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Loyola tests new combination treatment for people living with cancer that has spread to spine

Loyola tests new combination treatment for people living with cancer that has spread to spine

Loyola University Medical Center is the first center in the country to enroll patients in a clinical trial of a minimally invasive treatment for patients living with cancer that has spread to the spine. [More]
Antibiotic treatment not better than appendectomy for uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Antibiotic treatment not better than appendectomy for uncomplicated acute appendicitis

Among patients with uncomplicated appendicitis, antibiotic treatment did not meet a prespecified level of effectiveness compared with appendectomy, although most patients who received antibiotic therapy did not require an appendectomy, and for those who did, they did not experience significant complications, according to a study in the June 16 issue of JAMA. [More]
Completing sepsis resuscitation bundle in six hours after diagnosis

Completing sepsis resuscitation bundle in six hours after diagnosis

Blood poisoning, known as sepsis, is the most common cause of death in intensive care units, according to the National Institutes of Health. The body's immune response to fight the infection triggers inflammation that restricts blood flow and leads to multiple organ failure. [More]
New study reports more practical approach to heal the heart after a heart attack

New study reports more practical approach to heal the heart after a heart attack

Stem cell have been the main focus of healing therapy research because they can morph into new cells, and using a patient's own stem cells will not induce an autoimmune response. For healing after a heart attack, the ideal time to administer these therapies is when reopening the clogged blood vessel because the heart is easily accessible. While stem cells show promise for heart attack treatment, the process of harvesting and reintroducing the cells—which can take days or weeks—is too slow for this window. [More]
RPCI receives NCI grant to continue research program on photodynamic therapy for head and neck cancers

RPCI receives NCI grant to continue research program on photodynamic therapy for head and neck cancers

Roswell Park Cancer Institute has received continuation of a prestigious program project grant from the National Cancer Institute for research through the Roswell Park Photodynamic Therapy Center. [More]
Link between poverty and kidney disease changes over time, shows study

Link between poverty and kidney disease changes over time, shows study

Poverty is known to be a strong risk factor for end-stage kidney disease. Now, a first of-its-kind study has found that the association between poverty and kidney disease changes over time. [More]
Women who underwent uterine transplantation adjust to sudden restoration of fertility

Women who underwent uterine transplantation adjust to sudden restoration of fertility

In October last year the Gothenburg, Sweden, group of Mats Bra?nnstro?m announced the world's first live birth following the transplantation of a donated uterus. [More]
Experts review strategies that may help improve adoptive cell immunotherapy for treating cancer

Experts review strategies that may help improve adoptive cell immunotherapy for treating cancer

In a special issue of Immunotherapy, leading experts provide in-depth review of innovative strategies that may further the success of adoptive cell immunotherapy as a cancer treatment. Adoptive cell immunotherapy (ACT) has proven successful in clinical trials against certain types of melanoma and leukemia. The journal reviews new strategies to address the challenges of extending these effects to a wider range of tumor types. [More]
Mayo Clinic, United Therapeutics partner to build and operate new lung restoration center on Mayo campus

Mayo Clinic, United Therapeutics partner to build and operate new lung restoration center on Mayo campus

Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla., and United Therapeutics Corporation today announced a collaboration to build and operate a lung restoration center on the Mayo campus. The goal is to significantly increase the volume of lungs for transplantation by preserving and restoring selected marginal donor lungs, making them viable for transplantation. The restored lungs will be made available to patients at Mayo Clinic and other transplant centers throughout the United States. [More]
Juniper announces enrollment of first patient in COL-1077 Phase II trial to reduce pain during endometrial biopsy

Juniper announces enrollment of first patient in COL-1077 Phase II trial to reduce pain during endometrial biopsy

Juniper Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company focused on the development of therapeutics for women's health, announced today the first patient has been enrolled in a Phase II clinical trial of COL-1077, a 10% lidocaine bioadhesive gel that is intended as an acute-use anesthetic during minimally invasive gynecologic procedures. [More]
EORTC prospective registry targets patients with minimal sentinel node tumor burden in melanoma

EORTC prospective registry targets patients with minimal sentinel node tumor burden in melanoma

Sentinel node biopsy is the standard staging procedure for melanoma patients, and sentinel node status is the most important prognostic factor for disease outcome in AJCC stage I/II disease. However, the therapeutic value of the sentinel node procedure followed by early completion lymph node dissection is still controversial. [More]
Early CPR doubles chance of survival for patients suffering from cardiac arrest

Early CPR doubles chance of survival for patients suffering from cardiac arrest

A team of Swedish researchers finds that early cardiopulmonary resuscitation more than doubles the chance of survival for patients suffering out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. The percentage of patients who receive life-saving resuscitation has also increased substantially thanks to so-called SMS Lifesavers. [More]
Implantable antibiotic-laden sponges help prevent sternal wound infections during cardiac surgery

Implantable antibiotic-laden sponges help prevent sternal wound infections during cardiac surgery

Cardiac surgeons often "crack open" the flat bone that forms the middle front section of the chest, known as the sternum, in order to reach important structures. When a sternal wound infection (SWI) occurs, serious complications and even death may result. Implanting antibiotic-laden sponges between the sternal halves before closure has been adapted to prevent infections. [More]
Clinical support for kidney perfusion

Clinical support for kidney perfusion

Lifeline Scientific (AIM: LSIC), the transplantation technology company, welcomes the publication in Experimental and Clinical Transplantation of the clinical study (‘Study’): “Hypothermic Machine Perfusion Permits Extended Cold Ischemia Times With Improved Early Graft Function.” [More]
Study reveals surgical consequences of severe obesity

Study reveals surgical consequences of severe obesity

Research from the University of Alberta's Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is revealing the heavy surgical consequences of severe obesity. [More]
Surgeons perform breakthrough operation to separate six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins

Surgeons perform breakthrough operation to separate six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins

On Friday, May 22, an 18-member team of physicians and nurses from Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and Keck Medicine of the University of Southern California (USC) led an international collaboration to separate a pair of six-month-old conjoined Haitian twins, the first such operation ever performed on Haitian soil. [More]
Stage IIIB NSCLC patients may benefit from surgical resection in combination with chemo or radiation therapy

Stage IIIB NSCLC patients may benefit from surgical resection in combination with chemo or radiation therapy

Patients diagnosed with an advanced form of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may benefit from surgical resection (removal of all or part of the lung) in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, according to an article in the June 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
Simple process for obtaining induced pluripotent stem cells without use of reagents

Simple process for obtaining induced pluripotent stem cells without use of reagents

For their ability to differentiate into other cell types, the embryonic stem cells hold a large potential in the medical industry. Their use, however, poses ethical questions due to the fact that in order to obtain them, it is necessary to destroy the embryo. For this reason, medical researches use the so-called induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC). In fact, it is possible to reprogram adult cells that can be obtained by simply drawing blood and making them "regress" to a similar state to that of embryonic stem cells. [More]
Non-invasive accupoint electrical stimulation to treat Crohn's disease

Non-invasive accupoint electrical stimulation to treat Crohn's disease

An oral abstract presented at the International Neuromodulation Society 12th World Congress today unveiled a new collaboration between U.S. and Chinese into non-invasive accupoint electrical stimulation in Crohn's disease. [More]
Surgical resection, chemo and radiation therapy combination may help treat metastatic lung cancer

Surgical resection, chemo and radiation therapy combination may help treat metastatic lung cancer

Patients diagnosed with an advanced form of metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) may benefit from surgical resection (removal of all or part of the lung) in combination with chemotherapy and radiation therapy, according to an article in the June 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
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