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Texas woman to receive 1st US double arm transplant
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A Texas woman who lost all four limbs to a flesh-eating bacteria has been approved for a double arm transplant at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital in what will be the first such procedure performed in the United States. Katy Hayes, 44, of Kingwood, Texas, will receive two new arms above the elbow. The hospital is working with a regional organ donor bank to find a donor. The surgery has not yet been scheduled. More

Brace speeds hip surgery recovery
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A surgeon has become the first in the U.K. to use a removable brace to halve hip surgery recovery time for children with cerebral palsy and spina bifida. Traditionally, patients are placed in plaster shorts — known as a spica — for six to eight weeks after surgery for the conditions. These hold the hip in place but limit movement, causing muscle wastage, delaying the start of therapy treatment and preventing them from standing or walking for a minimum of three months. More

Study: Lung transplant for cystic fibrosis less likely for Medicaid recipients
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For adults with cystic fibrosis, the likelihood of not being accepted for lung transplantation is higher for those with low socioeconomic status, as indicated by Medicaid status, according to a study published online in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. More

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UC Davis surgeon honored for his international child heart care
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Dr. Nilas Young, a UC Davis cardiac surgeon who has made 28 trips to the former Soviet Union to save thousands of children with heart disease, has won the 2012 World of Children Health Award, known as the "Nobel Prize for child advocates." Chief of cardiothoracic surgery at the UC Davis Health System, Young is being recognized for his work with Heart to Heart International Children's Medical Alliance, said UC Davis spokeswoman Karen Finney. More

Study: Texas physician population surges since 2003 tort reform legislation
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Texas' 2003 tort reform legislation was associated with an upsurge in actively practicing physicians in the state, with physician population growth outstripping regular population growth and increasing the per capita number of physicians in 20 of 22 trauma service areas, a new study shows. More

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Radiography unnecessary after spinal fusion surgery
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In patients who have undergone spinal fusion surgery with intraoperative fluoroscopic guidance and have no postoperative problems, postoperative radiographs do not provide additional clinical information and are not cost-effective, according to a study published in The Spine Journal. More

St. Louis surgeons teach virtually through high-tech operating room
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Medical students from around the world can learn from Barnes-Jewish Hospital surgeons without having to travel to St. Louis. New technology at Barnes-Jewish Hospital allows surgeons to live-stream minimally invasive and bariatric procedures all over the globe, and it also improves visualization for the surgeons. More

Mapping the next 3 decades of health technology
Fast Company's Co.Exist    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Envisioning Technology, the firm behind the massive infographic explorations of the future of emerging technology and the future of education technology, is run by a futurist: Michell Zappa. His most recent visualization maps the next three decades of health technology, charting how regeneration, augmentation, diagnostics, treatments, biogerontology and telemedicine will change over time. According to ET, the stuff of science fiction — from cryogenics to all-out life extension, from robot healthcare to 3-D-printed synthetic organs — will be very real before too long. More

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