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Medical Therapy Is Cost-effective for Endometriosis

For patients with endometriosis-related dysmenorrhea, it is cost effective to use medical therapy before surgery, according to investigators. A stepwise strategy involving two medications, then surgery, was associated with the lowest cost per quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs), reported lead author, Jacqueline A. Bohn, MD, of Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, and colleagues. “In 2009, the […]

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New bio-inks for biosensors could make surgery safer

A research team from Los Alamos National Laboratory and Purdue University have developed bio-inks for biosensors that could help localize critical regions in tissues and organs during surgical operations. The ink used in the biosensors is biocompatible and provides a user-friendly design with excellent workable time frames of more than one day." Kwan-Soo Lee, Chemical […]

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First AI Device for Colonoscopy: Extra Set of Expert ‘Eyes’

The first artificial intelligence (AI) endoscopy module developed specifically to help detect adenomas during routine colonoscopy is making its debut following approval by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the system earlier this month. The GI Genius module is the first and only commercially available computer-aided detection system that uses AI to identify […]

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FDA Panel Endorses Islet Cell Treatment for Type 1 Diabetes

A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) advisory panel has endorsed a pancreatic islet cell transplant therapy for the treatment of people with type 1 diabetes that can’t be managed with current therapies. On April 15, the FDA’s Cellular, Tissue, and Gene Therapies Advisory Committee voted 12 to 4 in favor of approval of donislecel […]

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UK: Lockdown, Not Vaccines, Behind Drop in COVID Deaths

LONDON (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Tuesday that the rapid drop in COVID-19 deaths was largely down to a three-month lockdown, not the vaccination programme, and that cases would rise once again as restrictions ease. The United Kingdom launched its inoculation drive in December and has already offered a first shot […]

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Cannabis use disorder linked to increased complications after spinal surgery

For patients undergoing spinal surgery, the diagnosis of cannabis use disorder is associated with higher complication rates, including substantially increased risks of stroke and respiratory complications, reports a study in Spine. “Chronic cannabis use among patients undergoing spine surgery is associated with higher rates of inpatient neurovascular, thromboembolic, and pulmonary complications, and less favorable overall […]

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Bedside Video Oculography-Based Test Tracks Loss of Otolith Function

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – A novel bedside test using video oculography detected and tracked loss of otolith function in a case-control study. “Recent advances in video oculography have made it possible to measure vestibulo-ocular function at the bedside,” Dr. Amir Kheradmand of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore told Reuters Health by […]