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Heart's Own Immune Cells Can Help It Heal

October 31, 2014 12:03 pm | by Julia Evangelou Strait, Washington University in St. Louis | News | Comments

The heart holds its own pool of immune cells capable of helping it heal after injury, according to new research in mice at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Most of the time when the heart is injured, these beneficial immune cells are supplanted by immune cells from the bone marrow, which are spurred to converge in the heart and cause inflammation that leads to further damage ...

Scientists Trigger Self-Destruct Switch in Lung Cancer Cells

October 31, 2014 11:51 am | News | Comments

UK scientists have found a drug combination that can trigger the self-destruct process in lung...

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...

Study: Comparing Bypass Weight Loss Procedures, Complications

October 30, 2014 10:41 am | News | Comments

In a study of two of the most commonly performed bariatric surgery procedures, laparoscopic Roux...

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Breast And Colorectal Cancers Remain More Aggressive in Children

October 30, 2014 10:24 am | News | Comments

Breast and colorectal cancers rarely occur in children, but when they do, these conditions are more precarious, according to a pair of National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) studies presented this week at the 2014 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons ... 

Prostate Cancer Medications Linked to Heart-Related Causes

October 29, 2014 8:32 am | News | Comments

A new study has found that certain prostate cancer medications are linked with an increased risk of dying from heart-related causes in men with congestive heart failure or prior heart attacks. Published in BJU International, the findings will help doctors and patients weigh the benefits and risks of the drugs.

First Time at ACS an Eye-Opener

October 28, 2014 10:33 am | by Kevin Damask, Surgical Products | Blogs | Comments

On Monday, I saw many of the products we feature in the magazine and online, up close and personal. It was great to finally see what we've been covering in action and talk to many of the surgeons, product managers and PR representatives who are extremely passionate about their products. I even had the opportunity to test out a couple ...

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New Drug Shows Promise in Healing Diabetic Foot Ulcers

October 27, 2014 8:31 pm | News | Comments

A foot ulcer is typically a painful inconvenience to most people, but to a person with diabetes it could mean an infection, or worse, an amputation. But a research team at Stanford University has developed a drug delivered through a skin patch that not only helps foot wounds heal better, but also prevents those wounds from recurring, according to study results they presented at the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress ...

Center Plans To Redefine Surgical Robotics

October 26, 2014 11:59 pm | by John Markoff, The New York Times | News | Comments

With funding from the National Science Foundation and two private donors, scientists at the University of California-Berkeley will establish a research center intended to help develop medical robots that can perform low-level and repetitive surgical tasks, freeing doctors to concentrate on the most challenging and complex aspects of the operations they perform.

How To Grow a Blood Vessel in a Week

October 24, 2014 12:36 pm | News | Comments

Just three years ago, a patient at Sahlgrenska University Hospital received a blood vessel transplant grown from her own stem cells. Suchitra Sumitran-Holgersson, Professor of Transplantation Biology at Sahlgrenska Academy, and Michael Olausson, Surgeon/Medical Director of the Transplant Center and Professor at Sahlgrenska Academy, came up with the idea, planned and carried out the procedure ...

Quadruplet Mom-to-Be Has Emergency Surgery to Save Babies

October 24, 2014 11:28 am | by Gillian Mohney, ABC News | News | Comments

An expectant mom getting ready to welcome two sets of identical twins -- a one in 70 million occurrence -- endured emergency surgery this week after doctors found signs of a rare condition that could affect the health of one set of twins ... 

New Treatment Resolves Hazardous Airway Complication for Child

October 22, 2014 12:11 pm | News | Comments

A case study published recently in the journal Pediatrics describes an innovative, minimally invasive procedure that treated plastic bronchitis, a potentially life-threatening disease, in a six-year-old boy with a heart condition. Using new lymphatic imaging tools and catheterization techniques, physician-researchers eliminated bronchial casts, which are an accumulation of lymphatic material that clogged the child's airway ...

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Getting Healthier Before Surgery Gives Patients Jump Start on Recovery

October 22, 2014 11:25 am | News | Comments

Following a conditioning, nutritional, and relaxation program before surgery is more helpful than waiting until after surgery to rehabilitate. Colorectal cancer patients who participated in a "prehabilitation" program before surgery recovered more quickly than those who only did traditional rehabilitation afterward, according to research published in Anesthesiology, the official medical journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. 

UC Davis Awarded $1.5M to Innovate Robotic Surgery for Head and Neck Cancers

October 22, 2014 10:00 am | News | Comments

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) has awarded UC Davis principal investigators Laura Marcu and Gregory Farwell $1.5 million to adapt UC Davis-developed biophotonic technology to a robotic surgical device in hopes of dramatically improving the precision of head and neck cancer surgery. This innovation aims to preserve a patient’s quality of life and improve survival rates ...

High School Students Develop Screening Tools to Detect Lung and Heart Disease

October 21, 2014 12:12 pm | News | Comments

Two Michigan high school students, sisters Ilina and Medha Krishen, have developed screening tools using electronic stethoscopes to detect lung and heart disease. The sisters will present their findings at CHEST 2014 in Austin, Texas next week ...

Meet The Man Who's Using Physics To Make Surgery Safer

October 21, 2014 11:38 am | by Chase Peterson-Withorn, Forbes | News | Comments

For those of us who remember Capri Suns, we undoubtedly recall struggling to insert the straw without piercing the back of the pouch. Believe it or not, the same thing occurs in surgery, according to Nikolai Begg, and it’s been a problem for over a century ...

Paralyzed Man Walks Again After Pioneering Surgery

October 21, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Quinn, The Guardian | News | Comments

A man who was completely paralyzed from the waist down can walk again after a British-funded surgical breakthrough which offers hope to millions of people who are disabled by spinal cord injuries. Polish surgeons used nerve-supporting cells from the nose of Darek Fidyka, a Bulgarian man who was injured four years ago, to provide pathways along which the broken tissue was able to grow ...

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Tear Duct Implant Effective at Reducing Pain in Cataract Surgery Patients

October 20, 2014 11:55 am | News | Comments

The first tear duct implant developed to treat inflammation and pain following cataract surgery has been shown to be a reliable alternative to medicated eye drops, which are the current standard of care, according to a study presented today at AAO 2014, the 118th annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology ...

Lab-Developed Intestinal Organoids Form Mature Human Tissue In Mice

October 20, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Researchers at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center have successfully transplanted "organoids" of functioning human intestinal tissue grown from pluripotent stem cells in a lab dish into mice – creating an unprecedented model for studying diseases of the intestine ...

Study: Biological Clock Disruptions Increase Breast Cancer Risk

October 17, 2014 12:22 pm | by Molly Berg, University of Georgia | News | Comments

The disruption of a person's circadian rhythm—their 24-hour biological clock—has been linked to an increased risk of breast cancer, according to new University of Georgia research. The culprit, in this study in particular, is artificial light ...

Simple Test May Predict Surgical Wound Healing Complications

October 17, 2014 12:07 pm | News | Comments

As many as 35 percent of patients who undergo surgery to remove soft tissue sarcomas experience wound-healing complications, due to radiation they receive before surgery. Now a study has suggested that a simple test called transcutaneous oximetry may be able to predict which of these patients are most likely to experience wound-healing complications, potentially enabling surgeons to take extra precautions ...

Engineers Design Robot for Brain Surgery Through Cheek

October 16, 2014 11:42 am | News | Comments

For those most severely affected, treating epilepsy means drilling through the skull deep into the brain to destroy the small area where the seizures originate – invasive, dangerous and with a long recovery period. Five years ago, a team of Vanderbilt engineers wondered: Is it possible to address epileptic seizures in a less invasive way?

Sedasys Launches Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation System

October 15, 2014 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sedasys, a Division of Ethicon US, LLC, announced the U.S. launch of its SEDASYS® System, a Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation (CAPS) system that enables trained physician-led teams to administer minimal-to-moderate propofol sedation to healthy patients undergoing routine colonoscopy or esophagogastroduodenoscopy (EGD) procedures ... 

New Treatment Designed to Save More Eyes From Cancer

October 15, 2014 10:53 am | News | Comments

Doctors at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center have developed a new technique for treating the eye cancer retinoblastoma to improve the odds for preventing eye loss, blindness or death in children with advanced forms of the disease ...

Researchers Find New Target For Personalized Brain Cancer Treatment

October 15, 2014 10:20 am | News | Comments

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have identified a new fusion protein found in approximately 15 percent of secondary glioblastomas or brain tumors. The finding offers new insights into the cause of this cancer and provides a therapeutic target for personalized oncologic care ... 

Biologists Find Gene That Could Stop Tumors in Their Tracks

October 14, 2014 11:20 am | News | Comments

The dirt in your backyard may hold the key to isolating cancerous tumors and to potential new treatments for a host of cancers.University of Iowa researchers have found a gene in a soil-dwelling amoeba that functions similarly to the main tumor-fighting gene found in humans, called PTEN ...

UVA Neurosurgeon Leads Partnership for Safer High-Tech Surgery

October 14, 2014 11:00 am | News | Comments

A University of Virginia Health System physician is playing a key role in advancing the safety and quality of advanced brain surgery. In an initiative coordinated by UVA neurological surgeon Jason Sheehan the American Association of Neurological Surgeons and the American Society for Radiation Oncology are developing a first-of-its-kind patient registry in order to establish national benchmarks for stereotactic radiosurgery ...

TheraNova Introduces Canary Catheter

October 14, 2014 10:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

TheraNova, LLC, a medical device development company creating practical medical solutions, announces the development of a minimally invasive Canary™ Catheter sepsis detection and treatment technology ...

Study: Significant Increase in Post-Surgical Complications

October 14, 2014 10:14 am | News | Comments

Edwards Lifesciences Corporation the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring, announced the publication in Critical Care of an analysis on the clinical and economic impacts of post-surgical complications in patients undergoing major surgery ...

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