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Scientists turn skin cells into beating heart muscle
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Scientists have for the first time succeeded in taking skin cells from patients with heart failure and transforming them into healthy, beating heart tissue that could one day be used to treat the condition. More

Knee surgery stats prompt changes at US hospitals
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Knee replacement surgeries at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, N.H., soon could be handled by a specialized operating room team as the result of a data-sharing project among health systems throughout the U.S. aimed at improving healthcare and lowering costs. More

New robot successfully performs surgical closure in a beating heart
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A new robotic device may be the solution to a longstanding surgical dilemma: how to precisely manipulate tools within the delicate tissues of a beating heart, report researchers at Boston Children's Hospital. The team's experiments with both ex vivo and in vivo models have demonstrated the efficacy of a concentric tube robot in closing a common defect, patent foramen ovale, while the heart continues to beat. More


May/June Sutureline Issue
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AASPA's May/June issue of Sutureline, 2012, Volume 32, Number 3 is now available on the AASPA website, in the Members-only section. You will need your email and password to access the Vault where all the AASPA publications, CME presentations, and archives are stored. Enjoy our latest issue of Sutureline and if you are interested in writing a scientific article for publication please contact Linda Kotrba at

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New DNA test, surgical techniques could aid scoliosis patients
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New genetic tests and advances in surgical techniques could change the way adolescents are treated for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine that can lead to serious health problems. More

16-month-old becomes recipient of world's smallest artificial heart in Italy
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A 16-month-boy has received the world's smallest artificial heart. Italian doctors implanted the device — weighing in at 11 grams — into the infant to give him more time to wait for a heart donor. For comparison, an adult heart weights 900 grams. In the future, doctors told Reuters that they hope devices like this can be a permanent fix. More

Hospitals struggle to provide interpreters for patients who don't speak English
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A visit to the emergency department or a physician's office can be confusing and even frightening when you're trying to digest complicated medical information, perhaps while you're feeling pain or discomfort. For the 25 million people in the United States with limited English proficiency, the potential for medical mishaps is multiplied. More

New technique reconstructs larynx after surgery for advanced cancer
Massachusetts General Hospital via News-Medical    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Massachusetts General Hospital surgeons have developed a new technique for reconstructing the larynx after surgery for advanced cancer. In Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology, they describe how this approach — which uses cryopreserved aortas from deceased donors to replace removed larynx tissue — allowed patients to avoid a permanent tracheotomy and maintain voice and swallowing function with no need for immunosuppressive medications. More

Oncologic outcomes equal for robotic, open RP, even in high-risk patients
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In the hands of high-volume surgeons, there is no evidence to suggest that robot-assisted laparoscopic prostatectomy results in worse oncologic outcomes than open radical prostatectomy, even for patients with high-risk cancer, according to a retrospective study of patients operated on at a large tertiary care center. More

Surgeons work around the clock on Egypt's 'Day of Rage'
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On Jan. 28, 2011, general surgeon Dr. Mohamed Sarhan arrived to work at Cairo University Hospital. He was jittery, as was almost everyone in Egypt's capital that day. Cairo University Hospital, the biggest and the oldest in the Middle East, is situated 1.5 miles from Tahrir Square where, for three days, tens of thousands of Egyptians had gathered to protest the regime of President Hosni Mubarak. More

Twitter emerges as health policy sounding board
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Social media's potential to influence health policy showed up early in the debate over PSA measurement as a screening test for prostate cancer, according to study. Within two hours after the first news media report last fall about the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force draft recommendation against PSA testing, the first related post appeared on the social website Twitter. More

Mobile technology may influence medical school training
U.S. News & World Report (blog)    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The proliferation of mobile and electronic technologies, both in the United States and overseas, has changed the way medicine is practiced, affecting both physicians and medical students. How would this affect your medical school experience? More

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