watch the video here to learn more!                                    

2014 ESP Award Winner-Megadyne Medical Products

November 3, 2014 12:53 pm | Videos | Comments

Megadyne’s Mega Soft (registered trademark) wins Third Place-Safety for innovation in patient safety.  Watch the video to learn more!                                      

Pain, Depression Put Older Adults at Risk of Delirium Following Surgery

November 3, 2014 11:39 am | News | Comments

New research reports that preoperative pain and depressive symptoms in older adults place them at greater risk of delirium following surgery. According to the findings published today in The Lancet Psychiatry journal, both pain and depression are independent and interactive risk factors for delirium, suggesting a cumulative effect ... 

More Than Half of Obese Drop Out of Bariatric Surgery Despite Being in Publicly-Funded Healthcare Program

November 3, 2014 11:22 am | News | Comments

Researchers from the University Health Network in Toronto are hoping to improve the operational efficiency of bariatric surgery programs to increase access to care. Studies have shown that bariatric operations can alleviate chronic health issues like diabetes and arthritis for extremely obese people ...

Heart Valve Surgery Grows For People In Their Nineties

October 31, 2014 11:04 am | by Larry Husten, Forbes.com | News | Comments

As people continue to live longer physicians are increasingly confronted with very elderly patients who have serious conditions that might benefit from surgery but who are at high risk for surgical complications. Published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, doctors at Mayo Clinic reviewed their experience with 59 patients age 90 or older who had severe aortic stenosis and underwent surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

Study: Elderly Face No Added Risk From Cosmetic Surgery

October 31, 2014 10:39 am | by Josh Brown, Vanderbilt University | News | Comments

Senior citizens are at no higher risk for complications from cosmetic surgery than younger patients, according to a recent study by plastic surgeons at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The doctors analyzed data from more than 129,000 patients during a five-year period and found no significant difference in the rate of complications for individuals older or younger than 65 ...

Incisionless Procedure Improves Long-Term GERD Symptoms

October 30, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

EndoGastric Solutions (EGS) announced publication of US registry data showing that long-term gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) sufferers who underwent an incisionless procedure maintained symptom relief without the need to take proton pump inhibitor medicines for two years ...

Mild Depressive Symptoms Weaken Spinal Stenosis Surgery Outcome

October 30, 2014 11:41 am | News | Comments

Even mild depressive symptoms can weaken the outcome of lumbar spinal stenosis surgery, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland and Kuopio University Hospital. Patients with depressive symptoms had a weaker functional capacity post-surgery even five years after surgery ...

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