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Patients With Advanced Colon Cancer Having Less Surgery, Better Survival

January 15, 2015 10:33 am | News | Comments

The annual rate of primary tumor removal for advanced stage IV colorectal cancer (CRC) has decreased since 1988 and the trend toward nonsurgical management of the disease noted in 2001 coincides with the availability of newer chemotherapy and biologic treatments, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. ...    

Cardiac Specialists Recommend Donor Heart Allocation Changes

January 14, 2015 11:59 am | News | Comments

A group of leading cardiac specialists has proposed new guidelines for the allocation of donor hearts to patients awaiting transplant. The changes are aimed at improving the organ distribution process to increase the survival rate of patients awaiting transplant and posttransplant. ...    

Colorectal Cancer Patients Having Less Surgery, Better Survival

January 14, 2015 11:47 am | News | Comments

The annual rate of primary tumor removal for advanced stage IV colorectal cancer (CRC) has decreased since 1988 and the trend toward nonsurgical management of the disease noted in 2001 coincides with the availability of newer chemotherapy and biologic treatments, according to a report published online by JAMA Surgery. ...   

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Can Inhaled Oxygen Cause Cancer?

January 14, 2015 10:50 am | News | Comments

The ancient physician/alchemist, Paracelsus, said: "The dose makes the poison." According to a new study published in PeerJ, even oxygen may fall prey to the above adage. ...               

EHOB Becomes the Exclusive Provider of the TIDIShield Pillow Barrier

January 13, 2015 12:05 pm | News | Comments

EHOB, a leading provider of affordable products effective in the prevention and treatment of pressure ulcers, announced recently an exclusive distribution agreement with TIDI Products. Effective immediately, EHOB will serve as the sole provider of the company’s TIDIShield™ Pillow Barrier. ...      

Report: U.S. Investment in Medical Research Has Declined

January 13, 2015 11:34 am | News | Comments

From 2004 to 2012, the rate of investment in medical research in the U.S. declined, while there has been an increase in research investment globally, particularly in Asia, according to a study in the January 13 issue of JAMA. ...      

FDA Approves Antria Phase 2 Stem Cell Clinical Trials

January 12, 2015 10:52 am | by the Associated Press | News | Comments

Clinical research company Antria, Inc. announced that the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the next step in medical research to help patients look younger using their own stem cells. ...          

Novel Breast Cancer Gene Found, Could Help Treatment

January 9, 2015 12:14 pm | News | Comments

A new study identifies a gene that is especially active in aggressive subtypes of breast cancer. The research suggests that an overactive BCL11A gene drives triple-negative breast cancer development and progression. ...     

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Spinal Stenosis: Similar Outcomes For Surgical or Non-Surgical Treatment

January 9, 2015 11:51 am | News | Comments

For patients with spinal stenosis, long-term outcomes are comparable with surgery or conservative treatment, reports a study in the January 15 issue of Spine. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. ...     

Researchers Grow Tissue-Engineered Intestine From Human Cells

January 9, 2015 11:18 am | News | Comments

A new study by researchers at Children's Hospital Los Angeles has shown that tissue-engineered small intestine grown from human cells replicates key aspects of a functioning human intestine.             

Ischemic Micro-Lesions Associated With Flow-Diverting Stents for Aneurysms

January 8, 2015 11:47 am | News | Comments

The use of flow-diverting stents to treat intracranial aneurysms appears safe and highly successful. Recently, however, there have been reports of ischemic complications occurring in brain territories supplied by the parent artery in which the stent is placed and in brain regions fed by small arterial branches whose ostia are covered by the stent. ...   

High-Dose Testosterone Does Help Some With Advanced Prostate Cancer

January 8, 2015 11:26 am | News | Comments

In a surprising paradox, the male hormone testosterone, generally thought to be a feeder of prostate cancer, has been found to suppress some advanced prostate cancers and also may reverse resistance to testosterone-blocking drugs used to treat prostate cancer. ...    

Study Findings Help Patients and Physicians Determine Prostate Cancer Risk

January 8, 2015 11:06 am | News | Comments

A discovery by researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute shows that looking at whether a man's uncles and great-grandparents, among other second- and third-degree relatives, had prostate cancer could be as important as looking at whether his father had prostate cancer. ...      

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Young Violinist Plays Concert Day Before Brain Surgery

January 8, 2015 10:37 am | by WCVB.com | News | Comments

Sophie Fellows, the young Vermont girl who played in a hospital concert just a day before brain surgery, is recovering in Boston and playing her violin again. ...               

New Approach May Lead to Inhalable Vaccines for Influenza, Pneumonia

January 7, 2015 12:20 pm | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and North Carolina State University have uncovered a novel approach to creating inhalable vaccines using nanoparticles that shows promise for targeting lung-specific diseases, such as influenza, pneumonia and tuberculosis. ...    

Many Women Who Get Hysterectomy May Not Need Procedure

January 7, 2015 11:16 am | News | Comments

It is estimated that one in three women in the United States will have had a hysterectomy by the age of 60. Although the numbers of hysterectomies are decreasing, a new study of more than three thousand women in Michigan who underwent hysterectomy for benign indications reveals that alternatives to hysterectomy are being underused and that treatment guidelines are often not followed. ...   

Imaging Technique Improves Prostate Cancer Detection

January 7, 2015 10:56 am | News | Comments

In 2014, prostate cancer was the leading cause of newly diagnosed cancers in men and the second leading cause of cancer death in men. In the January 6 issue of the journal Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Disease, a team of scientists and physicians, describe a novel imaging technique that measurably improves upon current prostate imaging - and may have significant implications for how patients with prostate cancer are ultimately treated.

Smokers, Obese Carry Much Higher Health-Care Costs Than Peers

January 6, 2015 12:06 pm | News | Comments

A new study finds that smokers and the obese ring up substantially higher annual health care costs than their nonsmoking, non-obese peers. The added costs are highest among women, non-Hispanic whites and older adults, the study reports. ...      

Surgery For Obesity Linked to Longer Survival

January 6, 2015 11:47 am | News | Comments

Obese people seem likely to live longer if they have bariatric surgery (for obesity) than if they don't--with 53 percent lower risk of dying from any cause at five to 14 years after the procedure. So concluded a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) involving 2,500 obese patients and nearly 7,500 matched controls. ...   

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. ...   

Study IDs Risk Factors Linking Low Birth Weight to Diabetes

January 5, 2015 11:21 am | News | Comments

Studies consistently show that people born weighing 6 pounds or less face an increased risk for type 2 diabetes as adults. ...                      

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. ...     

Breast Reconstruction Using Patient's Own Tissues Yield Better Results

December 30, 2014 11:32 am | News | Comments

For women who have undergone mastectomy, breast reconstruction using the patient's own tissues--rather than implants--provides higher satisfaction scores, reports a study in the January issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...   

Weight-Loss Surgery Not an Easy Way Out

December 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jen Rini, The News Journal | News | Comments

Craig Gilbert had estimated he had about 10 years left to live. At 363 pounds he had diabetes, sky-rocketing blood pressure and cholesterol so high it actually had begun to block the coronary artery in his heart. ...        

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. ...   

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