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Clinician, scientists work to conquer cancer

April 15, 2014

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: – One night each year, a moment is taken to focus on those who work 365 days for the cause. That is when The Julep Ball honors the Clinician and Scientist of the Year from the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the May 2 event at the KFC Yum! Center.

Consumers don’t understand health terms, according to survey

March 18, 2014

BETHESDA, Md, USA: When it comes to understanding basic health information, many Americans do not understand simple terms, even some of America’s biggest chronic conditions, according to a new survey from Health Literacy Innovations (HLI), a company that creates tools to eliminate confusion from low health literacy.

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Professor to develop a smartphone app that reports a patient’s vitals

February 15, 2014

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: A pragmatic healthcare app that could help save lives that is being developed by Stevens Professor Yingying Chen is the latest example of how Stevens is helping New Jersey lead the way in new mobile app development. Dr. Chen, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering and director of Stevens’ Data Analysis and Information Security (DAISY) lab, recently secured a grant from the National Science Foundation that could transform the way we monitor health — particularly for the elderly, children, those on the autism spectrum and others who may be less likely to report new health issues to family and doctors.

American Brain Tumor Association honors outstanding medical student summer fellow

January 28, 2014

Chicago, Ill., USA: – The American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA) recently announced that Matthew D. Li, second year medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, is the recipient of the 2013 Lucien Rubinstein Award for his outstanding brain tumor research as an ABTA Medical Student Summer Fellow.

AMD LASERS to direct-sell Picasso laser technology in Canada

January 17, 2014

TULSA, OKLA., USA: AMD LASERS, a global developer and manufacturer of dental lasers and provider of dental laser education, has announced that its Picasso laser technology will be sold direct in Canada effective Jan. 1. Picasso laser technology was previously sold through a distributor in Canada.

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Delphinus gains clearance for breast ultrasound tomography

January 17, 2014

PLYMOUTH TOWNSHIP, Mich., USA: Delphinus Medical Technologies, innovator and developer of a new ultrasound platform that images the entire breast, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the SoftVue whole breast ultrasound tomography system, approved for diagnostic breast imaging. Delphinus is the first company to design and manufacture a breast ultrasound system that utilizes ring transducer technology to transmit and receive ultrasound signals.

‘Cold plasma’ researchers see success in new leukemia treatment method

January 7, 2014

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas, USA: The battle against cancer has historically involved things like surgery, chemotherapy and radiation and bone marrow transplants, with outcomes from loss of hair to loss of life. But one researcher at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi believes there is a “ray of light” in the future of cancer treatment, literally.

Faster surgery may be better for hip fractures

January 2, 2014

HAMILTON, Ontario, Canada: For seniors, hip fractures can cause serious complications that may result in death or admission to long-term care facilities. Hip fractures cause pain, bleeding and immobility and activate patient’s coagulation and stress systems, which can lead to medical complications in people awaiting surgery.

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James Graham Brown Cancer Center to benefit from pre-Kentucky Derby event

December 16, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: The Julep Ball, the premier “Derby Eve Party with a Purpose,” has partnered with Churchill Downs as an official event of the 140th running of the Kentucky Derby. The Julep Ball benefits the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville, a facility that provides the latest medical advances to patients, often long before they become available in non-teaching settings.

Medical experts say lack of insurance can be lethal

November 21, 2013

LOUISVILLE, Ky., USA: Physicians have a fundamental responsibility to treat people in need, to educate their patients about health care reforms and to work with their professional organizations to demand health care for everyone, regardless of their ability to pay. That is the thrust two University of Louisville physicians, Michael Stillman, MD, and Monalisa Tailor, MD, put forth in a “Perspective” for the New England Journal of Medicine.

Research grant’s goal is to give surgical robots new level of intelligence

November 15, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn., USA: A major new grant announced as part of the National Robotics Initiative is going to researchers who want to give surgical robots with a new kind of machine intelligence that makes them easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate.

New X-ray bioimaging techniques to be developed

November 7, 2013

BUFFALO, N.Y., USA: The University at Buffalo, representing a national consortium of eight research universities and institutes, has been awarded a $25 million Science and Technology Center grant from the National Science Foundation to transform the field of structural biology, including drug development, using X-ray lasers. With the grant, UB and its partner institutions will establish The BioXFEL research center, headquartered in Buffalo.

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Company promises to cut surgeries’ red tape — and costs

November 7, 2013

CHICAGO, Ill., USA: Surgeons, insurance payers and patients all face uncertainty when a surgery occurs. Predictability is the major missing piece of the medical equation that Rising Medical Solutions' surgical care program promises for workers' compensation, auto, liability and group health-related surgeries, as outlined in a recent Risk & Insurance article spotlighting surgical shopping.

Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center opens at Philadelphia Navy Yard

October 31, 2013

PHILADELPHIA, Pa., USA: Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Rothman Institute and Wills Eye Hospital have collaborated to establish the Jefferson Comprehensive Concussion Center (JCCC) at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The JCCC will be among the very few concussion centers in the nation to provide clinical care in areas such as neuro-opthalmology, neuroradiology, psychiatry and complex rehabilitation at one facility.

Wireless device gives surgeons sense of touch in minimally invasive surgery

October 22, 2013

NASHVILLE, Tenn., USA: A small, wireless capsule has been developed that can restore the sense of touch that surgeons are losing as they shift increasingly from open to minimally invasive surgery. During open surgery, doctors rely on their sense of touch to identify the edges of hidden tumors and to locate hidden blood vessels and other anatomical structures: a procedure they call palpation.

‘Think Pink, Practice Pink’ program raises awareness of breast cancer detection

October 16, 2013

MELVILLE, N.Y., USA: Henry Schein Inc. is once again helping raise awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection and is donating funds to support expanded access to cancer care. Since the inception of Henry Schein’s “Think Pink, Practice Pink” program in 2005, the company has raised more than $850,000 in support of the American Cancer Society and other cancer-related causes.

High blood glucose linked to increased wound complications after surgery

October 15, 2013

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill, USA: A recently released study shows that among patients undergoing surgery for chronic wounds related to diabetes, the risk of wound-related complications is affected by how well the patient's blood sugar levels are controlled before surgery. The findings appear in the October issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

Mystery condition surgically treated after tricky diagnosis, unique therapy

October 7, 2013

PALO ALTO, Calif., USA: Taylor Sishc is honest about the mystery condition that turned his left arm so numb and weak he could not even pick up a shoe. "I struggled," he said. "I'm not a crier, but I broke down multiple times. It just seemed like it would never end."

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