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Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery significantly lowers health care costs

Minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery significantly lowers health care costs

Adding to the clinical benefits and improved patient outcomes associated with minimally invasive surgery, Medtronic highlighted a study published in the March 25 online edition of JAMA Surgery. The new study demonstrated that patients who underwent laparoscopic colectomy procedures required fewer days of health care utilization and the health care system spent less on their acute and follow-up care than those who underwent traditional open surgery. [More]
New study examines impact of social media on mental healthcare, treatment

New study examines impact of social media on mental healthcare, treatment

Tweet it. Snap it. Pin it. Post it...or however else you want to share it with the masses scouring the Internet searching for common ground connectivity. [More]
Common herpes drug Valacyclovir decreases HIV-1 levels

Common herpes drug Valacyclovir decreases HIV-1 levels

Case Western Reserve researchers are part of an international team that has discovered that a common herpes drug reduces HIV-1 levels — even when patients do not have herpes. [More]
University Hospitals recognized as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company

University Hospitals recognized as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company

University Hospitals has been recognized by the Ethisphere Institute, the global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices, as a 2015 World's Most Ethical Company. [More]
VagiCap improves quality of life, satisfaction for postmenopausal women with vulvar and vaginal atrophy

VagiCap improves quality of life, satisfaction for postmenopausal women with vulvar and vaginal atrophy

Newly released patient satisfaction survey results from a study of a novel investigational vaginal estrogen treatment show promise for improving quality of life and satisfaction for postmenopausal women who experience pain during sex and other symptoms associated with vulvar and vaginal atrophy (VVA). [More]
CryoLife's revenues increase 5% to $37.2M in fourth quarter 2014

CryoLife's revenues increase 5% to $37.2M in fourth quarter 2014

CryoLife, Inc., a leading medical device and tissue processing company focused on cardiac and vascular surgery, announced today its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2014. [More]
Henry Ford physicians suction cancerous tumor from vein in metastatic kidney cancer patient

Henry Ford physicians suction cancerous tumor from vein in metastatic kidney cancer patient

Physicians at Henry Ford Hospital successfully suctioned a cancerous tumor from a major vein in a patient with metastatic kidney cancer, clearing the way for him to undergo a minimally-invasive kidney removal. This allowed him to participate in a clinical trial using genetic material from his tumor to produce a vaccine to help fight his metastatic disease. [More]
Henry Ford physicians use AngioVac device to remove tumor in kidney cancer patient

Henry Ford physicians use AngioVac device to remove tumor in kidney cancer patient

Physicians at Henry Ford Hospital successfully suctioned a cancerous tumor from a major vein in a patient with metastatic kidney cancer, clearing the way for him to undergo a minimally-invasive kidney removal. [More]
Virginia Hospital Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Virginia Hospital Center joins Mayo Clinic Care Network

Mayo Clinic and Virginia Hospital Center today announced Virginia Hospital Center as a member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network, a national network of organizations committed to better serving patients and their families through collaboration. Members of the network have access to Mayo Clinic knowledge and expertise to give their patients additional peace of mind when making health care decisions while continuing to offer the highest quality and value of care close to home. [More]
Ethicon launches new ECHELON FLEX Powered Vascular Stapler for lung cancer treatment

Ethicon launches new ECHELON FLEX Powered Vascular Stapler for lung cancer treatment

Ethicon has developed a new powered vascular stapler designed to provide greater precision and stability than currently available staplers for critical vessel transections. The new ECHELON FLEX Powered Vascular Stapler has the narrowest anvil of any stapler on the market, an articulating shaft and advanced placement tip that may allow for better visibility, navigation and precise placement during thoracic and other procedures, including VATS lobectomy (Video-Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery) for lung cancer. [More]
Scientists take a huge step forward in identifying root causes of psoriasis

Scientists take a huge step forward in identifying root causes of psoriasis

Case Western Reserve scientists have taken a huge leap toward identifying root causes of psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition affecting 125 million people around the world. Of the roughly 50,000 proteins in the human body, researchers have zeroed in on four that appear most likely to contribute this chronic disease. [More]
UH Case Medical Center offers new test for coronary artery disease

UH Case Medical Center offers new test for coronary artery disease

Medical tests are stressful. Invasive tests, stress tests and unnecessary surgeries are too, not to mention the costs associated with all of them, but the alternative of undiagnosed heart problems are not. They can be fatal. [More]
UH Case Medical Center researchers find that coenzyme A plays key role in cell metabolism

UH Case Medical Center researchers find that coenzyme A plays key role in cell metabolism

Case Western Reserve and University Hospitals Case Medical Center researchers and physicians have discovered that the molecule known as coenzyme A plays a key role in cell metabolism by regulating the actions of nitric oxide. Cell metabolism is the ongoing process of chemical transformations within the body's cells that sustains life, and alterations in metabolism are a common cause of human disease, including cancer and heart disease. [More]
UH Case Medical Center, ABL partner to design and validate HIV drug resistance tests

UH Case Medical Center, ABL partner to design and validate HIV drug resistance tests

University Hospitals Case Medical Center has signed an agreement with Advanced Biological Laboratories, an information technology and diagnostic company based in Luxembourg, to join efforts on the designing and validation of an HIV drug resistance and tropism assay based on next-generation sequencing (NGS). [More]
DMEK eye surgery at University Hospitals makes a world of difference for Ohio resident

DMEK eye surgery at University Hospitals makes a world of difference for Ohio resident

"I was blind as a bat," said 73-year-old Parma, Ohio, resident John Barsa, who suffered from corneal edema, causing an abnormal accumulation of liquid in the eye leading to swelling of the cornea. [More]
Loyola University Medical Center opens center to provide treatments for diseased heart valves

Loyola University Medical Center opens center to provide treatments for diseased heart valves

Loyola University Medical Center has opened a multidisciplinary Valve Center that offers patients a full range of treatments for diseased heart valves. [More]
Surgery simulator app: an interview with Jean Nehme

Surgery simulator app: an interview with Jean Nehme

Touch Surgery is a mobile surgical simulation app that allows surgeons to learn and rehearse surgical procedures. It provides a cognitive map for operations on a virtual patient. [More]
Peter Munk Cardiac Centre surgeons successfully implant novel heart device

Peter Munk Cardiac Centre surgeons successfully implant novel heart device

A surgical team at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre led by internationally-acclaimed cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Vivek Rao, has successfully implanted a novel mechanical device, the HeartMate IIITM, into a patient with advanced heart failure. [More]
Surgical treatment of obesity, diabetes as safe as other commonly performed surgical procedures

Surgical treatment of obesity, diabetes as safe as other commonly performed surgical procedures

Laparoscopic gastric bypass surgery in patients with type 2 diabetes, once considered a high-risk procedure, carries a complication and mortality rate comparable to some of the safest and most commonly performed surgeries in America, including gallbladder surgery, appendectomy, and total knee replacement, according to new research from the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute. [More]
UCSD engineers propose new single-ventricle heart surgery for children

UCSD engineers propose new single-ventricle heart surgery for children

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. If successful, it would also create a more stable circuit for blood to flow from the heart to the lungs and the rest of the body within the first days and months of life. [More]
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