Body language: UCLA's surgical residents sharpen their skills in special lab
Under the glare of operating-room lights, six UCLA neurosurgery residents embarked on a rare adventure into the human body. As they started cutting into three bodies, Dr. Warwick Peacock, professor of surgery, encouraged them onward. “That should be the linea alba,” he said in his gentle South African accent. “There are some adhesions. Always stick your finger in to make sure you’re not cutting into the bowel. It spoils the day.” Incisions made, the residents approached the spine from the front, sawing through the sternum, moving beyond the lungs and following the rib head to the pedicle, then removing a thoracic disc on each body — in two hours. Completing a discectomy in two hours on a living patient would be extraordinary. But this was no OR. The bodies are cadavers, and the bitter and antiseptic scent of embalming fluid, not blood, fills the air. In UCLA’s Surgical Science Laboratory — one of the few of its kind dedicated to the training of surgical residents — the fledgling surgeons can practice and make mistakes. They bubble with excitement, viewing anatomy rarely seen in this era of minimally invasive surgery and computer modeling: lungs, the front of the spine, the aorta. For Dr. Peacock, an emeritus pediatric neurosurgeon — who developed new techniques for treating children with cerebral palsy by first trying these techniques out on cadavers — teaching residents and exploring the human body on a daily ...
As the nation’s opioid epidemic rages on, the federal agency charged with leading the government’s response to substance abuse is changing the way it helps local communities. But critics say the move risks leaving programs with fewer resources until the new plan is in place. The controversy began in January with a low-key announcement by the […]Related:E. coli outbreak spreads as source of tainted lettuce remains a mysteryFirst marijuana-derived drug poised for FDA approval after winning support from advisersHave you or someone you know waited too long for an organ transplant?
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Grzegorz S. Nowakowski, M.D., Mayo Clinic, explains Transplantation is an Option for Aggressive Lymphoma Patients w DLBL or High-Grade Lymphoma can benefit at Imedex Great Debates 2018. Author: hematologydebates Added: 04/19/2018
On March 7, 2018, four cases in human beings of encephalitis associated with Borna disease virus 1 infection were reported in Germany, including three deaths. Of the four patients, three had received organs from the same donor who had no clinical signs of the illness, two of these recipients died from their illness. An additional case of encephalitis caused by Borna disease virus 1 was identified in southern Germany, this patient also died from their illness. No epidemiological link was identified between this case and the organ transplant recipients.
Conclusion: Combination of maintenance IA and cycles of Rituximab is an effective treatment for aggressive forms of FSGS recurrence after renal transplantation.Blood Purif 2018;46:90 –93
Normothermic machine perfusion may be superior to conventional static cold storage for preserving livers and other organs for transplantation, two new randomized trials suggest.Reuters Health Information
Conclusion: This model [ConA (20 mg/kg for 12 h)] provides a valuable tool for studying AIH immunopathogenesis and rapidly assessing novel therapeutic approaches.Cell Physiol Biochem 2018;46:1241 –1251
With the proposed changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 20 million Americans are at risk of losing their health care coverage. A survey, conducted by Brunswick Partners, found that “75 percent of Americans agree that the proposed changes to Medicaid in the AHCA are a bad idea. And that we should not allow 14 million Americans to become uninsured even if there is a potential to reduce Medicaid spending. These results are significant because they find majorities of Americans identifying as conservatives (55 percent), moderates (82 percent) and liberals (90 percent) are opposed to the AHCA’s Medicaid pro...
Conclusion: The use of human embryonic stem cell therapy may be a safe and effective treatment for patients with autism spectrum disorder. Studies with larger sample sizes are needed to support the use of human embryonic stem cell therapy in this patient population. Introduction Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social disconnection, incomplete verbal and nonverbal communication, severely restricted interests, and display of stereotyped and repetitive obsessive behaviors.[1,2] The current diagnosis of ASD is based on the revised criteria in the fifth edition of the Diagnostic ...
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