Volume 7 Issue 248
Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 8-Sep-2005 
Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 9-Sep-2005

Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Johns Hopkins launches study to determine if heart angioplasty is safe in community hospitals

Cardiologists at Johns Hopkins have launched a nationwide study of more than 16,000 patients to see if a potentially life-saving procedure called angioplasty can be safely performed in smaller, community hospitals, easing access to the therapy for patients. Researchers expect to enroll the first study patients in early fall 2005. more  

Formula against infertility

Stem cell research has the potential to one day treat female infertility or repair damaged nerves and thus help paraplegias. This was agreed by more than one hundred researchers discussing the latest trends in stem cell research at a workshop in Kobe, staged as part of the Germany Year in Japan. The workshop was jointly organized by the Ernst Schering Research Foundation (Berlin, Germany), the Max Planck Society (Munich, Germany) and the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (Kobe, Japan). more

New surgical device for bloodless operations gets first US outing

A new device for removing liver tumours with virtually no blood loss has been successfully used for the first time in America. more  

Mayo Clinic develops new coma measurement system

Mayo Clinic neurologists have created the first new, reliable and easy-to-use clinical tool in 30 years for measuring coma depth, a proposed replacement for the Glasgow Coma Scale. The new scoring system, called the FOUR (Full Outline of UnResponsiveness) Score, will be described in the October issue of Annals of Neurology, to be published online Friday, Sept. 9. more

Detecting brain infections without surgery  

Researchers at Westmead Millennium Institute have discovered a safe, non-surgical method of identifying brain infections such as brain abscess, and an accurate and rapid way of diagnosing meningitis. more

Researchers recommend multidisciplinary approach of low back pain  

Researchers calculated the costs of management of low back pain and found that an integrated and step-wise approach within a multidisciplinary setting forms a better use of the available resources. The study is published in the September issue of Pain Practice. more

Software “agents” could help unmask reality of disease clusters

Concerns over the privacy of patients could be hampering efforts to spot disease clusters and monitor the health effects of environmental pollution, according to researchers in the latest edition of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics. more


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