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Fox Chase Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Department earns ACR accreditation

Fox Chase Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Department earns ACR accreditation

Fox Chase Cancer Center's Radiation Oncology Department, an international leader known for offering the latest advancements in radiation treatment, has earned accreditation from the American College of Radiology for another three years at both its main campus in Northeast Philadelphia and Buckingham facility. [More]
Rush University Medical Center earns three-star rating for lung cancer surgery program

Rush University Medical Center earns three-star rating for lung cancer surgery program

Surgery to remove localized tumors is the only reliable way to cure lung cancer, the most prevalent cause of cancer-related deaths in both men and women. The most common operation performed to remove these cancers is a lobectomy (removal of an anatomic portion of lung). Thoracic surgeons at Rush University Medical Center perform the largest number of these operations of any surgical group in Chicago and in most cases use minimally invasive techniques that speed recovery. [More]
Study compares two different methods of blood transfusion in trauma care

Study compares two different methods of blood transfusion in trauma care

The University of Maryland School of Medicine is part of a new nationwide, multi-site study that may help save hundreds of lives among trauma patients with major bleeding. The study, which was published earlier this month in JAMA, compared two different methods of blood transfusion, and found that one approach gave patients a significantly better chance of survival within the first 24 hours. [More]
Study: Risk of uterine sarcoma fairly low in women following hysterectomy

Study: Risk of uterine sarcoma fairly low in women following hysterectomy

Uterine sarcoma - a potentially aggressive type of cancer that forms in tissues in the uterus - was found in 0.22 % of women following a hysterectomy for benign conditions, a new large-scale study by the University of Michigan departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and Surgery finds. [More]
Two diagnostic tests can help identify children who require surgical treatment for appendicitis

Two diagnostic tests can help identify children who require surgical treatment for appendicitis

Data from two standard diagnostic tests commonly obtained in children evaluated for abdominal pain--when combined--can improve the ability of emergency department physicians and pediatric surgeons to identify those patients who should be sent to the operating room for prompt removal of an inflamed appendix; those who may be admitted for observation; and those who may safely be discharged home, according to a new study published online as an "article in press" in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [More]
Polypropylene PCR plates

Polypropylene PCR plates

To ensure full compatibility with robotic systems, DNase / RNase- and pyrogen-free PCR plates from Porvair Sciences feature high rigidity to minimise distortion before and after thermal cycling. [More]
Microsurgical technique revolutionizes treatment of infertile men

Microsurgical technique revolutionizes treatment of infertile men

A microsurgical technique credited with revolutionizing treatment of men once thought to be infertile was recently performed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, a first for southeast Michigan. [More]
Rutgers patient gets second chance at life following liver transplant

Rutgers patient gets second chance at life following liver transplant

Mati Muñoz is 65 years old - filled with the enthusiastic energy that comes with a second chance at life. A decade ago, says Muñoz, who lives in Woodbridge Township, N.J., her liver was being destroyed by hepatitis C, a viral disease she believes she contracted as a girl in her native Cuba from a poorly sterilized needle used in a medical procedure. [More]
New laser technology shows promise for cancer treatment

New laser technology shows promise for cancer treatment

Surgeons rely on 200-year-old technology when removing cancer--sight and touch--to determine how much to remove and what to leave alone. Laser technology pioneered at Florida Atlantic University has the promise to help a surgeon better determine if an area is cancer or healthy tissue. Moreover, when combined with laser treatment for cancer, this work lays the groundwork for laser robotic treatment of cancer. [More]
Breast density laws could pose risk of unnecessary procedures for women with breast cancer

Breast density laws could pose risk of unnecessary procedures for women with breast cancer

Women with dense breast tissue are at increased risk of breast cancer. Dense breast tissue, generally defined as having more fibroglandular than fatty tissue, can make it more difficult for radiologists to detect cancer on screening mammography. [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]
Study shows in-flight blood transfusions improve outcomes in trauma victims

Study shows in-flight blood transfusions improve outcomes in trauma victims

Air-lifted trauma victims who received blood transfusions in the helicopter before arriving at a trauma center had higher one-day survival rates and less chance of shock than air-lifted patients who did not receive blood transfusions until they arrived at the trauma unit, according to study findings published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [More]
Sonoma's FibuLock Nail receives FDA clearance for treating ankle fractures

Sonoma's FibuLock Nail receives FDA clearance for treating ankle fractures

Sonoma Orthopedic Products, a medical device manufacturer specializing in minimally-invasive bone fracture repair, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for the intramedullary (within the bone canal) FibuLock Nail that offers physicians a new alternative in the way they surgically treat ankle fractures. [More]
Clinical trial proves ‘inside the artery’ therapy improves patient outcomes after stroke

Clinical trial proves ‘inside the artery’ therapy improves patient outcomes after stroke

"This clinical trial proves beyond any doubt that inside the artery therapy is the best possible treatment for patients suffering an acute ischemic stroke from a large artery occlusion," according to Donald Frei, MD, Neuro Interventional Surgeon at Swedish Medical Center and Radiology Imaging Associates in Englewood, CO. [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]
Longer donor leukocyte telomere length linked to improved survival following HCT

Longer donor leukocyte telomere length linked to improved survival following HCT

Among patients with severe aplastic anemia who received stem cell transplant from an unrelated donor, longer leukocyte (white blood cells) telomere length (a structure at the end of a chromosome) was associated with increased overall survival at 5 years, according to a study in the February 10 issue of JAMA. [More]
Rare and classic EGFR mutations have different impacts on NSCLC outcome

Rare and classic EGFR mutations have different impacts on NSCLC outcome

Certain rare epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) mutations are associated with tobacco smoking, worse prognosis and poor response to EGFR tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy compared to the more common "classical" EGFR mutations. [More]
Endovascular treatment can improve patient outcomes after acute ischemic stroke

Endovascular treatment can improve patient outcomes after acute ischemic stroke

Canadian researchers have completed an international randomized controlled trial showing that a clot retrieval procedure, known as endovascular treatment (ET), can dramatically improve patient outcomes after an acute ischemic stroke. The study, led by researchers at the University of Calgary's Hotchkiss Brain Institute (HBI), shows a dramatic improvement in outcomes and a reduction in deaths from stroke. [More]
Landmark study heralds new era in stroke treatment worldwide

Landmark study heralds new era in stroke treatment worldwide

A landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine today heralds a new era in stroke treatment across the globe. [More]
Despite growing shortage of donor hearts, surgeons, transplant centers reject marginal hearts

Despite growing shortage of donor hearts, surgeons, transplant centers reject marginal hearts

Surgeons and transplant centers nationwide increasingly have rejected hearts donated for transplantation despite a growing need for them, according to a new study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]