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Reporter Needed to Cover New 'Fast Pitch' Service from Newswise

Newswise Fast Pitch is the first service to invite reporters and communications people to meet via video conference and pitch story ideas. Reporters are highly satisfied with the results.

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Stem Cell Treatment for Lou Gehrig’s Disease May Be Safe

A phase II clinical trial in people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), or Lou Gehrig’s disease, suggests that transplanting human stem cells into the spinal cord may be done safely. The research is published in the June 29, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. While the study was not designed to determine whether the treatment was effective, researchers noted that it did not slow down the progression of the disease.

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Wearable Technology Gets Good Ratings from Plastic Surgeons

Plastic surgeons see some clear advantages of using Google Glass in the operating room, reports a survey study in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Total Face Transplant in Patient with Severe Burns—Team Outlines Surgical Approach

Last year, the most extensive clinical face transplant to date was successfully carried out at NYU Langone Medical Center. A complete report on this procedure—including the extensive organizational and training program created to prepare for it—is published in the July issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Rx for Better Orthopaedic Surgeons: Track Their Errors as Well as Their Skills

In a small study to determine the best way to assess the operating skills of would-be orthopaedic surgeons, researchers found that tracking the trainees’ performance on cadavers using step-by-step checklists and measures of general surgical skills works well but should be coupled with an equally rigorous system for tracking errors.

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UT/ProMedica Academic Affiliation Welcomes First Class of New Learners and Faculty

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On July 1, the Academic Affiliation between The University of Toledo (UT) College of Medicine and Life Sciences and ProMedica marks a major milestone since the signing of the affiliation as the first class of new residents, student learners and faculty begin training and clinical rotations at ProMedica Toledo and Toledo Children’s Hospitals.

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Birmingham Researchers Devise Test to Predict Sepsis in Burns Patients

Birmingham researchers have created a potentially life-saving new test that will allow clinicians to predict which burn victims will develop sepsis during their treatment.

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Prostate Cancer Researchers Use Liquid Biopsy Biomarkers to Identify Aggressive Disease Before Treatment

Prostate cancer researchers have discovered biomarkers using non-invasive liquid biopsies to identify aggressive disease before surgery.

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Communication Skills Training for Orthopedic Surgery Residents Has Positive Impact

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A program at Hospital for Special Surgery to improve orthopedic surgery residents' communication skills with older adults is having a positive impact, according to a new study.

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Transplant Genomics Enters Collaboration with Mayo Clinic

Transplant Genomics Inc.® (TGI) is collaborating with the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine to develop, validate and commercialize diagnostic tests enabling personalized immunosuppression for solid organ transplant recipients.

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Patient Avoids Dialysis Through Simultaneous Polycystic Kidney Removal and Kidney Transplant During 28-Person Kidney Swap

In a first-of-its-kind procedure in the United States, a patient was able to avoid dialysis when surgeons simultaneously removed two diseased kidneys and also transplanted a kidney from a living donor – all as part of a 28-person paired kidney exchange

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Fighting Prostate Cancer with Hi-Tech Might at NYU Lutheran

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NYU Lutheran is determined to help stop prostate cancer in its tracks. And leading NYU Lutheran’s fight is Marc Bjurlin, DO, the hospital’s newly appointed director of urologic oncology and clinical assistant professor of urology at NYU School of Medicine.

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Researcher Receives Funding to Improve Quality and Quantity of Donor Limbs, Tissues for Transplant

A Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine faculty member has received $998,500 from the U.S. Department of Defense to develop a new approach to improve the quality and quantity of limbs and tissues obtained from brain dead organ donors. Benefits also could be extended to the more standard transplanted organs (e.g. kidneys, hearts, and lungs).

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Life Is Art for Loyola Kidney Transplant Patient

A kidney transplantation means much more than good health to Jason E. Jones. The 53 year-old Hyde Park artist and Loyola Medicine patient draws daily creative inspiration from his chronic health experience. "My new kidney changed not only my life but my life's work," said Mr. Jones, who has been an artist for two decades. "My whole health journey became part of my artistic process and my daily experiences with medication and dialysis were incorporated into my artwork."

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Loyola Patients Win Four Medals at 2016 Transplant Games

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A Loyola Medicine liver transplant patient won three medals and a heart transplant won one medal during the 2016 Transplant Games.

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How a Chicago Minister’s Lung Transplant Inspired a Patient in Ohio

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Cloyd Goley of Farmersville, Ohio was suffering from a debilitating lung disease when he read a newspaper story that gave him hope.

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NewYork-Presbyterian, the #1 Hospital in New York, Awarded Advanced Certification as Comprehensive Stroke Center by Joint Commission

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital has been certified by The Joint Commission and the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC), the highest level of stroke certification a hospital can receive. They join the elite group of certified Comprehensive Stroke Centers throughout the United States.