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Kidney transplant performed on awake patient

Editor's Note In a first for Northwestern Medicine, surgeons performed a kidney transplant on an awake patient, CBS News reported June 24. John Nicholas, 28, of Chicago, experienced no pain during the May 24 procedure, in which he received an organ from a childhood friend. He was discharged the next…

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By: Matt Danford
June 25, 2024
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Type 2 diabetes case cured via stem cell therapy, researchers report

Editor's Note Researchers claim a stem cell transplant cured type 2 diabetes in a 59-year-old man who previously needed multiple daily insulin injections, the South China Morning Post reported May 27. The Chinese researchers behind the reported breakthrough published details of the case April 30 in the journal Cell Discovery.…

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By: Matt Danford
May 31, 2024
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Recognize a deserving peer with Ambulatory Nurse Leader of the Year nomination

Editor's Note Are you inspired by leaders who transform challenges into opportunities? Here's your chance to spotlight an exceptional figure in the field of ambulatory surgery leadership with the 2024 Ambulatory Nurse Leader of the Year award. This prestigious accolade celebrates a visionary in ambulatory surgery center (ASC) leadership, recognizing…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 22, 2024
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Long-lasting heart valves poised to set world record

Editor's Note More than 45 years after surgery, Mary Ann Kozlowski’s mechanical heart valves are still pumping—and Guinness is reviewing an application to list her as the new world record-holder for longevity of a double-valve replacement. That’s according to a May 15 report in the Erie-Times News, which detailed how…

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By: Matt Danford
May 17, 2024
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US News & World Report best ASCs ranking now available

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Editor's Note With the goal of helping patients choose if outpatient care is right for them and identify the right ambulatory surgery center (ASC) for their needs, US News & World Report unveiled on May 14 its inaugural ranking of the best ASCs in the US. Reportedly, “fewer than 15%…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
May 15, 2024
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Gene-edited pig kidney, heart pump combined in transplant surgery milestone

Editor's Note The second-ever living recipient of a gene-edited pig kidney was the first to have the new organ paired with a mechanical heart pump, according to an April 24 CNN report. The subject, 54-year-old Lisa Pisano, underwent the milestone surgery at NYU Langone Health. She had heart failure and…

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By: Matt Danford
April 25, 2024
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AI model helps predict patient decline, drive collaborative care

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Editor's Note An AI prediction model that uses near-real-time data to generate a patient risk score shows the promise of AI for helping physicians and nurses coordinate on patient care, according to findings published March 25 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Performed by researchers at Stanford Medicine, the study examined an…

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By: Brita Belli
April 24, 2024
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One patient’s recovery highlights benefits of outpatient endoscopic spine surgery

Editor's Note A 64-year-old patient sought a second opinion with Kern Singh, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, when told he needed a second spine surgery to address complications from a previous procedure. Dr Singh, director of spine surgery at Midwest Orthopaedics at RUSH in Chicago, performs endoscopic spine surgery in the…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
April 24, 2024
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Penn Medicine anesthesia, waste initiatives boost OR sustainability

Editor's Note Penn Medicine has made significant strides in reducing the environmental footprint of the OR through department- and team-level initiatives, according to a March 29 report in Penn Medicine news. Driven by CIRCE: Medicine, a faculty group consisting of providers from Penn Medicine and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, examples…

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By: Matt Danford
April 22, 2024
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Chilean surgeon performs first augmented reality abdominal procedure

Editor's Note A successful cholecystectomy March 11 in Santiago, Chile marked the first reported use of augmented reality (AR) technology for abdominal surgery, Fox News reported on April 12. Developed by Levita Magnetics, a medical equipment manufacturer in Silicon Valley, the MARS system paired with Meta’s Quest 3 XR headset…

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By: Matt Danford
April 16, 2024
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