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Study Links Sleep Patterns with Pain Persistence After Pediatric Surgery

About 20 percent of children develop persistent pain after surgery, and a new study published in The Journal of Pain showed that poorer night-time sleep quality was significantly associated with greater next-day pain intensity over four months after surgery.

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Biomedical Engineering, Otolaryngology, Surgical image guidance systems, surgical robotics, Ct Scan

How Six Cups of Ground Coffee Can Improve Nose, Throat Surgery

Vanderbilt engineers have designed a “granular jamming cap” filled with coffee grounds that can improve the accuracy of the sophisticated “GPS” system that surgeons use for nose and throat surgery.

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Heart, canadian first, Heart Failure, heart implant device, Treatment, Peter Munk Cardiac Centre, Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, University Health Network

First-in-Canada Implant of Novel Sensor Device for Heart Failure Patients

In a Canadian first, a medical team has implanted a wireless device inside a heart failure patient, permitting clinicians to monitor the patient’s cardiovascular status – virtually and in real-time – and proactively adjust treatment to prevent costly, potentially unnecessary hospitalization.

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Trauma Care, Intensive Care Units, Penn Medicine, Surgery, Hospital occupancy, Crowding, icu transfer, ICU residents

Surgery Patients Placed in Alternate ICUs Due to Crowding Get Less Attention from Doctors

Overcrowding of intensive care units (ICUs) is a growing problem in American hospitals, often resulting in the need to place patients in alternate intensive care units within a hospital. Research has indicated that these “ICU boarder” patients — for example, a brain surgery patient staying in a cardiac ICU — have worse outcomes as a result of this alternate placement, and now, a new study suggests one reason for these worse outcomes is that ICU boarders, compared to non-boarders, appear to get markedly less attention from doctors and other caregivers.

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Sugar-Coated Nanomaterial Excels at Promoting Bone Growth

There hasn’t been a gold standard for how orthopaedic spine surgeons promote new bone growth in patients, but now Northwestern University scientists have designed a bioactive nanomaterial that is so good at stimulating bone regeneration it could become the method surgeons prefer.

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Mass. Eye and Ear Specialists Perform First SMILE Procedures to Correct Nearsightedness

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Ophthalmologists at Massachusetts Eye and Ear are now offering a new type of minimally-invasive laser vision correction, the ReLEx® SMILE procedure.

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Joint Replacement, Hip Replacement, Knee Replacement, anti-rheumatic medication, Rheumatic Diseases, Hospital For Special Surgery, Arthroplasty, DMARDs

Expert Panel Publishes Guidelines for Medication Management in Rheumatic Disease Patients Having Joint Replacement

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In the first such collaboration of its kind, an expert panel of rheumatologists and orthopedic surgeons has developed guidelines for the management of anti-rheumatic medication in patients undergoing hip or knee replacement. The goal was to lower the risk of infection, which is linked to the use of the medications.

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Hip Relplacement, Hip Replacement Surgery, Knee Replacement, Knee Replacement Surgery, Perioperative Management, periprosthetic joint infection, ACR guidelines

New Guideline Aims to Reduce Infections in Total Hip & Knee Replacement Patients

The joint guideline between ACR and AAHKS provides eight recommendations on preoperative management of total hip and knee replacements.

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Neurosurgery, Neurosurgeons, neurosurgen, Science, Medicine, Research, Publications, Awards & Honors, Awards, Annual Meeting, CNS, CNS Annual Meeting

The CNS Announces 2017 Paper of the Year Awardees

The Congress of Neurological Surgeons (CNS) proudly announces the first winners of the inaugural Paper of the Year awards, honoring the most impactful papers from each neurosurgical subspecialty published in the Neurosurgery journal from June 2016 to June 2017.

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Malnutrition, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, Risk Score, Heart Surgery, The Annals of Thoracic Surgery, Glenn Whitman, MD, Johns Hopkins Hospital

New Screening Tool Helps ID Heart Surgery Patients at Risk for Malnutrition

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Patients who are at risk for malnutrition when undergoing heart surgery now can be more quickly and easily identified, leading to intervention and potentially better surgical outcomes, according to a study published online today in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.







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