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Nighttime Surgery Not A Factor In Survival For Heart And Lung Transplants

September 23, 2017

Despite concerns that surgeon fatigue is leading to dangerous complications for patients and data showing worse outcomes for many patients who undergo surgery at night, new Johns Hopkins research suggests that in the case of heart and lung transplants time of day has no affect on patient survival. "We aren't suggesting that fatigue is good," says Ashish S. Shah, an assistant professor of surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the study's lead author. "But what is importan...

How Aging Undermines Bone Healing

September 22, 2017

Goal: Make the old heal like the young Researchers have unraveled crucial details of how aging causes broken bones to heal slowly, or not at all, according to study results published in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research. The research team also successfully conducted preclinical tests on a potential new class of treatments designed to "rescue" healing capability lost to aging. In the worst cases, an age-related delay in healing keeps the two sides of a fractured bone from ever rejoining ...

Research Sheds Light On Previously Untreatable Lung Diseases

September 21, 2017

Studies published in the Jan. 10 edition of the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) are providing clues into the treatment and diagnosis of LAM, or lymphangioleiomyomatosis, a progressive and deadly lung disease that affects women in their childbearing years. There currently are no treatments for LAM and scientists estimate as many as 250,000 women may be going misdiagnosed or undiagnosed. Researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of ...

Global Initiative To Protect Children From Secondhand Smoke

September 20, 2017

Geneva, Switzerland, 4 February 2008. It's a staggering statistic: 700 million children - almost half of the world's children - breathe air polluted by tobacco smoke. People who smoke in confined spaces like the home or the car subject others to a dangerous mix of toxins including nicotine, carbon monoxide, and cyanide, even when the windows are open. Second-hand smoke exposes children to chronic health risks - Increases a baby's risk of dying suddenly from unexplained cause - Contributes to ...

Researchers Identify Stem Cells In Pancreatic Cancer

September 19, 2017

University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers have discovered the small number of cells in pancreatic cancer that are capable of fueling the tumor's growth. The finding is the first identification of cancer stem cells in pancreatic tumors. Cancer stem cells are the small number of cancer cells that replicate to drive tumor growth. Researchers believe current cancer treatments sometimes fail because they are not attacking the cancer stem cells. By identifying the stem cells, rese...