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Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Study: Minimally invasive aortic repair procedure safer for patients

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine have documented the safety benefits of aortic stent grafts inserted during minimally invasive surgery to repair abdominal aortic aneurysms - weaknesses in the body's largest artery that can rupture, causing potentially lethal internal bleeding. [More]
Vasectomy associated with small increased risk of prostate cancer

Vasectomy associated with small increased risk of prostate cancer

Vasectomy was associated with a small increased risk of prostate cancer, and a stronger risk for advanced or lethal prostate cancer according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health. [More]
Researchers evaluate surgeons' cognition during robot-assisted surgery

Researchers evaluate surgeons' cognition during robot-assisted surgery

What clues might brain metrics hold about the skill levels of surgeons who perform robot-assisted surgeries? Looking for better ways to assess the proficiency of surgeons performing these complex procedures, researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) and the University at Buffalo (UB) determined whether cognitive assessment can effectively measure the expertise of robotic surgeons with varying levels of experience. [More]
Antibiotic treatment for patients who underwent gall bladder removal does not reduce infection risk

Antibiotic treatment for patients who underwent gall bladder removal does not reduce infection risk

Among patients who underwent gall bladder removal for acute calculous cholecystitis, lack of postoperative antibiotic treatment did not result in a greater incidence of infections, according to a study in the July 9 issue of JAMA. [More]
New approach can reduce depression in patients with AMD-related low vision

New approach can reduce depression in patients with AMD-related low vision

Depression is a common risk for people who have lost their vision from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but a new study shows that a type of rehabilitation therapy can cut this risk in half. The study was funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI), part of the National Institutes of Health. [More]
Study: Older kidney donors enjoy similar longevity, cardiovascular health as other healthy individuals

Study: Older kidney donors enjoy similar longevity, cardiovascular health as other healthy individuals

Older kidney donors enjoy similar longevity and cardiovascular health as other healthy mature individuals, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Transplantation. [More]
Study compares sutures versus surgical staples in C-section procedure

Study compares sutures versus surgical staples in C-section procedure

In the largest study to date comparing sutures (stitches) versus surgical staples for closing a C-section, researchers found a 57 percent decrease in wound complications in women who were sutured versus those who received staples. [More]
Patient goes on fishing trip after undergoing complex brain surgery

Patient goes on fishing trip after undergoing complex brain surgery

Just two weeks after undergoing delicate and complex brain surgery for a life-threatening condition, Bill Abt's surgeon cleared him to take a previously scheduled fishing trip. [More]

Use of minimally invasive surgery varies widely across US hospitals

Hospitals across the country vary substantially in their use of minimally invasive surgery, even when evidence shows that for most patients, minimally invasive surgery is superior to open surgery, a new study shows. The finding represents a major disparity in the surgical care delivered at various hospitals, the study's authors say, and identifies an area of medicine ripe for improvement. [More]
Combining NRT with varenicline improves smoking abstinence

Combining NRT with varenicline improves smoking abstinence

Combining the smoking cessation medication varenicline with nicotine replacement therapy was more effective than varenicline alone at achieving tobacco abstinence at 6 months, according to a study in the July 9 issue of JAMA. [More]
Complications from partial knee replacement is very small than total knee replacement

Complications from partial knee replacement is very small than total knee replacement

Partial knee replacement surgery is safer than total knee replacement, according to a new study published in The Lancet today (July 8). [More]
Novel cancer immunotherapy for dogs could benefit humans as well

Novel cancer immunotherapy for dogs could benefit humans as well

As in humans, cancers in dogs have complex causes. The interaction of the environment, food, and genetic disposition are the most well known factors. Today nearly all methods of human medicine are basically available for dogs with cancer, but this was not true of cancer immunotherapy so far. [More]
RD Biomed announces Chinese distribution agreement for reflux diagnostic tool Peptest

RD Biomed announces Chinese distribution agreement for reflux diagnostic tool Peptest

RD Biomed, the Yorkshire medical technology company, has announced a Chinese distribution agreement for its world-leading reflux diagnostic tool Peptest. [More]
Hypertension does not respond to therapy due to inadequate diagnosis

Hypertension does not respond to therapy due to inadequate diagnosis

High blood pressure—also known as hypertension—is widespread, but treatment often fails. One in five people with hypertension does not respond to therapy. This is frequently due to inadequate diagnosis, as Franz Weber and Manfred Anlauf point out in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. [More]
First report of spinal cord mass arising from spinal cord cell transplantation

First report of spinal cord mass arising from spinal cord cell transplantation

A spinal mass was identified in a young woman with complete spinal cord injury 8 years after she had undergone implantation of olfactory mucosal cells in the hopes of regaining sensory and motor function. [More]
New mechanism of chemotherapy resistance in triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer

New mechanism of chemotherapy resistance in triple-negative inflammatory breast cancer

Researchers at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) have identified a mechanism of breast cancer cells that leads to chemotherapy resistance in inflammatory breast cancer. [More]
Penn’s immunotherapy receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy designation for ALL treatment

Penn’s immunotherapy receives FDA's Breakthrough Therapy designation for ALL treatment

A University of Pennsylvania-developed personalized immunotherapy has been awarded the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's Breakthrough Therapy designation for the treatment of relapsed and refractory adult and pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). [More]
Cheaper drug could potentially improve heart attack patient outcomes and save health services millions

Cheaper drug could potentially improve heart attack patient outcomes and save health services millions

A new study published in The Lancet compares outcomes for two drugs used to prevent blood clot formation during emergency heart attack treatment. The study suggests that use of one of the drugs, heparin, could result in improved outcomes (such as a reduced rate of repeat heart attacks), compared to the other drug tested, bivalirudin, which is in widespread use in high-income countries, and is around 400 times more expensive than heparin. [More]
New evidence for painless AF treatment to be presented at FCVB 2014

New evidence for painless AF treatment to be presented at FCVB 2014

The first evidence for a shockless treatment for atrial fibrillation (AF) will be presented today at Frontiers in CardioVascular Biology (FCVB) 2014 in Barcelona, Spain. T [More]
Orthopedic surgeon offers critical insights on total knee replacement surgery

Orthopedic surgeon offers critical insights on total knee replacement surgery

In 2010, Bonnie Egbert, a veteran of more than 20 marathons, had to quit running due to excruciating pain caused by her right knee joint rubbing bone on bone. [More]