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Study: For early cancer, lumpectomy beats mastectomy for survival
HealthDay News via U.S. News& World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Breast-conserving surgery for early stage breast cancers may result in better survival than mastectomy, according to a new study. For those with early stage breast cancer, "lumpectomy is just as effective if not more effective than mastectomy," said researcher Dr. Shelley Hwang, chief of breast surgery at Duke Cancer Institute in Durham, N.C. More

Surgeon volume, prognosis post-esophageal cancer op linked
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For patients with esophageal cancer undergoing resection, surgeon volume, but not hospital volume, is independently associated with prognosis, according to research published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. More

Maker hid data about design flaw in hip implant, records show
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Johnson & Johnson executives knew years before they recalled a troubled artificial hip in 2010 that it had a critical design flaw, but the company concealed that information from physicians and patients, according to internal documents disclosed during a trial related to the device's failure. More

Good showing for robotics in gastric cancer
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Patients with nonmetastatic gastric cancer had similar survival and other outcomes following robotic or conventional laparoscopic gastrectomy, according to a large retrospective series from Korea. More

Complex spinal surgeries with two attending physicians benefit patients
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Two heads are better than one, as the saying goes — and a new study by a duo at the University of California, San Francisco demonstrates how having two attending surgeons in the operating room during spinal surgeries can benefit patients in multiple ways. More

Japanese researchers grow kidney tissue from stem cells
Agence France-Presse via New York Daily News    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Researchers in Japan said they have succeeded in growing human kidney tissue from stem cells for the first time in a potential breakthrough for millions with damaged organs who are dependent on dialysis. More

Hospital employees who decline flu shots risk losing jobs
Becker's Hospital Review    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
As hospitals struggle with an especially dire flu season, more organizations are taking tougher stances against employees who refuse flu vaccinations, according to a Miami Herald/Associated Press report. At least 15 nurses and other hospital employees have been fired in the past two months after refusing flu shots, according to the report, and several other employees have resigned over the matter. More

Addressing shortage of minority students in medical school
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When Holly Humphrey, M.D., became the dean for medical education at the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, she decided to focus her attention on recruiting underrepresented minority students. Over time, Humphrey discovered she was only attracting new students to the Windy City by simply recruiting bright young minds away from other schools. More so, the fundamental need of increasing the total population of underrepresented minority medical students wasn't being addressed. More

Patient-centered designs can help improve outcomes
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Adding to the growing body of evidence on the benefits of hospital design, Connecticut's Griffin Hospital used patient-centered design elements for a renovated inpatient facility and brand new cancer center. The result? It has since seen lower infection rates, higher patient satisfaction and more patient admissions, according to a report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. More


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