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How Cancer Turns Good Cells to the Dark Side

January 26, 2015 10:55 am | by Rice University | News | Comments

A new computational study shows how cancer cells take advantage of the system by which cells communicate with their neighbors as they pass messages to "be like me" or "be not like me."                                

How Top Healthcare Priorities Will Impact The OR

January 23, 2015 11:09 am | by Jeff Reinke, editorial director | Blogs | Comments

A recent report from Accenture identified the top five priorities for states with federally-...

Colorectal Cancer Treatment Needs Continue To Grow

January 23, 2015 10:34 am | by GBI Research | News | Comments

While a number of new drug options will be launched in the CRC therapeutics market over the...

Transoral Fundoplication Proven Effective For GERD

January 22, 2015 1:29 pm | by American Gastroenterological Association | News | Comments

Transoral fundoplication is an effective treatment for patients with gastroesophageal reflux...

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The Cybernetic Brain and Implant Revolution

January 21, 2015 12:52 pm | by GE Reports | Articles | Comments

Where does the human end and the machine begin? In the era of neuroprosthetics, tiny electronic devices embedded in the body that stimulate the brain and other parts of the nervous system to improve their function, this question may soon get harder to answer.

Non-invasive Monitoring Can Reduce Surgical Costs By One-Third

January 20, 2015 2:39 pm | News | Comments

According to Duke University assistant professor Thomas Hopkins, MD, Director of Quality Improvement at Duke University School of Medicine’s Anesthesiology Department, "Our model shows more than $3 of costs avoided for each $1 spent perioperatively on noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring.

Good Cosmetic Results And Safety With Liposculpture of the Hips

January 16, 2015 11:41 am | News | Comments

Two decades of experience by senior plastic surgeons in different parts of the world show excellent cosmetic results and low complication rates with liposculpture of the hips, flanks, and thighs, reports a paper in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery--Global Open®, the official open-access medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). ...

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Stem Cells Show to Regenerate Bone And Cartilage in Adult Mice

January 16, 2015 11:14 am | News | Comments

A stem cell capable of regenerating both bone and cartilage has been identified in bone marrow of mice. The discovery by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) is reported today in the online issue of the journal Cell. ...       

Combat Vets Brains Reveal Hidden Damage From IED Blasts

January 15, 2015 12:12 pm | News | Comments

The brains of some Iraq and Afghanistan combat veterans who survived blasts from improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and died later of other causes show a distinctive honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen nerve fibers throughout critical brain regions, including those that control executive function. ...  

Study: Why is Pancreatic Cancer So Aggressive?

January 15, 2015 11:29 am | News | Comments

New research from the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center helps explain why pancreatic cancer is so lethal, with fewer than a third of patients surviving even early stage disease. ...            

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. ...    

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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. ...   

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. ...          

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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. ...     

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. ...      

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. ...   

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