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Spike in mortality after cardiac surgery is associated with 30 days survival measurement

Analyzing a national database of hospital inpatient records, a team of researchers reports an expected spike in mortality six days after cardiac surgery, but also a more surprising and potentially troubling jump in deaths at the 30-day mark. [More]

Frost & Sullivan: Advancements in laser technology raise number of aesthetic procedures

Aesthetic procedures, though cost-intensive, have experienced increased growth over the past decade. With patients gradually shifting from more complicated, time-consuming invasive procedures to minimally invasive and non-invasive ones, surgical lasers in particular have turned out to be the most preferred choice for aesthetic applications. [More]
FAST Upset Stomach offers one shot dose of Liquid Relief for people suffering from heartburn

FAST Upset Stomach offers one shot dose of Liquid Relief for people suffering from heartburn

First Aid Shot Therapy, makers of First Aid Shot Therapy Pain Relief, today announced the launch of its newest offering, First Aid Shot Therapy Upset Stomach. Upset Stomach is the second variant to be launched in the F.A.S.T. range of products and it is formulated to relive upset stomach symptoms. [More]

Research shows blocking DNA repair improves radiation therapy for glioblastomas

UT Southwestern Medical Center researchers have demonstrated in both cancer cell lines and in mice that blocking critical DNA repair mechanisms could improve the effectiveness of radiation therapy for highly fatal brain tumors called glioblastomas. [More]
DePuy Synthes Power Tools announces launch of Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System

DePuy Synthes Power Tools announces launch of Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System

DePuy Synthes Power Tools announced today the global launch of the Anspach EG1 High Speed Electric System, a next generation high-speed electric drill with multiple attachments and accessories, designed for use in neurosurgery, otology and spinal procedures. The announcement was made here at the 2014 AANS Annual Scientific Meeting (American Association of Neurological Surgeons). [More]

Patient-friendly examination method reduces need for prostate cancer biopsies

Each year prostate tissue samples are taken from over a million men around the world - in most cases using 12 large biopsy needles - to check whether they have prostate cancer. [More]
Menopausal hormone therapy may lower risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Menopausal hormone therapy may lower risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Hormone therapy, which is prescribed to women for relief of menopausal symptoms such hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness, has recently seen a decline in popularity (and use) due to its link to an increased risk of breast and endometrial cancer. But City of Hope researchers have found that menopausal hormone therapy may actually lower the risk of B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma. [More]

6 months of hormonal treatment in addition to radiotherapy improves outcome for prostate cancer

Vienna, Austria: Men with prostate cancer that is small and confined to the prostate gland but that is at risk of growing and spreading, do better if they are treated with radiotherapy combined with androgen deprivation therapy, which lowers their levels of the male hormone, testosterone, according to new research. [More]
Women who had radiotherapy for breast cancer may have increased risk of lung tumour

Women who had radiotherapy for breast cancer may have increased risk of lung tumour

Women who have radiotherapy for breast cancer have a small but significantly increased risk of subsequently developing a primary lung tumour, and now research has shown that this risk increases with the amount of radiation absorbed by the tissue. [More]
Helium ion radiotherapy provides hope for improved, accurate radiation treatment for young cancer patients

Helium ion radiotherapy provides hope for improved, accurate radiation treatment for young cancer patients

For the first time, researchers have been able to demonstrate that the use of helium ions in radiation therapy could provide accurate treatment to tumours while helping to spare healthy organs. [More]

20% of adults with tonsillectomies have higher complication than previously shown

Twenty percent of adults who have tonsillectomies will have a complication, which is significantly higher than previously shown, according to a team of researchers. The team also found that these complications substantially increase health care expenditures. [More]

MCVI receives federal approval to launch adult heart transplant program at Memorial Regional Hospital

The Memorial Cardiac and Vascular Institute (MCVI), a leading provider of adult cardiac services in South Florida, has received federal approval from UNOS (United Network for Organ Sharing) to launch an adult heart transplant program at Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood. [More]
Study shows high-risk drinking may improve post weight loss surgery

Study shows high-risk drinking may improve post weight loss surgery

Much has been reported about the potential for increased risk of alcohol misuse after weight loss surgery (WLS), with most theories pointing to lower alcohol tolerance and a longer time to return to a sober state after surgery, but a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center suggests that upwards of half of high-risk drinkers are actually less likely to report high-risk drinking behavior after weight loss surgery. [More]

Aortic valve replacement now possible without open-heart surgery

Loyola University Medical Center is the first hospital in Illinois to implant a newly approved aortic heart valve device that does not require open surgery. [More]
10% of neurosurgeons follow routine psychological screenings of patients prior to back surgery

10% of neurosurgeons follow routine psychological screenings of patients prior to back surgery

In a report published in the April edition of the Journal of Spinal Disorders and Techniques, a Johns Hopkins team says that only 10 percent of orthopaedic surgeons and neurosurgeons follow professional guidelines recommending routine psychological screenings of patients prior to major surgery for severe back and leg pain. [More]
New neuromonitoring method prevents malpositioning of pedicle screws during thoracic spine surgery

New neuromonitoring method prevents malpositioning of pedicle screws during thoracic spine surgery

Researchers from Syracuse, New York, report a new, highly accurate, neuromonitoring method that can be used during thoracic spine surgery to prevent malpositioning of pedicle screws such that they enter the spinal canal and possibly cause postoperative neurological impairment. [More]

Low levels of sodium prior to liver transplantation do not increase risk of death, say researchers

Researchers report that low levels of sodium, known as hyponatremia, prior to transplantation does not increase the risk of death following liver transplant. Full findings are published in Liver Transplantation, a journal of the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases and the International Liver Transplantation Society. [More]
Clonidine increases hypotension and non-fatal cardiac arrest after noncardiac surgery

Clonidine increases hypotension and non-fatal cardiac arrest after noncardiac surgery

Clonidine - a drug that reduces blood pressure and heart rate - increased rates of clinically concerning hypotension and non-fatal cardiac arrest after noncardiac surgery, according to the POISE-2 trial presented at the American College of Cardiology's 63rd Annual Scientific Session. [More]

Perioperative aspirin increases risk of serious bleeding after non-heart-related surgery

​Patients given aspirin to prevent heart problems after non-heart-related surgery had a higher risk of serious bleeding than the patients who did not receive aspirin. [More]

Early rehabilitation improves neurofunctional outcome after surgery in children with spinal tumors

In children, primary spinal tumors comprise 4% of all tumors from the central nervous system. Spinal tumors can present with a variety of clinical signs and symptoms in children such as pain followed by motor regression, gait disturbance, sphincter dysfunction, sensory symptoms, torticollis, and kyphoscoliosis. [More]