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New 3-D imaging catheter aims to reduce risk of complications during cardiac interventions

New 3-D imaging catheter aims to reduce risk of complications during cardiac interventions

An emerging 3-D imaging catheter aims to provide cardiologists with a live view from inside the heart during cardiac catheterizations. Developed by RTI International, the catheter contains an ultrasound microarray made using semiconductor circuit fabrication that can provide unprecedented volumetric field-of-view, in real time. [More]
FSH acquires VERION Image Guided System, LenSx Laser surgical technology

FSH acquires VERION Image Guided System, LenSx Laser surgical technology

Fresno Surgical Hospital today announced it has acquired the VERIONTM Image Guided System and LenSx Laser surgical technology. The hospital is the only area hospital to offer this ophthalmology surgical equipment. [More]
Study: Patients with operable kidney cancers more likely to have partial nephrectomy

Study: Patients with operable kidney cancers more likely to have partial nephrectomy

Patients with operable kidney cancers were more likely to have a partial nephrectomy -- the recommended treatment for localized tumors -- when treated in hospitals that were early adopters of robotic surgery, according to a new study. [More]
Study suggests that hospitals perform more partial nephrectomies after acquiring robots

Study suggests that hospitals perform more partial nephrectomies after acquiring robots

Hospitals with robotic surgical systems are more likely to perform "nephron-sparing" partial nephrectomy--a recommended alternative to removal of the entire kidney--in patients with kidney cancer, reports a study in the December issue of Medical Care. The journal is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. [More]
Young patients at risk for intellectual decline after bone marrow transplantation

Young patients at risk for intellectual decline after bone marrow transplantation

Toddlers who undergo total body irradiation in preparation for bone marrow transplantation are at higher risk for a decline in IQ and may be candidates for stepped up interventions to preserve intellectual functioning, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital investigators reported. [More]
WSU researchers working on better bone-like materials used in hip and knee replacements

WSU researchers working on better bone-like materials used in hip and knee replacements

Washington State University researchers are working to improve materials used in hip and knee replacements so that they last longer and allow patients to quickly get back on their feet after surgery. [More]
Cianna Medical's SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system gets FDA clearance

Cianna Medical's SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system gets FDA clearance

Cianna Medical Inc. announced today U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for the SAVI SCOUT surgical guidance system, a novel technology that uses real-time audible and visual indicators to give surgeons a precise way to target tissue during lumpectomy and excisional biopsy procedures. [More]
Smaller blood transfusions during surgeries better for patients with heart disease

Smaller blood transfusions during surgeries better for patients with heart disease

Patients with heart disease who receive transfusions during surgeries do just as well with smaller amounts of blood and face no greater risk of dying from other diseases than patients who received more blood, according to a new Rutgers study. [More]
Two-thirds of U.S. women with early-stage breast cancer receive longer radiation therapy

Two-thirds of U.S. women with early-stage breast cancer receive longer radiation therapy

Two-thirds of women treated for early-stage breast cancer in the U.S. receive longer radiation therapy than necessary, according to a new study published in JAMA this week from Penn Medicine researchers Ezekiel J. Emanuel, MD, PhD, and Justin E. Bekelman, MD. [More]
Golden Jubilee National Hospital first to use revolutionary technology in rib fracture surgery

Golden Jubilee National Hospital first to use revolutionary technology in rib fracture surgery

The Golden Jubilee National Hospital recently became the first hospital in Scotland to use a revolutionary new technology on a patient suffering from a severe rib fracture. [More]
Use of HF-WBI for patients with early-stage breast cancer increases 17.4%, study finds

Use of HF-WBI for patients with early-stage breast cancer increases 17.4%, study finds

The use of hypofractionated whole-breast irradiation (HF-WBI) for patients with early-stage breast cancer increased 17.4 percent from 2004 to 2011, and patients are more likely to receive HF-WBI compared to conventionally fractionated whole-breast irradiation (CF-WBI) when they are treated at an academic center or live ≥50 miles away from a cancer center, according to a study published in the December 1, 2014 issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (Red Journal), the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology. [More]
Revolutionary new approach uses advanced technology to remove head and neck cancer tumors

Revolutionary new approach uses advanced technology to remove head and neck cancer tumors

In a groundbreaking new study, UCLA researchers have for the first time advanced a surgical technique performed with the help of a robot to successfully access a previously-unreachable area of the head and neck. [More]
Weight loss surgery and exercise lower risks of serious health problems

Weight loss surgery and exercise lower risks of serious health problems

Throughout the past year, studies on the positive effects of weight loss surgery have been published in a variety of medical journals in the US and abroad. We learned that weight loss surgery is relatively safe, and that it is effective in improving serious health conditions. More recently, we also learned that it is a factor in preventing Type 2 diabetes from developing in people considered to be pre-diabetic. [More]
New kind of knee surgery provides much needed relief for patients

New kind of knee surgery provides much needed relief for patients

A new kind of knee surgery is providing much needed relief for patients in the greater Houston area. For many years, anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstructions have been frequently performed to correct instability in the knee, however many patients never return to their pre-injury level of activity following surgery. That is changing, says orthopaedic surgeon Dr. William Hayes, because surgeons are now addressing injuries to the anterolateral ligament (ALL) in the knee as well. [More]
New fluorescence-imaging agent could improve diagnosis, guide surgeons during tumor removal

New fluorescence-imaging agent could improve diagnosis, guide surgeons during tumor removal

CEA-Leti and CLARA today announced the development of a new fluorescence-imaging agent that could significantly increase surgeons’ accuracy when removing cancerous tumors. [More]
Most elderly women with early-stage breast cancer still receive radiation therapy despite less benefit

Most elderly women with early-stage breast cancer still receive radiation therapy despite less benefit

Women over the age of 70 who have certain early-stage breast cancers overwhelmingly receive radiation therapy despite published evidence that the treatment has limited benefit, researchers at Duke Medicine report. [More]
Weight-loss surgery may reduce lower urinary tract symptoms

Weight-loss surgery may reduce lower urinary tract symptoms

Metabolic syndrome is linked with an increased frequency and severity of lower urinary tract symptoms, but weight loss surgery may lessen these symptoms. The findings, which come from two studies published in BJU International, indicate that urinary problems may be added to the list of issues that can improve with efforts that address altered metabolism. [More]
Having simultaneous chemotherapy and breast reconstruction after mastectomy may rise complications

Having simultaneous chemotherapy and breast reconstruction after mastectomy may rise complications

Immediate breast reconstruction following mastectomy is becoming more prevalent. However, in breast cancer patients undergoing simultaneous chemotherapy, thrombotic complications can arise that can delay or significantly modify reconstructive plans. Outcomes of cases illustrating potential complications are published in the current issue of Annals of Medicine and Surgery. [More]
Malnutrition predicts long-term survival in elderly patients undergoing Whipple procedure

Malnutrition predicts long-term survival in elderly patients undergoing Whipple procedure

Malnutrition is an important factor predicting long-term survival in older patients undergoing pancreaticoduodenectomy (PD) (commonly called the Whipple procedure) to treat benign tumors and cysts of the pancreas as well as pancreatitis, according to new study results published in the December issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [More]
Scientists seek to improve stem cell transplant outcomes using DNA sequencing, mathematical modeling

Scientists seek to improve stem cell transplant outcomes using DNA sequencing, mathematical modeling

Is the human immune system similar to the weather, a seemingly random yet dynamical system that can be modeled based on past conditions to predict future states? Scientists at VCU Massey Cancer Center's award-winning Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Program believe it is, and they recently published several studies that support the possibility of using next-generation DNA sequencing and mathematical modeling to not only understand the variability observed in clinical outcomes of stem cell transplantation, but also to provide a theoretical framework to make transplantation a possibility for more patients who do not have a related donor. [More]