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Study explores the effectiveness of stents in treating vein obstructions

Study explores the effectiveness of stents in treating vein obstructions

Jobst Vascular Institute is conducting pioneering research that looks at using stents to treat blocked veins. For years, stents - small mesh tubes - have been used to treat narrowed or blocked arteries; however none are specifically designed for use in veins. [More]
Death rate increases with hospitals shift from inpatient procedures to outpatient for urological surgeries

Death rate increases with hospitals shift from inpatient procedures to outpatient for urological surgeries

As hospitals have shifted an array of common urological surgeries from inpatient procedures to outpatient, potentially preventable deaths have increased following complications. [More]
Study highlights importance of monitoring urologic surgery patients for potential complications

Study highlights importance of monitoring urologic surgery patients for potential complications

In recent years, a shift from inpatient to outpatient surgery in the U.S. for commonly performed urologic procedures has coincided with increasing deaths following complications that were potentially recognizable or preventable. The finding, which comes from a recent study published in BJU International, indicates the importance of monitoring urologic surgery patients for potential complications. [More]
Children and adults face increased risk from umbilical hernias

Children and adults face increased risk from umbilical hernias

Though common wisdom will tell you that hernias only occur in men, usually adult men, this is far from the truth. While the majority of hernias do occur in males – with inguinal hernia symptoms in men particularly common – some types of hernia are not at all rare in women and children of all genders. [More]
Doctors test device designed to 'turn off' cluster headaches

Doctors test device designed to 'turn off' cluster headaches

For those suffering excruciating pain from cluster headaches, relief may soon be available from an investigational device being studied in a national multicenter clinical trial. Recently, doctors at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center performed the first surgery in the United States to insert a neurostimulator to provide relief from cluster headaches, which are more painful than migraines. [More]
Researchers compare benefits of bivalirudin and heparin for patients undergoing coronary stenting

Researchers compare benefits of bivalirudin and heparin for patients undergoing coronary stenting

Bivalirudin and heparin are two anticoagulant options for patients undergoing coronary stenting for ischemic heart disease. Bivalirudin, a newer anticoagulant, has been touted as being as effective as generic heparin, but with nearly half the rate of bleeding. [More]
Researchers find priority targets for ovarian cancer immunotherapy

Researchers find priority targets for ovarian cancer immunotherapy

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have found that the expression pattern of a unique class of tumor-associated antigens, known as the MAGE cancer-testis antigens (CTAs), correlates with clinical outcome in epithelial ovarian cancer. [More]
Healthy men participating in Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial are most likely to undergo biopsy

Healthy men participating in Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial are most likely to undergo biopsy

Healthy men participating in the Prostate Cancer Prevention Trial who actively participate in all steps of the clinical trial are most likely to undergo a biopsy, according to a study published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers and Prevention - a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. [More]
Research report on the global non-melanoma skin cancer market

Research report on the global non-melanoma skin cancer market

Reportlinker.com announces that a new market research report is available in its catalogue: Global Non-melanoma Skin Cancer Market 2014-2018 [More]
Partial nephrectomy offers near equivalent lengths of cancer control compared to radical nephrectomy

Partial nephrectomy offers near equivalent lengths of cancer control compared to radical nephrectomy

Needle-guided tumor destruction procedures offer near equivalent lengths of local cancer control compared to surgery for patients with small kidney cancer tumors, according to the results of a large study published in the journal European Urology. [More]
Screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy results in reduced incidence, death rate of colorectal cancer

Screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy results in reduced incidence, death rate of colorectal cancer

Among about 100,000 study participants, screening with flexible sigmoidoscopy resulted in a reduced incidence and rate of death of colorectal cancer, compared to no screening, according to a study in the August 13 issue of JAMA. [More]
Research leads to optimal design of alternative to open-heart surgery

Research leads to optimal design of alternative to open-heart surgery

University of Houston (UH) professor Suncica "Sunny" Canic is a mathematician, not a medical doctor, but her research could save the lives of heart patients. [More]
Regional anesthesia technique allows majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery

Regional anesthesia technique allows majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery

A recent study of an ultrasound-guided regional anesthesia technique, called femoral nerve block, shows that it leads to less opioid use and allows the majority of patients to go home within hours of surgery. [More]
Findings may lead to new tools in understanding human cognitive development, neuropsychiatric disorders

Findings may lead to new tools in understanding human cognitive development, neuropsychiatric disorders

How genes affect intelligence is complicated. Multiple genes, many yet unknown, are thought to interact among themselves and with environmental factors to influence the diverse abilities involved in intelligence. [More]
Study: Younger, older people likelier to visit ER repeatedly with gallstone pain before surgery

Study: Younger, older people likelier to visit ER repeatedly with gallstone pain before surgery

Gallstone pain is one of the most common reasons patients visit emergency rooms. Figuring out who needs emergency gallbladder removal and who can go home and schedule surgery at their convenience is sometimes a tricky question, and it isn't always answered correctly. [More]

Glue produced by sandcastle worm solves premature births that result from fetal surgery

In creating an adhesive patterned after glue produced by the lowly underwater sandcastle worm, researchers are reporting today that they may have solved the problem of premature births that sometimes result from fetal surgery. [More]

New drug spurs liver regeneration after surgery

A new drug spurs liver regeneration after surgery, according to a paper published in The Journal of Experimental Medicine. [More]
Patient with mechanical heart pump receives new gene therapy for heart failure

Patient with mechanical heart pump receives new gene therapy for heart failure

For the first time in the world, a patient with a mechanical heart pump has received a new gene therapy for heart failure at Harefield Hospital, London. [More]

Women with problem transvaginal mesh surgery must hurry to file claims

Women with problem transvaginal mesh surgery must hurry to file their claims, according to a major public information website for mesh victims, or risk not participating in current billion-dollar court settlements. [More]
Patients recovering from total joint replacement surgery who receive AAT require less pain drugs

Patients recovering from total joint replacement surgery who receive AAT require less pain drugs

Patients recovering from total joint replacement surgery who receive animal-assisted therapy (AAT) require less pain medication than those who do not experience this type of therapy. [More]