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Narrow Band Imaging Can Reduce Recurrence of Bladder Tumours

Research into bladder tumour surgery has found that using narrow band imaging can significantly reduce the risk of disease recurrence.

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Epilepsy Laser Surgery Gives Teen Normal Life (Video)

Epilepsy Laser Surgery Gives Teen Normal Life

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Organ Recipients with Previous Cancers Linked to Higher Death Rates, New Cancers

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People who had cancer before receiving an organ transplant were more likely to die of any cause, die of cancer or develop a new cancer than organ recipients who did not previously have cancer, a new paper has found. However, the increased risk is less than that reported in some previous studies.

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UT Southwestern Plastic Surgeons Develop Innovative Microsurgery Technique for Reconstructing Breast After Mastectomy

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UT Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons have developed a new breast reconstruction technique that combines advantages of two different types of microsurgical procedures using abdominal and other tissue to reconstruct the breast after a mastectomy.

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Penn Researchers Find Females More Resistant to Organ Damage Following Kidney Transplant

After a kidney transplant, women may experience decreased kidney damage from ischemia reperfusion injury compared to men due to the impact of gender-specific hormones, suggests a new preclinical study and an analysis of patient data published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Precision Prevention of Colorectal Cancer

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Precision medicine’s public face is that of disease — and better treatments for that disease through targeted therapies. But precision medicine has an unsung partner that could affect the lives of many more people: Precision prevention — a reflection of the growing realization that preventing cancer and other diseases may not be one-size-fits-all.

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Royalty Donations Fund NREF Medical Student Research Fellowships

The Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation announces a generous contribution from Aaron Cohen-Gadol, MD, FAANS of royalties that will provide funding for ten fellowships.

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Scientific Presentations Will Discuss Innovative Procedures to Treat Pain and Paralysis

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Andrew Elkwood, MD, FACS and Matthew R. Kaufman, MD, FACS, leading plastic and reconstructive surgeons at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction at The Plastic Surgery Center, will present new findings based on their work in advanced reconstructive techniques for people with spinal cord injuries and pain disorders at two upcoming scientific meetings.

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Emory Radiologists Freeze Phantom Limb Pain Using Minimally Invasive Procedure

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J. David Prologo, MD, delivered new findings from an Emory Interventional Radiology and Image Guided Medicine study at the Society of Interventional Radiology’s 2016 Annual Scientific Meeting. The study examines the use of cryoablation, or extreme cold, to reduce phantom limb pain (PLP) – a condition that causes individuals to perceive chronic pain in amputated limbs. Emory’s study shows interventional radiologists who applied cold blasts to patients suffering from PLP significantly reduced their level of pain.

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Harvard Scientists Report on Novel Method for Extending the Life of Implantable Devices in situ

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In a paper published in the April 13 issue of Nature Communications, investigators from Harvard report on a novel biochemical method that enables the rapid and repeated regeneration of selected molecular constituents in situ after device implantation, which has the potential to substantially extend the lifetime of bioactive films without the need for device removal.

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University of Minnesota Hosts World’s Largest Medical Devices Conference

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Medical device leaders from across the country in both industry and academia will converge at the University of Minnesota’s 15th annual Design of Medical Devices Conference April 12-14, 2016. More than 1,300 people are expected to attend this year’s conference, making it the largest medical devices conference in the world.

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Breakthrough Improves Chances Tissue Grafts Will Survive and Thrive

An international team of researchers has determined that matching the structure of engineered blood vessels to the structure of the host tissues at the site of implantation greatly improves the chances that grafted tissues will survive and thrive.

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Most Patients Likely to See Reductions in Pain and Disability after Bariatric Surgery; Study Identifies Who Benefits Most

In the three years following bariatric surgery, the majority of patients experienced an improvement in pain and walking ability, as well as a lessening of the degree to which back or leg pain interfered with work, according a University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health-led analysis of a multi-site clinical study published today (April 5) in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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UCLA Study Yields the Key to Effective Personalized Medicine

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In a groundbreaking advance, UCLA surgeons and bioengineers have discovered the key to personalized medicine through an artificial intelligence-like technology known as Phenotypic Personalized Medicine (PPM). Until now, personalized medicine has been virtually impossible because the number of possible combinations is nearly infinite. To overcome this challenge, PPM showed that a parabola, or curved line unequivocally represents a patient’s response to drug treatment. In this study, the team successfully individualized immunosuppression to prevent transplant rejection using PPM, significantly improving outcomes compared to control patients. PPM technology is also applicable towards nearly every type of disease, ranging from cancer to infectious diseases.

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A Better Fix for Torn ACLs

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According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, a torn anterior cruciate ligament, or ACL, is one of the most common knee injuries. Approximately 200,000 Americans experience a torn ACL each year, and more than half undergo surgical repairs. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri School of Medicine have developed a model to show that a newer surgical technique results in a stronger, more natural ACL repair.

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How Printing a 3-D Skull Helped Save a Real One

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Doctors 3D printed 15-year-old Parker's skull to prepare for surgery to remove a rare tumor lodged deep in his sinuses.

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Pain and Physical Function Improve After Weight-Loss Surgery

Among a group of patients with severe obesity who underwent bariatric surgery, a large percentage experienced improvement in pain, physical function, and walking capacity over 3 years, according to a study appearing in the April 5 issue of JAMA.