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Study Finds Shortcomings in Doctor-Patient Discussions About Transplantation

• When dialysis patients reported discussions about transplantation with clinicians, they had a nearly 3-fold increased likelihood of being listed for transplantation, but clinician-reported discussions did not increase a patient’s likelihood of being listed. • In almost one-third of cases, clinicians reported that they had discussed transplantation with a particular dialysis patient, but the patient said that nobody had discussed it with them.

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New Technology May Identify Tiny Strains in Body Tissues Before Injuries Occur

Researchers at Washington University in St. Louis have developed algorithms to identify weak spots in tendons, muscles and bones prone to tearing or breaking. The technology, which needs to be refined before it is used in patients, one day may help pinpoint minor strains and tiny injuries in the body’s tissues long before bigger problems occur.

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Brain Benefits From Weight Loss Following Bariatric Surgery

Weight loss surgery can curb alterations in brain activity associated with obesity and improve cognitive function involved in planning, strategizing and organizing, according to a new study published in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

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Surgical Complications of DBS No Higher Risk for Older Parkinson’s Patients

Implantating deep brain stimulation devices poses no greater risk of complications to older patients than it does to younger patients with Parkinson’s disease, researchers at Duke Medicine report.

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Knee Surgery Not Needed for Mild Osteoarthritis

Middle-aged or older patients with mild or no osteoarthritis of the knee may not benefit from the procedure of arthroscopic knee surgery.

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University of Michigan First in Nation to Implant Device for Tricuspid Valve Replacement

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The University of Michigan Frankel Cardiovascular Center performs nation’s first transcather tricuspid heart valve replacement, providing an alternative to open heart surgery.

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Extracorporeal Support Can Significantly Increase Number of Organs for Transplant

Using heart-lung support technology, the University of Michigan’s Transplant Center was able to increase the number of kidneys, livers and pancreases available for transplant by about 20 percent.

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When It Comes to Raising Vitamin D Levels, Anesthesiologists Advised—"Don't Be Wimpy!"

Enough observational studies—it's time for doctors to recommend steps to raise their patients' vitamin D levels. That's the message in a provocative editorial published in Anesthesia & Analgesia.

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Study: Deaths Rise with Shift From In-Hospital to Outpatient Procedures for Common Urology Surgeries

As hospitals have shifted an array of common urological surgeries from inpatient procedures to outpatient, potentially preventable deaths have increased following complications.

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