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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. ...   

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. ...                          

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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. ...  

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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. ...      

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. ...      

FDA Approves New Melanoma Drug From Bristol-Meyers

December 23, 2014 10:13 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

The Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval Monday to a new drug from Bristol-Myers Squibb to treat the deadliest form of skin cancer. ...                  

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Cells That Enhance Tumor Growth Identified

December 19, 2014 10:06 am | News | Comments

A study led by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital scientists has identified the population of white blood cells that tumors use to enhance growth and suppress the disease-fighting immune system. ...               

How Does Prostate Cancer Form?

December 18, 2014 12:16 pm | News | Comments

Prostate cancer affects more than 23,000 men this year in the US, however the individual genes that initiate prostate cancer formation are poorly understood. ...                 

New Technology Advances Eye Tracking For Brain Injuries

December 18, 2014 12:03 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center have developed new technology that can assess the location and impact of a brain injury merely by tracking the eye movements of patients as they watch music videos for less than four minutes, according to a study published online recently in the Journal of Neurosurgery. ...     

Tailor-Made Cancer Treatments? New Technique Paves the Way

December 18, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

In a development that could lead to a deeper understanding of cancer and better early-stage treatment of the disease, University of Michigan researchers have devised a reliable way to grow a certain type of cancer cells from patients outside the body for study. ...         

Lottenberg Talks About Successful RSS Prevention

December 18, 2014 11:10 am | by Surgical Products Staff | News | Comments

Surgical Products recently talked to Dr. Lawrence Lottenberg, MD FACS, University of Florida College of Medicine, about two systems, the RF Assure Detection System and the RF Assure Delivery System, being used across the country to reduce RSS events in the OR. With this breakthough in technology, Lottenberg said the future in RSS prevention "looks bright."...   

Laparoscopic Surgery For Bladder Cancer Leads to Good Long-Term Control

December 18, 2014 10:10 am | News | Comments

Long-term survival rates following laparoscopic surgery for bladder cancer are comparable to those of open surgery, according to a study published in BJU International. ...                   

Intra-Arterial Treatment For Clot Removal Is More Effective At Treating Stroke

December 17, 2014 12:00 pm | News | Comments

Study results released today in The New England Journal of Medicine gave the world of stroke care more evidence that physicians are winning the battle against this debilitating disease, which affects as many as one in six people. ...       

Promising Treatment Could Fight Cancer, Other Diseases

December 17, 2014 11:37 am | News | Comments

Promising treatments known as biologics are on the market and under development for many serious illnesses such as cancer, but some of them come with high risks, even lethal ones. ...           

Woman Gets New Life With Mind-Controlled Robot Arm

December 17, 2014 11:13 am | News | Comments

In another demonstration that brain-computer interface technology has the potential to improve the function and quality of life of those unable to use their own arms, a woman with quadriplegia shaped the almost human hand of a robot arm with just her thoughts to pick up big and small boxes, a ball, an oddly shaped rock, and fat and skinny tubes. ...   

Mayo Clinic: High-Definition Scopes Accurately Assess Polyps

December 16, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

It may not be necessary for experienced gastroenterologists to send polyps they remove from a patient's colon to a pathologist for examination, according to a large study conducted by physician researchers at the Jacksonville campus of Mayo Clinic. ...      

Top Blood Transfusion Complication More Common Than Previously Reported

December 16, 2014 11:43 am | News | Comments

Two studies published in the January issue of Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists® (ASA®), shed new light on the prevalence of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) and transfusion-associated circulatory overload (TACO), the number one and two leading causes of blood transfusion-related deaths in the United States. ...

Potential New Tool For Cervical Cancer Diagnosis

December 15, 2014 11:46 am | News | Comments

Cervical cancer is, in many ways, a shining example of how successful the war on cancer can be. Thanks largely to the advent of Pap smear screening, U.S. cervical cancer deaths decreased dramatically, by more than 60 percent, between 1955 and 1992. ...      

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