X-ray of an external fixator with a cable-pulley system for limb reconstruction.

This Revolutionary Approach Regrows Bone to Prevent Amputation

Historically, patients with fractures that failed to heal or healed incorrectly in their extremities have had few treatment options available to them. The same goes for patients with bone defects or patients who required bone resection due to significant infection; their course of treatment often...

Bone & Joint Health
Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
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4 Methods to Manage Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative condition that prevents the body from creating adequate amounts of a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Symptoms like tremors and limb rigidity can appear gradually over many years. There currently isn’t a cure for this condition, but innovations in...

Neurology
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How This Technology Is Improving the Accuracy of Breast Cancer Surgery

If you’re a woman over 40, chances are your doctor has probably advised you to begin getting annual mammograms. As these screenings have become the norm, doctors are now more likely to detect breast cancer in its earliest stages. However, these tumors tend to be smaller, and surgeons have a more...

Oncology
Breast Cancer
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It Only Takes 10 Seconds for This Pen to Detect Cancer

Researchers are continually looking for new ways to treat cancer more efficiently and effectively. Through innovations and clinical trials, they see what works and what doesn’t. Currently under evaluation is the MasSpec Pen, a device that can detect cancer within 10 seconds.  How the MasSpec Pen...

Oncology
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New Technology Gives Patients With COPD More Treatment Options

Chronic lower respiratory disease, or CLRD, is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, or COPD, is a form of CLRD. And while no cure exists for COPD, there are a number of effective treatments to help patients manage their symptoms, from...

Lung Care
Transplant
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Advanced Endoscopic Procedures: More Than Imaging

Endoscopic procedures are a useful way to see inside the body and collect images that help your doctor gain a greater understanding of your health. There are several different types: colonoscopies focus on the colon and rectum, upper endoscopies focus on the esophagus and gastrointestinal tract,...

Digestive Health
Imaging
Acid Reflux
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Can Deep Brain Stimulation Effectively Treat Depression?

About 33% of people with depressive symptoms experience treatment-resistant depression, meaning they don’t receive significant relief from common therapies like medication or counseling. Doctors have used deep brain stimulation to treat movement disorders, such as Parkinson’s disease, and seizure...

Neurology
A surgeon operates on a person, removing their cancer.

HIPEC: A 3-in-1 Approach to Treating Cancer

If you’ve ever dropped a glass on the floor, you may have responded by sweeping up the largest shards and then vacuuming to get the tiny pieces that remained. This is the general idea behind combining cytoreductive surgery and the HIPEC procedure for patients with abdominal cancers. This innovative...

Oncology
Lung Cancer
An eye looks off into the distance.

From Mythology to Reality: Restoring Sight in the Blind

Can a device really restore sight to the blind? That’s what physicians at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center and Baylor College of Medicine are testing with the Orion cortical visual prosthesis from Second Sight Medical Products. With a name derived from the myth of Orion who went blind and regained...

Neurology
A chart shows brain waves.

Silent Seizures: A Surprising Phenomenon in Alzheimer's Disease

People often associate seizures with convulsions and a complete loss of bodily control. However, there’s another type of seizure that happens deep within the brain and might be difficult to notice. Symptoms of silent seizures include a momentary loss of responsiveness, a blank stare, or fluttering...

Neurology