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New Technique May Prevent Graft Rejection in High-Risk Corneal Transplant Patients

Treating donor corneas with a cocktail of molecules prior to transplanting to a host may improve survival of grafts and, thus, outcomes in high-risk corneal transplant patients, according to a new study led by researchers at Massachusetts Eye and Ear.

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Penn Scientists Illuminate Genetics Underlying the Mysterious Powers of Spider Silks

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Spider silks, ounce for ounce, can be stronger than steel, and much more tough and flexible. They tend not to provoke the human immune system and some even inhibit bacteria and fungi, making them potentially ideal for surgery and medical device applications. Exploitation of silks has been slow, due to challenges with identifying and characterizing their genes, but researchers have now made a major advance with the largest-ever study of spider silk genes.

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Humanitarian Medicine, Cardiac Surgery, Rheumatic Heart Disease, Rwanda, AATS Centennial, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, Team Heart, Sustainable Cardiac Care Program

Humanitarian Cardiac Surgery Outreach Helps Build a Better Health Care System in Rwanda

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This year’s AATS Centennial, the annual meeting of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, features a presentation from a team of doctors and other medical professionals who have been travelling to Rwanda for the past 10 years as part of a surgical outreach program aimed at treating patients affected by rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and building a foundation for sustainable cardiothoracic care throughout the country.

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Get Ready: Your Future Surgery May Use an Automated, Robotic Drill

This automated machine could reduce a surgical procedure from two hours to two and a half minutes by replacing hand drills for one type of complex cranial surgery.

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A Transplant and a Cure: Penn Team Eradicates Hepatitis C in 10 Patients Following Lifesaving Transplants From Infected Donors

Ten patients at Penn Medicine have been cured of the Hepatitis C virus (HCV) following lifesaving kidney transplants from deceased donors who were infected with the disease. The findings point to new strategies for increasing the supply of organs for the nation’s more than 97,000 patients who are awaiting kidney transplants – often for as many as five or more years.

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For Plastic Surgeons, Learning 'Danger Zones' Can Increase Safety When Using Facial Fillers

Dermal fillers have become a popular alternative to surgery for patients who want a younger facial appearance. Learning about some key "danger zones" can help plastic surgeons to enhance the safety and effectiveness of facial filler procedures, according to an expert update in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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Plastic Surgery, Reconstructive Surgery, Cosmetic Surgery, Bullying, Poor Self Image

Bullying Linked to Increased Desire for Cosmetic Surgery in Teens

Adolescents who are involved in bullying—victims and perpetrators alike—are more likely to say they would want to undergo cosmetic surgery to be more attractive or fix perceived flaws, reports a study in the May issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery®, the official medical journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).

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2017 American Transplant Congress: NewYork-Presbyterian’s World-Renowned Transplant Experts at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center Presenting and Available for Comment

2017 American Transplant Congress: NewYork-Presbyterian’s World-Renowned Transplant Experts at Weill Cornell Medicine and Columbia University Medical Center Presenting and Available for Comment

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Counting the Cuts in Mohs Surgery: A Way to Improve Care and Reduce Costs

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In an analysis of Medicare billing data submitted by more than 2,300 United States physicians, researchers have calculated the average number of surgical slices, or cuts, made during Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS), a procedure that progressively removes thin layers of cancerous skin tissue in a way that minimizes damage to healthy skin and the risks of leaving cancerous tissue behind.

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As Scientists Take to Twitter, New Study Shows Power of “Visual Abstract” Graphics to Share Results

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When it comes to sharing new research findings with the world, Twitter has emerged as a key tool for scientists. A new study shows a way for research findings to reach even more people, by boiling them down into a Twitter-friendly graphic called a “visual abstract”. The result: Nearly three times as many clicks to read the full paper.







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