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April 23, 2017

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April 23, 2017

Space Technologies Improve Surgeries Back on Earth

Apr. 22, 2017 — A novel surgical robotic system has been developed that provides tactile feedback and is capable of single-incision and natural orifice (incision-free) robotic surgery. The system minimizes surgical ... read more

Report Recommends Ways to Improve Response to Toxic Inhalation Disasters

Apr. 21, 2017 — Better medical responses to the accidental or intentional release of inhaled toxic chemicals are being developed, but the field faces considerable challenges, according to a new report by an ... read more

Displaying Lab Test Costs in Health Records Doesn't Deter Doctors from Ordering Them

Apr. 21, 2017 — Hospitals nationwide are seeking ways to use price transparency -- displaying the price of lab tests at the time when doctors are placing the order -- to nudge doctors to consider whether the ... read more

Investigational Dose of Oral Interferon-Free Treatment Can Cure Hepatitis C in Children

Apr. 21, 2017 — A study that evaluated an investigational dosage of once-daily ledipasvir 45 mg/sofosbuvir 200 mg (LDV/SOF) in children aged six to 11 years infected with HCV, found that 99 percent of children had ... read more

New Study Identifies Way to Treat Sports-Related Concussions Using Telemedicine

Apr. 20, 2017 — An estimated 1.6 to 3.8 million traumatic brain injuries occur every year. More than 75 percent of the injuries are sports-related mild traumatic brain injuries or concussions. Now a study focuses on ... read more

Apr. 20, 2017 — Researchers have developed a sensor-filled glove that doctors could wear to accurately measure muscle stiffness, known as spasticity, in patients suffering from stroke, cerebral palsy, multiple ... read more

Ultraviolet Light Sensor for Wearable Devices in the IoT Era

Apr. 20, 2017 — Mass production technology for silicon based ultraviolet (UV) light sensors, suitable for smartphones and wearable devices in the Internet of Things (IoT) era, has been ... read more

Online Preconception Health Education Tool Positively Impacts Patient Care

Apr. 19, 2017 — A research team has evaluated MyFamilyPlan and found that it enabled a significant increase in the proportion of women who reported discussing their reproductive health with their ... read more

New Blood Test Offers Potential for Faster, Targeted Treatment of Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

Apr. 19, 2017 — Identification of a specific genetic mutation in patients with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) helps clinicians select the best treatment option. Potential NSCLC patients usually undergo invasive ... read more

Personalized Workouts to Prevent Heart Disease Designed by New Digital Instrument

Apr. 19, 2017 — Personalized workouts to prevent heart disease can be designed by a new digital instrument, according to research. The EXPERT tool specifies the ideal exercise type, intensity, frequency, and ... read more

Emergency Departments Administering More Medications Through the Nose

Apr. 18, 2017 — Administering medications through the nose as an alternative to injections or IVs is becoming increasingly popular in emergency departments and ambulances, according to a new ... read more

Study Examines Effectiveness of Steroid Medication for Sore Throat

Apr. 18, 2017 — In patients with a sore throat that didn't require immediate antibiotics, a single capsule of the corticosteroid dexamethasone didn't increase the likelihood of complete symptom resolution ... read more

Common Antibiotic Azithromycin Not Linked to Increased Risk of Abnormal Heartbeat, Study Shows

Apr. 18, 2017 — The commonly used antibiotic azithromycin is not linked to an increased risk of ventricular arrhythmia, an often life-threatening rapid, irregular heartbeat, according to a large ... read more

Cannabinoids May Soothe Certain Skin Diseases, Say Researchers

Apr. 18, 2017 — Cannabinoids contain anti-inflammatory properties that could make them useful in the treatment of a wide-range of skin diseases, according to ... read more

New Way to Predict Tumor Growth Described by Research Study

Apr. 18, 2017 — A new study describes an algorithm that can predict the growth of cancerous tumors, which could help medical professionals judge the best treatment options for ... read more

Single High-Sensitivity Troponin T Result Could Quickly and Safely Rule out MI in the ED

Apr. 17, 2017 — High-sensitivity assays for cardiac troponin T can quickly and safely rule out myocardial infarction (MI) in patients presenting to emergency departments (ED) with possible emergency acute coronary ... read more

Promising New Drug Development Could Help Treat Cachexia

Apr. 17, 2017 — According to the National Cancer Institute, nearly one-third of cancer deaths can be attributed to a wasting syndrome known as cachexia. Cachexia, an indicator of the advanced stages of disease, is a ... read more

X-Linked Intellectual Disability: Medical Mystery Solved in Record Time

Apr. 17, 2017 — In record-time detective work, a team of scientists narrowed down the genetic cause of intellectual disability in four male patients to a deletion of a small section of the X chromosome that had not ... read more

Examining Cost-Effectiveness of Initial Diagnostic Exams for Microscopic Hematuria

Apr. 17, 2017 — Routine urinalysis for screening of genitourinary cancer isn't recommended by any major health group but patients who undergo urinalysis for a variety of other reasons are often found to have ... read more

South Carolina Hospitals See Major Drop in Post-Surgical Deaths With Safety Checklist

Apr. 17, 2017 — South Carolina saw a 22 percent reduction in post-surgical deaths in hospitals that completed a voluntary, statewide program to implement the World Health Organization Surgical Safety ... read more

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