Tumor banking by firms such as StoreMyTumor is still a small but growing weapon in the fight against cancer.
Spyros Panos, an orthopedic surgeon in Poughkeepsie, New York, has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison for performing hundreds of fake surgeries.
Kinsa smartphone thermometer aims to track and reduce the flu, according to developer Inder Singh. The small plastic thermometer fits into the standard cellphone charging port and takes a digital temperature and then provides crowd-sourced, real time epidemiology information based on input from other users in your area.
Researchers at the University of Liege in Belgium conducted a research study showing that mild electrical stimulation to the brain for 15-20 minutes caused minimally responsive subjects to temporarily respond to stimulation. The study was led by Steven Laureys.
Drs. Michael Egnor and Elliot Duboys recently used a 3D printed model of a baby’s skull in an intricate surgery to correct anterior plagiocephaly.
The infant, Gabriel Dela Cruz, was born with a normal skull but shortly after birth the bony plates one side of this skull began to fuse prematurely, causing a badly misshapen head.
Using CT scans, Medical Modeling, Inc. used 3D printing to create before and after skull models that the surgeons used as templates during surgery.
Aortic regurgitation is a disease of the aortic valve
1) progressive deterioration of aortic valve or aortic root
2) allows blood to leak back into left ventricle during diastole
3) results in chronic left ventricle volume overload and left ventricular hypertrophy
Causes of aortic regurgitation
4) chronic rheumatic heart disease (most common)
5) infective endocarditis
6) Marfan’s disease
7) ankylosing spondylitis
8) congenital subaortic membranous stenosis
9) condition is well tolerated until late in course
Signs and Symptoms
1) high-pitched decrescendo blowing murmur in diastole best heard at third left sternal border
2) Corrigan’s pulse (“water hammer” or bounding pulse)
3) Musset’s sign (bobbing of head during systole)
4) Quincke’s pulse (blushing of nail bed when nail is lifted upward
5) pulsating uvula
6) Austin Flint murmur (regurgitant stream hits anterior leaflet of mitral valve, causing vibration)
7) widened pulse pressure (increased stroke volume and loss of blood during diastole)
8) systolic pressure reaching 300 mm Hg
9) Traube’s sing (“pistol shot” over femoral artery)
10) Duroziez’s sign (“to and fro” murmur over femoar artery if slightly compresse
11) exertional dyspnea (usual presenting symptom)
Fish oil may be key to reversing brain injury.
A news report details the recovery of patient Grant Virgin from a severe traumatic brain injury through the use of what his family maintains is high dose fish oil.
An experimental drug that may help PTSD is being studied at MIT’s Picower Institute for Learning and Memory. Scientist Li-Huei Tsai and colleagues are studying a drug that is classified as an HDAC2 inhibitor that acts to increase plasticity in the brain and allows the formation of powerful new memories that may override memories previously formed.
NFL player Rahim Moore required a fasciotomy for lower leg compartment syndrome after sustaining an injury during Sunday’s National Football League game against the New England Patriots. Moore plays for the Denver Broncos.
The procedure entails a skin incision along the lower outside leg and with the splitting of the muscle fascia to allow injured, swollen muscle to bulge out. In experienced hands, the procedure takes just a few minutes.
The skin and fascia are left open for several days to weeks depending on the degree of severity. While a complete recovery of muscle function is possible, the injury takes weeks to months to heal.
In an act of devotion and heroism, nurse Gail Sandidge died while protecting her patients from a knife-wielding assailant at the Good Shepherd Ambulatory Surgical Center in Longview, Texas. She was allegedly killed by Kyron Templeton, who was arrested a short time after the attack.