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New brain tumor treatment shows promise

February 20, 2015

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: The American Brain Tumor Association Discovery Grant funding of high-risk, high-impact projects continues to be a catalyst for moving innovative treatment concepts closer to the clinic. Recently, Curtana Pharmaceuticals, a privately held, preclinical stage pharmaceutical company, announced it will continue its OLIG2 inhibitor research.

Michigan becomes fourth state to adopt ‘right to try’ for terminally ill

January 9, 2015

LANSING, Mich., USA: Gov. Rick Snyder recently signed the “Right To Try Act” into law, making Michigan the fourth state in the country to adopt this innovative proposal aimed at helping terminally ill patients. Right To Try gives terminally ill patients the right to try investigational medicines that have passed the first phase of FDA approval but still may be years away from reaching pharmacy shelves.

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New technologies threatening stitches’ dominance in wound closure market

December 12, 2014

The increasing reliability and versatility of adhesive approaches, and the growing need for better alternatives to surgical suturing and stapling, are ushering in a new era of wound repair devices that could one day replace stitches, according to an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData.

MIT Sloan professor helps develops model to help patients measure outcomes

November 24, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., USA: For all the advances in both medicine and technology, patients still face a bewildering array of advice and information when trying to weigh the possible consequences of certain medical treatments. But an MIT Sloan School of Management professor and her team have developed a hands-on, data-driven tool that enables patients to obtain personalized predictions for their recovery from surgery.

Spinal fusion market size to suffer amid scrutiny and reimbursement changes

November 21, 2014

With spinal fusion surgeries receiving extensive scrutiny from various facets of the U.S. medical community, the number of procedures performed will be hindered mainly by reimbursement changes, says an analyst with research and consulting firm GlobalData. Joseph Gregory, GlobalData’s analyst covering surgical devices, says that everyone, from health insurers and hospital management to spine surgeons and policy makers, has expressed concerns that the increasing procedure volumes in this market may not always be associated with medically necessary indications.

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Improving care for brain tumor patients

November 8, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: To meet the unique needs of brain tumor patients, the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) and the American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN) have announced the availability of the first ever clinical practice guidelines (CPG) for the treatment of adults with brain tumors, called “The Care of the Adult Patient with a Brain Tumor Clinical Practice Guideline.”

World Vasectomy Day aims to heighten awareness

October 1, 2014

New York, N.Y., USA: World Vasectomy Day is asking men whose families are complete to sign up for vasectomies on Nov. 7, 2014. Some states require a 30-day waiting period between initial consultation and vasectomy procedure, so time is of the essence. The World Vasectomy Day goal is to inspire 250 doctors in 30 countries to perform 1,500 vasectomies in 24 hours.

Orascoptic and Surgical Acuity unified under one brand

September 24, 2014

MIDDLETON, Wis., USA: Orascoptic, the leader in superior vision solutions for dental professionals, will consolidate its medical-centric brand – Surgical Acuity – under the same Orascoptic moniker. The Surgical Acuity brand will be phased out by the end of the year, at which time the single Orascoptic brand will be aligned with both dental and medical markets.

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Wills Eye Hospital is recognized by magazine for excellence in ophthalmology

September 19, 2014

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: Wills Eye Hospital has been ranked the No. 2 Best Hospital in the Nation for Ophthalmology in the new 2014-2015 U.S. News & World Report Best Hospitals issue. The annual issue, now in its 25th year, recognizes hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging cases. The rankings are determined by the votes of thousands of doctors nationwide.

Caries accounts for one-third of day surgeries for preschoolers

August 19, 2014

Although most Canadian children are treated for caries in community-based dental offices or clinics, a significant number of young children who do not benefit from prevention strategies develop serious dental diseases such as early childhood caries. According to a report, this condition accounts for about one-third of all day surgeries for preschoolers.

University of Louisville receives grant to support cancer research

August 5, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: Noting the progress in drug and vaccine development over the past three years, the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust has provided a three-year, $5.5 million grant to the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville to develop new treatments and vaccines for various forms of cancer.

Grant helps expand military program at Texas A&M

July 24, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA – The College of Nursing and Health Sciences at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi has been awarded $50,000 by The Blackstone Charitable Foundation for its support of veterans’ employment and business development. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was one of only six recipients across the nation to receive the 2014 Blackstone Veterans Grant from more than 200 submitted proposals.

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Research reveals new, protective role for specialized cells in intestinal and respiratory systems

July 16, 2014

RIVERSIDE, Calif., USA: Ripping a page from the Star Trek script, specialized cells of the barrier that lines the inside of the intestines and airways of humans have invoked a biological version of Captain Kirk’s famous command “shields up” as a first defense against invading microbes.

Henry Schein Dental announces launch of Henry Schein Dental Surgical Solutions

July 3, 2014

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Dental, the global dental business of Henry Schein Inc., has announced the launch of Henry Schein Dental Surgical Solutions. The group will specialize in providing a comprehensive package of specialty products and services, as well as innovative and personalized business solutions, to oral and maxillofacial surgeons and periodontists.

Minimal global growth projected for ovarian cancer therapeutics market

June 2, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: The high inflation on the cost of ovarian cancer therapeutics in the United States, predominately on Avastin, will drive the global market through to 2020, despite Avastin’s current limitation to off-label usage in the country, according to a new report from business intelligence provider GBI Research.

Nurses play vital role in minimizing the occurrence of hospital-acquired infections

May 29, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Hospitals are meant to be places of healing, yet every year an estimated 1.7 million Americans will develop a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) while hospitalized — and 99,000 patients will die from one, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

Screenings for chronic diseases could save the U.S. healthcare system millions

May 9, 2014

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Screenings by dentists for the most common chronic medical diseases could save the American health care system as much as $102.6 million annually, according to a new study conducted by the ADA Health Policy Resources Center (HPRC). The findings were published recently in the American Journal of Public Health.

Cleft lip and palate: How adulthood surgeries can be avoided

April 25, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: Advancements in medical science are astounding. You may no longer need corrective lenses due to an outpatient laser procedure, 15 pounds can be shed with a body wrap, and there is even surgical “super glue.” Unfortunately, there are still some things that require longer treatment processes, and cleft lip and palate (CLP) is one of them.

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