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Plastic Surgeons Urged to 'Embrace the Change' to Single-Stage Implant Breast Reconstruction

Some women with breast cancer can now undergo a "one and done" approach combining nipple-sparing mastectomy with immediate single-stage implant (SSI) breast reconstruction in a single procedure, according to a report 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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'Mommy Makeover' Combines Procedures for Postpartum Body Contouring

More women are expressing interest in plastic surgery to restore a more youthful figure after having children. An update on combined procedures for postpartum body contouring—addressing the abdomen, breasts, and other problem areas—is presented in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Delay in Treatment, Missed Diagnostic Testing Found Among Lung Cancer Patients

Patients undergoing surgery for lung cancer may wait too long to receive treatment, and too many patients skip vital diagnostic steps that are needed to help determine the best possible treatment

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New Clinical Practice Guidelines Address Temperature Management During Heart Surgery

The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists, and the American Society of ExtraCorporeal Technology have released a set of clinical practice guidelines to address management of a patient’s temperature during open heart surgery

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New Computer-Based Technology May Lead to Improvements in Facial Transplantation

Following several years of research and collaboration, physicians and engineers at Johns Hopkins and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center say they have developed a computer platform that provides rapid, real-time feedback before and during facial transplant surgery, which may someday improve face-jaw-teeth alignment between donor and recipient.

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Real-Time Imaging of Lung Lesions During Surgery Helps Localize Tumors and Improve Precision

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New molecular tools are emerging to identify lung adenocarcinomas during pulmonary resection. The results of a proof-of-concept study suggest that lung cancer fluorescent imaging during surgery using targeted molecular agents may soon be a reality. While the methodology still needs refinement, the technique holds the possibility of precise visualization of tumor margins, detection of other tumors or metastases, localization of small malignant ground glass opacities, and accurate identification of lymph nodes containing metastatic cancer cells.

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Experts Recommend Tumor Removal as First-Line Treatment for Cushing’s Syndrome

The Endocrine Society today issued a Clinical Practice Guideline (CPG) on strategies for treating Cushing’s syndrome, a condition caused by overexposure to the hormone cortisol.

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UAB’s ROSA Robot Guides New Epilepsy Procedure

UAB is one of the only medical centers in the US using the ROSA robot in stereotactic EEG, to better find the origin of seizures in the brains of epilepsy patients prior to surgery.

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Hospital Penalties Based on Total Number of Blood Clots May Be Unfairly Imposed, Study Shows

Johns Hopkins researchers say their review of 128 medical case histories suggests that financial penalties imposed on Maryland hospitals based solely on the total number of patients who suffer blood clots in the lung or leg fail to account for clots that occur despite the consistent and proper use of the best preventive therapies.

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Hospitals’ Compliance with Guidelines for Treating Brain Injuries Doesn’t Guarantee Better Outcomes

A study by the Los Angeles County Trauma Consortium has found that compliance with Brain Trauma Foundation guidelines for treating traumatic brain injury do not necessarily lead to lower mortality rates.