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July 28, 2015

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July 28, 2015

Researchers Identify Model to Predict Successful Wound Healing

July 27, 2015 — Battlefield surgeons and civilian physicians could have a powerful new tool to help patients recover from traumatic injuries, including life-threatening wounds from explosions. Researchers have ... read more

Weight Loss for a Healthy Liver

July 27, 2015 — Weight loss through both lifestyle modification and bariatric surgery can significantly reduce features of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis, a disease characterized by fat in the liver, according to two ... read more

Home Births Lead to Higher Infant Mortality, at Least for Mothers Living in Poorer Areas, Experts Say

July 27, 2015 — Home births lead to higher infant mortality than hospital births, at least for mothers living in poorer areas. This is the conclusion of a new study that examines 356,412 low-risk Dutch women who ... read more

Rapid Ebola Test Could Play Key Role in Efforts to End Lingering Outbreak

July 27, 2015 — New research has expanded on the studies that led to a fingerprick Ebola test becoming the first and only rapid diagnostic for this disease to receive approval from the World Health Organization ... read more

Good News for People Suffering from Fatty Liver Disease: Resistance Training Can Help

July 27, 2015 — Approximately 30% of the population suffer from fatty liver disease, the most common liver disease in the Western world. The disease can lead to inflammation and cirrhosis of the liver. A new study ... read more

Stillbirth and Late Termination of Pregnancy: Women in 'Agonizing' Situations Need 'Empathic, Supportive Care'

July 27, 2015 — Stillbirth or late termination of pregnancy due to severe fetal anomalies is a heartbreaking event for women and families—and one that poses challenges for all members of the healthcare team as ... read more

Many New Mothers Report No Physician Advice on Infant Sleep Position, Breastfeeding

July 27, 2015 — Many new mothers do not receive potentially life saving advice from physicians on aspects of infant care such as sleep position, breastfeeding, immunization and pacifier use, according to a new ... read more

Many Young Cancer Patients May Have Limited Awareness of Fertility Preservation Options

July 27, 2015 — A new study points to the need for increased awareness of fertility preservation options for young patients with ... read more

ACS NSQIP Data Is More Accurate Than Administrative Data for Surgical Patients Outcomes

July 26, 2015 — ACS NSQIP provides more accurate data than administrative data for driving surgical quality improvement in hospitals, according to two new studies. The research suggests that ACS NSQIP is a vital ... read more

Waitlist Times for Pediatric Heart Transplant Patients Cut by Hospital

July 26, 2015 — Long waitlist times often lead to a higher risk of death for children awaiting heart transplantation. However, a team has cut wait times by revising their waitlist protocols for donor heart size and ... read more

New Scoring System May Help Identify Surgical Patients at Risk for Pulmonary Complications

July 26, 2015 — An analytical tool to identify surgical patients at risk for costly respiratory complications has been developed by ... read more

Know It's a Placebo? Study Shows the 'Medicine' Could Still Work

July 24, 2015 — A new study shoes that under certain conditions, research participants who know a treatment they are receiving to ease pain is a placebo with no medical value, it still ... read more

Research Analyzes Impact of Case Volume on Outcomes for DVT Treatment

July 24, 2015 — Patients who have lower extremity proximal deep vein thrombosis, or a blood clot in their leg, are increasingly undergoing minimally invasive catheter-based clot removal -- also referred to as ... read more

Patient Satisfaction Is Good Indicator of Success After Spinal Surgery

July 24, 2015 — Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease--especially in terms of reduced pain and disability--are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness, reports a ... read more

For Prostate Cancer Patients, Risk-Specific Therapies Now More the Norm

July 24, 2015 — After decades of overtreatment for low-risk prostate cancer and inadequate management of its more aggressive forms, patients are now more likely to receive medical care matched to level of risk, ... read more

Diagnosis of Psychiatric Disorders Not as Important as Outcomes

July 24, 2015 — Nailing the diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder may not be important in prescribing effective treatment, according a clinical researcher. The National Institute of Mental Health estimates that nearly ... read more

July 23, 2015 — A mechanical wrist less than 1/16th of an inch thick -- small enough to use in needlescopic surgery, the least invasive form of minimally invasive surgery -- has been created by scientists. ... read more

Promising Treatment for Devastating Genetic Disorder Found

July 23, 2015 — A multi-institutional team of researchers has identified an apparently successful treatment for a genetic immune disorder that causes a multitude of health problems -- ranging from infections, ... read more

Teens With Medical Marijuana Cards Much Likelier to Say They're Addicted, but Few Teens Have Them

July 23, 2015 — Teens using marijuana for medical reasons are 10 times more likely to say they are hooked on marijuana than youth who get marijuana illegally, a new study shows. The study is the first to report on a ... read more

Improved Outcomes Associated With Stem Cell Transplantation for Children With Serious Chronic Leukemia

July 23, 2015 — Researchers have shown greatly improved outcomes in using stem cell transplantation to treat patients with a serious but very rare form of chronic blood cancer called juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia ... read more

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