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Blood Transfusions During Heart Surgery Increase Risk of Pneumonia

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Patients who receive red blood cell transfusions during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery are at an increased risk of developing pneumonia

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Novel Simulation Model Improves Training Experience for Cardiothoracic Surgeons

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A new surgical training model that simulates patient bleeding is providing cardiothoracic surgery residents with “real-life” experience without compromising patient safety

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Unique Aortic Aneurysm Repair Shows Promise

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A novel, minimally invasive approach appears safe for treating life-threatening aneurysms that occur in the deepest part of the aorta, making it easier for surgeons to repair the aorta without opening the chest and easier for patients to recover

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3D Printed Tissue Offers Viable Option for Tracheal Reconstruction

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Three-dimensional (3D) printing can effectively create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient’s own cells for use in complex tracheal reconstruction.

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Analysis Rejects Linkage Between Testosterone Therapy And Cardiovascular Risk

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BOSTON – Fears of a link between testosterone replacement therapy and cardiovascular risk are misplaced, according to a review published in this month’s Mayo Clinic Proceedings. The therapy has come under widespread scrutiny in recent months, including by a federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel convened last fall.

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MRIs Link Impaired Brain Activity to Inability to Regulate Emotions in Autism

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Researchers found that – when it comes to the ability to regulate emotions – brain activity in autistic people is significantly different than brain activity in people without autism. Researchers showed that symptoms including tantrums, irritability, and anxiety have a biological, mechanistic basis.

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$400,000 DOD Grant Propels UAH Graduate Student's Laser Research

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A University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH) student landed a $400,000 competitive grant from the Dept. of Defense High Energy Laser Joint Technology Office (JTO) for a team effort to develop diode-pumped xenon laser technology for the U.S. military.

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Decisions on Future Childbearing in Women Diagnosed with a Meningioma

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43% of surveyed female meningioma survivors aged 25–44 yrs stated they were warned that pregnancy was a risk factor for meningioma recurrence. Nevertheless, these women were more likely to want a baby (70% vs 54%) and intend to have a baby (27% vs 12%) than same-age women in the general population.

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Missouri S&T Historian Examines Gangster Bugsy Siegel in New Book

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Benjamin “Bugsy” Siegel was a successful, charismatic and tough gangster, but he was neither a visionary who founded the Las Vegas Strip nor a pathological killer, says Missouri University of Science and Technology historian Larry Gragg in his biography of the mobster.