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UH Seidman Cancer Center uses SpaceOAR System to perform first-ever prostate cancer treatment

UH Seidman Cancer Center uses SpaceOAR System to perform first-ever prostate cancer treatment

The radiation oncology team at UH Seidman Cancer Center at UH Geauga Medical Center performed the first-ever prostate cancer treatment on April 3 using a newly approved device. The device, called SpaceOAR System, enhances the efficacy of radiation treatment by protecting organs surrounding the prostate. The device, a temporary injectable gel, received FDA clearance on April 1. [More]
Moirai Orthopaedics receives FDA approval for IDE application to initiate clinical study of PIR System

Moirai Orthopaedics receives FDA approval for IDE application to initiate clinical study of PIR System

Moirai Orthopaedics, L.L.C., an orthopaedic implant development company based in Metairie, Louisiana, is pleased to announce it has received approval from the US Food and Drug Administration for its Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) application to initiate clinical study of the company's Pyrocarbon Implant Replacement (PIR) System. [More]
Innovative liver cancer treatment gets EU approval

Innovative liver cancer treatment gets EU approval

A new treatment for liver cancer developed by the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht has received the European CE mark for quality and safety. [More]
Haag-Streit Surgical receives FDA 510(k) clearance for intraoperative-OCT camera

Haag-Streit Surgical receives FDA 510(k) clearance for intraoperative-OCT camera

HAAG-STREIT SURGICAL announced its intraoperative-OCT camera has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for marketing on the largest medical device market in the world. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers develop LevelCheck software to help improve surgical safety

Johns Hopkins researchers develop LevelCheck software to help improve surgical safety

Because the spine is made up of repeating elements that look alike, surgeons can mistakenly operate on the wrong vertebra. To avoid this, Johns Hopkins researchers have developed a software program that works seamlessly with currently available procedures to assist a surgeon’s determination of which vertebra is which. Results from its first clinical evaluation show that the LevelCheck software achieves 100 percent accuracy in just 26 seconds. [More]
Caesarean sections can save lives, but often performed without medical need

Caesarean sections can save lives, but often performed without medical need

Caesarean section is one of the most common surgeries in the world, with rates continuing to rise, particularly in high- and middle-income countries. [More]
Early and guideline adherent physical therapy reduces costs, resources in LBP patients

Early and guideline adherent physical therapy reduces costs, resources in LBP patients

A study in the scientific journal BMC Health Services Research shows that early and guideline adherent physical therapy following an initial episode of acute, nonspecific low back pain (LBP) resulted in substantially lower costs and reduced use of health care resources over a 2-year period. [More]
HeartWare International gets approval to market HeartWare Ventricular Assist System in Canada

HeartWare International gets approval to market HeartWare Ventricular Assist System in Canada

HeartWare International, Inc., a leading innovator of less invasive, miniaturized circulatory support technologies that are revolutionizing the treatment of advanced heart failure, today announced that it has received approval from Health Canada, the country's federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain their health, to market the HeartWare Ventricular Assist System as a bridge to heart transplantation in patients with end-stage heart failure. [More]
Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute sets new national standard for most adult heart transplants

Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute sets new national standard for most adult heart transplants

The Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute completed 120 adult heart transplants and two adult heart-lung transplants in 2014, setting a new national standard for the most adult heart transplants performed in a single year. [More]
Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon awarded Cortes de Cadiz Prize by the city council of Cadiz, Spain

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon awarded Cortes de Cadiz Prize by the city council of Cadiz, Spain

Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon Alfredo Quinones-Hinojosa has been awarded the Cortes de Cadiz Prize in the category of surgery by the city council of Cadiz, Spain. The jury prize, in which members of the Royal Academy of Medicine and Surgery took part, was awarded to Quinones-Hinojosa not only for his renowned scientific career but also for his “moving life experience,” which, the judges noted, is full of “self-improvement and success.” [More]
Jersey Shore achieves Joint Commission certification for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program

Jersey Shore achieves Joint Commission certification for Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program

Jersey Shore has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for its Hip and Knee Joint Replacement Program by demonstrating compliance with The Joint Commission's national standards for health care quality and safety in disease-specific care. The certification award recognizes the hospital's dedication to continuous compliance with The Joint Commission's rigorous standards. [More]
New study analyses physical, psychological consequences of bariatric surgery

New study analyses physical, psychological consequences of bariatric surgery

Bariatric surgery, or reduction of gastric capacity, is one of the longer lasting options to achieve considerable weight loss in obese people. A Spanish researcher has participated in a study that confirms that the effects of this relatively complex medical surgery are not only physical, but also psychological. [More]
Two case studies provide potential new avenue for treatment of kidney cancer

Two case studies provide potential new avenue for treatment of kidney cancer

UT Southwestern Medical Center Kidney Cancer Program investigators have published what is believed to be the first reported successful use of stereotactic body radiation therapy for an often deadly complication of kidney cancer. [More]
Harry Folk speaks about successful throat cancer treatment received at St. Luke’s Cancer Center

Harry Folk speaks about successful throat cancer treatment received at St. Luke’s Cancer Center

It’s been nine years since Harry Folk of Palmer Township had a scare with throat cancer. He is able to talk about his journey, literally, thanks to the treatment he received at St. Luke’s. The treatment plan recommended by his cancer team not only removed his cancer, but preserved his voice and ability to swallow without difficulty. [More]
Proton Partners International to open three Proton Beam Therapy centres in UK

Proton Partners International to open three Proton Beam Therapy centres in UK

The UK is to get its first three Proton Beam Therapy centres, marking a significant breakthrough in the provision of cancer treatment. [More]
Northwestern University researchers find safer way to improve surgery outcomes

Northwestern University researchers find safer way to improve surgery outcomes

A Northwestern University research team potentially has found a safer way to keep blood vessels healthy during and after surgery. [More]
Younger patients can benefit from ACL surgery

Younger patients can benefit from ACL surgery

A new study appearing in the April issue of The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS), found that most patients who underwent surgery to repair and rebuild an anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) tear, showed significant improvement in physical function at two years, which continued for at least six years following surgery. [More]
Clinical trial uses personalized cellular therapy to treat GVHD complication of bone marrow transplant

Clinical trial uses personalized cellular therapy to treat GVHD complication of bone marrow transplant

An innovative clinical trial using the science of "personalized" cellular therapy has begun enrolling children and adults suffering from graft-versus-host-disease (GVHD), a life-threatening complication of bone marrow transplantation in which donor immune lymphocytes attack the organs of the bone marrow transplant recipient. [More]
Bariatric procedure improves outcomes in obese patients looking to get joint replacement

Bariatric procedure improves outcomes in obese patients looking to get joint replacement

According to research presented recently at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, obese patients looking to get a joint replacement are more likely to have success with their hip or knee surgery if they first undergo a bariatric procedure. [More]
CABG surgery improves long-term survival in diabetic patients with severe heart disease

CABG surgery improves long-term survival in diabetic patients with severe heart disease

Among diabetic patients with severe heart disease, coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery is better than stenting (percutaneous coronary intervention; PCI) at improving long-term survival and reducing the risk of adverse complications, according to an article in the April 2015 issue of The Annals of Thoracic Surgery. [More]
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