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Surgeons report progress against dangerous hospital infection
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Hospitalized patients are at risk for developing healthcare-related infections, and one of the most dreaded is Clostridium difficile colitis, a virulent bacteria that affects about 336,000 patients per year, causing diarrhea, fevers and occasionally sepsis and death. It is easily passed around the hospital, especially since it is one of very few bacteria that cannot be killed by the alcohol-based sanitizers that are fixtures in every hospital for hand hygiene. More

Spinal surgery company to give tissue proceeds to charity
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When a California company developed a product to be used in spinal fusion surgeries, the firm's president said he knew it faced a new "ethical dilemma." Spinal Elements, a small and growing company, had long made plates, screws and other technology used in spinal surgeries. But its new Hero Allograft was the first product it ever made from the tissue — in this case the bones — of a donated human cadaver. More

Researchers test zero-gravity surgery device
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What happens when astronauts are hurtling toward Mars on a years-long space voyage and one is injured, requiring emergency surgery in an environment lacking gravity? It may sound like science fiction, but it's one of the challenges NASA faces in its goal of putting astronauts on Mars by 2035. And it has spurred a University of Louisville researcher to test a potentially lifesaving surgical device aimed at helping make zero-gravity surgery possible. More

Surgeons investigate whether rural colon cancer patients fare worse than urban patients
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Colon cancer patients living in rural areas are less likely to receive an early diagnosis, chemotherapy or thorough surgical treatment when compared with patients living in urban areas. Rural residents are also more likely to die from their colon cancer than urban patients, according to new research findings from surgeons at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center. More

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Hearing restoration surgery live-tweeted
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As Eleanor Day received cochlear implant surgery at the Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, she and the medical staff in the operating room were joined by a member of the hospital's communications team, who with his cellphone and Dr. Douglas Backous's narration, live-tweeted the surgery. Why? Doctors hope it will encourage more people to consider hearing restoration surgery. More

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Census: Hospitalization rates on decline
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Americans are seeing doctors less frequently, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau that looked at the country in 2010. "The decline in the use of medical services was widespread, taking place regardless of health status," Brett O'Hara, chief of the Census Bureau's Health and Disability Statistics Branch, said in a statement. More

Study: Errors in post-surgery care are common
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If the norm at one large urban teaching hospital is any indicator, surgery patients can expect to experience between four and five procedural mistakes — half of which will cause them real harm — during their post-op recuperation, according to a U.K. study. More

Brain surgeons save woman, storing skull-bone in belly
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A former beauty queen says she is "pretty well back to normal" after undergoing a remarkable brain surgery in which 25 percent of her skull was stored in her abdomen for safe-keeping. More

Surgeons develop framework to assess long-term impact of facial transplant operations
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Facial transplant operations are often portrayed as dramatic before-and-after stories but new research shows that the procedures' real long-term impact may sometimes be underreported, explained researchers from The Johns Hopkins Hospital. More

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