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Space station inspired robot to help heal sick children

Space station inspired robot to help heal sick children

Children love robots. In all shapes, sizes, “personalities” and “smarts,” these electronic wonders have been found under Christmas trees by kids and unwrapped on birthdays for years. The gift of space-inspired robotics now goes beyond toys Continue reading

Surgeons report fewer postoperative blood clots using risk-based preventive measures

Surgeons report fewer postoperative blood clots using risk-based preventive measures

Surgery patients are much less likely to get a blood clot in the lower extremities or lungs if they receive preventive treatment based on their individual clotting risk, in addition to walking soon after the operation. Results from a surgical quality improvement study, appearing in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, indicate that the odds of this common and potentially life-threatening postoperative complication steadily declined after the implementation of a multicomponent prevention program in a hospital’s department of surgery. Researchers at Boston Medical Center, Boston, Mass., reported that they lowered the frequency of deep venous thromboses — blood clots in a deep vein, usually in a lower extremity — by 84 percent two years after the prevention efforts began, compared with the results two years before the program Continue reading

Heavily indebted med students choosing primary care face greater financial challenges

Heavily indebted med students choosing primary care face greater financial challenges

ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2012) — Researchers at Boston University and the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) have determined that heavily indebted medical students choosing primary care careers will experience difficulty paying their student debt unless they consider alternative strategies to support repayment. These findings appear online in Academic Medicine , the peer-reviewed Journal of the AAMC Continue reading

In vitro fertilization linked to increase risk for birth defects

In vitro fertilization linked to increase risk for birth defects

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2012) — In vitro fertilization (IVF) may significantly increase the risk of birth defects, particularly those of the eye, heart, reproductive organs and urinary systems, according to new research presented on Oct. 20, at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in New Orleans. Continue reading

In vitro fertilization linked to increase risk for birth defects

In vitro fertilization linked to increase risk for birth defects

ScienceDaily (Oct. 20, 2012) — In vitro fertilization (IVF) may significantly increase the risk of birth defects, particularly those of the eye, heart, reproductive organs and urinary systems, according to new research presented on Oct. Continue reading

Better battlefield triage, transport may raise severely wounded soldiers’ survival rates

Better battlefield triage, transport may raise severely wounded soldiers’ survival rates

ScienceDaily (Oct. 4, 2012) — Wounded soldiers who sustained chest injuries in Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) had higher mortality rates than soldiers in Korea and Vietnam, according to a military trauma study presented at the 2012 American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress. Continue reading

Pedestrian accidents are more severe for seniors and more preventable for young people

Pedestrian accidents are more severe for seniors and more preventable for young people

ScienceDaily (Oct. 1, 2012) — Trauma surgeons have identified two preventable reasons why young pedestrians are struck by motor vehicles — poor guardian supervision and distraction because of mobile device use. The researchers also found that injuries are often minor in children, but much more severe in seniors, according to a study presented in two poster sessions at the 2012 American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress Continue reading

What makes surgeons happy?

What makes surgeons happy?

ScienceDaily (Sep. 28, 2012) — Lack of control over operating rooms and other resources as well as a lack of work-life balance are among the main reasons general surgeons may be dissatisfied with their jobs, a new study has found. The study was led by Dr Continue reading