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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]
Researchers recommend laparoscopic surgical removal of gallbladder for pediatric patients

Researchers recommend laparoscopic surgical removal of gallbladder for pediatric patients

A recent study conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers recommends laparoscopic cholecystectomies (surgical removal of the gallbladder) for pediatric patients suffering from gallstones and other gallbladder diseases. [More]
Researchers plan to develop vaccine into a type of antibody serum therapy

Researchers plan to develop vaccine into a type of antibody serum therapy

By many estimates, an Ebola vaccine could be available in humans as early as next year. But will it be the right one? There are a number of vaccines in development and each is in a race to prove that it is most effective, safe and that it will protect the largest number of people. [More]
Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Findings support regular mammography screening in women ages 75 and older

Mammography-detected breast cancer is associated with a shift to earlier stage diagnosis in older women, subsequently reducing the rate of more advanced, difficult-to-treat cases, according to a new study published online in the journal Radiology. [More]
Triple therapy for glioblastoma has prolonged survival of mice with brain cancers

Triple therapy for glioblastoma has prolonged survival of mice with brain cancers

A triple therapy for glioblastoma, including two types of immunotherapy and targeted radiation, has significantly prolonged the survival of mice with these brain cancers, according to a new report by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center. [More]
New spinal fixation technique: an interview with Dr. Ian Armstrong, Medical Director, Southern California Spine Institute

New spinal fixation technique: an interview with Dr. Ian Armstrong, Medical Director, Southern California Spine Institute

Traditionally, the most commonly used medical devices for spinal fusion procedures have been pedicle screws and rods, and interbody cages or spacers. Each are coupled with bone grafts and limit movement while the area being fused heals. [More]
AMP publishes updated position statement on the regulation of LDPs

AMP publishes updated position statement on the regulation of LDPs

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP), the premier global, non-profit organization serving molecular testing professionals and leading education initiatives, discussions, and policy actions central to improving the development and application of molecular diagnostics, today reaffirmed its position that the vast majority of laboratory developed tests (LDTs), or laboratory developed procedures (LDPs)—a term coined by AMP to more appropriately capture the nature of these processes as medical services—should continue operating under the regulation of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments program at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and not be subject to pre-market review by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, as suggested in the draft guidance notification issued to Congress on July 31, 2014. [More]
New information on limitations and potential for development of transcranial ultrasound therapy

New information on limitations and potential for development of transcranial ultrasound therapy

A recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland provides new information on the limitations and potential new directions for the future development of transcranial ultrasound therapy. [More]
New joint ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery

New joint ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery

The publication of the new joint ESC/ESA Guidelines on non-cardiac surgery: cardiovascular assessment and management introduces a number of recommendations in the field. Among other topics, the Guidelines include updated information on the use of clinical indices and biomarkers in risk assessment, and the use of novel anticoagulants, statins, aspirin and beta-blockers in risk mitigation. [More]
Codman Neuro introduces new ENVOY Guiding Catheters for neurovascular procedures

Codman Neuro introduces new ENVOY Guiding Catheters for neurovascular procedures

Codman Neuro, part of DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson, announced the launch of the ENVOY DA XB Distal Access Guiding Catheter and the 7F ENVOY Guiding Catheter for neurovascular procedures. [More]
Catheter ablation improves quality of life for adults with atrial fibrillation

Catheter ablation improves quality of life for adults with atrial fibrillation

Adults who undergo a minimally invasive technique to treat atrial fibrillation are significantly less likely to die from a heart attack or heart failure, according to a long-term study by the University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center. [More]
New anesthesia procedure demonstrates cause of obstruction in patients with severe sleep apnea

New anesthesia procedure demonstrates cause of obstruction in patients with severe sleep apnea

A simplified anesthesia procedure may enable more widespread use of preoperative testing to demonstrate the cause of airway obstruction in patients with severe sleep apnea, suggests a study in Anesthesia & Analgesia. [More]

Researchers to study multi-faceted approaches to address issues of burnout in transplant surgeons

Despite saving thousands of lives yearly, nearly half of organ transplant surgeons report a low sense of personal accomplishment and 40% feel emotionally exhausted, according to a new national study on transplant surgeon burnout. [More]
Non-endoscopic procedure effective in treating severe chronic migraine headaches

Non-endoscopic procedure effective in treating severe chronic migraine headaches

A revised version of a surgical procedure to treat severe chronic migraine headaches led to significant symptom relief more than 90 percent of the time in patients treated at Massachusetts General Hospital. [More]
Endoscopic resection not always best for localized, early-stage esophageal cancer: Study

Endoscopic resection not always best for localized, early-stage esophageal cancer: Study

A new study, published in the July, 2014, issue of the Journal of the National Cancer Institute by Northwestern Medicine- researchers, sheds new light on the risks associated with the growing popularity of endoscopic resection in the treatment of localized, early-stage esophageal cancer. [More]
Study investigates ventilation strategies used during anaesthesia given for abdomen surgery

Study investigates ventilation strategies used during anaesthesia given for abdomen surgery

A multi-centre study at 30 centres across Europe, North and South America involving a total of 900 test subjects has investigated various ventilation strategies currently used during anaesthesia given for surgical procedures involving the abdomen to see just how effective they are. [More]
Molecular testing panel increases likelihood of performing correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients

Molecular testing panel increases likelihood of performing correct surgery for thyroid cancer patients

The routine use of a molecular testing panel developed at UPMC greatly increases the likelihood of performing the correct initial surgery for patients with thyroid nodules and cancer, report researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), partner with UPMC CancerCenter. [More]
Incisionless TAVR surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30%

Incisionless TAVR surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30%

New research from Penn Medicine shows that incisionless transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery cuts length of hospital stay by 30 percent and has no impact on post-operative vascular complication rates when compared with conventional transfemoral TAVR, which requires an incision in the groin. [More]