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February 13, 2016

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February 13, 2016

Penetrating Head Gunshot Wounds in Children and Adolescents: Factors Predicting Outcomes

Jan. 5, 2016 — Intracranial gunshot wounds (GSWs) in children and adolescents have been studied by researchers who identified nine clinical, laboratory, and radiological factors that were predictive of these ... read more

Mental Health Status Prior to Bladder Cancer Surgery Can Indicate Risk of Complications

Dec. 18, 2015 — A patient's mental health prior to surgery can influence postoperative outcomes. Removal of the bladder, or radical cystectomy (RC), is an effective treatment for locally advanced bladder ... read more

Dec. 17, 2015 — Researchers have developed a synthetic biomaterial that fills wounds and aids in regeneration of skin cells, which ultimately improves wound ... read more

Saline Water Better Than Soap and Water for Cleaning Wounds, Researchers Find

Dec. 15, 2015 — Very low water pressure was an acceptable, low-cost alternative for washing out open fractures, and that the reoperation rate was higher in the group that used soap, researchers conclude at the end ... read more

Cancer Patients' Access to Minimally Invasive Hysterectomies Remains Persistently Limited

Dec. 10, 2015 — Wide racial and economic disparities have been found in access to minimally invasive hysterectomies for early uterine cancer in the United ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Forensic medicine has long employed molecular biology to link, for instance, tiny amounts of organic material to a suspect. Yet such methods are less useful when it comes to finding out which shot or ... read more

Skin Cells Play 'Dice Games'

Dec. 7, 2015 — How to maintain healthy skin and heal wounds is an intricate problem. Latest research shows all dividing skin cells can flip between two probability games to either maintain or heal skin, challenging ... read more

Dec. 2, 2015 — Manually removing patient dressings to visually inspect chronic wounds could soon become a thing of the past. Chronic wounds are an increasing and costly healthcare issue, particularly in countries ... read more

Nov. 23, 2015 — A compound that accelerates diabetic wound healing has been identified by investigators, which may open the door to new treatment ... read more

Gunshot Survivors in High-Crime Community Face Elevated Risk of Early Death, Study Shows

Nov. 18, 2015 — One in 20 survivors of gunshot violence in an urban area with high crime died within five years, mainly by homicide, according to the results of a study that tracked patients after they had been ... read more

Obesity Spells Problems for Trauma Patients

Nov. 18, 2015 — A link between obesity and a higher risk for surgery in orthopaedic trauma patients has been uncovered by new research. In addition, researchers found that patients with obesity had longer hospital ... read more

Measuring Immune Cells Before Surgery May Help Predict Recovery Time, Study Finds

Nov. 17, 2015 — The behavior of a type of white blood cell can indicate how soon patients will be back on their feet after hip surgery, according to a study. The scientists plan to use the findings to develop a ... read more

Regenerative Medicine Speeds Healing of Eye Tissue Following Surgery

Nov. 16, 2015 — A new drug has been found to heal eyes in two days after corneal surgery. Originally created in France for chronic diabetic skin wounds, the heparin sulfate mimetic Cacicol (or RGTA) helps eyes heal ... read more

Snake Venom Could Make Surgery Safer for Patients on Blood Thinners

Nov. 11, 2015 — Preventing blood clots with drugs such as heparin has become a common practice for fighting some heart and lung conditions, and for certain surgeries. But patients who take them also need their blood ... read more

Oct. 26, 2015 — A hydrogel infused with snake venom may be the best material to stop bleeding quickly, even in the presence of anti-coagulants, according to ... read more

Common Shoulder Dislocation Can Heal Just as Well Without Surgery

Oct. 22, 2015 — Acromio-clavicular joint dislocation is one of the most common shoulder injuries orthopedic surgeons treat. Severe dislocations are often treated with surgery, but patients who opt for non-surgical ... read more

Oct. 21, 2015 — Sepsis is an inflammatory response to infection that can develop in hospital settings and can turn deadly if not discovered early on. In a new study, a hospital surveillance program focusing on ... read more

Cancer-Causing Parasite May Accelerate Wound Healing

Oct. 21, 2015 — A cancer-causing, parasitic worm could help patients recover from their wounds, say researchers. They report that the parasite could live for decades in the human body, and would have an incentive to ... read more

Total Thyroidectomy Complication Rates and Costs Are Lower If Surgeon Performs 25 or More Cases Yearly

Oct. 7, 2015 — Patients undergoing a total thyroidectomy are 34 percent less likely to experience complications if their surgeon performs at least 25 cases per year of this operation to remove the entire thyroid ... read more

Many Patients Prefer Online Postoperative Care to in-Person Care

Sep. 23, 2015 — The majority of patients who undergo routine, uncomplicated operations prefer online postoperative consultations to in-person visits, according to results from a new ... read more

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