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Plastic Surgery, women in leadership, Plastic Ceiling, Women Plastic Surgeons, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Plastic Surgery Seeks to Help Women Gain Leadership Positions and Break Through the 'Plastic Ceiling'

While some progress has been made, further work is needed to achieve more equitable representation of women plastic surgeons in leadership roles, according to a special topic paper in the September issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Neurosurgery, Pediatric Neurosurgery, Hydrocephalus, Brain Shunts, Ventricular Shunts, Biomarker, Meningitis, Bacterial Infection

UAB Biomarker Outperforms Current Gold Standard to Detect Brain Shunt Infections

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In a study of children with brain shunts at Children’s of Alabama, a University of Alabama at Birmingham investigational biomarker outperformed the current “gold standard” test for detecting bacterial infections in the shunts.

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Botulinum Neurotoxin, Plastic Surgery, Non-Cosmetic Problems, Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, BoNT

Botulinum Neurotoxin in Plastic Surgery—What's the Evidence for Effectiveness?

Botox and other botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) products are widely known for their use in treating facial wrinkles—but they can also be used to treat a wide range of non-cosmetic problems. Eight conditions with good evidence of effective treatment with BoNT are identified in a special review 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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Essential Tremor, Movement Disorders, Focused Ultrasound

Scalpel-Free Surgery Proves Safe, Effective for Treating Essential Tremor

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A study published today in the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine offers the most in-depth assessment yet of the safety and effectiveness of a high-tech alternative to brain surgery to treat the uncontrollable shaking caused by the most common movement disorder. And the news is very good.

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Heart Surgery, simulation training, Richard H. Feins, MD, Nahush A. Mokadam, MD, James I. Fann, MD, patient outcomes, Adverse Events, Surgery residents, Cardiac Surgery Simulation Consortium

Heart Surgery Residents Ready to Save Real Lives After ‘Out of Body’ Training Experience

Simulation training for surgery residents builds confidence and could have a life-saving impact on patients undergoing cardiac surgery, according to two studies published online in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.

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UAB Medicine, Mitral Valve Prolapse, mitral valve regurgitation, Mitral Valve Repair, Cardiovascular Disease, Cardiovascular disease (CVD), Cardiothoracic Surgery, Cardiology and Heart Surgery

New Study Questions Timing in Mitral Valve Repairs

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UAB doctors say new research is showing that patients who suffer from isolated mitral valve regurgitation may need surgery before symptoms appear.

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Aortic Stenosis, Valve Surgery, Valve Replacement, PinnacleHealth, Coronary Bypass Surgery, minimally invasive cardiac surgery

PinnacleHealth Implants Aortic Valve to First Patients in United States after FDA Approval for Commercial Use

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PinnacleHealth became the first hospital in the country to implant the EDWARDS INTUITY Elite valve, a rapid deployment device for surgical aortic valve replacement, after U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

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White House Fellow, Washington Family Gifted Scholar , Lindsey Ross MD

Cedars-Sinai Resident Neurosurgeon Accepted Into Prestigious White House Fellows Program

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Cedars-Sinai resident neurosurgeon Lindsey Ross, MD, a member of the medical center’s Neurological Surgery Residency Program, has won a coveted position as a 2016-2017 White House Fellow. Starting this week, Ross will spend the next year in Washington working in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and participating in roundtable discussions with top government leaders, including President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

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Quadriplegic, tendon transfer

Surgery Restores Hand and Elbow Function in Quadriplegics

A surgery for quadriplegics called tendon transfer can significantly improve hand and elbow function, but the procedure is greatly underused, according to an article in the journal Hand Clinics.

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Cancer, American College Of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer

20 Cancer Care Facilities Receive Outstanding Achievement Award From American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer

The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has granted its mid-year 2016 Outstanding Achievement Award to a select group of 20 accredited cancer programs throughout the United States. Award criteria were based on qualitative and quantitative surveys conducted during the first half of 2016.

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Kidney Stones, kidney stone surgery, Lithotripsy, uteroscopy, nephrolithotripsy, extracorporeal, extracororeal shock wave lithotripsy, kidney stones and diet

NYU Lutheran Offers Many Options to Treat Kidney Stones

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NYU Lutheran Medical Center offers patients many noninvasive and minimally invasive options to treat kidney stones, says the hospital's chief of urology.

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Stent, absorb stent, bioabsorbable stents

New Bioabsorbable Cardiac Stent Gradually Breaks Down into Water and Carbon Dioxide

The Absorb® stent remains intact until the artery has healed and no longer is in danger of collapsing. The stent gradually breaks down into water and carbon dioxide. After three years the stent is completely dissolved. The vessel remains open on its own, with no need of support.

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Quality Improvement, Hospital Quality, Transplant Surgery, Hospital Readmissions

Post-Transplant Anxiety Linked to Complex Instructions, Caregiver Empathy

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Some anxiety is perfectly normal for kidney transplant patients, but new research suggests that medical staff can help patients feel more at ease when they leave the hospital and that could decrease the chances they’ll be readmitted.

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Cardiology, Heart Institute, Cardiothoracic Surgeons, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stony Brook Medicine, Mount Sinai Health System, Appointment

Stony Brook Medicine Welcomes New Cardiothoracic Surgeons

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Joanna Chikwe, MD, has been appointed as Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Stony Brook University School of Medicine. Henry J. Tannous, MD, has been named Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery in the Department of Surgery.

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Julie Ann Sosa, Duke Cancer Institute, Duke Clinical Research Institute, Thyroid Cancer, thyroid cancer research, Lymph Node Dissection, lymph node biopsy, node positive cancer, papillary thyroid cancer, prophylactic surgery, Journal Of Clinical Oncology, National Cancer Institute, National Cancer Database

Probability Data Could Better Direct Lymph Node Removal for Thyroid Cancer

Surgeons operating on patients with advanced thyroid cancer are often conflicted when deciding how many lymph nodes they should remove to reduce the patient’s risk of recurrence.

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Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Mayo Clinic, National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, Nhlbi, National Institutes of Health, NIH, UHN, University Health Network, PMCC, TGH, Toronto General Hospital, Cardiac Health, Cardiology, Heart Health, Heart Surgery, Cardiac Research, cardiac funding, antiplatelet therapy, Percutaneous Coronary Intervention, Tailored Antipla

Study Examining Tailored Anti-Platelet Heart Medication After Coronary Stent Receives Grant

Researchers at the Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, with expertise running large clinical trials, and at Mayo Clinic, are leading the Tailored Antiplatelet Therapy to Lessen Outcomes after Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (TAILOR-PCI) study. This study has received $7 million in additional funding from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

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Health Professionals, Medicine & Health, Public Health, Surgery

Study Examines 'Weekend Effect' in Emergency Surgery Patients

Research has pointed to a 'weekend effect' in which patients admitted to the hospital on Saturdays or Sundays are more likely to die than those admitted on week days. A new study has now assessed whether a weekend effect exists in a specified population: patients admitted for emergency general surgery.

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Leukemia, Lymphoma, hematopoietic stem cell transplantation, Bone Marrow Cell Therapy, TNF, Graft-versus-host disease, GVHD

Researchers Develop New Strategy to Limit Side Effects of Stem Cell Transplants

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Scientists in Germany have developed a new approach that may prevent leukemia and lymphoma patients from developing graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) after therapeutic bone marrow transplants. The researchers describe the successful application of their strategy in mice in “Exogenous TNFR2 activation protects from acute GvHD via host T reg cell expansion,” which will be published online August 15 ahead of issue in The Journal of Experimental Medicine.

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Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center Welcome Neurosurgeon Howard Jason Eisenbrock, D.O.

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Neurosurgeon Howard Eisenbrock, D.O. has joined the team of respected physicians at Jersey Shore University Medical Center and Riverview Medical Center, now part of the Hackensack Meridian Health family.

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University Health Network, anesthesia and pain management, Anesthesia, Institute For Clinical Evaluative Sciences, Journal of the American Medical Association – Surgery, Journal of the American Medical Association, Dr. Neilesh Soneji, Toronto Western Hospital, Research, Pain Research, Opioid use, opioid after surgery, surgery and opioid, patient health

Patients at Low Risk of Developing Persistent Opioid Use One Year After Major Surgery

Researchers from the University Health Network’s Department of Anesthesia and Pain Management and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES) have determined that patients who have not had an opioid prescription within a year prior to their procedure are at low risk of developing persistent opioid use after major surgery.







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