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Glowing dye could improve detection, removal of prostate cancer cells

Editor's Note A fluorescent marker dye that attaches to a protein specific to prostate cancer cells could help surgeons identify and remove them in real time, BBC News reported June 9. Developed by researchers from the University of Oxford in the UK, the dye reportedly performed promisingly in a trial…

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By: Matt Danford
June 10, 2024
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3D-printed stem cell patches show promise as heart surgery alternative

Editor's Note Using a patient’s stem cells to 3D-print patches to place over damaged areas of the heart could provide an alternative to invasive surgery, according to new research detailed in a June 9 report from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Although the technology has yet to be tested on…

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By: Matt Danford
June 10, 2024
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How will you mark AORN’s National Time Out Day?

Editor's Note AORN encourages perioperative leaders to speak up and reach out in honor of National Time Out Day, an annual recognition of the critical safety practice scheduled for June 12. The annual day of recognition draws attention to the need for everyone on the surgical team to pause before…

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By: Matt Danford
June 10, 2024
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Study: standard preoperative fasting guidelines safe for GLP-1 patients

Editor's Note Preoperative use of GLP-1 receptor agonists (RA) medications such as Ozempic and Wegovy is safe, according to a study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Gastroenterology. Controversy has swirled around these drugs due to the risk of slowed stomach emptying increasing a patient’s odds…

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By: Matt Danford
June 7, 2024
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AI analysis suggest breast cancer surgery “may do more harm than good” for middle-aged patients

Editor's Note Artificial intelligence (AI)-fueled analysis of electronic health records suggests that clinical guidelines for de-escalating surgery should be extended to younger breast cancer patients. Conducted by University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center researchers and published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics, the analysis suggests that “surgery involving sentinel…

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By: Matt Danford
June 6, 2024
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FDA designates Class I recall for neurosurgery software

Editor's Note The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has classified Medtronic’s recall of its StealthStation S8 software as a Class I, the most severe category indicating risk of serious injury or death. The StealthStation System with StealthStation Cranial software is intended as an aid for locating anatomical structures during…

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By: Matt Danford
June 5, 2024
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Doctors hit by cyberattack seek legal action against UnitedHealth

Editor's Note Doctors are urging the American Medical Association (AMA) to take legal action or otherwise help recoup their losses from the February 21 Cyberattack on Change Healthcare, a division of United HealthGroup. Forbes reported the news June 3. The article cites a a resolution before the AMA’s reference committee on amendments…

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By: Matt Danford
June 5, 2024
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Louisiana lawmakers propose surgical castration for sex offenders

Editor's Note Pending legislation in Louisiana could enable judges to order surgical castration for sex offenses involving young children, the Associated Press reported June 3. If Republican Gov. Jeff Landry signs the bill, Louisiana would become the first state to do so, although it and other states allow chemical castration.…

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By: Matt Danford
June 4, 2024
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Dialysis patients feasible for kidney donation, transplant outcome study suggests

Editor's Note A retrospective cohort study found transplanting kidneys from donors who underwent dialysis resulted in no long-term differences in graft failure, kidney function, or death, but recipients had significantly higher risk for delayed graft function (DGF). According to a May 23 MedPage Today report on the study, originally published…

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By: Matt Danford
June 3, 2024
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Study: Preoperative weight loss offers little benefit for bariatric surgery patients

Editor's Note Research shows perioperative weight loss does not consistently improve outcomes or OR times in patients undergoing primary bariatric procedures, including laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) and laparoscopic Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB). The findings were published in the June issue of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Using…

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By: Matt Danford
June 3, 2024
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