Linkage Between Testosterone Therapy And Cardiovascular Risk are Misplaced

Fears of a link between testosterone replacement therapy and cardiovascular risk are misplaced, shows a review published in this month's iMayo Clinic Proceedings/i. The therapy has come under widespread scrutiny in recent months, including by a federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) panel convened last fall. "There's no good evidence that we could find that testosterone therapy increases cardiovascular risk," says lead author Abraham Morgentaler, ...
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Scientists Find Association Between Red Blood Cell Transfusion and the Occurrence of Pneumonia

Patients who receive red blood cell transfusions during coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery are at an increased risk of developing pneumonia. This is according to an abstract released at the 51st Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. "Pneumonia is a known risk following CABG surgery, and developing it has been shown to significantly increase a patient's risk of morbidity and mortality," said Donald S. Likosky, PhD, from the ...
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New Surgical Training Model Improves Training Experience for Cardiothoracic Surgeons

A new surgical training model that simulates patient bleeding is providing cardiothoracic surgery residents with "real-life" experience without compromising patient safety. This is according to an abstract released at the 51st Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. "The training paradigm in cardiothoracic surgery has changed over the last decade with the institution of the resident work hour restrictions and diminishing educational resources," ...
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Minimally Invasive Aortic Aneurysm Repair Shows Promise

A minimally invasive approach appears safe for treating life-threatening aneurysms that occur in the deepest part of the aorta, making it easier for surgeons to repair the aorta without opening the chest and easier for patients to recover. The approach was described at the 51st Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The aorta is the major vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body and has branches that reach all organs in the ...
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Liberia Closes Ebola Treatment Facility at Epicentre of Outbreak

Liberia's president announced the closure of an Ebola treatment facility which lay at the epicentre of the virus's worst outbreak in history, as the disease's spread has slowed. Ellen Johnson Sirleaf warned Liberians that while they could not yet afford to relax, the country had made significant progress in the fight against Ebola, and thanked states who helped Monrovia combat the virus. "Lofa, the epicentre of the virus, has had no new cases for over ...
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3D Printing Can Offer Viable Option for Tracheal Reconstruction

Three-dimensional (3D) printing can effectively create a biodegradable tracheal segment containing a patient's own cells for use in complex tracheal reconstruction. This is according to a proof of concept study abstract released at the 51st Annual Meeting of The Society of Thoracic Surgeons. The trachea, sometimes referred to as the "windpipe," is a tube that connects the upper respiratory tract to the lungs and helps carry air to the lungs. Traditional ...
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MIT’s Flexible Fiber Implants Can Deliver Many Simultaneous Stimuli

The human brain's complexity makes it extremely difficult to study - not only because of its sheer size, but also because of the variety of signaling methods it uses simultaneously. Conventional neural probes are designed to record a single type of signaling, limiting the information that can be derived from the brain at any point in time. Now researchers at MIT may have found a way to change that. By producing complex multimodal fibers that could ...
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Swine Flu Treatment Hindered Due to Delayed Reports

The total number of swine flu positive cases in Telangana, India has shot up to 440 in January. 26 persons have lost their lives due to swine flu in Telangana so far, between December and January. 52 fresh cases of swine flu have tested positive out of 116 samples tested by health authorities on Monday night. Two more persons have died of swine flu in the last 48 hours in Hyderabad. While a 40-year-old man from Nellore district died at Gandhi Hospital ...
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