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GWU Study Finds Collagen Effective in Wound Closure

Researchers at the George Washington University (GWU) say that collagen powder is just as effective in managing skin biopsy wounds as primary closure with non-absorbable sutures.  The finding from this first-of-its-kind study was published last month in the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology by a team of physician researchers at the George Washington University. In this study, …

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Study Says Fitness for an Operation Might Be Determined by Screening for Fitness

Researchers say that frailty, a decline in function and resistance to short-term stress that typically occurs in your later years, is linked to more medical complications occurring after an operation among adults of all ages, according to researchers of a large new study published on the Journal of the American College of Surgeons website in advance of …

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Scottish Researchers Announce New Study to Develop Sensor to Manage Wound Care

This week Engineers at Heriot-Watt University (HWU) announce a new study with the goal of developing a sensor that will help patients, physicians and nurses manage how wounds heal.  The funding announcement comes as the Edinburgh, Scotland-based university celebrates its Year of Health, a calendar of engagement that spans schools, communities, businesses and government. Throughout …

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Sleep Index, Wakefulness Maybe predictors When Patients Are Able to breathe on Their Own

University of Toronto (UT) researchers predict that critically ill patients are more likely to be successfully weaned from a mechanical ventilator, or breathing machine, if they have higher levels of wakefulness and both their right and left brains experience the same depth of sleep.  These findings were published online in the American Thoracic Society\’s American …

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Study Dispels “July Effect” for In-Hospital Training for Heart Surgery

The perception that more medical errors occur in July for heart surgery (referred to as the “July Effect”) compared to other months due to an arrival of new influx of medical school graduates starting their in-hospital training is wrong, say researchers at Boston-based Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University in a research study, “\”Debunking …

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Study Says Less-Invasive Procedures to Restore Leg Blood Flow Reduces Risk of Amputation

A newly released study finds that patients who underwent a less-invasive procedure to open clogged leg arteries were just as like to survive with their legs intact and avoid amputation as patients who had more invasive surgery, according to an article published in circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, an American Heart Association (AHA) journal. According to …

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Research Findings Indicate Ivacaftor May Decrease Common Infections in CF Patients

Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who take the drug, Ivacaftor, appear to have fewer respiratory infections over time than those not taking the drug, according to new research findings published online in the Annuals of the American Thoracic Society. The hereditary disorder, Cystic fibrosis, is caused by mutations in the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator …

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When Do Noncardiac Surgery Deaths Occur?

While most people assume that it’s the operating room that is risky for patients undergoing noncardiac surgery a newly released research study says it is during the recovery period. According to the findings of a large international study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), only 0.7 percent of the reported deaths in these patients occurred …

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Cases of Atrial fibrillation in EU’s Seniors Expected to Skyrocket by 2060

Last month, during World Heart Rhythm Week, a research study published in the EP Europace, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), called for urgent action to prevent, detect and treat atrial fibrillation to stop a substantial rise in disabling strokes. According to the researchers, atrial fibrillation also called AFib or AF, is the …

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