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Researchers Develop Faster And Cheaper Way To Find Disease Genes

Written by Catharine Paddock, PhD
A faster and cheaper way to find disease genes in the human genome that is being developed by researchers in the US has passed its initial "proof of concept" test by finding previously unknown gene mutations for...

US Life Expectancy Reaches All Time High
Written by Catharine Paddock, PhD
According to a new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), life expectancy in the US reached an all time high of nearly 78 years in 2007, while the age-adjusted death rate reached a new all time low of 760...

The State Of The US Healthcare Proves That Accomplishment Of Universal Health Coverage Is Not Connected To A Country's Wealth
Written by Stephanie Brunner
In a viewpoint published Online First and in a future edition of The Lancet, Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author, and her colleagues from the Council on Foreign Relations, New York City, USA state...

Apollo Hospitals plans to add 2100 beds in 3 years
Sangita Reddy, Executive Director of Operations at Apollo Hospitals, said the company’s current bed strength was 7,530 and of these, 4,500 were completely owned.

Evaluation of the cytotoxic effects of ophthalmic solutions containing benzalkonium chloride on corneal epithelium using an organotypic 3-D model
Benzalkonium chloride (BAC) is a common preservative used in ophthalmic solutions. The aim of this study was to compare the cytotoxic effects of BAC-containing ophthalmic solutions with a BAC-free ophthalmic solution using an organotypic 3-dimensional (3-D) corneal epithelial model and to determine the effects of latanoprost ophthalmic solution and its BAC-containing vehicle on corneal thickness in a monkey model.

Another Successful Robotic Assisted Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery at Piyavate Hospital
Mr. Dale McClure, a 54 year-old social worker from Ohio, USA, recently checked in at Piyavate Hospital’s new Bariatric Center. The next day the Center’s surgeon performed another successful gastric bypass surgery in the only dedicated endosuite in Thailand.

4 year old girl from Uganda undergoes Life Saving Surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals, Bangalore

A 14 year old girl from Uganda who came to India with a dilating heart showing signs of heart failure has undergone a complicated open heart surgery at Wockhardt Hospitals. The cardiac team at Wockhardt Hospitals led by Dr. Vivek Jawali, Chief Cardio Thoracic Surgeon performed risky and complicated open heart procedure to replace the mitral valve, repair a leaking tricuspid valve and maze procedure to correct her abnormal heart rhythm.

Cosmetic-surgery industry is making a comeback
The $12 billion to $20 billion cosmetic-surgery industry had been tracking with the economy, taking a major hit last fall. But the industry started making a comeback in the spring, spurred by doctors' reduced rates and a sense the economy's death spiral may be slowing.

Oral chemotherapy safety practices at US cancer centres: questionnaire survey
Respondents from 42 (78%) of 54 eligible centres completed the survey, after consulting with 89 colleagues. Clinicians at 29 centres used handwritten prescriptions, two used preprinted paper prescriptions, and six used electronic systems for most oral chemotherapy prescribing.

Popularity of dental implants grows
Dental implants are beginning to grow in popularity. The thing that people like most about them is that they give you back your own teeth. There has been great improvement in dental implant procedures and techniques over the past 20 years.

Prolias Launches Family Of Cardiovascular Based ProSpectrum LigandsTM
Prolias, a biotechnology company using proprietary Bead BlotTM technology to develop ligand-based affinity resins that purify and target proteins and protein complexes, announced that it has launched its first family of ProSpectrum LigandsTM.

Meta-analysis of randomized trials on the efficacy of posterior pericardiotomy in preventing atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery
Posterior pericardiotomy seems to significantly reduce the incidence of postoperative atrial fibrillation and supraventricular arrhythmias after coronary artery bypass grafting. The marked reduction of postoperative pericardial effusion after posterior pericardiotomy suggests that pericardial effusion is one of the main triggers involved in the development of atrial fibrillation after cardiac surgery.

Strokes strike kids
It was recess, and the 10-year-old boy was playing wall ball with a few friends. Math, his favorite subject, was coming up and the fourth-grader was looking forward to working on fractions. But his head started to hurt, a pain so intense he could barely breathe. Then he lost consciousness.

Limb-saving trial shows promise
Tom Fisher, an avid rose gardener with an amputated leg, made himself a to-do list for March. Below "major pruning" and "spray with fungicides," he penciled two mission statements:

New York Times Examines Changes In Surrogacy Process In Recent Years
The medical, legal and interpersonal processes involved with a surrogate birth have changed significantly since the controversial "Baby M" case two decades ago, the New York Times reports.

Swedish sperm banks unable to meet demand
Sperm banks throughout Sweden are struggling to meet increased artificial insemination demands due to a shortage of healthy sperm, a health official says.

Vacation, Adventure And Surgery?
India wants to become the world leader in medical tourism, and it might just make it. Alongside the familiar images of the country (teeming, dusty streets, and poverty) you can add gleaming new, private hospitals.

First Interventional CT Scanner For Dental Implants In The USA
While 3D CT scanners are starting to be used for dental implant planning, they are usually only available before the procedure. An innovative surgeon, Dr. Matouk devised a new protocol to improve precision by obtaining CT scans during surgical procedures, when they are most needed.

Pioneering ‘domino transplant’ doctor changes lives
Just after sunrise on a recent Friday morning, Dr. J. Keith Melancon had a large Starbucks coffee in hand and was gearing up for a long and busy day.
Melancon, 40, was getting ready to spend 12 hours on his feet in an operating room at Georgetown University Hospital where he is the director of the medical center’s thriving kidney and pancreas transplant program.

Distance No Bar to Kidney Transplants in Remote Areas
People with kidney failure who live in rural or remote areas are not less likely to get a kidney transplant than people in urban areas, a new study finds.

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