AASPA Newsline
Feb. 18, 2014

Study: Children who undergo heart transplants are living longer
By Trina McMillin
A heart transplant can be especially challenging for children, but young heart transplant patients are living longer lives. A recent study shows that lifelong monitoring and medications help these young recipients of organ donor hearts maintain good heart function, which improves the quality of their lives. The research indicates that more than 50 percent of children who received heart transplantation at the Loma Linda University Medical Center in California from 1985 to 1998 are surviving many years.More

New eye layer has possible link to glaucoma
Health Canal
A new layer in the human cornea — discovered by researchers at The University of Nottingham last year — plays a vital role in the structure of the tissue that controls the flow of fluid from the eye, research has shown. The findings, published in a paper in the British Journal of Ophthalmology, could shed new light on glaucoma.More

Researchers identify complication rates for arthroscopic knee surgery
Researchers discovered a complication rate of 4.7 percent among patients treated with arthroscopic knee surgery performed by orthopedic and sports medicine surgeons. “Knee arthroscopy is not a benign procedure, and patients should be aware of the risk of complications,” the authors wrote in their study. More

Are advanced imaging technologies worth the risks?
By Denise A. Valenti
The use of advanced imaging technologies — MRIs and CT scans — increased more than threefold between the years 2000 and 2010. Noninvasive diagnostic technologies can lead to earlier and more precise diagnosis of pathology, but they also come with an increased cost and sometimes with a danger of exposure to ionizing radiation. The risk of incurring cancer from the radiation exposure with CT is small, but it is not zero. With more than 85 million scans performed yearly in the United States, do the benefits outweigh the risks? More

Preceptis aims to move expensive ear-tube operations on kids out of the operating room
Preceptis Medical is a small company that has big designs to clip the costs and boost the safety for the 1.3 million young children who undergo ear-tube surgeries each year. “This is a simple story,” said Preceptis CEO Steve Anderson. “We’ve come up with an effective tool that allows us to do the procedure under conscious sedation, avoiding the expense of the operating room, and avoiding the risk to young children of general anesthesia.’’More

New weight-loss surgery may not ease chronic heartburn
HealthDay News
Obese people who are considering weight-loss surgery should choose their procedure carefully if they hope to be free of chronic heartburn, a new study suggests. The study of nearly 39,000 patients found that while traditional gastric bypass procedures reduced heartburn and acid reflux symptoms in most sufferers, a newer procedure was largely unhelpful for those who already had gastroesophageal reflux disease, or GERD. More

Male plastic surgery procedures see a 106 percent increase since 1997
Digital Journal
In a recently released infographic Dr. Steinbrech of Men's Plastic Surgery Manhattan revealed that Male Plastic Surgery is as popular as ever today. Apart from the 106 percent increase in the last 2 decades, statistics have shown that more than 1,000,000 male individuals received cosmetic surgical procedures. Dr. Steinbrech, however, does not find the results so astonishing. "Men are doing it for job reasons, to look good, to become male models."More

Pediatrics: Surgery in stages offers positive outcomes
Epilepsy Today
Many children who develop epilepsy find that their seizures are controlled with epilepsy medicines. However, some do not – and in these cases, surgery can be an effective treatment option. This new study was published in the February issue of the journal Neurosurgery. It explored the idea of performing surgery in several stages in children with poorly localised medically refractory epilepsy. This means a child’s seizures cannot be controlled with medicines and it is difficult to pinpoint where in the brain seizures start. More

New cosmetic rules are too weak, say surgeons
Cosmetic surgeons have condemned the Department of Health’s lack of action on cosmetic procedures saying that the decision not to classify dermal fillers as prescription only and to set up a compulsory register for practitioners was a missed opportunity. A review of the regulation of cosmetic interventions by the medical director of the NHS in England, Sir Bruce Keogh, warned fillers could cause lasting harm and recommended that they should become prescription only because currently fillers are covered only by the same level of safety regulation as household products. More

Majority of physicians use mobile devices, but not mobile EHRs
By Pamela Lewis Dolan
Among physicians, mobile devices have become as ubiquitous as lab coats and stethoscopes. Mobile connectivity is becoming increasingly important as physicians find new ways to incorporate the use of mobile devices into their daily lives. One area of medicine that mobile technology hasn't completely infiltrated, however, is electronic health record systems. A recent survey found 78 percent of physicians use smartphones in their professional lives and 51 percent use tablets. But only 8 percent access their EHRs with a smartphone and 17 percent access them with a tablet. More

Surgeons now use minimally invasive robotic surgical system for Whipple procedure
Surgeons are using a minimally invasive robotic surgical system to perform the surgery. Loyola University Medical Center is among the first hospitals to perform the Whipple procedure with a robotic system. Loyola also recently became one of the first hospitals to use the robotic system for rectal cancer surgery. More

High-tech glasses help surgeons see cancer cells
Medical News Today
Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO, have developed a way of visualizing cancer cells using high-tech glasses designed to make it easier for surgeons to distinguish between cancerous and healthy tissue. Cancer cells are notoriously difficult to see, even when highly magnified, and the hope is the special glasses will help surgeons remove all of the tumor tissue and avoid leaving behind any stray cancer cells. More