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By Ed Susman ORLANDO, Fla -- February 22, 2017 -- A single dose of chemotherapy following orchidectomy for patients diagnosed with testicular cancer appears to be as effective as the standard 2 cycles of chemotherapy, according to data presented here on February 17 at the 2017 Genitourinary...
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Improvements in ACL Surgery May Help Prevent Knee Osteoarthritis

HOBOKEN, NJ -- February 21, 2017 -- Achieving anatomic graft placement is a critical factor in restoring normal knee motion and potentially slowing the development of degenerative changes after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) reconstruction, according to a study published in the Journal of...
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Antibiotics Could Be Alternative to Surgery for Children With Appendicitis
SOUTHAMPTON, United Kingdom -- February 20, 2017 -- Antibiotics may be an effective treatment for acute non-complicated appendicitis in children instead of surgery, according to a study published in the journal Pediatrics. For the study, Nigel Hall, MD, University of Southampton, Southampton,...
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Loop Electrosurgical Excision Outperforms Cervical Cryosurgery in Women With HIV, High Grade Neoplasia
By Alex Morrisson SEATTLE, Wash -- February 17, 2017 -- The loop electrosurgical excision procedure (LEEP) appears to provide better long-term outcomes for women with HIV who develop high-risk cervical lesions, researchers reported here at the 24th Annual Conference on Retroviruses and...
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Vitamin C May Decrease the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation After Cardiac Surgery
HELSINKI, Finland -- February 13, 2017 -- Vitamin C can significantly decrease the occurrence of post-operative atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study published in the journal BMC Cardiovascular Disorders. AF can be triggered by various stressful conditions and about 30% of patients...
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Researchers Develop Algorithm to Predict GVHD in Bone Marrow Transplant Recipients
NEW YORK -- February 9, 2017 -- Researchers have discovered a way to predict whether patients with haematologic malignancies who received a bone marrow transplant will develop graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The study, published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI) Insight, examined...
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Dexamethasone Infusion Device Helps Maintain Patency of Leg Arteries With Atherectomy, Angioplasty Procedures
By Ed Susman HOLLYWOOD, Fla -- February 9, 2017 -- At least 80% of patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) treated with either primary atherectomy or primary angioplasty appeared to maintain patent arteries when they were treated with dexamethasone through a micro-infusion device at the time...
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Patient Self-Checks Are Critical to Avoid Potentially Deadly Melanoma Recurrence
CHICAGO -- February 8, 2017 -- Recurrences of early-stage melanoma are more often detected by patients and their physicians than by routine imaging tests, according to study published early online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. “We are most concerned about patients who have...
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